MJRVIC2000's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=MJRVIC2000 MJRVIC2000's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ WORDS OF WISDOM! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5764039 WORDS OF WISDOM: TODAY’S THOUGHT! <BR> 8/21 Thu <BR> For the farmer sowing is a work of faith. He does not return to the field every day to dig up the seed to see if it has germinated. He may water the field. He may remove the weeds. He may keep the soil worked up, but he does not bother the seed. After it has been planted, the farmer has no control over what the seed does. He sows his seed and he leaves the results in the hands of God. The farmer knows that the growth of the seed is God’s... Thu, 21 Aug 2014 06:29:16 EST FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Thu, 8/21/2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5764032 FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Thu, 8/21/2014 <BR> Mark 4:26-29 <BR> THE PARABLE OF THE GROWING SEED, Lesson 21a <BR> <BR> Being involved in the spread of the Gospel message can be a discouraging thing. Often, it seems like your efforts are ineffective and fruitless. <BR> <BR> Preachers preach the Word of God and there is little or no response from either saint or sinner. The message of life is shared with those who are dead in sin and they reject it out of hand. The light of salvati... Thu, 21 Aug 2014 05:56:41 EST WORDS OF WISDOM http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5763396 WORDS OF WISDOM: TODAY’S THOUGHT! <BR> 8/20 Wed <BR> The little candle holds tremendous power. It has the ability to dispel darkness. The candle gives its light at great cost to itself. As the candle gives away its precious light, its very life is consumed. This is a perfect illustration of what Jesus did for us. He paid a high price to bring His light to the lost. He died on the cross so that we might have life and light. When He saved us, He kindled that light within our hearts. We must ... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 08:10:00 EST FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Wed, 8/20/2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5763379 Following In The Footsteps of Faith, Wed, 8/20/2014 <BR> Mark 4:21-25 <BR> YOU CAN’T HIDE FROM THE LIGHT, Lesson 20d <BR> <BR> v. 25 LIGHT HAS ITS PROMISES <BR> <BR> The person who hears the truth and passes it on will see his ability to receive truth expanded. As this kind of person hears the truth and gives it away, the Lord continually reveals more truth to him. He grows in the things of God in ways he could never have imagined. That is the promise to the person who gives away the light... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 07:46:08 EST WORDS OF WISDOM! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5762680 WORDS OF WISDOM: TODAY’S THOUGHT! <BR> 8/19 Tue <BR> Those who listen to what the Lord is telling them, and obey Him by giving their faith away, will see Him reveal even more truth to them. If you truly want to know the deep things of God, take the time to share the things you already know. Give away what He has given you! Did you learn something about the Lord in your private time today? Give it away! Did you glean a nugget in Sunday school? Give it away! Did you get something from ... Tue, 19 Aug 2014 07:30:16 EST FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Tue, 8/19/2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5762665 Following In The Footsteps of Faith, Tue, 8/19/2014 <BR> Mark 4:21-25 <BR> YOU CAN’T HIDE FROM THE LIGHT, Lesson 20c <BR> <BR> v. 24 LIGHT HAS ITS PRIVILEGES <BR> <BR> This verse is rich in truth. We are cautioned to listen to the right voices. We are counseled to pass the truth on to others. We are comforted by a precious promise. Let’s unpack these three statements for just a moment. <BR> <BR> We Are Cautioned To Listen To The Right Voices - There are many voices competing for our atten... Tue, 19 Aug 2014 07:10:38 EST WORDS OF WISDOM! