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John the Baptist Prepares the Way
1 The beginning of the good news about Jesus the Messiah, the Son of God, as it is written in Isaiah the prophet:
"I will send my messenger ahead of you, who will prepare your way"— 3 "a voice of one calling in the wilderness, 'Prepare the way for the Lord, make straight paths for him.' "
4 And so John the Baptist appeared in the wilderness, preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. 5 The whole Judean countryside and all the people of Jerusalem went out to him. Confessing their sins, they were baptized by him in the Jordan River. 6 John wore clothing made of camel's hair, with a leather belt around his waist, and he ate locusts and wild honey. 7 And this was his message: "After me comes the one more powerful than I, the straps of whose sandals I am not worthy to stoop down and untie. 8 I baptize you with water, but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit."
The Baptism and Testing of Jesus
9 At that time Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. 10 Just as Jesus was coming up out of the water, he saw heaven being torn open and the Spirit descending on him like a dove. 11 And a voice came from heaven: "You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased."
12 At once the Spirit sent him out into the wilderness, 13 and he was in the wilderness forty days, being tempted by Satan. He was with the wild animals, and angels attended him.
Jesus Announces the Good News
14 After John was put in prison, Jesus went into Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God. 15 "The time has come," he said. "The kingdom of God has come near. Repent and believe the good news!"
Jesus Calls His First Disciples
16 As Jesus walked beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen. 17 "Come, follow me," Jesus said, "and I will send you out to fish for people." 18 At once they left their nets and followed him.
19 When he had gone a little farther, he saw James son of Zebedee and his brother John in a boat, preparing their nets. 20 Without delay he called them, and they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired men and followed him.
Jesus Drives Out an Impure Spirit
21 They went to Capernaum, and when the Sabbath came, Jesus went into the synagogue and began to teach. 22 The people were amazed at his teaching, because he taught them as one who had authority, not as the teachers of the law. 23 Just then a man in their synagogue who was possessed by an impure spirit cried out, 24 "What do you want with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are—the Holy One of God!"
25 "Be quiet!" said Jesus sternly. "Come out of him!" 26 The impure spirit shook the man violently and came out of him with a shriek.
27 The people were all so amazed that they asked each other, "What is this? A new teaching—and with authority! He even gives orders to impure spirits and they obey him." 28 News about him spread quickly over the whole region of Galilee.
Jesus Heals Many
29 As soon as they left the synagogue, they went with James and John to the home of Simon and Andrew. 30 Simon's mother-in-law was in bed with a fever, and they immediately told Jesus about her. 31 So he went to her, took her hand and helped her up. The fever left her and she began to wait on them.
32 That evening after sunset the people brought to Jesus all the sick and demon-possessed. 33 The whole town gathered at the door, 34 and Jesus healed many who had various diseases. He also drove out many demons, but he would not let the demons speak because they knew who he was.
Jesus Prays in a Solitary Place
35 Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed. 36 Simon and his companions went to look for him, 37 and when they found him, they exclaimed: "Everyone is looking for you!"
38 Jesus replied, "Let us go somewhere else—to the nearby villages—so I can preach there also. That is why I have come." 39 So he traveled throughout Galilee, preaching in their synagogues and driving out demons.
Jesus Heals a Man With Leprosy
40 A man with leprosy came to him and begged him on his knees, "If you are willing, you can make me clean."
41 Jesus was indignant. He reached out his hand and touched the man. "I am willing," he said. "Be clean!" 42 Immediately the leprosy left him and he was cleansed.
43 Jesus sent him away at once with a strong warning: 44 "See that you don't tell this to anyone. But go, show yourself to the priest and offer the sacrifices that Moses commanded for your cleansing, as a testimony to them." 45 Instead he went out and began to talk freely, spreading the news. As a result, Jesus could no longer enter a town openly but stayed outside in lonely places. Yet the people still came to him from everywhere.
Jesus Forgives and Heals a Paralyzed Man
2 A few days later, when Jesus again entered Capernaum, the people heard that he had come home. 2 They gathered in such large numbers that there was no room left, not even outside the door, and he preached the word to them. 3 Some men came, bringing to him a paralyzed man, carried by four of them. 4 Since they could not get him to Jesus because of the crowd, they made an opening in the roof above Jesus by digging through it and then lowered the mat the man was lying on. 5 When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralyzed man, "Son, your sins are forgiven."
6 Now some teachers of the law were sitting there, thinking to themselves, 7 "Why does this fellow talk like that? He's blaspheming! Who can forgive sins but God alone?"
Excerpted from WHAT'S YOUR MARK? by Jeremy Cowart Copyright © 2013 by Zondervan . Excerpted by permission of ZONDERVAN. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.
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Posted July 31, 2013
I would recommend this book for new believers in Christ Jesus. It is nice to be able to read real life testimonies and also have the Word of God
to back it up.
