Week Five — Verse by Verse Devotional Series — The Life of Christ is Mark — Mark 5: 14, 15


Mark 5: 41, 42 He took her by the had and said to her, ‘Talitha koum!’ (which means, “Little girl, I say to you ‘get up.’). Immediately the girl stood up and walked around (she as twelve years old).  At this they were completely astonished.

Prayer:  Lord Jesus, your words to us are life and hope.

Thought for the day:  Anyone can give the gift of a pick-me-up word.


Psalm 27: 13, 14 I am still confident of this: I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.

Prayer:  Lord God, we wait for your working in the affairs of the world.

Thought for the day:  Your ticket never expires early ,when you are waiting for the Lord.


Isaiah 40: 30, 1 Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength.  They will soar on wings like eagles, they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.

Prayer:  Lord God, the very thought of you gives strength to our spirit to carry on.

Thought for the day: Love of God is a natural high.


I Thessalonians 1:9, 10 for they themselves report what kind of reception you gave us.  They tell how you turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God, and to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead – Jesus, who rescues us from the coming wrath. 

Prayer:  Lord Jesus, you have given us a worthwhile hope to wait upon.

Thought for the day:  Idols are indifferent to the give and receive demands of love.


Romans 8: 24, 25 For in this hope we were saved.  But hope that is seen is no hope at all.  Who hopes for what he already has?  But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently.

Prayer:  Lord Jesus, when we read the Gospels, we know the wait for you is worth it.

Thought for the day: Children’s happiness grows through waiting.


Psalm 130: 5, 6 My soul waits for the Lord more than watchmen wait for the morning.  O Israel, put your hope in the Lord, for with the Lord is unfailing love, and with him is full redemption.

Prayer:  Lord God, in our hours of uncertainty may we have the faith to wait upon you.

Thought for the day:  Sometimes the waiting line is longer, when you come back later.


Revelation 1: 7,8 Look he is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see him, even those who pierced him; and all the peoples of the earth will mourn because of him.  So shall it be! Amen.  “I am the Alpha and the Omega.” Says the Lord God. “who is, and who was, and who is to come, the Almighty.”

Prayer:  Lord Jesus, in faith we believe that you will return for your saints.

Thought for the day: Some persons have learned to live at peace with their scars.


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Week Four — Verse by Verse Devotional Series — The Life of Christ in Mark — Mark 4: 14,15


Mark 4:14, 15 The farmer sows the word.  Some people are like seed along the path, where the word is sown. As soon as they hear it, Satan comes and takes away the word that was sown in them.

Prayer: Lord God, may we be prepared to receiver your divine word of life.

Thought for the day:  The best complement to good see is good soil.


Romans 10: 17 Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word of Christ.  But I ask, Did they not hear?  Of course they did:  “their voice has gone out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world.”

Prayer:  Lord God, we have heard your word, and we believe your promises to us.

Thought for the day:  Someone said the Bible contains truths to be believed, commands to be obeyed, and promises to be received.


Psalm 119 10, 11 I seek you with all my heart; do not let me stray from your commands.  I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you. 

Prayer:  Lord God, keep us ever in the upright path of your word.

Thought for the day:  The Alpine climber knows that a secure footing is the difference between life and death.


Matthew 4:4 Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’”

Prayer:  Lord God, on your word we are nourished in body and soul.

Thought for the day:  Not all words are nutritious and wholesome for the soul


Philippians 4:6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard you hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Prayer:  Lord Jesus, when worldly anxiety would choke our faith we turn to you in prayer.

Thought for the day: Anxiety is a reaction, but prayer is an action.


Psalm 27 13, 14 I am still confident of this:  I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.  Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.

Prayer:  Lord God, we wait to see the fruit of your word in our lives.

Thought for the day:  Impatience is not a secret ingredient that makes all fruit ripen at the same time.


Isaiah 55:10, 11  As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty , but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.

Prayer:  Lord God, may you find in us a good and godly return for sending us your divine word.

Thought for the day: The wise agriculture agent test the soil before applying fertilizer.

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Week Three — Verse by Verse Devotional Series — The Life of Christ in Mark — Calling Disciples — Mark 3:13, 14


Mark 3:13, 14 Jesus went up on a mountain and called to him those he wanted ad they came to him.  He appointed twelve – designating them apostles – that they might be with him and that he might send them out to preach and to have authority to drive out demons.

Prayer:  Lord Jesus, in your great wisdom, love, and mercy you have called us to share your message.

Thought for the day: If Jesus could use a loud-mouth fisher, a tax collector, and a political activist; then he can use you to send his message.


Luke 6:12 One of those days Jesus went out to a mountainside to pray, and spent the night praying to God.  When morning came, he called his disciples to him and chose twelve of them, whom he also designated apostles.

Prayer:  Lord Jesus, we covet your prayers for our service for you.

Thought for the day:  When we anoint our decisions with prayer, we receive the assurance that God shall lead us forward.


Jeremiah 1: 4, 5 The word of the Lord came to me, saying, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.

Prayer: Lord God, you called us into being that we might live in service to you.

Thought for the day:  We all were God’s test-tube babies.


Romans 8:28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.

Prayer:  Lord God, thought this world may be a great mystery, we know you call us and we love you.

Thought for the day: When we find our God-given calling the world will fall into place.


