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 …

Visible Faith

John Koedyker

Read: Mark 4:21-25 He said to them, “Is a lamp brought in to be put under a basket, or under a bed, and not on a stand?” (v. 21) In Grand Haven, Michigan, where I live, a lighthouse is situated on a pier that juts far out into Lake Michigan. For many years that lighthouse has stood there, indicating to …

The Harvest Is Sure

John Koedyker

Read: Mark 4:1-20 And other seeds . . . produced grain, growing up and increasing and yielding thirtyfold and sixtyfold and a hundredfold. (v. 8) As Jesus continued his ministry outdoors, he saw a farmer sowing seeds. He used that as an illustration of what happens when the gospel is shared with people. We sow the seed of the Word …

An Unforgiveable Sin?

John Koedyker

Read: Mark 3:22-30 Truly, I say to you, all sins will be forgiven the children of man, and whatever blasphemies they utter, but whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit never has forgiveness, but is guilty of an eternal sin. (vv. 28-29) One of the great summaries of what Christians believe is found in the Apostles’ Creed. This often-repeated confession of …

The Family of God

John Koedyker

Read: Mark 3:20-21, 31-35 Whoever does the will of God, he is my brother and sister and mother. (v. 35) Because they receive so little attention in the Gospels, we may sometimes forget that Jesus actually had a human family. He was born into a Jewish home and grew up in Galilee with a mother, father, and siblings. In the …