Posted July 3, 2013
What's Your Mark is a book about making every moment of your life count. The idea behind the book is that everyone has a mark to make all you have to do is find out what your mark is. What's Your Mark includes interviews from a wide variety of people who have made their mark. From celebrities to the guy next door. Each mark is just as important as another.
I was excited to review this book because it was advertised as a book based on photographs. While the book does have photographs that are very nice I was disappointed in two things when it comes to them. The first disappointment is that the phtographs and the book itself are not bigger. I wanted to see large images that really made an impact. The second disappoint was that the photographs are not more artistic. They don't really tell their story as well as they could have. The photographs seem too cookie cutter like for my taste. The interviews are interesting. I cannot tell you that I enjoyed each one but there were a few that really impressed me.
What did impress me though is that in between each interview are whole chapters of the Biblical text the book is based on, the Gospel of Mark. The other thing that impressed me is that there is a website where people can go to and tell their story of how they made or are making their mark.
Overall this is a short book that is graphic driven. It would make a nice inspirational piece to have on a table or in a church foyer. I was not thrilled with this book because I expected larger more artistic photos.
Posted April 11, 2013
This book shares stories of 16 people who have left their mark on other lives. These people are doing all sorts of things to touch others, some around the world in poverty stricken areas and others here in the USA. Between the stories about the people is the text of the book of Mark.
The idea is to show that anyone can leave a mark and impact others for good. What you do may not be known by people around the world but it is still touching lives and making a difference. Each of us can leave a mark on those in our lives.
I enjoyed reading the stories of this book. The layout was a bit distracting to me. There were a couple pages of stories of a couple different people and then a section of Mark. It was odd to me how it was randomly interspersed with no clear beginning or ending points (sometimes in the middle of sentences) or direction as to what page the text would continue. I thought it would have been better if the text was divided by chapters with more pictures added to break it up a little bit.
Thank you to B & B Media group for sending me this book for my review.
Posted April 9, 2013
What’s Your Mark ? Is the title of a nice book, from the Zondervan publisher house. Their work may become many different things to the buyer. First of all, because of its presentation, this will be a nice coffee table book. By its collections of inspiring stories it will be a good book to share with those we want to encourage in life, including ourselves . If you enjoy both a nice collection of pictures and well written short side notes, this is your book. If you need an idea for a gift, I can tell you right know, everything in What’s your Mark? ( Every moment counts ) is designed to be just the present that will leave an impressive mark.
Personally I loved the presentation, the fonts , the cover the layout and its size; but as a believer I can express my satisfaction that in it, are passages of the Scripture as the structure that sustain the rest of the book.
If you evaluate the book just by who its publisher is, you might agree with me, that the name Zondervan alone invites you happily and securely embrace to this fine product.
Just to give you a few more ideas, of how this book will be the perfect gift, I think you can give it to your boss, your friend, your pastor, your kids, your parents, your special one and finally to a estranger, I am sure it will take its own path to the hearts of the recipients.
Posted April 5, 2013
What's Your Mark: Every Moment Counts by Jeremy Cowart is a unique little book combining the full gospel account of Mark (NIV) translation mixed in with the creative photography of Cowart. Photos as well as stories featuring individuals who have made an impact in the world are combined with the bible text of Mark in this hybrid full color coffee table type of book. The inspirational stories of 15 modern day individuals are grafted into the text of the fast paced account of Mark. Each biography is quick, simple and gets right to the point. The carefully planned photos are art in of themselves. The title cleverly depicts the word mark in two senses. The first as in the concept of making a difference or impression on others and secondly, as in the well known gospel of Mark.
The account of Laura Lasky, tells the reader about a woman who dedicates her time ministering to overlooked women- dancers in the street clubs in San Francisco, giving the dancers, cupcakes as well as a listening ear. Lasky also volunteers to help other people, those who are often looked down upon- such as homosexuals, transgendered individuals and the poor. Just as Jesus often rebuked the Pharasees and hypocrites and ate with tax collectors and other "sinners", Lasky associates with those who many snobbish modern day hypocrites denounce. She doesn't force any religion on those she volunteers, she does not judge. Other featured people include more well known personalities in today's media such as the president of Chick fil A. He is featured as being a strong leader for the sake of the gospel. I agree it is clear that his company stands firm and does not compromise on its moral values, yet I cannot help but feel in light of all the negative liberal attention, his inclusion in this book is a marketing attempt to counteract the negative media image.
This book is like pop culture in the context of modern Christianity with its references to social media, Twitter as well as a number of popular reality television shows and documentaries. Clearly this book is written to the younger generation of television watching, social media consumers. It is a good marketing tool to get a sample of the NIV version of the bible into the hands of a new generation. I imagine much of the target readership probably has never read any of the new testament gospels in completion. Yet with the full text of Mark, perhaps the readers may take the time to read the gospel. Most likely, many readers will simply consider it to be quaint filler. As a blogger for booksneeze I received this book published by Zondervan for the purpose of writing this review.