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For good or for evil, the body lies right at the center of the spiritual life…one can immediately see all around us that the human body is a primary barrier to conformity to Christ. But this was never God’s intent.

Renovation of the Heart
Renovation of the Heart
Steve Mickel: Transforming the Body, 2 Corinthians 6:12-20
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What we think is very much a matter of what we wish and seek to think, and what we feel is very much a matter of what we wish and seek to feel. In short, the condition of our mind is very much a matter of the direction in which our will is set.

Renovation of the Heart
Renovation of the Heart
Ben Fleming: Transforming the Will, Mark 14:32-42
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As we first turned away from God in our thoughts, so it is in our thoughts that the first movements toward the renovation of the heart occur. Thoughts are the place where we can and must begin to change. There the light of God first begins to move upon us through the word of Christ, and there the divine Spirit begins to direct our will to more and more thoughts tha can provide the basis for choosing to realign ourselves with God and his way.

Renovation of the Heart
Renovation of the Heart
David Dealy: Transforming The Mind, Romans 12:2
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What we think is very much a matter of what we wish and seek to think, and what we feel is very much a matter of what we wish and seek to feel. In short, the condition of our mind is very much a matter of the direction in which our will is set.

Renovation of the Heart
Renovation of the Heart
Bo Stern Brady: What Is Spiritual Transformation?, Matthew 4:17
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Mark: The Gospel of Curiosity
Mark: The Gospel of Curiosity
Evan Earwicker: Easter, Mark 6:6-7







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Mark highlights the growing unrest with the teaching and ministry of Jesus. On one hand his popularity grows and on the other he addresses controversial subjects. Confessing who Jesus is (part 4) does not always mean you will do what he says. The question his disciples must confront is will they follow him when things get hard or even confusing?

Mark: The Gospel of Curiosity
Mark: The Gospel of Curiosity
Ben Fleming: Looking For Loop Holes, Mark 9:38-10:45
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Mark contrasts what the religious leaders think about Jesus and what his disciples think about Jesus. In many ways, all of us are blind to knowing Jesus. Knowing who Jesus is does not happen immediately or a one-and-done decision; it is a progressive understanding of who Jesus is and what he came to do. Although we are all blind in one way or another, the difference between the disciples and everyone else is their openness to hear, to learn, and to obey. They constantly leaned in and asked genuine questions, not to trap Jesus, but to learn from Jesus.

Mark: The Gospel of Curiosity
Mark: The Gospel of Curiosity
Steve Mickel: Who Do You Say Jesus Is?, Mark 8:11-9:5
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Great villains make for great heroes. Before Mark tells the story of Jesus’ showdown with death, he pits Jesus against all kinds of lesser bad guys – demons, sickness, hunger and storms to make the case that Jesus has authority over everything. For Mark’s persecuted readers in Rome, the message is clear – nothing could stop Jesus then, nothing’s going to stop Him now.

Mark: The Gospel of Curiosity
Mark: The Gospel of Curiosity
Evan Earwicker: Jesus Is Lord, Mark 4:35-41
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Mark records many parables. The first parable he records is the key to all the other parables. It is the key to understanding the secret regarding the kingdom of God (vs. 11-13). Yet very few people will truly listen and lean in to understand Jesus’ secret, the mystery of Christ. Jesus desires that people would not just acknowledge who he is from a distance, but would be curious enough to lean in and try to understand the mysteries of the kingdom. To fully experience the hope of the gospel requires a level of curiosity that keeps us coming back to Jesus for truth and clarity.

Mark: The Gospel of Curiosity
Mark: The Gospel of Curiosity
Steve Mickel: The Secret of Jesus, Mark 4:1-25
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Mark begins his narrative by describing who Jesus is, why he came, and what he brought to the world. Jesus’ identity as the son of God makes it even more amazing how compassionate he is to us. The gospel of Jesus Christ is a key phrase in understanding Mark’s narrative. His life and ministry (his teaching, healing, and compassion) was and continues to be good news. This good news is hope to the world, especially to those who are hurting, broken, and living amidst chaos and confusion.

Mark: The Gospel of Curiosity
Mark: The Gospel of Curiosity
Ben Fleming: The Person and Purpose of Jesus, Mark 1:1-15
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