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   Christ's Last Public Ministry
   Mark 10:45-52
Sunday Morning Service,  July 28, 2013
Jesus is on the final stretch of the journey to Jerusalem and His perseverance has not diminished. He is determined to finish the work that God the Father and He arranged prior to the foundation of our world. Along this journey, Jesus has healed many different people with all kinds of diseases. However, in the Synoptic Gospel passages, this is the first time when the name of the person Jesus healed is named, Bartimaeus, the son of Timaeus.

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   The Theology of the Cross
   Mark 10:35-45
Sunday Morning Service,  July 21, 2013
Sometimes, what appears to be the main theme of a text may indeed only be the stimulant for something else. The disciples are exhibiting ambitious motives related to unclear spiritual vision. Indeed, there are rewards to be gained in faithfully following Christ, but those rewards should never be our motive for faithfulness and service. They may not like what they hear, but Jesus reveals that they should be ready to expect a cross, for the servant is not greater than his Lord. While the disciples have misunderstood Christ’s calling and destiny, it is clear that they misunderstand their own calling and destiny as well.

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   The Astonishment of the Disciples
   Mark 10:32-34
Sunday Morning Service,  July 14, 2013
This is the third and last explicit prediction to Christ’s disciples concerning His coming Passion and it is the most detailed of the three. With that in mind, you would think this would be a very slow journey. Instead, Jesus set His face like a flint toward Jerusalem (Isaiah 50:7) and the disciples are astonished (Mark 10:24, 32). In verse 24, they were astonished at His Words. In verse 32, they are astonished at His urgent determination to get to Jerusalem to complete the task for which He had come (Matthew 20:28).

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   George Stiekes
   Mark 10:23-31
Sunday Morning Service,  July 7, 2013
The rich young ruler appeared to have everything, but Jesus said that one thing was lacking - he did not have a living faith in God. His response to Christ’s command revealed that money was his god. He trusted what money could do for him, worshiped it and even found fulfillment from it. It not only robbed him of eternal life, it kept him from being a disciple of Christ. For the love of money is the root of all evil (I Timothy 6:10). Money and possessions cannot take care of anyone. We will leave it all behind when we leave this earth. We must recognize that God can look after our welfare both now and in glory eternally (Matthew 6:33).

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   Jesus and the Rich Young Ruler
   Mark 10:17-22
Sunday Morning Service,  June 23, 2013
The rich young ruler asked the most important question anyone could ever ask What must I do to inherit eternal life? Man in his sinful nature, like this young ruler, has rejected the answer given by Jesus Christ. This has resulted in the founding of more than two thousand different religions, cults and religious organizations. The rich young ruler went his way without obtaining eternal life. At the final judgment, there will be many who will give testimony to the wonderful works they have performed as members of these different religions. Jesus will then say to them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity (Matthew 7:23). There is only one way to have your sins forgiven and to gain everlasting life and that is through Jesus Christ (John 3:16). Jesus said, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father but by me (John 14:6).

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   Jesus Loves the Little Children
   Mark 10:13-16
Sunday Morning Service,  June 16, 2013
The Jewish people looked upon children as being a blessing from God and not a burden as many see them in America today. Lo, children are an heritage of the LORD; and the fruit of the womb is His reward (Psalm 127:3). It was customary for parents to bring their children to the rabbis to be blessed. In the same way, it was reasonable that they should bring their children to Jesus who welcomed them all, even though many of them did not have the understanding to desire His blessing or to be moved with holy desire and faith.

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   The Issue of Divorce
   Mark 10:1-12
Sunday Morning Service,  June 2, 2013
The primary discussion in this text concerns the issue of divorce.  However, in the Christian life, we must not be swayed from the most important issue in life – The Glory of God.  When dealing with worldly issues, it is easy to center our attention on self instead of God.  We must constantly be reminded – IT IS ALL ABOUT GOD AND OUR LIKENESS TO HIS SON, JESUS CHRIST.

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   The Place Called Hell
   Mark 9:42-50
Sunday Morning Service,  May 19, 2013
Man’s concept of God has changed, but God has not changed and His Word has not changed. God’s hatred of sin and His judgment against sinners has not changed either. Whether man believes it or not, there is a place called Hell and all those who reject God’s Word, refuse to repent of their sin, and resist trusting Christ as Lord and Savior of their lives will spend eternity there. The wicked shall be turned into Hell, and all the nations that forget God (Psalm 9:17).

