Jesus lets defeat make Him victorious

Scripture Notes on Mark 15 “And those who passed by derided him, wagging their heads and saying, ‘Aha! You who would destroy the temple and rebuild it in three days, save yourself, and come down from the cross!’” -Mark 15:29-30 When the passers-by looked at Jesus, they thought they saw a failure…but they were blind. […]

The heart of the Son is the will of the Father

Scripture Notes on Mark 14 “And going a little farther, [Jesus] fell on the ground and prayed that, if it were possible, the hour might pass from Him.  And He said, ‘Abba, Father, all things are possible for You.  Remove this cup from me.  Yet not what I will, but what You will.’” -Mark 14:35-36 […]

Jesus Makes Dead Things Live Again

It was obvious to everyone: the boy was dead. “And after crying out and convulsing him terribly, [the unclean spirit] came out, and the boy was like a corpse, so that most of them said, ‘He is dead.’” -Mark 9:26 Nice try, Jesus, but this one was too much.  Sorry, dad, better start making funeral plans.  Sorry, […]

Jesus gives provision through the Church

Scripture Notes on Mark 10 “Jesus said, ‘Truly, I say to you, there is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or lands, for my sake and for the gospel, who will not receive a hundredfold now in this time, houses and brothers and sisters and […]

Listen to Jesus

Scripture Notes on Mark 9 “And a cloud overshadowed them, and a voice came out of the cloud, ‘This is my beloved Son; listen to him.’” -Mark 9:7 There is a difference between hearing Jesus and listening to Him. There is a difference between seeing Jesus and experiencing His fullness. The disciples had seen Jesus […]

Maybe That Barrier is Shorter Than it Looks

Concrete is a bear to get through. I can hear the sound of the surf on the other side.  I can smell the salt and feel the sand under my toes but my journey has been blocked. I can see the other side through a little drainage tube cut into the concrete.  It’s certainly nothing […]

How to Have No Fear on Judgment Day

As a pastor, I often get questions of a more theological nature. Thursdays are the day I like to post some on the blog. Enjoy! —Pastor Phillip Here’s an e-mail I received a few days ago about Matthew 22:1-14. Would like any thought you have on this Scripture. I have heard many things over the […]

Faith Like a Fountain

The fountain doesn’t care about my schedule. I’m sitting on a bench, barefoot in the sun as I bask in the feeling of the warm rays on my skin and the cool grass between my toes. In front of me is the tall stone fountain that caught my eye the first time I came to […]