The Creation of the Sabbath

The Creation of the Sabbath

August 24, 2016By Mark D. Roberts

In yesterday’s Life for Leaders devotion, we focused on Jesus’ statement in Mark 2:27, “The Sabbath was made for humans; humans weren’t created for the Sabbath” (CEB). Today, I want to look back at the creation of the Sabbath, focusing on a short passage from Genesis 2.

Receiving God’s Gift of Rest

Receiving God’s Gift of Rest

August 23, 2016By Mark D. Roberts

God did not set apart one day a week for rest for the sake of the day itself. Nor did God create human beings so that the Sabbath might be honored. Rather, according to Jesus, the Sabbath is something for human beings. It is a provision of God for us and our benefit. The Sabbath is, indeed, a gift from God.

Are You Ready for the New Wine?

Are You Ready for the New Wine?

August 22, 2016By Mark D. Roberts

And no one pours new wine into old wineskins. Otherwise, the wine will burst the skins, and both the wine and the wineskins will be ruined. No, they pour new wine into new wineskins. Mark 2:22   In the second chapter of Mark’s gospel, some people asked Jesus why his disciples did not fast, as … Read More

Running Your Race

Running Your Race

August 21, 2016By Deidra Riggs

“Why did I sign up for this? How in the world will I ever finish? What was I thinking? Look at all of these people running so much better than I’m running this race!”

Isn’t that the way it goes?

Wake Up, God!

Wake Up, God!

August 19, 2016By Mark D. Roberts

Psalm 44:23-24 comes in the context of an extended lament, in which the psalmist accuses God of mistreating his people, even though they have not broken his covenant (44:17). The lament concludes with this gripping verse: “Yet for your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered” (v. 22).

Eating with “Scum”

Eating with “Scum”

August 18, 2016By Mark D. Roberts

This story challenges me to consider my own attitudes and behavior. Am I more concerned about what people think of me than I am about people in need? Am I willing to “get my hands dirty” by entering into relationship with people who aren’t so neat and tidy? Am I willing to be like Jesus? Or am I more like the Pharisees?

Being a Mat Carrier at Work

Being a Mat Carrier at Work

August 17, 2016By Mark D. Roberts

Some men came, bringing to [Jesus] a paralyzed man, carried by four of them. Since they could not get him to Jesus because of the crowd, they made an opening in the roof above Jesus by digging through it and then lowered the mat the man was lying on. When Jesus saw their faith, he … Read More

Are You A Mat Carrier?

Are You A Mat Carrier?

August 16, 2016By Mark D. Roberts

Mark 2:1-12 paints a powerful picture of how you and I can care for the people in our lives who are suffering. This story begins with Jesus preaching in a house in Capernaum. His popularity has grown to the place where the crowd exceeded standing room only. People were even jammed outside of the door, trying desperately to hear Jesus.