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5762034 WORDS OF WISDOM: TODAY’S THOUGHT! <BR> 8/18 Mon <BR> When the light of the Gospel shines into a person’s heart, it reveals all the darkness contained in that heart. That is a painful experience for the lost sinner. Yet, when the darkness is exposed to the light, the darkness will have to flee and salvation will be the result. The first step in coming to Jesus to be saved is having your sins exposed to the light. We also need to understand that there is coming a day when all the hidden th... Mon, 18 Aug 2014 10:24:29 EST FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Mon, 8/18/2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5761968 Following In The Footsteps of Faith, Mon, 8/18/2014 <BR> Mark 4:21-25 <BR> YOU CAN’T HIDE FROM THE LIGHT, Lesson 20b <BR> <BR> v. 22 LIGHT HAS ITS POWERS <BR> <BR> The Lord reminds us that light holds the power to make hidden things plain. The light that Jesus came into this world to display not only reveals the hidden things of God to man; it also reveals the hidden things within man! That is why so many people who have heard the Gospel message have rejected it. <BR> <BR> The Gospel is... Mon, 18 Aug 2014 09:03:28 EST WORDS OF WISDOM! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5761240 WORDS OF WISDOM: TODAY’S THOUGHT! <BR> 8/17 Sun <BR> A young boy of about nine went with his parents to Europe one summer. Part of their tour included visits to the great old cathedrals of the past. As he visited cathedral after cathedral he saw the massive stained glass portraits of the disciples and of other saints. He was very impressed as he stood in these great empty halls looking through the beautiful stained glass windows. Upon returning to his church, he was asked by his Sunday sch... Sun, 17 Aug 2014 06:59:24 EST FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Sun, 8/17/2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5761235 Following In The Footsteps of Faith, Sun, 8/17/2014 <BR> Mark 4:21-25 <BR> YOU CAN’T HIDE FROM THE LIGHT, Lesson 20a <BR> <BR> A young boy of about nine went with his parents to Europe one summer. Part of their tour included visits to the great old cathedrals of the past. As he visited cathedral after cathedral he saw the massive stained glass portraits of the disciples and of other saints. He was very impressed as he stood in these great empty halls looking through the beautiful stained gla... Sun, 17 Aug 2014 06:32:46 EST TODAY'S ILLUMINATION! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5760767 The amount of fruit in your life is a work of God’s grace as He uses you for His glory. Glorify Him Today! For more information read today’s message, “FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH” and share it with your love ones. Thank You, MY FRIEND , and God Bless YOU! Vic. <BR> <BR> Sat, 16 Aug 2014 09:33:37 EST WORDS OF WISDOM! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5760751 WORDS OF WISDOM: TODAY’S THOUGHT! <BR> 8/16 Sat <BR> When the seed of the Gospel enters the cultivated heart, it germinates, grows up and bears fruit to the glory of God. This heart alone pictures that kind of life that can truly call itself saved! Why do I say that? This is the only soil that produced fruit! The only difference between these four types of soil was fruit. On the hard soil, the seed never penetrated the hard ground and was carried away. On the other three soils, the seed... Sat, 16 Aug 2014 08:56:43 EST FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Sat, 8/16/2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5760735 FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Sat, 8/16/2014 <BR> Mark 4:1-20 <BR> THE PARABLE OF THE SOILS, Lesson 19e <BR> <BR> v. 8, 20 THE CULTIVATED MIND - Some of the seed fell onto good ground. This was ground that had been worked and prepared. It had been plowed and tilled and it was ready to receive the seed when it came. The seed germinated within the heart of the soil and the plant began to grow. When the plant reached maturity, it began to produce fruit that brought honor and gain to th... Sat, 16 Aug 2014 08:19:59 EST WORDS OF WISDOM! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5760065 WORDS OF WISDOM: TODAY’S THOUGHT! <BR> 8/15 Fri <BR> THE CLUTTERED MIND is a picture of a person who tries to have the benefit of the Gospel while still clinging to the old life of sin. Without a conscious break from the old life of sin this person does not have a chance of being saved. The seed of the Gospel cannot survive to produce fruit in a heart filled with other things. The seed will have the ground or sin will have the ground, but it cannot be shared! Jesus said it was the cares of... Fri, 15 Aug 2014 06:04:24 EST FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAOITH, Fri, 8/15/2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5760057 FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Fri, 8/15/2014 <BR> Mark 4:1-20 <BR> THE PARABLE OF THE SOILS, Lesson 19d <BR> <BR> v. 7, 18-19 - THE CLUTTERED MIND - This soil looks like it is ready to be sown, but underneath the surface are the living roots and seeds of thorns and weeds. The soil has been tilled and the thorns have been cut down, but their roots are alive and well, just under the surface. When the seed falls here, it springs to life quickly and gives every indication that a good harv... Fri, 15 Aug 2014 05:37:05 EST WORDS OF WISDOM! