A Word from God

John Koedyker

Read: Mark 9:5-13 This is my beloved Son; listen to him. (v. 7) We saw in yesterday’s reading that even Jesus needed encouragement. And he got it from Moses and Elijah. But the disciples needed encouragement, as do we. Sometimes it is just a pat on the back from a friend. Other times the encouragement may come through the words of a pastor or a counselor or fellow church member. But sometimes we need more than that. Thankfully, often God …

Encouragement and Confirmation

John Koedyker

Read: Mark 9:2-4 And there appeared to them Elijah with Moses, and they were talking with Jesus. (v. 4) A while back, I was asked to write a column twice a month for the local newspaper. I often take common, everyday occurrences and view them through the prism of the Christian faith. In the course of my writing, I decided to take an unapologetic biblical and Christ-centered approach. Soon I realized that not everyone agreed with my perspective. It became …

Keep Looking Up

John Koedyker

Read: Mark 8:38-9:1 There are some standing here who will not taste death until they see the kingdom of God after it has come with power. (v. 1) It is very easy to get down—down on yourself, down on work, down on life. Problems can seem overwhelming. Life has its challenges. But the amazing thing about Jesus is that he never ceases to trust God, his Father. And thankfully, he is our Father, too. And we can go to him …

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 …