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Mark 15
by Audrey Rogers on February 28th, 2020
Mark 15:4-5“See how many charges they bring against you.” But Jesus made no further answer, so that Pilate was amazed. What’s the natural response when somebody brings a charge against us? You defend ourselves, right? Especially when we believe the accusation is false. And we know that was the case for Jesus, yet he made no attempt to defend or to deflect. And Pilate was amazed that Jesus didn’t e...  Read More
Mark 14
by Audrey Rogers on February 27th, 2020
Mark 14:29Even though they all fall away, I will not. An empty wagon makes a lot of noise. And, in and of ourselves, we’re all empty wagons. Therefore, we need to be careful of spouting off niceties in the moment. Oh, we want to please, and, yes, we desire to impress. We long for people to know our good intentions. But when it comes time to deliver, often we find that the wagon is empty. Wouldn’t ...  Read More
Mark 13
by Audrey Rogers on February 26th, 2020
Mark 13:1Look, Teacher, what wonderful stones and what wonderful buildings! Looking back on it now, what a odd thing to say. Wonderful stones and buildings? You’re showing Jesus your wonderful stones and buildings? Sometimes we get a little carried away. As we would expect, Jesus wasn’t impressed. To him they seemed like trivial matters. Years ago, my wife and I went to the Roman ruins. We saw the...  Read More
Mark 12
by Audrey Rogers on February 25th, 2020
Mark 12:24You know neither the Scriptures nor the power of God. I think some people assume that if you have one you automatically have the other. However, I find it interesting that Jesus maintains a distinction between the two. He suggests you can know Scripture and not the power of God. And, conversely, you can know the power, without really knowing the Scriptures. And it seems that Jesus is say...  Read More
Mark 11
by Audrey Rogers on February 24th, 2020
Mark 11:17Is it not written, “My house shall be called a house of prayer for all nations?” God loves the nations! He loves different cultures, countries, and languages. He enjoys various colors, clothes, and smells. He honors all manner of music, dancing, and customs. He esteems an assortment of foods, traditions, and stories. He loves it all. And He particularly relishes when it all comes togethe...  Read More
Mark 10
by Audrey Rogers on February 21st, 2020
Mark 10:43-44Whoever would be great among you must be your servant, and whoever would be first among you must be slave of all. The mark of greatness is a servant’s heart. Servants are not esteemed, if anything, they are overlooked and taken for granted. They are not thanked. They are not appreciated. And, if they are servants, they don’t require special treatment. They do what they do, because the...  Read More
Mark 9
by Audrey Rogers on February 20th, 2020
Mark 9:38Teacher, we saw someone casting out demons in your name, and we tried to stop him, because he was not following us? Sometimes churches can get so tribal. We develop strong group loyalty, and there’s nothing wrong with that. But as we see in verse 38, and following, Jesus transcends any one group. He is bigger than our sects and creeds. He is larger than our revivals and movements. He is n...  Read More
Mark 8
by Audrey Rogers on February 20th, 2020
Mark 8:35For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life from my sake and the gospel’s will save it. This is a phenomenal principle. Please get this—You can win the battle and lose the war. Or you lose the argument and win the friend. Do you see how that works? Whatever you do in the small, the opposite can happen in the large. Whatever you win today, you can lose tomorrow...  Read More
Mark 7
by Audrey Rogers on February 19th, 2020
Mark 7:6This people honors me with their lips, but their heart is far from me. Sometimes we care so much about the outside, and not very much for the inside. But then there are others who care about the inside, while the outside doesn’t look so great. Which would you rather have? If we had to pick, I pray we would go with the latter one every time. Losing respect is sometimes the path to inner pea...  Read More
Mark 6
by Audrey Rogers on February 17th, 2020
Mark 6:38How many loaves do you have? The answer was five loaves, and two fish. Not much. But if you pass it through the hands of Jesus… he can multiply it. All it takes is a little imagination. They took the little they had & PASSED IT THROUGH THE HANDS OF JESUS! “Oh, the need is so great, and my resources are so small.”  If I give… it won’t make much difference. If I give… what will I have left ...  Read More
Mark 5
by Audrey Rogers on February 14th, 2020
