A Loving Father and a Caring Savior

John Koedyker

Read: Mark 5:21-24, 35-43 Then came one of the rulers of the synagogue, Jairus by name, and seeing him, he fell at his feet, and implored him earnestly. (vv. 22-23) I love this story because it is about a father and his daughter. I have only one daughter and although I love my sons, there is a special bond that …

Sent Home

John Koedyker

Read: Mark 5:18-20 Go home to your friends and tell them how much the Lord has done for you. (v. 19) The man who had been demon-possessed was a changed man. He was changed so much that he begged Jesus to be allowed to go with him. But Jesus said no. Does this surprise you? Here was a willing worker, …

Spiritual Suicide—Asking Jesus to Leave

John Koedyker

Read: Mark 5:1-17 And they began to beg Jesus to depart from their region. (v. 17) This is an interesting story. A man living among the tombs was demon-possessed. He had a history of behaving wildly. No one could subdue him—even with chains. Night and day he would run around the hills scaring people, crying out in a loud voice, …

Peace in the Storm

John Koedyker

Read: Mark 4:35-41 [Jesus] awoke and rebuked the wind and said to the sea, “Peace! Be still!” And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm. (v. 39) A sudden, violent storm had arisen on the Sea of Galilee. Even experienced boat handlers like the disciples were scared stiff. Jesus was in the boat, too, but he was asleep. …

Growing Seeds

John Koedyker

Read: Mark 4:26-34 He sleeps and rises night and day, and the seed sprouts and grows; he knows not how. (v. 27) Jesus, it would seem, had a great appreciation for the miracle of growth. Although we may take it for granted, it is truly an amazing phenomenon. Having taken his teaching ministry outside, Jesus is reminded time and again …