Living with an Eye on Eternity

John Koedyker

Read: Mark 8:36-37 What does it profit a man to gain the whole world and forfeit his soul? (v. 36) We human beings seem to be hardwired to want things—and we want them now! We call it “instant gratification.” Why should we wait? Instant gratification may sound good, but is it really? Most of the things we want satisfy us for the moment, but most do not have long-lasting positive effects on us. Fast food may be fast, but is …

Taking Risks for Jesus

John Koedyker

Read: Mark 8:35 For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake and the gospel’s will save it. (v. 35) Taking risks does not come naturally to most of us. It certainly doesn’t to me. I tend to be a rather cautious and careful person. That may be good in some instances, but when it comes to the gospel, Jesus expects us to be “all in.” Jesus was a risk-taker. What a …

The Way of a Disciple

John Koedyker

Read: Mark 8:34-35 If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. (v. 34) Often people describe their conversion as a “come to Jesus” moment. What they mean, of course, is that they finally realize that they need God in their lives and they “come to Jesus” for salvation. How important that is! But if you look at the words of Jesus in these verses, the coming to Jesus is the …

Think Before You Speak

John Koedyker

Read: Mark 8:31-33 You are not setting your mind on the things of God, but on the things of man. (v. 33) Lots of things come out of our mouths. It is estimated that the average person says about 16,000 words a day! That is a lot of talking! What strikes me is that so often we don’t think about what we say. So often we just blurt out words. Sometimes we wish we could have those words back as …

Christ Alone

John Koedyker

Read: Mark 8:27-30 [Jesus] asked them, “But who do you say that I am?” Peter answered him, “You are the Christ.” (v. 29) As I write this in the month of October 2017, many Christians are celebrating the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. It was on October 31, 1517, that Martin Luther nailed his 95 theses to the door of the Castle Church at Wittenberg, Germany, beginning a new age in the life of the church of Jesus Christ. Something …