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Mark #15, Dangerous Proximity

1000 New Beginnings, the Gospel of Mark Dangerous Proximity Mark 8:1-21 Your familiarity with Jesus could actually damn you. Faced with another food shortage in the wilderness, the disciples get panicky. Back in Jewish territory, the Pharisees pick a fight. Next, the disciples complain because they forget to pack lunch. Jesus faces a crisis: People who are familiar with God but remain unchanged are worse off than those who know nothing about him at all. How do we avoid being in such dangerous proximity to Jesus?

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Mark #14, How to Approach Jesus

1000 New Beginnings, the Gospel of Mark How to Approach Jesus Mark 7:31-37 Jesus leaves the West Coast (Tyre & Sidon) but sticks to Gentile territory. A deaf, mute man is brought to Jesus by friends, who ask Jesus to say a prayer for his troubled life. Jesus goes one better, but not before he uses sign language to ask the man if he is willing to be healed. Why does Jesus ask permission? How do our attitudes affect what God chooses to do in our lives?

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Mark #13, Spoken and Unspoken Laws

Spoken and Unspoken Laws Mark 7:1-23 Jesus is getting too famous. The Jewish religious leaders send their most brilliant, toughest debaters to take him out. The A-team wastes no time picking a fight, but Jesus returns fire before their spit hits the ground. He is angry and sarcastic, and, not content to just win the argument, he plays to the crowd and calls the entire religious system into question. But the disciples are baffled. They identify more with their culture than with their master. How do we avoid a similar fate?

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Mark #12, Missing Jesus

1000 New Beginnings, the Gospel of Mark Missing Jesus Mark 6:30-56 Jesus’ fame escalates along with his miracles. Rumors rise that he’ll lead an army of Jewish freedom fighters, 5000 strong. Meanwhile, his disciples continue to ask, Who is this man? Jesus preaches, heals, and brings old legends to life, but they miss the answers that stare them in the face. In a Christ-haunted world, how do we keep from missing the revelation that God intends to change us?

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Mark #11, Cynics, Disciples and Kings

1000 New Beginnings, the Gospel of Mark Cynics, Disciples & Kings Mark 6:1-30 Jesus has distinguished himself in the cutthroat field of Jewish prophecy, but when he returns to his home town, he’s met with cynicism. Nevertheless, he sends out the 12 disciples to preach & heal and his fame keeps growing. Then King Herod hears about him, and Jesus & co. experience a chilling reality check. Can the gospel actually change people? Does it pay to be a disciple in a world of cynics & kings?

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