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Mark 16:14

Mark 16:14 (ESV): "14 Afterward he appeared to the eleven themselves as they were reclining at table, and he rebuked them for their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they had not believed those who saw him after he had risen." [Some of the earliest manuscripts do not include 16:9–20.] It is impossible to please God without faith (Heb 11:...
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Mark 16:2-3

Mark 16:2–3 (ESV): "2 And very early on the first day of the week, when the sun had risen, they went to the tomb. 3 And they were saying to one another, "Who will roll away the stone for us from the entrance of the tomb?" Trusting God to roll the stone back in life isn't the easiest thing in the world to do. It takes walking by faith but ...
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Mark 15:12-14

Mark 15:12–14 (ESV): 12 And Pilate again said to them, "Then what shall I do with the man you call the King of the Jews?" 13 And they cried out again, "Crucify him." 14 And Pilate said to them, "Why? What evil has he done?" But they shouted all the more, "Crucify him." The Gospel is good news because it proclaims that vile, despicabl...
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Mark 14:72

 Mark 14:72 (ESV): "72 And immediately the rooster crowed a second time. And Peter remembered how Jesus had said to him, "Before the rooster crows twice, you will deny me three times." And he broke down and wept." Failing to take a stand for Jesus before man as a genuine Christian is the worst feeling ever. It produces a sense of sorrow i...
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Mark 14:41-42

Mark 14:41–42 (ESV): "41 And he came the third time and said to them, "Are you still sleeping and taking your rest? It is enough; the hour has come. The Son of Man is betrayed into the hands of sinners. 42 Rise, let us be going; see, my betrayer is at hand."  As a parent, I can appreciate Jesus waking His kids up before He goes to wo...
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Mark 14:29-31

Mark 14:29–31 (ESV): "29 Peter said to him, "Even though they all fall away, I will not." 30 And Jesus said to him, "Truly, I tell you, this very night, before the rooster crows twice, you will deny me three times." 31 But he said emphatically, "If I must die with you, I will not deny you." And they all said the same." Self-will and ...
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Mark 14:9

Mark 14:9 (ESV): 9 And truly, I say to you, wherever the gospel is proclaimed in the whole world, what she has done will be told in memory of her."  Love is a verb. It compels a person to act not because they have to or are told to but because they want to. Love works! Just a few days before His crucifixion Jesus was in Bethany at Simon t...
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Mark 13:35-37

Mark 13:35–37 (ESV): "35 Therefore stay awake—for you do not know when the master of the house will come, in the evening, or at midnight, or when the rooster crows, or in the morning— 36 lest he come suddenly and find you asleep. 37 And what I say to you I say to all: Stay awake."  In a world that is considered woke, many are as...
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Mark 13:5-7

Mark 13:5–7 (ESV): "5 And Jesus began to say to them, "See that no one leads you astray. 6 Many will come in my name, saying, 'I am he!' and they will lead many astray. 7 And when you hear of wars and rumors of wars, do not be alarmed. This must take place, but the end is not yet." False prophets and teachers have always existed in t...
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Mark 12:34

Mark 12:34 (ESV): 34 And when Jesus saw that he answered wisely, he said to him, "You are not far from the kingdom of God." It's been said, "Many will miss heaven by six inches, the distance between the head and the heart." It's not enough to know the right answers but one must have a personal relationship with God through His Son Jesus Christ...
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Mark 11:24-25

Mark 11:24–25 (ESV): 24 Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. 25 And whenever you stand praying, forgive, if you have anything against anyone, so that your Father also who is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses." Nothing hinders prayers like doubt and unforgiveness...
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Mark 11:15

Mark 11:15 (ESV): "15 And they came to Jerusalem. And he entered the temple and began to drive out those who sold and those who bought in the temple, and he overturned the tables of the money-changers and the seats of those who sold pigeons." Nothing angers God more than when His house is converted to a worldly flea market. It's not to be a ne...
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Mark 11:3-6

Mark 11:3–6 (ESV): "3 If anyone says to you, 'Why are you doing this?' say, 'The Lord has need of it and will send it back here immediately.' " 4 And they went away and found a colt tied at a door outside in the street, and they untied it. 5 And some of those standing there said to them, "What are you doing, untying the colt?" 6...
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Mark 10:44-45

Mark 10:44–45 (ESV): "44 and whoever would be first among you must be slave of all. 45 For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many."  The ways of this world are contrary to the core of the kingdom of God. This world honors the first and forgets the last. In the kingdom of God,...
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Mark 10:6-9

Mark 10:6–9 (ESV): 6 But from the beginning of creation, 'God made them male and female.' 7 'Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife, 8 and the two shall become one flesh.' So they are no longer two but one flesh. 9 What therefore God has joined together, let not man separate."  God made ...
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Mark 9:25

Mark 9:25 (ESV): 25 And when Jesus saw that a crowd came running together, he rebuked the unclean spirit, saying to it, "You mute and deaf spirit, I command you, come out of him and never enter him again."Demonic influence in our day is prevalent and becoming more apparent to the average person than ever before. In the name of Jesus demons can...
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Mark 8:32-33

Mark 8:32–33 (ESV): And Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. 33 But turning and seeing his disciples, he rebuked Peter and said, "Get behind me, Satan! For you are not setting your mind on the things of God, but on the things of man."  The greatest battle we face is not external but internal. It's a battle of the mind for whateve...
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Mark 8:17-19

Mark 8:17–19 (ESV): 17 And Jesus, aware of this, said to them, "Why are you discussing the fact that you have no bread? Do you not yet perceive or understand? Are your hearts hardened? 18 Having eyes do you not see, and having ears do you not hear? And do you not remember? 19 When I broke the five loaves for the five thousand, how ma...
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Mark 6:56

Mark 6:56 (ESV): "56 And wherever he came, in villages, cities, or countryside, they laid the sick in the marketplaces and implored him that they might touch even the fringe of his garment. And as many as touched it were made well." Desperation is a symptom of depression and is derived from despair. When people are desperate they are willing t...
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Mark 6:45-46

Mark 6:45–46 (ESV): "45 Immediately he made his disciples get into the boat and go before him to the other side, to Bethsaida, while he dismissed the crowd. 46 And after he had taken leave of them, he went up on the mountain to pray." There are times in life when Jesus has to put us in a boat and let us toil against the current all night ...
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