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Do you remember the Reader's Digest condensed novels? That's kind of what Mark is especially as we read all the action here in chapter 11.
It's hard tonight as I write this to really pinpoint my thoughts. I'm amazed again by the triumphal entry into Jerusalem, since we're in the midst of the Lent season. I'm confused by the cursing of the fig tree and I dearly love how Jesus confounds the Pharisees. In the midst of the story is the clearing of the merchants in the temple. Jesus reminds them all that the Temple is to a place of prayer for ALL nations. How often do we make our churches less than that? I think about my own church and although during a Sunday morning service we have a wonderful and powerful times of family prayer people don't come out for prayer meetings. We use God's house for meetings and rehearsals, why don't we use it as a place of prayer. But even as I typed the previous line I feel like the Holy Spirit reminded me that we are God's house! Are we a house of prayer? Or full of thieves that are stealing that time and space God intended for prayer. (Think it's time for me to do some repenting!)
God is Good!