Day 1: Repent

Day 1: Repent

WEEK 1, DAY 1: REPENT “Repent and believe the good news!”  (Mark 1:15) Scripture Reference: Mark 1:1-20 “Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.”  (Leo Tolstoy) Repent. It’s such a negative-sounding word, a religious term that seems to fit fire-and-brimstone, street-corner sermons better than it fits our image of…

Day 3: Purity

Day 3: Purity

WEEK 1, DAY 3: PURITY Scripture Reference: Mark 3:20-30 My face burned with the hot fire of being found out, certain my sin was glowing over my head. Here I was, in the middle of a youth meeting, hearing I had broken the heart of God by giving my heart to a boy. I felt…

Day 4: Righteousness

Day 4: Righteousness

WEEK 1, DAY 4: RIGHTEOUSNESS Scripture Reference: Mark 4:1-34 How would you feel today if you were addressed as a “holy one” or if someone called you “Saint so-and-so”? Did you know that in his letters, the apostle Paul often addresses the Christians as “holy people” or “saints”? (See Ephesians 1:1)  Holiness and purity are…

Day 5: Compassion

Day 5: Compassion

WEEK 1, DAY 5: COMPASSION: Scripture Reference: Mark 5 Does anyone remember that riveting scene from the movie “The Hunger Games”?  The moment that Katniss Everdeen volunteers to serve as tribute in place of her young sister Prim?  As a result, she was forced to go to a brutal arena and fight for her life….

Day 6: Justice

Day 6: Justice

WEEK 1, DAY 6: JUSTICE Scripture Reference: Mark 6:14-29 The German philosopher, Hegel, described how truth is not found in the thesis or the antithesis but the synthesis which draws the two together. How can we reconcile seeking justice in a world filled with injustice?  Justice becomes a buzzword because our world is defined by…

Day 7: Mercy

Day 7: Mercy

WEEK 1, DAY 7: MERCY Scripture Reference: Mark 7:24-37 I have watched my father battle numerous illnesses. I had witnessed multiples surgeries and intense rehabilitative therapies in the last 19 years.  Watching a loved one endure any hardship is challenging. And this was no exception. During the last few years I had questioned the purpose…