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Counting the Cost

There are many great goals in life that are never achieved simply because people are not willing to pay the price. I suppose that for some, following Jesus is like that. Some are not willing to give Jesus a try because the cost seems too high. So what exactly does it cost to follow Jesus? That is a question not explicitly stated in our text for today, but our text does, I think, suggest an answer. Listen for God’s word to you from Mark 8:31-38…. Then he [Jesus] began to teach them that the Son of Man must undergo great suffering, and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests, and the scribes, and be killed, and after three days rise again.32 He said all this quite openly. And Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him.33 But turning and looking at his disciples, he rebuked Peter and said, “Get behind me, Satan! For you are setting your mind not on divine things but on human things.” 34 He called the crowd with his disciples, and said to them, “If any want to become my followers, let …
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