- Mark 10:2-16 A Run Through the Thorns (Hoffacker)
Preaching about divorce is like running through a field of thorns, and listening to a sermon on divorce can seem the same way. One misstep and we just add to the hurting. But let us venture together carefully into the thorny field.
- Mark 10:2-16 Straight Talk about Stewardship (McLarty)
Our tendency is to take what Jesus said to the rich young ruler and apply it across the board. To be faithful, you’ve got to have a big garage sale and get rid of everything you own, giving the proceeds to those in need. I don’t think that’s what Jesus had in mind.
- Mark 10:2-16 Loneliness in Paradise (Donovan)
Recognizing that "It is not good that the man should be alone," God created woman and man together as a beautiful way to meet human needs. He created marriage as a lifelong relationship with one person. However, many marriages fail to capture that kind of beauty today.
- Mark 10:2-16 Good News For The Divorced (McLarty)
If you're laboring under the burden of guilt because you're divorced, leave that burden behind you. And if you're still holding on to hurt and anger caused by a divorce, let go of that, as well.
In Christ, all is forgiven; all things are new.
- Mark 10:13-16 Let the Children Come to Me (McLarty)
Children comprise one of the largest groups of unchurched people in the community; yet. The tragedy is that the children's lack of faith is not their fault; it's a choice their parents are making.
- Mark 10:13-16 God Bless the Child (Leininger)
"Let the little children come to me; and do not hinder them." "Hinder" suggests active, conscious, deliberate obstruction. But the obstruction may come simply from neglect to take some positive action.
- Mark 10:17-22 Why Do You Call Me Good? (McLarty)
I like to think of Jesus as someone we can relate to, someone who asks simple questions and expects straight answers. Take the question for today: "Why do you call me good?" How would you answer that? Why do you call Jesus good?
- Mark 10:17-31 The Opposite of Rich (Anders)
The opposite of rich is not poor. The opposite of rich is free. The rich man was not free to take the hand of Jesus because his hand was too full of things. He might as well have had a ball and chain around his leg. He was not free to follow Jesus.
- Mark 10:17-31 Then Who Can Be Saved? (Tilleraas)
Then Jesus drops the bomb--tells the rich man that he can’t have it all. He will have to choose -- this world, or the next. To attain eternal life, he will have to give up what he values most of all in this world; and then he will be free to seek eternal life and follow Jesus.
- Mark 10:17-31 Wanted: Followers (Kegel)
Following Jesus will be hard, keeping commandments, giving to the poor, recognizing that all we have is a gift of God to be used to God's glory. We are not asked to be a leader but invited to become a follower of Jesus.
- Mark 10:17-31 You May Have to Move Something! (Hoffacker)
For those who struggle to resist affluenza, the virulent epidemic of always wanting more, even small victories feel exhilarating. They are victories for which heaven cheers.
- Mark 10:35-45 What’s In It for Me? (Tilleraas)
These two men, who were so interested in assuming positions of leadership, did go on, after Pentecost, to become martyrs. In other words, they eventually drank from the cup that Jesus drank from -- and they learned what it means to serve.
- Mark 10:35-45 Saying Yes Is Never Easy (Wagner)
Giving away power is not something we are accustomed to. We like to be in control. We want others to do what we tell them. We even want God to do for us what we ask. This is exactly what the disciples were doing when they asked Jesus to give them special seats in heaven.
- Mark 10:35-45 Servant Leadership (Hoffacker)
James and John ask Jesus for a big favor. They want the premium seats, the ones right beside Jesus, when he finally is enthroned as king. They have a strong appetite for prestige and power. The other ten disciples are no better.
- Mark 10:35-45 Healthy Ambition (McLarty)
There’s a dark side to ambition, and it’s called greed. You see it every time one individual steps in front of another to get ahead. That’s the issue James and John brought to Jesus: "Teacher, we want you to do for us whatever we will ask."
- Mark 10:46-52 A Person of Honor (Hoffacker)
Bartimaeus makes a different request of Jesus than do James and John. He does not seek power over others. He does not care to be seen. What he wants is to see. Bartimaeus does not crave being special. He wants only to be ordinary: to see the world around him.
- Mark 10:46-52 What Do You Want? (Howard)
To the crowd around him Bartimaeus is nothing but a blind beggar who sits by the roadside in the same place day after day, stretching out his hand for help. A blind beggar, period. But what if you are Bartimaeus? Ah, then, you know something else.
- Mark 10:46-52 Basic Steps to Being Reformed (McLarty)
No matter how solid we may be in our faith, there’s always room for improvement. Besides, the world around us is anything but static. It’s dynamic, changing, always on the move. To take seriously the world's needs requires an on-going process of renewal.