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Be Still (Psalm 46)

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Let This Cup Pass from Me

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    After three years of ministry, Jesus found himself nearing his death. The last time he was with his disciples before his execution was in the garden of Gethsemane. I believe this is where Jesus experienced his most vulnerable moment: for this was the moment before he would be taken and persecuted; he knew the moment was coming, and he feared it. He told his disciples, “Sit here, while I go over there and pray.” Jesus took with him Peter, James, and John. He paused, then instructed the disciples he took with him to remain in their spot as he went farther and for them to watch him. Christ fell on his face, and prayed, “My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as you will.”

    Jesus returned to Peter, James, and John, after praying for an hour only to find them asleep. He woke them and told them to watch and pray, warning them not to enter into temptation, and reminding them the spirit is willing, bu…

The Parable of the Sower (Four Soils)

The Parable of the Sower, also known as the Parable of the Four Soils, takes place by the seaside; Jesus is on a boat, and on the coast is a multitude of people who are ready to hear his message. Jesus was on this boat because such a vast number of people were there to hear his word that he had to be on the boat to ensure that all could hear him. Jesus said to the people, in Mark 4, “3Hearken; Behold, there went out a sower to sow:4And it came to pass, as he sowed, some fell by the way side, and the fowls of the air came and devoured it up.5And some fell on stony ground, where it had not much earth; and immediately it sprang up, because it had no depth of earth:6But when the sun was up, it was scorched; and because it had no root, it withered away.7And some fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up, and choked it, and it yielded no fruit.8And other fell on good ground, and did yield fruit that sprang up and increased; and brought forth, some thirty, and some sixty, and some an hundred.…