Galatians 1:15, 16 But when God, who set me apart from birth and called me by his grace, was pleased to reveal his Son in me so that I might preach him among the Gentiles, I did not consult any man.

Prayer: Lord God, we are trusting your word and your Spirit to lead us as no other can.

Thought for the day:  More times than not our own prayerful counsel can lead us closer to God.


I Peter 5: 10, 11 And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong firm and steadfast.  To him be the power for every and ever. Amen.

Prayer:  Lord God, may we never lose sight of the eternal glory in Christ that awaits us if we remain faithful.

Thought for the day:  The songwriter said, “When by his grace I shall look on his face, that will be glory for me.”


2 Peter 1:10 Therefore, my brothers, be all the more eager to make your calling and election sure.  For if you do these things you will never fall, and you will receive a rich welcome into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Prayer: Lord Jesus, may we in word and deed confirm your calling.

Thought for the day:  The winning ticket to the lottery jackpot that remains unclaimed is of no greater value than the loosing ticket.

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Week Two — Verse by Verse Devotinal Series — the Live of Christ in Mark — Mark 1:14, 15

Note:  This series is based on studies from the Gospel of Mark.  Readers are encouraged to read weekly one or two chapters of the Gospel of Mark between this week and Easter Sunday, April 1, 2018.  This week begins by reading Mark 1.  Next week read Mark 2 and 3. 


Mark 1:14, 15  After John was put I prison, Jesus went into Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God.
“The time has come,” he said.  “The kingdom of God is near.  Repent and believe the good news!”

Prayer:  Lord God, may we be prepared to receive your good news of salvation.

Thought for the day: Jump-for-joy news is the best news to receive.


Matthew 2:23 and he [Jesus] went and lived in a town called Nazareth.  So was fulfilled what was said through the prophets: “He will be called a Nazarene.”

Prayer:  Lord Jesus, we give thanks for the life you lived among us.

Thought for the day: With the help of Jesus any one of us can call heaven our home town.


Mark 8:35 For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me and for the gospel will save it.

Prayer: Lord Jesus, we give thanks to you. You gave your life to bring us the good news of God’s love.

Thought for the day: The four Gospels are our “Extra Edition.” Read all about it.


Isaiah 52:7  How beautiful on th mountains are the feed of those who bring good news, who proclaim peace, who bring good tidings, who proclaim salvation, who say to Zion, “Your God reigns!”

Prayer: Lord God, we thank you for your prophets, your Gospel preachers, your missionaries who shared your message with us.

Thought for the day:  The next generation of believers needs your testimony of faith.


Matthew 11: 4, 5 Jesus replied, “Go back and report to John what you bear and see:  The blind receive sight, the lame walk, those who have leprosy are cured, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the good news is preached to the poor.

Prayer:  Lord Jesus, thank you sharing the Gospel with all who most need God’s mercy and love.

Thought for the day:  Love given to the unloved is always a miracle.


I Thessalonians 1: 4,5 For we know, brothers loved by God, that he has chosen you, because our gospel came to you not simply with words, but also with power, with the Holy Spirit and with deep conviction. You know how we lived among you for your sake.

Prayer:  Lord Jesus, we give thanks for all your ministers who have poured their life and soul into their service and their message about you.

Thought for the day:  The price of admission is paid to God’s Gospel Concert to benefit those in need.


Romans 1:16 I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes, first for the Jew, then for the Gentile.  For in the gospel a righteousness from God is revealed, a righteousness that is by faith from first to last, just as it is written: “the righteous will live by faith.”

Prayer:  Lord God, your message of love received in faith transforms the sinner to the saint.

Thought for the day:  Faith can bring quarrels with God to an end.

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Week One – Verse by Verse Devotional Series — Honor Belongs to God — Psalm 139: 7, 8


Psalm 139: 7,8 Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence?  If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.

Prayer:  Lord God, we give thanks for your abiding presence for all the days of the year past.

Thought for the day: Even the loneliest days are not days when you are altogether alone.


Colossians 3:12 Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.

Prayer:  Almighty God, our Heavenly Father, we begin this day, this year, as your chosen ones.

Thought for the day: Chosen people are no mistakes.


I Peter 2:4, 5 As you come to him, the living stone – rejected by men but chosen by God and precious to him – you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.

Prayer:  Lord Jesus, as your priests we offer to you a sacrifice of praise. 

Thought for the day:  There is change left over when you pay for a sacrifice with joy.


Ephesians 4:24 and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.

Prayer:  O merciful God, give us the strength to lead holy lives in this dark and confused world.

Thought for the day:  Righteousness and holiness will never go out of style.


Matthew 10:28, 29 Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul.  Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell.  Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground outside your Father’s care.

Prayer:  O God in Heaven, each and every day this year may we find comfort in knowing your eye is on the sparrow and you care.

Thought for the day: God must have loved birds to have created so many species of them.


Deuteronomy 31:8 The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you: he will never leave you nor forsake you. Co not be afraid, do not be discouraged.

Prayer:  Lord God, your presence is our counsel, our comfort, and our consolation.

Thought for the day: Let one parent stand watch at the school bus stop, and the bullying soon ceases.


Psalm 139: 23,24 Search me, God, and know my heart: test me and know my anxious thoughts.  See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.

Prayer:  Lord God, prepare us to live forever with you.

Thought for the day:  The baggage regulations for heaven are stricter than the airport’s luggage rules.

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