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Mark 3:13-29New Life Version

JESUS CALLS HIS TWELVE FOLLOWERS

13 He went up on a mountain and called those He wanted. They followed Him. 14 He picked out twelve followers to be with Him so He might send them out to preach. 15 They would have the right and the power to heal diseases and to put out demons. 16 Jesus gave Simon another name, Peter. 17 James and John were brothers. They were the sons of Zebedee. He named them Boanerges, which means, The Sons of Thunder. 18 The others were Andrew, Philip, Bartholomew, Matthew, Thomas, James the son of Alphaeus, Thaddaeus, Simon the Canaanite, 19 and Judas Iscariot. Judas was the one who handed Jesus over to be killed.

THE FAMILY OF JESUS HOLDS HIM BACK

20 When Jesus came into a house, many people gathered around Him again. Jesus and His followers could not even eat. 21 When His family heard of it, they went to take Him. They said, “He must be crazy.”

A NATION THAT CANNOT STAND

22 Teachers of the Law came down from Jerusalem. They said, “Jesus has Satan in Him. This Man puts out demons by the king of demons.” 23 Jesus called them to Him and spoke to them in picture-stories. He said, “How can the devil put out the devil? 24 A nation cannot last if it is divided against itself. 25 A family cannot last if it is divided against itself. 26 If the devil fights against himself and is divided, he cannot last. He will come to an end. 27 No man can go into a strong man’s house and take away his things, unless he ties up the strong man first. Only then can he take things from his house. 28 For sure, I tell you, all sins will be forgiven people, and bad things they speak against God. 29 But if anyone speaks bad things against the Holy Spirit, he will never be forgiven. He is guilty of a sin that lasts forever.”


Mark 6:6-13New Life Version

6 He wondered because they had no faith. But He went around to the towns and taught as He went.

JESUS CALLS TWELVE FOLLOWERS AND SENDS THEM OUT

7 Jesus called the twelve followers to Him and began to send them out two by two. He gave them power over demons. 8 He told them to take nothing along with them but a walking stick. They were not to take a bag or food or money in their belts. 9 They were to wear shoes. They were not to take two coats.

10 He said to them, “Whatever house you go into, stay there until you leave that town. 11 Whoever does not take you in or listen to you, when you leave there, shake the dust off your feet. By doing that, you will speak against them. For sure, I tell you, it will be easier for the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah on the day men stand before God and are judged than for that city.”

12 Then they left. They preached that men should be sorry for their sins and turn from them. 13 They put out many demons. They poured oil on many people that were sick and healed them.

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