01/07/2015 – Antifragile

Mark 14:40-73 These are the disciples.  These guys that run away, betray and deny Jesus…they are his “boys.”   These guys followed Jesus for 3 years.  They gave up everything: jobs, family, other friends, religion, culture…and they followed Jesus.  They saw him do amazing miracles.  They watched him return crazy people back to their right mind,…

1/4/15 Branching Out/ Sermon Notes/ Memory Verse/ Reading Plan

Baptism and Identity Mark 1:4-11 And a voice came from heaven, “You are my Son, the Beloved; with you I am well pleased.” Mark 1:11 Identity Baptism- Jesus Baptized- Why? Heavens Torn/Rent The Spirit descends The Lord Speaks My Son The Beloved Well-Pleased We need to know these 3 The Spirit leads him into the…

Precious Faith

12/31/14- Precious Faith 2 Peter 1-3   “Precious” is a word we don’t use a lot. Well, except for Gollum, who used it a little too much. Everyone knows what it means but who says it? Women say it when meeting a friend’s new baby. Men, not so much. Certainly not a salty old fisherman, called “Rocky” by his…

12/29/14 – 1 Peter 1-2

Note:  I’ll be taking a break from blog writing for a few weeks.  Click HERE to read the blog post that explains why, if you’re curious.  In the mean time, I’ll put today’s reading below, in the Message translation.     I, Peter, am an apostle on assignment by Jesus, the Messiah, writing to exiles scattered…

12/28/14 Branching Out/ Sermon Notes/ Memory Verse/ Reading Plan

SERMON NOTES Wise Men Find Jesus Matthew 2:1-12 Wise Men – Legend or a story of a living faith to be shared? Who were the Wisemen Before there is faith there is an invitation from God Faith begins when we respond to what God reveals Faith will be tested Trouble in Jerusalem-Herod God supplies what…

12/26/14 – Bookends

Mark 16:1-20 It seems fitting, albeit somewhat jarring, that today — the day after Christmas — the rooted verse deals not with the birth of baby Jesus, but with the resurrection of the crucified Jesus. The manger cradle, and the empty tomb… these two scenes form bookends that mark the beginning and the end of…

12/22/14 – Mark 14:1-31

Note:  I’m taking a break from blog writing for a few weeks.  Click HERE to read the blog post that explains what I’m up to, if you’re curios.  While I’m away, I’ll put today’s text below, in the Message translation…     In only two days the eight-day Festival of Passover and the Feast of…

12/21/14 Branching Out/ Sermon Notes/ Memory Verse/ Reading Plan

Sermon Notes Faithful people waiting on God Advent means Waiting- 2 stories of waiting- Particle Fever Faithful Prophet Simeon Conspicuous Prophet Anna These folks had been waiting for a long time We wait for his return I Can Only Imagine little tastes-first deposits- Kingdom moments Someday the wait will be over and the endless celebration will…

12/12/14 – The Healers and the Priests

Author’s Note: In the hubbub of finishing a very full term of grad school (6 classes, over 300 pages written, and a stack of books read that was taller than my four year old) I forgot to publish my Rooted post last Friday. We can just think of this as an early #throwbackthursday. Sorry for the…

12/15/14 – Mark 10:1-31

Note:  I’m taking a break from blog writing for a bit, and in the mean time, here’s the text for today in the Message translation.  Click HERE for the post that explains what I’m up to, if you’re curious.     From there he went to the area of Judea across the Jordan. A crowd…