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   Instruction for Christian Servants
   Mark 9:33-50
Sunday Morning Service,  May 12, 2013
Every genuine believer is a servant of Jesus Christ. We have been saved to serve. However, servants need to be instructed on the purpose, goals and methodology of service if our serving is to be effective for God’s glory. The disciples got caught up in their own desire for personal success. We must never forget that serving is all about Jesus Christ. Christ-likeness is the key so that our purpose is the same as Christ’s purpose and our goals must correspond to His goals. He even instructs us on the methodology. A good servant will learn from His mentor and magnify His life and ambitions to the glory of God.

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   Indoctrinating the Twelve Disciples
   Mark 9:33-37
Sunday Morning Service,  May 5, 2013
The experience of Peter, James and John on the Mount of Transfiguration was so great and glorious and yet Mark 9 reveals four different scenarios that reveal the immaturity of the disciples indicating their need for indoctrination. Spiritual immaturity was evident in 1) Peter’s words on the mount, 2) the failure of the disciples to cast the demon out of the possessed boy, 3) the inability of the disciples to accept Christ’s passion in Jerusalem, and 4) the disciples seeking positions of status in Christ’s Kingdom

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   Back in the Valley
   Mark 9:14-29
Sunday Morning Service,  April 28, 2013
After experiencing an incredible mountaintop experience, Jesus, Peter, James and John come back down into the valley of life and were faced immediately with a sharp contrast to what they had just experienced a young person in the grip of evil, parental anguish and nine disciples seemingly powerless to do anything about the immediate circumstances.

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   The Transfiguration of Jesus Christ
   Mark 9:1-9
Sunday Morning Service,  April 7, 2013
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God (John 1:1). Jesus Christ, who crossed the stage of human history almost 2,000 years ago, did not commence His life in Bethlehem of Judea. He is and always will be 1) The only begotten Son of God (John 3:16), 2) The Eternal Word of God (John 1:1-18), and 3) The brightness of God’s everlasting glory (Hebrews 1:3). The Apostle John said, And we beheld His glory (John 1:14). The Apostles witnessed His glory firsthand on the Mount of Transfiguration (2 Peter 1:17, 18; 2 John 1:1-3). The transfiguration provided a picture of the coming kingdom and a visible proof that Jesus Christ is indeed the Son of the living God.

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   The Way of the Cross
   Mark 8:27-9:1
Sunday Morning Service,  March 17, 2013
In the first half of the Gospel of Mark, Jesus establishes His authority over demons, disease, sin, nature and death. Mark now turns our attention to the purpose for which Christ came into our world to give His life a ransom for many (Mark 10:45). Jesus now prepares His disciples for the critical hour which is to come and turns towards the cross.

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   Another Feast
   Mark 8:1-21
Sunday Morning Service,  March 3, 2013
The disciples did not know what to do with the hungry crowd, even though they earlier witnessed Jesus feeding 5,000 (Mark 6:30-44). As Christ began to teach them, they further revealed their defective faith and understanding by not knowing what Jesus meant by the leaven. We can understand why the Pharisees failed to understand, but the disciples should have had spiritual insight.

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   Healing Miracles of Christ
   Mark 7:31-37; 8:22-26
Sunday Morning Service,  February 24, 2013
During his earthly ministry, Jesus healed the sick and even raised the dead. Crowds gathered continually and followed Jesus everywhere He went in order to either experience healing or see those who would experience this act of grace, love and mercy (Mark 1:33; Matthew 8:16). Matthew concluded that this was the fulfillment of Isaiah 53:4. That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Isaiah the prophet, saying, He Himself took our infirmities, and bare our sicknesses (Matthew 8:17).

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   The Syrophoenician Woman
   Mark 7:24-30
Sunday Morning Service,  February 10, 2013
The account of the woman from Syrophoenicia is unique because of the attitude of the Jewish people toward Gentiles.  They considered all Gentiles, not only as heathen but also as filthy dogs.  The woman is greatly distressed because her daughter had an unclean spirit.  The account centers on her petition for Jesus to cast out the demon to make her daughter well.