Mark 5:30Who touched my garments? This is one of my favorite things Jesus ever said: Who touched my garments? His disciples are like: What are you talking about? Everybody is clamoring over you. Pulling and tugging. Ripping and tearing. And you’re asking who touched me? Yes, somebody touched me. The difference? The crowd was there out of novelty. The woman was there out of need. Her touch was diff...  Read More
Mark 4
by Audrey Rogers on February 13th, 2020
Mark 4:38But he was in the stern, asleep on the cushion. The waves were beating against the boat, the water was filling the vessel, and his disciples were freaking out. This was it. They were going to die. Yet, there was Jesus, sound asleep on a pillow. I want that kind of peace. I want that kind of confidence. I want that kind of faith. When everything is breaking apart, I’m asleep because I know...  Read More
Mark 3
by Audrey Rogers on February 12th, 2020
Mark 3:7Jesus withdrew. Technology has allowed us an incredible level of connectivity. Whether it be email, texting, social media, messenger, FaceTime, you name it, we’ve got it. If you want to stay connected it’s easy. However, if you want to disconnect it’s hard. But, every once and awhile, I think it’s healthy. When the demands of life got hot and heavy, Jesus withdrew. And if Jesus withdrew, w...  Read More
Mark 2
by Audrey Rogers on February 11th, 2020
Mark 2:27The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath. The Sabbath is a gift. A day to stop and catch your breath. A day to refresh and repose. A day to regain your rhythm. A day to take a deep breath and relax. It’s a gift from God to mankind. However, what kind of gift is it when it’s obligatory? Under such expectations, it ceases to be a gift entirely and becomes a burden. A demand. A ...  Read More
Mark 1
by Audrey Rogers on February 10th, 2020
Mark 1:3Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight. Isn’t this what the entire Bible is about? Yes, that’s exactly what it’s about.From Genesis 3 to Mark 1 there are a symphony of sights & sounds. Genealogies & Geographies.Tabernacles & Temples.Laws & Decrees.Poets & Prophets.Songs & OraclesStories & Sermons.Conflicts & Wars.Empires & Exiles.Plots & Intrigues.… all employed to prepare th...  Read More
Matthew 28
by Audrey Rogers on February 7th, 2020
Matthew 28:5Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. He is not here, for he has risen. What?!! Who is this strange man? White and shining as the sun? And what does he mean: ‘He is risen’? We saw his body go in. We saw the men roll the great stone against the mouth of the tomb. He is risen? Can it be? Oh, that would be just like Jesus! Wait until Peter and the rest hear a...  Read More
Matthew 27
by Audrey Rogers on February 6th, 2020
Matthew 27:50Jesus cried out again with a loud voice and yielded up his spirit. There’s a lot going on in this chapter. Jesus is bound, led away, accused by the priests, condemned by the mob, abandoned by the governor, mocked by men, forsaken by God, and swallowed by death. What a colossal chapter this is. And he submitted to it all. But it’s, perhaps, this last step that I find most remarkable – ...  Read More
Matthew 26
by Audrey Rogers on February 5th, 2020
Matthew 26:52a, 53Put your sword back into its place… Do you think that I cannot appeal to my Father, and he will at once send me more than twelve legions of angels? During this time a Roman legion consisted of nearly 7,000 men. Can you imagine opening your front door to a legion of soldiers? It would be quite breathtaking to behold such an enormous force, let alone be attacked by one. Therefore, ...  Read More
Matthew 25
by Audrey Rogers on February 4th, 2020
Matthew 25:40As you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me. Jesus stands in solidarity with the down and outs. He has a special affinity with the needy. I find it interesting that he doesn’t come and personally fix the problem himself but waits for his representatives (the church) to do something about it. He wants the church to see them. He wants the church to know he s...  Read More
Matthew 24
by Audrey Rogers on February 3rd, 2020
Matthew 24:2You see all these, do you not? Truly, I say to you, there will not be left here one stone upon another that will not be thrown down. Getting the news of Kobe Bryant’s passing last week was a shock. Here one day and gone the next. Seems surreal. But that’s the way of the world. Nothing in this life remains forever. Kingdoms will pass, dynasties will fall, cities will topple, statues wil...  Read More
Matthew 23
by Audrey Rogers on February 1st, 2020
Matthew 23:37O Jerusalem, Jerusalem. Can you feel the tug? The weighted down heart? If you are a parent, or a caring friend, you know the feeling. If your loved one is wayward or just being difficult then you know how Jesus sometimes feels regarding us. He loves us. And that love doesn’t make his life easy. But, just as you know, you don’t give up. Your love keeps you in the game. No questions ask...  Read More