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You are inspirational (like Mark!)

Many of the tasks that God calls you to are unique to you. If you don't do them, no one will.

As an example, the gospel of John tells us things about Jesus that we can't learn anywhere else. If John hadn't written his gospel, we would not know those stories. Similarly, the gospels of Matthew and Luke record stories about Jesus that we would not know if those books hadn't been written.

But Mark? Almost all of the gospel of Mark is found in one of the three other gospels. If your Bible didn't have the gospel of Mark, it wouldn't be missing that much factual information about Jesus.

Never-the-less, if current guesses are correct, the writer of Mark was inspirational. Many people today believe that Matthew and Luke used Mark's gospel or a version of it as the prototype for their own accounts.

When someone is the first to do something in their social circle, it often opens possibilities for other friends and neighbors.

You can be inspirational (like Mark) and set an example for your social circle.

Here are a few scriptures you can look at on the topic of setting an example for others:

* 1 Timothy 4:12
* John 13:15
* Acts 20:35 and 2 Thessalonians 3:9
* Romans 4:12
* 1 Peter 2:21
* James 5:10
* Hebrews 12:1-3
* Philippians 2:5+

And here are three things about Jesus we would never have known if Mark hadn't written his gospel:

* Jesus told a parable about wheat with the point that you don't know how God's kingdom grows, but it does (Mark 4:26-29)
* Jesus had to attempt to heal a blind man twice before he got the results he wanted (Mark 8:22-26)
* After the disciples deserted Jesus, a young man followed him, but he too fled when people tried to grab him (Mark 14:51-52)

Mark provides occasional details that we would not otherwise know, but all the other events he reports on are covered elsewhere. One example: the first three gospels all tell the story of a demoniac being set free. Mark alone records the number of the pigs that drowned during the incident: 2,000. (Quite a few!)

If current guesses are correct, that Mark's gospel (or an early draft of it) was the first written gospel of Jesus, Mark's action inspired Matthew and Luke and maybe John to write their accounts.

What can you do this week that would be a good example for your social circle?


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La Jolla Lutheran Church is 14 miles north of downtown San Diego. It is a member of Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ. LCMC has more than 700 congregations in the United States and more than 800 worldwide. To find an LCMC congregation near you, visit

The Scripture quotations contained herein are from the New Revised Standard Version Bible (NRSV), copyright, 1989, by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of Churches of Christ in the U.S. A. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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