Book of Mark


Mark 16:9-20

September 9, 2018 • Dr. Ken Lang

What comes to mind when I ask you to think of a dog? A cat? Or maybe a sports car? There's a picture in your mind isn't there? What if I ask you to think of a Christian? What or who comes to mind? What characteristics stand out? Gandhi said, "I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ." That's hard to read, but it is right in many ways. Christ-likeness must be the dominant characteristic of the Christian. Do others think of you when asked to think of a Christian? -Pastor Ken

Mark 16:1-8

August 26, 2018 • Dr. Ken Lang

One irrefutable fact about the ministry of Jesus is his resurrection from the dead. That is what makes him distinct from all other faith leaders. Buddha and Mohammed are buried and their tombs are still visited. Dr. Tim Keller said, "If Jesus rose from the dead, then you have to accept all that he said; if he didn’t rise from the dead, then why worry about any of what he said? The issue on which everything hangs is not whether or not you like his teaching but whether or not he rose from the dead." Pastor Ken

Mark 15:33-47

August 19, 2018 • Dr. Ken Lang

Imagine losing everything that you invested in with no hope of recovery. The disciples and the women who followed Jesus had all their eggs in one basket: the Kingdom of the Messiah. But, now he's dead; now what? The cross didn't kill Christ, but Jesus destroyed death in his death on the cross. We can look back and see God's love in the death of Jesus. "God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us." (Romans 5:8) Pastor Ken

Mark 15:16-32

August 12, 2018 • Dr. Ken Lang

We know and believe that Christ chose to carry a cross for us so that we might experience everlasting life. The obvious implication for us is: "Are we willing to carry the cross for Christ so that others might come to know him and experience everlasting life?" Jesus said, "If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it." (Matthew 16:24-25) Pastor Ken

Mark 15:1-15

August 5, 2018 • Dr. Ken Lang

Human beings are noted for making bad choices. Eve chose to eat the fruit. Lot chose to settle in the plains near Sodom and Gomorrah. The people chose Saul to be king. David chose to commit murder and adultery. The Germans chose Hitler, etc. In our text today, the people rejected Jesus and chose Barabbas. How can we make good choices - primarily my making choices that are consistient with God's word. That's a great place to start! Pastor Ken

Mark 14:53-72

July 15, 2018 • Dr. Ken Lang

There are two immutable facts about humanity and God. Human beings will fail - all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23). The other is that Jesus never does - In him was no sin and he was faithful in all he did (1 John 3:5 and Hebrews 3:1-2). Remember that, the best in us will always come up short. But, Jesus will always arrive on time and see us through. Pastor Ken

Mark 14:43-52

July 8, 2018 • Dr. Ken Lang

We are all familiar with the statement, "With friends like that, who needs enemies!" Jesus has many enemies for sure. However, some of his most dangerous relationships are with the ones who claim to be his friends. Peter denies him and Judas betrays him to his enemies with a kiss. Some today claim to be the friend of Christ, but they undermine God's word. They kiss him as a sign of affection and support, but they really disregard his words and commands. What kind of friend are we? Pastor Ken

Mark 14:32-42

July 1, 2018 • Dr. Ken Lang

There are times in our lives when we will be alone. Even if others are standing around us, we will be walking alone because they can't feel what we feel at that time. These places are not designed by God to destroy us, but to draw us into deep intimate communion in prayer. "In my distress, I called upon the Lord; to my God, I cried for help. From his temple he heard my voice and my cry to him reached his ears." (Psalm 18:6) Pastor Ken

Mark 14:17-31

June 24, 2018 • Dr. Ken Lang

We all do things that remind us of events in the past. We celebrate birthdays, anniversaries, and holidays such as Thanksgiving and even the 4th of July. Jesus instituted a celebration to remind us of his victory at Calvary. He told them, "When you do this, remember me." In one sense, there is a somberness to the celebration because it remembers his death. On the other hand, it can be mixed with joy for the celebration reminds us that we are free. Pastor Ken

Mark 14:12-21

June 17, 2018 • Dr. Ken Lang

Routinely, we can be tempted to think that events occur randomly and by chance. However, the Scriptures teach that God is in control of history - it's His-Story. Solomon said, "Many are the plans in the mind of man, but it is the purpose of the LORD that will stand." (Proverbs 19:21). Charles Spurgeon said, "When you go through a trial, the sovereignty of God is the pillow upon which you lay your head." Trusting in his control of events gives us hope and security even in difficult situations. Pastor Ken

Mark 14:1-11

June 3, 2018 • Dr. Ken Lang

It's been said, "Actions reveal our priorities." The woman in our text today revealed her love for Christ through her actions. in addition, she trusted his word and actually believed him when he said he would be crucified. Her priority was Christ and his word. "Living in the light of eternity changes your priorities!" The first commandment to love the Lord our God with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength is our first priority followed by loving our neighbor as ourselves. How have your priorities changed since you became a Christian? Pastor Ken

Mark 13:24-36

May 27, 2018 • Dr. Ken Lang

We all see signs that remind us that something is near or coming. For example, when we start to see Christmas decorations at the stores, we know that Halloween is right around the corner!!! Buds on trees and the sprouting of tulips and crocuses tell us that Spring is here. Likewise, when we see the signs that Jesus mentioned in Mark 13, we know that his coming is near. Christ is coming! Are you ready? Pastor Ken

Mark 13:14-27

May 20, 2018 • Dr. Ken Lang

Jesus mentions that there will be a time of trial upon the earth before his return. A time like no other in history; we call it the Tribulation Period. Daniel alludes to it as well; he said, "And there shall be a time of trouble, such as never has been since there was a nation till that time." Sounds pretty bad. However, remember, that Christ came to deliver us from the wrath to come (1 Thessalonians 5:9). Things may get difficult, but the love of God is on us not his wrath. Pastor Ken

Mark 13:1-4

May 13, 2018 • Dr. Ken Lang

Happy Mother's Day! Nothing beats a wife and mother who serves the risen Christ. The King wrote in Proverbs 31: Her children rise up and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her: “Many women have done excellently, but you surpass them all.” (Proverbs 31:28-29) Let's encourage and bless our moms today. Pastor Ken

Mark 12:41-44

April 22, 2018 • Dr. Ken Lang

One of the things that is hard for us as humans is to share of the resources we have with others. Fear and greed can overwhelm us and we hold on tightly to the things we have. Jesus said, "Freely you have received, freely give." (Matthew 10:8). The Bible promises us that if we believe him and follow in his steps of generosity, he will take care of us. Solomon tells us, "One gives freely, yet grows all the richer, another withholds what he should give, and only suffers want." (Proverbs 11:24). May the Lord help us to believe him and obey him in practicing generosity. We will never be the same. Pastor Ken