by Jerry Watts

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Mark - God's Message for Today
Jerry Watts
Mark 8:1-21

I read a story this week that illustrates two principles. Here's the story:

Have you ever wondered why the Canadian geese fly only in the V formation? For years specialists in aerodynamics wondered the same thing. Two engineers calibrated in a wind tunnel what happens in such a V formation. Each goose, in flapping his wings, creates an upward lift for the goose that follows. When all the geese do their part in the V formation, the whole flock has a 71 percent greater flying range than if each bird flew alone. Each depends upon the other to get to its destination. Something else-When a goose begins to lag behind, the others "honk" it back into place. Now, let us learn from God's animal creation. The church needs to fly in a spiritual V formation, "honking" one another into steadfastness. And it must be at least 71 percent easier to live the faithful Christian life flying with the flock as opposed to going it alone. "Let us consider one another, to provoke unto love and to good works" (Hebrews 10:24).

First, this illustrate that working together as partners help us to arrive where we say we want to go. I suggest that a goose going it alone with never get to their desired destination (which by the way many times, is a place of safety) if they go it alone. Yet, in this journey we call the Christian life, too often, we seem to want to go it alone.

The second truth is this; it matters who you're with! Paul wrote to the Corinthians (1:33) "Don't be deceived, "Bad Company corrupts good morals." Who you run with is who you listen to is who you become like because ultimately it is who you 'receive from.' What am I saying? To hang with the wrong people will affect your attitude, your outlook, and you outcome.

In our story today we discover Jesus and his disciples is a very familiar place. In our Bibles it is less than 2 chapters ago (in their life it was a few d ...

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