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All of us like to be treated special....But we cannot show favoritism, so this may be a problem.
Going to church is not enough. Getting smarter, and filling your head is not all that it takes. We must DO the word.
We are all going to face Trials and Temptations, but sometimes it is hard to tell the difference. OR is it?
As we return to Mark’s Gospel let me point something out that we overlooked before. Three times before getting to Jerusalem Jesus foretold to His disciples His torture, death and resurrection. After the first time, Peter took Jesus aside and rebuked Him for such talk. After the second time the disciples were heard by Jesus to be arguing about who was the greatest. Now after the third foretelling of what would happen to Him in Jerusalem, Jesus got a request to sit next to Him in glory. Clearly before the crucifixion and resurrection the disciples didn’t get what Jesus was talking about. The disciples clearly had a mental block about the Messiah being a suffering servant. It just didn’t make any sense to them. All they seem to comprehend was some sense of a coming kingdom with glory and they were grasping and jockeying for some part of that glory. If this confusion and ignorance was possible with two of Jesus’ closest disciples, James and John, how much more is it possible with us? This story is a picture of all Christians. Aren’t we all a mixture of faith and ignorance? We have clarity about some things and complete cluelessness about other thinks. Are we not like them, committed to following Jesus, submitting to His ways but then carried away with some greed or pride or self-righteousness?
James tells us that Trials will come our way, so how will we handle them? Life is hard, but God gives up hope.
Preacher: Stephen Fry. Passage: 1 Corinthians 15 vv1-11. People can look at the same universe and come to different conclusions about whether God exists. Opinions also vary on whether Christ physically rose from the dead and what this means. The Bible declares that God not only created the universe, but that Christ’s physical resurrection is an attestable historical fact, declaring God’s triumph over sin and death. The Bible says we will all be raised, but where will you spend eternity?