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5759389 WORDS OF WISDOM: TODAY’S THOUGHT! <BR> 8/14 Thu <BR> THE CONFUSED MIND of soil speaks of the mind that makes an emotional response to the presentation of the Gospel. This is seen in the words “receive it with gladness”. Perhaps this person heard the Gospel and said, “That is just what I need! I might as well give Jesus a try.” Perhaps they came to an altar and prayed because a friend did. Maybe they tried to use Jesus as a “spare tire” in a moment of crisis. They ran to Him in th... Thu, 14 Aug 2014 06:39:17 EST FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Thu, 8/14/2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5759379 FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Thu, 8/14/2014 <BR> Mark 4:1-20 <BR> THE PARABLE OF THE SOILS, Lesson 19c <BR> <BR> THE CONFUSED MIND - These stony places are common in Palestine. Often there will be an outcropping of limestone rock covered by a thin layer of topsoil. This soil looks like it is ready to be sown. This ground looks good and productive and seed cast here will germinate and quickly spring up into a promising plant. But, because there is no depth of soil, as soon as the sun ... Thu, 14 Aug 2014 06:18:36 EST WORDS OF WISDOM! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5758801 WORDS OF WISDOM: TODAY’S THOUGHT! <BR> 8/13 Wed <BR> The seed of the Gospel cannot penetrate the soil of the closed mind. They hear the Gospel and dismiss it as foolishness. When the seed is sown, the devil and his minions come “immediately” to snatch away the Gospel seed. Satan does this by distracting and diverting the mind. He causes them to forget what they have heard by focusing their thoughts on earthly matters, using every tools and tactics like: lunch, the race, the game, the distr... Wed, 13 Aug 2014 09:00:30 EST FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Wed, 8/13/2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5758783 FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Wed, 8/13/2014 <BR> Mark 4:1-20 <BR> THE PARABLE OF THE SOILS, Lesson 19b <BR> <BR> v. 4, 15 - THE CLOSED MIND - The “way side” refers to the narrow footpaths that ran beside and through the fields. These were the roads of the day and the soil on them had become as hard as concrete from the feet of the travelers and animals that had walked upon them. When the seed fell on the footpath, it could not penetrate the soil and it remained there in the open, onl... Wed, 13 Aug 2014 08:37:42 EST WORDS OF WISDOM! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5758052 WORDS OF WISDOM: TODAY’S THOUGHT! <BR> 8/12 Tue <BR> Everyone who heard this parable could immediately relate to what Jesus was teaching. They had all seen a farmer walk into his field and begin to sow seed into that field. They had all seen the crops spring up and begin to grow. Jesus used this common scene to teach a deep spiritual truth. He tells us that the “sower” is one who sows the “word of God”. It might be the Spirit of God, a preacher, a teacher, a missionary, a Gospel song, a... Tue, 12 Aug 2014 07:14:37 EST FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Tue, 8/12/2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5758041 FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Tue, 8/12/2014 <BR> Mark 4:1-20 <BR> THE PARABLE OF THE SOILS, Lesson 19a <BR> <BR> This passage finds Jesus still ministering in the city of Capernaum. Great crowds of people have gathered to hear Him teach the Word of God. In this instance, the crowd is so large that Jesus gets into a boat and uses it as a pulpit to teach the people who have gathered on the seashore. This passage also showcases a change in the way Jesus teaches the people. This is the f... Tue, 12 Aug 2014 06:46:02 EST WORDS OF WISDOM! