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On Heart Devotion

“And the foreigners…these I will bring to my holy mountain, and make them joyful in my house of prayer; their burnt offerings and their sacrifices will be accepted on my altar; for my house shall be called a house of … Continue reading

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Angry Jesus Curses the Fig Tree

“On the following day, when they came from Bethany, he was hungry. And seeing in the distance a fig tree in leaf, he went to see if he could find anything on it. When he came to it, he found … Continue reading

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Saturated in the Scriptures

And He began to teach and say to them, “Is it not written, ‘MY house shall be called A house of prayer for all the nations’? But you have made it a robbers’ den.” (Mark 11.17) I love the picture … Continue reading

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“Bartimaeus…was Sitting by the Roadside”

“And they came to Jericho. And as he was leaving Jericho with his disciples and a great crowd, Bartimaeus, a blind beggar, the son of Timaeus, was sitting by the roadside.” (Mark 10:46 ESV) It is helpful to pay attention … Continue reading

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“The Lord has Need of It”

““If anyone says to you, ‘Why are you doing this?’ you say, ‘The Lord has need of it’; and immediately he will send it back here.”” (Mark 11:3 NAS95) I’m into Mark 11 on my slow trudge rapid race through the … Continue reading

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“He’s Calling for You”

“Jesus stopped and said, “Call him.” So they called the blind man and said to him, “Have courage! Get up; he’s calling for you.”” (Mark 10:49 CSB17) The crowd calls the soon to be ex-blind Bartimaeus to Jesus. I’m struck by the … Continue reading

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“Have Mercy on Me”

“And when he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to cry out and say, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!”” (Mark 10:47 ESV) Mark recounts how Jesus has an encounter with a blind man, Bartimaeus, son … Continue reading

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