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Four Reasons to NOT be Discouraged

1.) The parable of the sower/soils (Mk. 4:1-20) shows that good ground exists! 2.) The parable of the growing seed (only in Mk. 4:26-29) shows that God's kingdom will surely grow and come to its fullness in HIS time. 3.) The parable of the mustard seed/shrub (Mk. 4:30-32) shows the surprising greatness (international nature, too, perhaps, "the birds") of God's work in the present age.

In addition, it is interesting to think about why the parable of the tares—which stressed the evil one's opposition to God's work—is NOT in Mark. The Second Gospel mentions the CASTING OUT of demons far more frequently than the others. So perhaps the tares parable was LEFT OUT to give us a fourth (unspoken) reason to not be discouraged.

The descriptive summary chart below, on the parable of the growing seed, is explained on the Mark page. Click the link below to go there.

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September 22, 2021

Is Fleeing Biblical?

Are we Christians supposed to FLEE like those in Mark 13:14?
Believers should always be watchful and cautious regarding evil in the world. So it may be wise, for instance, to move to a new area or remove the children from the local school. However, Christians are also to be firm in their faith (1 Cor. 15:58) who stand fast like good soldiers (Eph. 6:10-18). In Acts, the apostles sometimes moved to new areas because of persecution, but they also sometimes stayed in place. Like them, we should be both cautious and courageous, case by case.

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September 10, 2021

Overcoming Failure

There is an emphasis on the FAILURE of the disciples (other than Peter) in Mark 9:14-29, but the passage ends with the Lord teaching them how to avoid it in the future through prayer as shown in this 3D diagram.

The more comprehensive summary chart of Mark 9:14-29 below shows that it is a DARK but ENLIGHTENING passage as failure often is. -- By the way, how would you fill in the two blank "wild cards" on the chart?

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August 19-20, 2021

The Great Calm

How would you describe the calming of the sea in Mark 4:35-41? There are still some blank spots on the diagram below because I just started this chart today, for use on Wednesday.

By the way, it is nearly impossible to find a photo of the Sea of Galilee with it perfectly calm. So what a great miracle / sign the great calm was to the disciples! Another reason it was so shocking to them may be because they expected Jesus to pray, like a prophet might do. Instead, HE commanded the winds and the waves.

Mark's account may be more detailed than Luke's because he heard about the great calm and what happened during the crossing directly from Peter.

OVERCOMING FAILUREThere is an emphasis on the FAILURE of the disciples in Mark 9:14-29, but the passage ends with the Lord teaching them how to avoid it in the future through prayer as shown in yesterday's 3D diagram. This summary chart shows that it is a life-like, DARK but ENLIGHTENING passage. https://www.toaministries.com/mark-d-i-yBy the way, how would you fill in the two "wild cards" on the chart

A more complete summary diagram is shown below. For an explanation of the various terms and a short devotional study on them go to the new MARK page (button below).

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August 17-18, 2021

The Lord's Prayer

Today, a new D.I.Y. (Describe-It-Yourself) page focused on prayer was added to the website. The first study is on the Lord's Prayer.

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August 13, 2021

New Studies in Luke

SEVEN new studies / devotionals have been added to a new Luke - D.I.Y. (Describe-It-Yourself) page in the last two weeks. For instance, the chart below is a summary of the story of the two thieves in 23:39-43 which was just added today.

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August 10, 2021

EARLIER DEVOTIONALS

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