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The New Israel - by Michael Phillips
Study in Mark - Part 6
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Mark 3:7-35
Mar 22, 2009 am - The Gospel of Mark is about the Kingdom of Heaven. Foreseen by the Old Testament prophets and announced by John the Baptist, it was ushered in by our Lord Jesus Christ, who offers a place in that kingdom to everyone who wants it. To get in, He says, all you've got to do is repent and believe the Gospel. To repent means to change your mind; to stop living for yourself and by the advice of other people, start living for God, and submit your life to His rule. In this world our repentance is never what it ought to be; it could always be deeper and more consistent and with fewer blind-spots, but the King is so kind He accepts a repentance less than perfect. When you sin, He tells you, say you're sorry and try not to do it again. If you do it again, say you're sorry again, and try not to do it again--again. No one is more patient than He, but don't take the King for a fool. You can have no part in His Kingdom unless you do what He says. Which you will do-if and as long as you believe the Gospel. Its promises are so wonderful they make every rival look bad by comparison. In one of his books, John Piper poses the solemn question: How do you get a man who is hooked on pornography off it? ... More >>>

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