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   When Rite is Wrong
   Mark 7:1-23
Sunday Morning Service,  January 27, 2013
The Pharisees were very religious but practiced their religion only to defile their own character. Their religious rites not only defiled themselves, but also those who faithfully observed their religious rites. They were hypocrites whose worship was practiced in vain. Without realizing it, they were corrupting the influence of the Word of God by laying it aside (Mark 7:8) and robbing it of its power (Mark 7:13).

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   God’s Laws, or Man’s Tradition
   Mark 7:1-13
Sunday Morning Service,  January 13, 2013
The Pharisees laid great stress on tradition that translated more into ritual than genuine worship. Christ’s rejection of their empty religious traditions along with His teachings caused these traditionalists to reject Christ’s authority and to try and find something for which they could eliminate Him through death.

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   Christ's Coming and Tradition
   Mark 7:1-13
Sunday Morning Service,  December 23, 2012
There is one major reason why Christ came to this earth. Filled with love, mercy, grace, He was made in our likeness, lived among us a sinless life and then further humbled Himself by yielding His life to the death of Calvary’s Cross on our behalf (Phil 2:7-8). For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost (Luke 19:10). While there was one major reason for His coming, there were also many applications. In Matt 5:17, Jesus gives us one of these applications. Think not that I am come to destroy the law or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfill.

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   Assurance in the Storms of Life
   Mark 6:45-50
Sunday Morning Service,  December 2, 2012
Jesus went up on the mountain to pray after sending His disciples out on the sea to go to Bethsaida. The disciples experienced a fierce storm in the middle of the night. They continued to row hard into a headwind without making any progress. It appeared that they were in great danger. In the mean time, Jesus, knowing their dilemma, was praying for them. Actually, they were not in any danger at all while under the watchful care of Jesus. As God’s children, we are always under His watchful care. Consequently, what we so often see as danger is no danger at all. What a Wonderful Savior is Jesus, our Lord.

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   The Shepherd Feeds His Flock
   Mark 6:30-44
Sunday Morning Service,  November 18, 2012
We have before us the historical account of the feeding of the five thousand. Apart from the resurrection, it is the only miracle that is recorded in all four Gospels. In Mark 6, it follows the account of the martyrdom of John the Baptist and the return of the Apostles from their tours of ministry. We should note many practical lessons for us in this familiar account.

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   The Death of John the Baptist
   Mark 6:13-29; Romans 2:14-15; Mark 8:36
Sunday Morning Service,  October 14, 2012
Let your conscience be your guide! A person’s conscience is only as reliable as the data that has been placed into it. We live in a society that calls evil good and good evil (Isaiah 5:20). Obviously, the conscience can be tainted. God’s Word cannot be tainted or changed and is greater than our conscience. King Herod’s conscience being tainted, he could not make right decisions. Yet there was enough truth in his conscience that when he made the wrong decisions, he was internally tormented.

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   Mission of the Twelve
   Mark 6:6-13
Sunday Morning Service,  September 30, 2012
Jesus called twelve disciples unto Himself and ordained them that they should be with Him, and that He might send them forth to preach (Mark 3:14). Most of their training was in following Christ as He walked about the villages in a circuit (Mark 6:6). Now they are ready for a trial ministry which would foreshadow their future ministry when Christ ascends back to Heaven (Acts 1:8).

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   The Tragedy of Unbelief
   Mark 6:1-6
Sunday Morning Service,  September 16, 2012
Today, the world is divided on the identification of Jesus Christ. Charles Spurgeon wrote, Christ is the great central fact in the world’s history. All the lines of history converge upon Him. All the purposes of God culminate in Him. So why is it that many reject Him as their own Lord and Savior? It all boils down to this truth: There is a major difference between knowing about Him and knowing Him.

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   The Transforming Touch
   Mark 5:25-34
Sunday Morning Service,  September 2, 2012
Jesus said, Come unto Me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest (Matthew 11:28). Many people try everything else before coming to Jesus. The woman who was plagued with hemorrhaging for twelve years lived a wretched life. She had heard reports of Jesus’ power to heal and felt she had nothing to lose.

