Keep worship focused on Him…

7:07 Mark “ ‘They worship me in vain; their teachings are merely human rules.'" (NIV)

Pharisees were always trying to find ways to speak against Jesus and the disciples. They followed all their man-made laws but missed the point of God’s laws in the process. How many of us go through religious rituals without getting to the heart of worship… giving God all praise and glory and thanks. Be sure to keep your worship focused on Him and His grace and mercy. Avoid extra rules or traditions which do not serve God or the needs of others.

Keep telling people…repent…

6:12 Mark “They went out and preached that people should repent.” (NIV)

Jesus sends out His disciples to various towns and cities. He pairs them up. He instructs them. Their message is simple, yet profound…”repent”. It requires that you are honest with yourself. It reminds us that we have ALL sinned against God and one another. We need to change. We need Jesus to take away our sins… AND He does! It is a message worth repeating…often!!

Hometown crowds are tough to please…

6:04 Mark “Jesus said to them, "A prophet is not without honor except in his own town, among his relatives and in his own home."” (NIV)

Jesus returns to His hometown and begins to preach in the synagogue. People wondered where He got such deep insights and understandings. Afterall, He was the son of Mary and Joseph… a brother to other siblings… a carpenter… a person of humble beginnings. They found it hard to believe that He could do so well and be more than they could comprehend. Don’t let that stop you. Share the Good News. Show them what Jesus can do in you.

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