Life App for the week of 12/10/17 to 12/16/17

A way to live a mission in the wider world; 

Confessing wrongdoing and looking to be forgiven on issues in public life is the first step toward a new way of living. 

Based on Mark 1:1-8 

A way to live a mission in the wider world based on Mark 1:1-8, a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary for the Second Sunday of Advent, 12/10/17. 

Mark announces the start of his account of the good news that Jesus brings.  The prophet Isaiah foretold a messenger would prepare the way for Jesus.  [A prophet is a forth-teller, one who tells forth the truth; a prophet does no foretell the future.]

John the baptizer is the forerunner.  John comes calling for the people to confess their sins, their wrongdoings.  He will baptize [simply means to dip in water] as a sign of wanting to be cleansed or forgiven for past wrongs.  John wears minimal clothes and eats minuscule food as prophets did in the past.  John proclaimed [told forth] that he would be followed by one greater than himself.  This coming one would baptize not with water but with the Holy Spirit.

A theme:  Be ready to repent [change your ways] of wrong doing.  Prepare to hear and live Jesus’ teaching by confessing what you have done wrong and looking for forgiveness