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Break the Jar – No Going Back

I had never tied together the woman who poured perfume on Jesus to prepare his body for burial and the very next story, the last supper.

In Mark 14, Jesus is in Bethany at Simon the Leper’s house when a woman comes in with a very expensive jar of perfume (worth a year’s wages – how much do you make in a year?). in 14:3 she does two things: she breaks the jar. She pours the perfume.

In the next story Jesus breaks the bread (14:22) and then taking the cup said, “This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many.” Broken and poured.

She didn’t put a cork in it. She broke the bottle. It all had to be poured out.

Too often we want to give Jesus a little. We want to uncork it, pour some out, and cork up the rest for later. She broke the bottle and poured it all out. There was no going back!

Jesus went to the cross, there was no going back. Broken and poured. That was Jesus.

This must be us as well. You must be broken and poured. It is in the breaking and the pouring that you will truly gain your life.

The Pharisees’ Real Issue May Not be What You Think it is

For most of my life I thought the Pharisees’ issues were legalism and hypocrisy. I could relate with both. The more I consider them the more I think those two things are symptomatic of a much deeper and even more troubling issue. Here it is. Self-sufficiency. They thought they had it figured out. They didn’tContinue Reading

The Third Miracle

By Milton Jones When Christian Relief Fund drilled a new well in Barwessa Kaptorot, the people living there called it “the second miracle.” This area of Kenya is one of the most desperate in the world when it comes to the need for water. It hasn’t rained there in years. You can imagine how muchContinue Reading

Review of “Letters to the Church” Chapter 4 – The Gang

We are now in chapter four of “Letters to the church.” This thought hit me pretty hard and I imagine it did some of you as well, “Any gang member will tell you his homies have his back. They’re there for him. They’re loyal, committed, present. Meanwhile, in many churches, you have about as muchContinue Reading

How to Read The Bible Better – Get to Know the Storyline

I have found the better I understand the bigger story the better I understand the pieces. It is like having a puzzle and completing it by holding up each piece to the lid and seeing where it fits in the bigger picture. Here is the Old Testament history and story in one video. If youContinue Reading

Calm Like Jesus – I Have So Much to Learn!

Jesus exuded calmness. You could say it was because he loved so completely. Or maybe it was because he trusted God so deeply. Another factor might be he knew his identity and mission and no one was going to stop him from it, not even the devil himself. Jesus was calm. I cannot say thatContinue Reading

A Video Tutorial on Reading the Bible Better in Churches of Christ (Parts 1 – 4)

I am working through some tutorial material to get more out of Bible study via YouTube. There are a lot of people out there who get stuck in their Bible reading. They can’t make sense of something and have a hard time moving ahead. Or maybe they don’t know the bigger story of the BibleContinue Reading

What do Comfort Zones Have to do with Eternity?

The fact that there are areas we don’t allow our comfort zones to be stretched that can have eternal consequences. Imagine all the people we resisted speaking to about Jesus because it might make them uncomfortable. In most of those instances that isn’t really the case. It was never about their comfort and all aboutContinue Reading

Just 10 people

Just give me 10 people. 10 people who know what they are supposed to do. 10 people who are available to do it. 10 people who are convicted. 10 people who are bold. 10 people committed to a better future for our churches. 10 people who will clear out some of their schedule to discipleContinue Reading

Discipleship and Our Busyness Problem

You know the people Jesus turned away from following him were turned away because they were too busy with other things on their minds. Field to check out. Father to bury. Etc. If people were too busy for Jesus then they certainly are today. While we don’t have Jesus directly walk up to us andContinue Reading

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