Guest speaker Mitch Bakker shares with us this week!
5 Day Devotional
We’re back in Mark this week heading into the last week of Jesus’ life and ministry before his death. And Mark 11 is packed with action and teaching. Prepare for Sunday’s sermon on Mark 11 by reading and using your imagination this week.
Day 1: Mark 1:1-11
As you read this passage, think about the different people in the story: Jesus, the two disciples sent for the colt, the people standing around, the people spreading their coats for Jesus, the people shouting “Hosanna”. Who do you most identify with and why?
Day 2: Mark 11:12-19
Uh oh. Here we go with another story about money. (Smile). Imagine that you were one of the people in the temple that day--either someone selling, buying, or praying. How would you have felt as you watched Jesus clearing the temple?
Day 3: Mark 11:20-26
This fig tree story which started in verse 12-14 and then continues in today’s passage is troubling for me. How about you? If you had to rate yourself on how much doubt you have, where would you fall? 0 (no doubts) to 100 (all doubt). How about on forgiveness? Lots of things to wrestle through in these verses. Talk to Jesus about it.
Day 4: Mark 11:27-33
Here Jesus goes again not clearly defining who he is. Remember that from the beginning of Mark? How often are you like the chief priests and teachers of the law -- trying to question and trick Jesus rather than simply receiving him?
Day 5: Simply sit quietly with Jesus today. Maybe review what you have read or learned or thought about this week. Ask Jesus to bring to your mind something you have learned or that He is asking you to do. Do it or make a plan of when and how you will do it.
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