Mary of Bethany vs. Judas Iscariot

Mark 14:1-11 presents an interesting contrast between Judas and Mary of Bethany. We know that Judas will betray His Master for 30 pieces of silver. What is the value of that 30 pieces of silver? In today’s dollars, Judas would be collecting a bounty of approximately $20,000! That’s a lot of cash, and it helps put his treachery in to the proper perspective. The 30 pieces of silver were no token payment; this was a small fortune. I was watching an old Western last week and there was an act of betrayal. No cash changed hands, there was just an act of betrayal. One of the cowboys remarked, at...
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The Bread and the Cup

Afterthoughts on today’s sermon We celebrated the Lord’s Supper today. We are working our way through the book of Mark and it’s been an interesting journey. Today’s passage of Scripture is Mark 14:12-25. The Passover with the Disciples 12 p And on q the first day of Unleavened Bread, when they r sacrificed the Passover lamb, his disciples said to him, “Where will you have us go and prepare for you to eat the Passover?” 13 And he sent s two of his disciples and said to them, “Go into the city, and a man carrying a jar of water will meet you. Follow him, 14 and...
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It’s been a year since I updated you…

You may remember that we began tracking our job ticket accuracy in January of 2012. We now have 17 months of GREAT data and I want to share our status with you. Here are the three things that we track on each and every job ticket that works it’s way through Wax Family Printing. 1. Job Ticket Entered Correctly (no omissions and no incorrect data) 2. Job Produced Correctly the First Time 3. Job Delivered on Time Here are some interesting statistics from all of 2012. We produced and billed more than 2000 invoices. We weren’t tracking how many individual job tickets those 2000+ invoices...
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What are you NOT willing to give up?

Mark 14:1-11 is a fascinating look at an incredible woman and her gift to Jesus. In his classic “Markan” sandwich, the author opens chapter 14 with the plot to kill Jesus on the down low. That’s Mark’s first piece of bread in verses one and two. Next comes the meat of the meal…the expensive gift of Mary of Bethany to Jesus. Finally, the last piece of bread holding the Markan sandwich together is found in verses 10 and 11. Similar in length and content to verses 1 and 2, verses ten and eleven return to the evil plot and tell us that Judas has struck a deal with the chief...
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Jesus issues 3 warnings

Jesus gives His disciples three specific warnings in Mark 13. WARNING 1: See that no one leads you astray. Is it possible for Christians to be led astray? If you live long enough and are in the church long enough, you know that Christians can be led astray. Oh how sad the life and the story of those who have known the intimate fellowship and love of the Lord and His church and then have been deceived away! Jesus is warning His own that life is going to get rough; very rough. Even so, Jesus tells us not to be alarmed…these things MUST happen. Wars, Earthquakes, Famines; and these are not the end...
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Judgment is coming…

Last Wednesday, an EF-5 tornado touched down near Moore, Oklahoma. The massive and destructive tornado devastated a 17 mile path. 13,000 homes were destroyed or badly damaged and authorities estimate the cost to exceed 2 billion dollars. 24 people died (including 10 children) and 40 minutes after it first touched the earth, the tornado finally lifted back up into the heavens. Residents only had ten minutes to prepare for the killer tornado. Warnings can be funny things. If you had an estimated time of 10 minutes to prepare for the arrival of a killer tornado, you would have an incredible sense of...
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