Jesus had a simple message for those who were spiritually awakened by his ministry. It was a message about the timeliness of his kingdom and personal transformation. Mark 1:15 is short and sweet, but as Jesus lived that message with people, the experience of a transformed life was very real. Keeping things simple is a good recipe for a discipleship movement.
—Ben Ingebretson, Plant Like Jesus: The Church Planter’s Devotional (Upper Room Books, 2020)
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Now after John was arrested, Jesus came to Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God, and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God has come near; repent, and believe in the good news.”
—Mark 1:14-15 (NRSV)
Prayer for the Week
Teach me, Lord Jesus, to listen as you did. Help me to be slow to speak, slow to judge, and quick to hear. Open my ears so that I can sense both the cry for help around me and your Spirit more clearly, that I might follow you more completely. I pray, in Jesus’ name. Amen.
—Ben Ingebretson, Plant Like Jesus
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We invite you to listen as Pat Luna, retreat leader for The Academy for Spiritual Formation at Camp Sumatanga, reflects on how she is finding—rather than creating—daily life with God. Take a moment to listen here.
(Courtesy of Vanderbilt Divinity Library)
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