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Mark 1:9-15 (for March 5, 2006)

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Mark 1:9-15

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9At this time, Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. 10The moment he came out of the water, he saw the sky split open and God’s Spirit, looking like a dove, come down on him. 11Along with the Spirit, a voice: “You are my Son, chosen and marked by my love, pride of my life.”

God’s Kingdom Is Here

12At once, this same Spirit pushed Jesus out into the wild. 13For forty wilderness days and nights he was tested by Satan. Wild animals were his companions, and angels took care of him.

14After John was arrested, Jesus went to Galilee preaching the Message of God: 15″Time’s up! God’s kingdom is here. Change your life and believe the Message.”

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Written by Monte

February 27, 2006 at 9:16 pm

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  1. Those are Lenten thoughts! Thanks!
    The focus of these Scriptures on repentance has reminded me of a time just a few years back when I realized I had modified my view of how salvation operates. It became – and I mean here the “crisis” moment when we say salvation begins – the time at which repentance begins to be a friend, a way of life. Kind of, “Oh-ho! Now I see!”
    It helps me to think of it again, and to say it.


    March 2, 2006 at 10:41 pm

  2. Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about God’s kingdom being here and now. About us having just one shot at life. This chance right now to repent. This moment to obey or not. This second to receive what God so generously offers us.

    God so often got disgusted with Israel when they turned their backs on his generosity. And Jesus wept over Israel’s inability to receive (or plain ole disinterest in?) God’s goodness. In Pslam 80, God says, “Open your mouth, and I will fill it.” Why is it so hard for us to open wide to God? Maybe because life isn’t supposed to be that good? Because we’re supposed to fend for ourselves (God helps those who help themselves–what a lie!)?


    March 2, 2006 at 8:08 pm

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