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   Christ's Authority over Death
   Mark 5:21-24; 35-43; Isaiah 64:4
Sunday Morning Service,  August 26, 2012
In the Gospel of Mark, Jesus demonstrates His authority and power over the destiny of mankind.   In the fifth chapter Mark takes this a step further than the previous chapters by zeroing in on three hopeless causes – the demon possessed man of the Gadarenes, the woman with an incurable issue of blood, and the death of the daughter of Jairus.

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   Liberating a Demoniac
   Mark 5:1-20
Sunday Morning Service,  July 22, 2012
In the four Gospels, there are thirty-five recorded miracles that display Christ’s power over nature, disease, demons, death and Hell. There were certainly many more miracles that He performed. Of all the accounts in Scripture of people possessed by evil spirits, the man described in our text is the worst case.

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   Teaching and Testing
   Mark 4:26-41
Sunday Morning Service,  June 24, 2012
Two key words sum up Christ’s ministry here in Mark 4 as Christ sought to convince His disciples of His true identity. They are teaching and testing, better understood by the disciples as parables and power. However, when you combine the two, the disciples end up seeing something of the holiness of Christ. In verse 41, they said one to another, What manner of man is this, that even the wind and the sea obey Him?

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   Principles from Proverbial Sayings
   Mark 4:21-25
Sunday Morning Service,  June 17, 2012
The Bible is unlike any other book because its author speaks through it right to the soul so that its message is easily understood and applied. But this is a conditional statement based on whether or not we have ears to hear and eyes to see what the Spirit of God wants to reveal to us. Hearing and seeing will be dependent upon whether or not you truly love God and His Word and whether or not you are willing to obey its precepts.

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   The Parable of the Sower
   Mark 4
Sunday Morning Service,  June 10, 2012
Mark only recorded four of Christ’s parables and three of them were drawn from the agricultural environment of the day: The Parable of the Sower, The Parable of Growth, and the Parable of the Mustard Seed.  The fourth one is the Parable of the Candle and all four are recorded in Mark 4.  All four focus on what we do with God’s Holy Word.

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   Teaching with Parables
   Mark 4
Sunday Morning Service,  May 20, 2012
In Mark 3:23, Jesus introduced the concept of teaching with parables. In Mark 4, Jesus teaches a large crowd gathered on the seashore four parables beginning with the Parable of the Sower. His purpose was to reveal truth to those who were ready to receive it (Mark 4:11) and to conceal truth to those who would have rejected it (4:11, 12). If we are to understand the parables, we need to be ready to receive it and to respond with obedience.

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   Who Is Jesus Christ
   Mark 3:20-35
Sunday Morning Service,  May 13, 2012
What is truth and in particular the truth about the Person of Christ? Does absolute truth actually exist? Do we truly believe in the absolute authority of God’s Word or do we, like the world, define truth from the human perspective? If truth is relative, then Jesus becomes whatever a person believes Him to be. In Mark 3, He is viewed by different ones as a lawbreaker, miracle worker, someone in league with Satan, and a mad man.

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   Choosing the Twelve Apostles
   Mark 3:7-19
Sunday Morning Service,  April 29, 2012
Our Lord healed a man in the synagogue with the withered hand and then withdrew Himself to the sea because of the large crowds and the threats of the religious and political leaders. When they finally docked, there was another multitude waiting for Him. After healing many, He recognized that His ministry was too much for one man. He empowered His disciples to assist Him in the ministry.

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   Healing the Man with the Withered Hand
   Mark 3:1-6
Sunday Morning Service,  March 25, 2012
What happens when there are two radically different spiritual paradigms? God had told His people that He would make a new covenant with the house of Israel (Jer 31:31). Instead of an outward religion, God said, ‘I will put my law within them and on their heart I will write it; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people’ (31:33). The foundation of this new covenant is Jesus Christ, who came to the Jews saying, ‘The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand’ (Mark 1:15). But the Jewish leaders wanted to hold on to their legalistic traditions.

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   Parabolic Responses to Pharisaic Opposition
   Mark 2:15-22
Sunday Morning Service,  March 4, 2012
Much of Jesus’ ministry involved teaching. He never taught a lesson in a classroom and He had no teacher’s tools with which to work and yet He was the Master Teacher. He taught by way of Scripture reading, dialogue, epigrams, object lessons, questions, discourses, sayings and parables. His greatest method was parables, through which He used common objects or action to illustrate spiritual truth.

