February 26/Mark 12

Verses 1-12 > This is a sobering story. The point > God sent his son Jesus into His world to save us from our sins. Our sins had separated us from God. He loves us so much that He wants to spend an eternity with us. Jesus paid the penalty for our sin. The wrath of God against sin had to be satisfied and Jesus satisfied it with his death on the cross for us. Jesus is the cornerstone that our live must be built upon. Father God is looking for those people who will reverence and honor His Son. We live in a day of grace; however there is a day of judgment coming. Father God is very patient and very gracious. People will have to walk over Jesus to get to hell. There will be no excuses for not honoring Jesus and yielding our lives to him. When Judgment Day comes all those who have not received Jesus as Lord and Savior will be punished in hell. That is the way God set it up. Receive Jesus, live for him and you will not have to sweat Judgment Day!

Verses 18-27 > Note three things > 1. The power of God > vs:24. God has the power to put back together and bring to life anyone who has ever lived and have them stand before him on Resurrection Day. It doesn’t matter is a person has been blown apart, eaten by an animal, cremated or whatever. 2. No marriage in heaven. I was going to make a couple of wise cracks here like, I’m free, I’m free, but I won’t. 3. People that have died are alive. If they weren’t alive God would have said, “I was the God of … but he said, I am the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. There is going to be a resurrection; are you ready for it?

Verses 29-34 > One of the ways that God can tell if you love Him is by how you treat people. He said it I didn’t! It is not my bible reading, my prayers, my fasting, my church attendance, my giving that tells how much I love the Lord, although they can be good indicators. See verses 38-40. The real telltale sign is relationships.

Verses 41-44 > Did you want a standard to measure your giving by? Here it is. Did I just see the all the air get let out of your balloon? We probably all could do better right?

After you read this chapter weren’t you glad you know Jesus? Tell someone who knows you might have spared them a terrible resurrection.

Be Inspired Hilltop!

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  1. Toni Ericson says

    Please keep the blog! Fantastic way to recap the scripture and keep the mind open.

  2. Mark Gundersen says

    This chapter is about how you treat people. The first section tells a parable on how the prophets were treated and how Jesus will be treated. Then he answers three questions meant to trap him but he turns around to state right relationships to God and people. Then sacrificial giving was shown. If we follow the lessons from this chapter we will be closer to God and people.

  3. Judy Mccollough says

    Keep the blog. It helps me to understand the word better.

  4. Your blog is a huge commitment to us and I so appreciate the time you spend giving us daily mini-sermons! Please keep them coming. Thank you, Pastor Dan.

  5. Tim Hamilton says

    I have really been enjoying your blog, Pastor Dan! It helps me to keep on track with my own reading, and I love your insights. Helps me to know we are journeying together through this together as a church body. Keep the blog coming!

  6. Keep the blog, please. Very appreciated!

  7. Nicole Hamilton says

    Definitely keep the blog! This is the first time in a long time that I’ve been able to maintain a steady bible reading plan and I believe the blog is a large part of helping to encourage that habit for me. Thank you so much for all your wisdom, insight, and dedication!