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5757349 WORDS OF WISDOM: TODAY’S THOUGHT! <BR> 8/11 Mon <BR> The Unpardonable Sin! Don’t let the devil, some preacher or some Christian scare you with this accusation; although it is possible to commit this sin today. If you are concerned about the condition of your soul, you cannot commit the unpardonable sin, because the Lord is still speaking to your heart! However, there is a sense in which a person can commit this unpardonable sin. You see, even though Jesus is not in this world physicall... Mon, 11 Aug 2014 07:49:09 EST FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Mon, 8/11/2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5757336 FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Mon, 8/11/2014 <BR> Mark 3:20-30 <BR> THE SERVANT UNDER ATTACK, Lesson 18d <BR> <BR> v. 28-30 The Alarm – These religious men do not see the terrible spiritual danger they are in. They have looked at God’s Messiah and called Him the servant of the devil. They have looked at the answer to all the prayers of the saints; the fulfillment of the Law and the prophets and they have accused Him of being demon possessed. <BR> <BR> In response to their accusation... Mon, 11 Aug 2014 07:25:26 EST WORDS OF WISDOM! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5756715 WORDS OF WISDOM: TODAY’S THOUGHT! <BR> 8/10 Sun <BR> A kingdom in division is a kingdom that cannot stand. When there is civil war and strife within a kingdom, the stability of that kingdom is compromised and that kingdom is more likely to fall. For a kingdom to be strong it must be united. Satan is out to win the battle between himself and the Lord. He is not going to do anything to weaken himself in that fight. For him to cast out his own demons would be counterproductive. Did You ... Sun, 10 Aug 2014 06:36:25 EST FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Sun, 8/10/2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5756709 FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Sun, 8/10/2014 <BR> Mark 3:20-30 <BR> THE SERVANT UNDER ATTACK, Lesson 18c <BR> <BR> v. 23-27 The Answer – Jesus calls His attackers to Him and He totally destroys their arguments. His uses three illustrations from life that prove Satan cannot be in the business of casting out Satan. <BR> <BR> v. 24 A Secular Illustration – A kingdom in division is a kingdom that cannot stand. When there is civil war and strife within a kingdom, the stability of that ... Sun, 10 Aug 2014 06:04:15 EST WORDS OF WISDOM! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5756168 WORDS OF WISDOM: TODAY’S THOUGHT! <BR> 8/9 Sat <BR> These men consider the words and works of the Lord and they say “He hath Beelzebub, and by the prince of devils casteth He out devils.” They attribute the miracles of the Lord Jesus to the power of the devil. Beyond that, they accuse Jesus of working under the influence of “Beelzebub”. The name literally means “The Lord of Flies or The Lord of Filth.” Beelzebub was a loathsome, wicked demon associated with all things dirty and filthy. It ... Sat, 9 Aug 2014 07:49:38 EST FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Sat, 8/9/2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5756150 FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Sat, 8/9/2014 <BR> Mark 3:20-30 <BR> THE SERVANT UNDER ATTACK, Lesson 18b <BR> <BR> Their Remedy – These people came to get Jesus. They came to stage an intervention. The phrase “lay hold on Him” literally means “to take by force, to arrest”. These people came to grab Jesus, take Him back to Nazareth so lock Him away until His thinking was straightened out. If they had had a mental institution in those days, Jesus would have been locked up by these people... Sat, 9 Aug 2014 07:18:26 EST WORDS OF WISDOM! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5755578 WORDS OF WISDOM: TODAY’S THOUGHT! <BR> 8/8 Fri <BR> It amazes me that there are people in our world who think just like the Lord’s family. For instance, a family has a son or daughter and that young person is starting to spread their wings a little. They are going out and doing things they were taught not to do. Often, the parents will say, “Oh, they’re just sowing their wild oats. They’ll settle down in a little while.” You take that same young person and you let them get saved. They sta... Fri, 8 Aug 2014 08:06:48 EST FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Fri, 8/8/2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5755559 FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Fri, 8/8/2014 <BR> Mark 3:20-30 <BR> THE SERVANT UNDER ATTACK, Lesson 18a <BR> <BR> Have you ever been misunderstood? Have you ever been misrepresented? Has anyone ever taken your words and motives and twisted them around and used them against you? If you live long enough in this world you are going to face that kind of a personal attack. <BR> <BR> I can remember an instance in another church when a certain group in that church took my preaching tapes an... Fri, 8 Aug 2014 07:15:07 EST WORDS OF WISDOM! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5754870 WORDS OF WISDOM: TODAY’S THOUGHT! <BR> 8/7 Thu <BR> I am sure that Jesus bore some resemblance to His mother Mary. Certainly He had some part of her appearance and her mannerisms. That is the way it is in all families. Children carry with them the image of their parents. They have their looks. They have their walk. They have their inflections in the way they talk. A child that is born into a human family usually always has certain marks and characteristics that label him or her as bein... Thu, 7 Aug 2014 07:05:51 EST FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, 8/7/2o14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5754858 FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Thu, 8/7/2014 <BR> Mark 3:31-35 <BR> ARE YOU IN THE FAMILY? Lesson 17e <BR> <BR> There Are Some Spiritual Realities – I am sure that Jesus bore some resemblance to His mother Mary. Certainly He had some part of her appearance and her mannerisms. That is the way it is in all families. Children carry with them the image of their parents. They have their looks. They have their walk. They have their inflections in the way they talk. A child that is born i... Thu, 7 Aug 2014 06:34:39 EST WORDS OF WISDOM! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5754128 WORDS OF WISDOM: TODAY’S THOUGHT! <BR> 8/6 Wed <BR> Jesus said that whosoever did the will of the Father was a member of His spiritual family. Does this mean that people get into the Lord’s spiritual family because of the things they “do”? Does this imply that works are the basis for salvation? No, I think the Bible is very clear that works cannot save the soul. We need to know the difference between “works” and “acts of faith”. Jesus already DID everything that was required to make sa... Wed, 6 Aug 2014 06:47:35 EST FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Wed, 8/6/2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5754119 FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Wed, 8/6/2014 <BR> Mark 3:31-35 <BR> ARE YOU IN THE FAMILY? Lesson 17d <BR> <BR> v. 33-35 A TEACHING MOMENT <BR> <BR> Instead of trying to ease the tension, Jesus turns it up a notch. Instead of reaching out to his earthly family, He speaks to all the members of His spiritual family. Jesus used this moment as an opportunity to teach some eternal truth to those who would receive it. <BR> <BR> v. 33 The Question – “Who is My mother, or my brethren?” - T... Wed, 6 Aug 2014 06:24:31 EST WORDS OF WISDOM! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5753463 WORDS OF WISDOM: TODAY’S THOUGHT! <BR> 8/5 Tue <BR> A lot of people are so committed to the life of their family that they allow those commitments to come before their commitment to the Lord. Every sacrifice is made there. Every commitment is made there. Every moment is occupied there. Everything revolves around what is happening in the family. There is nothing wrong with loving your family, you should, you must love your family, but family business is never more important than the Lor... Tue, 5 Aug 2014 08:29:56 EST FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Tue, 8/5/2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5753441 FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Tue, 8/5/2014 <BR> Mark 3:31-35 <BR> ARE YOU IN THE FAMILY? Lesson 17c <BR> <BR> Spiritual business takes priority over earthly business – The Lord’s family had their attention focused on earthly, fleshly concerns. Jesus had His attention focused on carrying out the Father’s business. To Jesus nothing was as important as doing the will of His Father, (John 4:32). God’s people need that same heart for heavenly things. The Lord saved us to serve Him, (Eph.... Tue, 5 Aug 2014 08:02:06 EST WORDS OF WISDOM! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5752750 WORDS OF WISDOM: TODAY’S THOUGHT! <BR> 8/4 Mon <BR> You can see the scene if you try. His mother Mary, or perhaps one of His brothers, tells someone at the back of the crowd to pass the word to Jesus that they are there to see Him. That fellow tells another fellow and he tells another. Soon enough the word reaches Jesus that His family is there to see Him and that they want Him to stop teaching and go with them. The crowd sees nothing wrong with this. In that society, nothing was as impo... Mon, 4 Aug 2014 08:52:11 EST FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Mon, 8/4/2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5752734 FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Mon, 8/4/2014 <BR> Mark 3:31-35 <BR> ARE YOU IN THE FAMILY? Lesson 17b <BR> <BR> v. 31-33 A TENSE MOMENT <BR> <BR> As Jesus is teaching His family shows up. Their arrival creates a moments of tension for everyone there. <BR> <BR> v. 31 The Family’s Request – Jesus is teaching and His family is on the outside of the crowd. They can’t get to Him because of the multitude, so they send word through the crowd to tell Jesus to come to where they are. His f... Mon, 4 Aug 2014 08:26:44 EST WORDS OF WISDOM! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5752071 WORDS OF WISDOM: TODAY’S THOUGHT! <BR> 8/3 Sun <BR> Near the Lord are those who have come to hear Him. They surround Him as He speaks. A little farther back we see those who would hinder the Lord. These are the Scribes and their cohorts. At the very back of the crowd is our Lord’s family, the ones who have come to help Him, so they think. These verses focus on Jesus and His earthly family. Jesus uses the arrival of His physical family as an opportunity to teach us about His relationship ... Sun, 3 Aug 2014 06:41:57 EST FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Sun, 8/3/2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5752065 FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Sun, 8/3/2014 <BR> Mark 3:31-35 <BR> ARE YOU IN THE FAMILY? Lesson 17a <BR> <BR> I want you to get this scene in your head. Jesus is teaching in the city of Capernaum. He is surrounded by a vast multitude of people. Most of them are there to hear what He has to say because they are fascinated by His message and by His miracles, (v. 20). These people are there to hear the Lord. Others are there to find fault with Jesus and His words and works, (v. 22). T... Sun, 3 Aug 2014 06:26:51 EST WORDS OF WISDOM! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5751513 WORDS OF WISDOM: TODAY’S THOUGHT! <BR> 8/2 Sat <BR> These men give us hope today. The fact that Jesus was able to use the twelve men with all their weaknesses and failures lets me know that He can use me too. These men lacked spiritual understanding. They lacked humility. They lacked faith. They lacked commitment. They lacked power. These men were always getting into trouble; missing the point on Christ’s teachings; lashing out at people who were different; saying the wrong thing; walki... Sat, 2 Aug 2014 07:14:54 EST FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Sat, 8/2/2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5751507 FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Sat, 8/2/2014 <BR> Mark 3:13-19 <BR> THE CHOOSING OF THE TWELVE, Lesson 16d <BR> <BR> v. 16-19 THE MEN <BR> <BR> These last verses tell us the names of the men Jesus chose to be His disciples. In reality, each of these men deserves a separate sermon, but time will not allow for that right now. Today, we will content ourselves with just gleaning the barest of facts about them. <BR> <BR> Their Names – We will move through this list of names and learn a ... Sat, 2 Aug 2014 06:48:15 EST WORDS OF WISDOM! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5750878 WORDS OF WISDOM: TODAY’S THOUGHT! <BR> 8/1 Fri <BR> The preaching ministry of the twelve apostles was to be accompanied by miracles. They were given the power to heal the sick and to cast out devils. These were “sign gifts”. They were given this power to validate their ministry to the people they preached to. The people knew that Jesus was a Healer and that He had power over demonic spirits. When the disciples came preaching and demonstrating that same power, the people knew that their me... Fri, 1 Aug 2014 07:42:23 EST FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Fri, 8/1/2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5750866 FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Fri, 8/1/2014 <BR> Mark 3:13-19 <BR> THE CHOOSING OF THE TWELVE, Lesson 16c <BR> <BR> v. 14-15 THE MISSION <BR> <BR> These two verses tell us what the Lord expected these twelve men to do. These two verses establish a pattern of ministry that continues to this day. These verses also reveal a priority in ministry that we must not ignore. <BR> <BR> Involved Discipleship – “that they should be with Him” – This phrase highlights every disciple’s first prio... Fri, 1 Aug 2014 07:16:29 EST WORDS OF WISDOM! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5750237 WORDS OF WISDOM: TODAY’S THOUGHT! <BR> 7/31 Thu <BR> These men were set aside and were called “apostles”. This world speaks of “One sent with orders”. It refers to a “representative of the king; one who speaks with the king’s authority; one who must not be ignored.” Jesus handpicked these twelve men and sent them out with His message. Why did He call these men and not other men? Why were these singled out for this great honor? Was it something they possessed that other men lacked? Were ... Thu, 31 Jul 2014 09:06:26 EST FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Thu, 7/31/2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5750200 FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Thu, 7/31/2014 <BR> Mark 3:13-19 <BR> THE CHOOSING OF THE TWELVE, Lesson 16b <BR> <BR> A Time Of Sovereign Choice – There had been great multitudes following Jesus as He moved from place to place and ministered. Now, He chooses twelve men from among those vast multitudes to be His disciples. He had already called them to follow Him. We saw that, with Peter, Andrew, James, John and Matthew. Now, He calls them to a special place of service. <BR> <BR> (Matt... Thu, 31 Jul 2014 08:19:45 EST WORDS OF WISDOM! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5749415 WORDS OF WISDOM: TODAY’S THOUGHT! <BR> 7/30 Wed <BR> God knows what you are going to ask before you ask it. Since that is true, some people have wondered about the need to pray. After all, God is only going to do what He pleases to do. Your prayers and mine change nothing! So why pray? Have you ever thought that the whole end of prayer might be prayer itself? Have you ever considered the truth that God commands us to pray because He longs to fellowship and communion with people like us? He... Wed, 30 Jul 2014 06:27:07 EST FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Wed, 7/30/2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5749404 FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Wed, 7/30/2014 <BR> Mark 3:13-19 <BR> THE CHOOSING OF THE TWELVE, Lesson 16a <BR> <BR> This is a special passage. The ministry of Jesus is in full swing. The common people of the area follow Jesus because He preaches the Word of God in power and because He is working miracles for the glory of God. The religious leaders hate Jesus because He refuses to play by their rules and because He exposes them for the hypocrites they are. Our Lord’s days are filled w... Wed, 30 Jul 2014 06:05:23 EST TODAY'S ILLUMINATION! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5748724 Be ready to come to Jesus and get the help you need today. Approach Him with a sincere heart and give Him all the glory! For more information read today’s message, “FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH” and share it with your love ones. Thank You, MY FRIENDS , and God Bless YOU! Vic. <BR> <BR> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 07:23:47 EST WORDS OF WISDOM! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5748709 WORDS OF WISDOM: TODAY’S THOUGHT! <BR> 7/29 Tue <BR> A.W. Tozer used to tell the story of the governor of a mid-western state who disguised himself and went into prison for a day to learn of the conditions. While speaking with a likable young convict, he felt a strong desire to pardon him. “What would you do”, he asked casually, “if the governor were to offer you a pardon?” The convict said, “The first thing I'd do is cut the throat of the judge who sent me here.” The governor was ... Tue, 29 Jul 2014 07:02:57 EST FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Tue, 7/29/2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5748696 FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Tue, 7/29/2014 <BR> Mark 3:1-12 <BR> HOW’S YOUR HEART? Lesson 15e <BR> <BR> THE HOPEFUL HEART OF THE NEEDY <BR> <BR> We have seen the hard heart of the Pharisees and we have seen the holy heart of the Savior, in the remaining verses of our text, we see the hopeful hearts of the multitudes. Jesus has just been officially rejected by the religious leaders. However, there is a great multitude of people that see in Jesus the answer to their prayers and the f... Tue, 29 Jul 2014 06:27:33 EST