True and false religion

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Still teaching in the temple, Jesus gave his followers a clear warning against the false, man-centred, self-centred religion of the scribes and Pharisees. In contrast, he then praised the actions of a widow who nobody else had noticed. Comparing these two events, we get clear teaching about the nature of true Christianity.

Passages:Mark 12:38-44
Date:September 26, 2010
Series & Preacher:Gospel of Mark, David Anderson (Grace Baptist Church, Eldoret, Sunday Morning)
Tags:false religion, giving, last week of jesus, mark, pharisees, widows
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Mark 12:38-44

38And he said unto them in his doctrine, Beware of the scribes, which love to go in long clothing, and love salutations in the marketplaces, 39And the chief seats in the synagogues, and the uppermost rooms at feasts: 40Which devour widows' houses, and for a pretence make long prayers: these shall receive greater damnation. 41And Jesus sat over against the treasury, and beheld how the people cast money into the treasury: and many that were rich cast in much. 42And there came a certain poor widow, and she threw in two mites, which make a farthing. 43And he called unto him his disciples, and saith unto them, Verily I say unto you, That this poor widow hath cast more in, than all they which have cast into the treasury: 44For all they did cast in of their abundance; but she of her want did cast in all that she had, even all her living. (KJV)

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