Faith, Prayer and Forgiveness

Mark 11:20-26; What is the key to answered prayer? Peter was astonished to discover the fig tree that Jesus spoken against had withered in only a few short hours. For him this was an extraordinary event that caught his attention and as was often the case Jesus used this moment to share a Kingdom principle. Peter and the other disciples still needed his teaching but time was running short. Continue reading

Cleaning house

Mark 11:12-19; Jesus cleans things up in his Father’s house. For too long he had observed the deterioration of the Temple and this day he decided to deal with the problem. His action was radical and angered those in authority. The need for a clean house of God uncluttered by the affairs of life was important for Jesus. In under a week he would be gone and his work would be finished. Continue reading