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Getting Crumbs & Speaking Freely (Mark 7:24-37)

4/30/17. Week 23 in the Gospel of Mark. How can a person approach God? Do we come to Him like one would a blood-thirsty tyrant, fearful yet seeking to appease Him? Or do we take the more modern approach and casually talk freely to the Creator, on our terms, and whenever we feel like it? What’s the appropriate method from God’s perspective; and how does this scene with Jesus teach us about both God’s goodness and His severity?

// Jeff Patterson preaching on Mark 7:24-37 #GospelofMark

Living Inside Out: How to Be Clean Before God (Mark 7:1-23)

4/23/17. Week 21 in the Gospel of Mark. The obsessive-compulsive “cleanliness” behaviors of the Pharisees point to a deeper problem, and opportunity. Notice how their question becomes a controversial confrontation with Jesus.

Jesus never picked a fight unnecessarily. Jesus never debated something that wasn’t important, a universal or a profound principle. That’s what we have here. What’s the deal with clean hands?

// Jeff Patterson preaching on Mark 7:1-23 #GospelofMark

The Reason We’re Here (Mark 16:1-11)

4/16/17. Week 20 in the Gospel of Mark. On Resurrection Sunday (Easter) we recognize how the resurrection is the best available story of hope, redemption, and restoration. It changes everything. Jesus’ restorative power means that even the most faithless of us all can have a new start, a new identity, a new purpose in life, following Him.

The reason we’re here today and can worship God freely is because Jesus has risen from the death. This is our hope; He is our hope.

// Jeff Patterson preaching on Mark 16:1-11 #GospelofMark

Immersed in the Gospel » part two (Mark 6:45-56)

4/2/17. Week 20 in the Gospel of Mark. (Continuing part one.) It’s typical for some one to say Christianity is essentially a way of behaving. It’s a way of loving people. Of course it’s that, but it’s so much more.

Christianity is a way of being, and therefore, Christianity is a way of seeing.

// Jeff Patterson preaching on Mark 6:45-56 #GospelofMark

To & From Uganda With Love (Renew Uganda team stories)

3/26/17. Listen in as we hear from the Uganda mission team, recently arrived home from East Africa. There they lived and served alongside our friends Paul and Pam Hunter with Next Generation Ministries. Ladies from the Renew family joined others locally for this trip to the Pearl of Africa. Our relationship with the people of Jinja, Uganda especially, and the Hunters in particular, enable us opportunities to commit long-term for the renewal of the nation and making more disciples of Jesus.
#NGMUganda #weareMissionaries

Immersed in the Gospel » part one (Mark 6:45-52)

3/19/17. Week 19 in the Gospel of Mark. It’s typical for some one to say Christianity is essentially a way of behaving. It’s a way of loving people. Of course it’s that, but it’s so much more.

Christianity is a way of being, and therefore, Christianity is a way of seeing.

// Jeff Patterson preaching on Mark 6:45-52 #GospelofMark

Feeding the Whole World » part two (Mark 6:30-44)

3/12/17. Week 18 in the Gospel of Mark. Continuing where we left off in the Feeding of the 5,000, Jesus shows the disciples how they will feed the whole world!

The fame of Jesus was spreading and so many people began following Him that it was difficult to even have the time to eat. While out at a desolated place, with Jesus teaching and healing until late in the day, the disciples suggested the Master send the crowd home.

Instead, Jesus told the disciples to feed everyone. But how could they do that?

This is much more than a miracle about bread.

// Jeff Patterson preaching on Mark 6:30-44 #GospelofMark

Feeding the Whole World » part one (Mark 6:30-44)

3/5/17. Week 17 in the Gospel of Mark. The fame of Jesus spread had spread and so many people followed Him that it was difficult to even have the time to eat. While out at a desolated place, with Jesus teaching and healing until late in the day, the disciples suggested the Master send the crowd home.

Instead, Jesus told the disciples to feed everyone. But how could they do that?

// Jeff Patterson preaching on Mark 6:30-44 #GospelofMark

Decisive Courage (Mark 6:14-29)

2/26/17. Week 16 in the Gospel of Mark. Herod was fascinated with John. Notice, after he is in prison, it says Herod heard John. He loved to hear him, but he was greatly puzzled even though he liked to hear him (Mark 6:20).

Herod was double-minded, languishing between two opinions, and indecisive in his evaluation of Christ and self. Doubt and fear are a helpful tools, when used rightly.

// Jeff Patterson preaching on Mark 6:14-29; Jude 17-25 #GospelofMark