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   Challenging Christ’s Ministry
   Mark 2:13-28
Sunday Morning Service,  February 26, 2012
The Pharisees were religious and very rigid. However, they followed human tradition to the exclusion of the true meaning of the Scriptures (Matt 15:1-3). It seemed that they cared more about rules, regulations and rituals than people. They felt threatened by the Christ’s ministry because His teaching from the Bible contradicted their oral traditions. Constantly challenging His ministry and accusing Him of blasphemy, they wanted Him eliminated at any cost.

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   The Healing of the Paralytic
   Mark 2:1-12
Sunday Morning Service,  February 19, 2012
Jesus could have focused His entire ministry healing the sick, casting out demons, and feeding people.  While many today focus on those ministries, that was not the reason for His coming to this earth.  He purposely chooses a paralyzed man to reveal the purpose of His mission.

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   The Intercessory Ministry of Jesus Christ
   Mark 1:33-39
Sunday Morning Service,  January 29, 2012
Jesus had a very active ministry and knew what it was to be mentally and physically exhausted. We must not fail to recognize that Jesus gave up the rights of His deity, living and ministering as a Spirit-filled man. He was, as we must be, entirely dependent upon His Heavenly Father.

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   The Authority of the Servant
   Mark 1:16-45
Sunday Morning Service,  January 22, 2012
In Mark 1, Jesus establishes and exhibits His authority. Every person in the world will face the question as to the final authority in their lives. Does Jesus Christ have the right to be final authority in your life?

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   The Gospel of Jesus Christ
   Mark 1:14-20, 38-39
Sunday Morning Service,  January 8, 2012
Mark records for us the beginning of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. The Gospel is centered in the Person of the Lord Jesus Christ and His work on our behalf in coming to this earth and sacrificing His life, paying the penalty for our sins. This glorious Gospel is so great and far beyond our comprehension, that it will never be fully exhausted or expressed in this world, even though many volumes have been written about it.

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   The Temptation of Jesus Christ
   Mark 1:12-13
Sunday Morning Service,  December 4, 2011
Most of us understand that it is important to be prepared to meet God. Our text is interesting from the perspective that it reveals that God found it necessary to be prepared to serve us. Jesus had to identify with us and live a perfect life before He could accomplish our redemption as a result of His death, burial and resurrection. He identified with us in His physical birth, His baptism and now in His temptation.

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   The Baptism of Jesus Christ
   Mark 1:3-11
Sunday Morning Service,  September 25, 2011
Mark is still dealing with preparatory events that must take place in setting forth the beginning of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. John the Baptist is preparing the way for Christ’s coming and hundreds of people are thronging around him to hear him preach and to be baptized. John’s baptism signified repentance of sin, which involved a change of direction concerning sin. Baptism was the public evidence or declaration of that change. Prior to a person trusting Christ as Lord and Savior of his life, he must recognize himself to be a sinner in need of a Savior.

Jesus was perfectly righteous and did not need to be baptized. So why did He ask John to baptize Him? There are a number of possible answers, but beyond identifying with us whose sins He would take upon Himself, He acknowledged John’s ministry and inaugurated His own ministry.

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   Preparation for the Gospel
   Mark 1:1-5
Sunday Morning Service,  September 18, 2011
Mark declares from the outset that Jesus is the long awaited Messiah and the Son of God, a testimony backed up by the Old Testament prophets and by the preaching of John the Baptist. John was commissioned by God to prepare the way for both Christ's ministry and message. John's message included a strong emphasis on repentance, which was then evidenced by baptism (immersion).

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   The Gospel of Mark: Introduction
   Mark 1:1
Sunday Morning Service,  September 11, 2011
Mark’s Gospel is the shortest of the four Gospels and is distinguished by its simple, vivid, terse, condensed and chronological portrait of the life and ministry of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. Mark was a close companion of Peter and it is believed that much of his material was based on firsthand observations by Peter. There are some graphic touches that indicate that he also would have been an eyewitness to some of the events in Christ’s life.

Mark is the first of the four Gospels to be written, about 53-55 AD. Most scholars believe that it was written from Rome to the people in Rome, first to believers to encourage them in the midst of persecution and secondly to non-believers to convince of the deity of Jesus Christ.

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