Mark 1:14-20

                                                                           Mark 1:14-20


14 Now after John was arrested, Jesus came into Galilee, proclaiming the gospel of God, 15 and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.” 16 Passing alongside the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and Andrew the brother of Simon casting a net into the sea, for they were fishermen. 17 And Jesus said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you become fishers of men.” 18 And immediately they left their nets and followed him. 19 And going on a little farther, he saw James the son of Zebedee and John his brother, who were in their boat mending the nets. 20 And immediately he called them, and they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired servants and followed him.

Prayer Focus for Andorra – Sunday, August 30


Andorra, Europe: Materialism holds Andorra in a tight grip. Formerly a smugglers’ refuge, Andorra now attracts well-heeled tourists, financiers and those taking advantage of duty-free goods. Pray that empty materialism would be seen as the ultimately unfulfilling falsehood that it is.For more information visit

Mark 1:14-15

Mark 1:14-15


14 Now after John was arrested, Jesus came into Galilee, proclaiming the gospel of God, 15 and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.”

Ladies Bible Studies – Fall 2015

Crossroads Ladies Fall Bible Studies are ready to begin!!

Sunday Evenings, beginning September 20th

Time: 7:30-9:30 p.m.

Location: Dorothy Carroll’s Home

15232 Streamside Court, Dumfries

Contact: Dorothy Carroll, 571-330-8597

Book: The Gospel of Mark

Focus: Discipleship in Mark’s Gospel

(Following Christ in light of who we are and who he is)


Tuesday Mornings, beginning September 22nd

Time: 9:30-11:30 a.m.

Location: Barbara Willsher’s Home

13891 Calico Lane, Manassas

Contact: Nancy Sampson, 703-909-1517

Book: Looking to Christ: The Book of Hebrews by Marci Ogrosky

Focus: A Bible Study on Keeping the Faith when you are Discouraged


Friday Mornings, beginning September 25th

Time: 9:00-11:00 a.m.

Location: Michelle Kessler’s home

17810 Oyster Bay Court, Dumfries

Contact: Linda Neice, 703-595-5204

Book: Marriage Matters by Winston T. Smith

Focus: Extraordinary Change through Ordinary Moments

Prayer Focus for American Samoa – Sunday, August 23


American Samoa, Pacific: American Samoa enjoys a higher economic status than Samoa to its west, but suffers the concomitant materialism. Pray that the indigenous people (and their relatives in diaspora) may find their destiny in wholehearted commitment to the Lord Jesus Christ. For more information visit

Prayer Focus for Algeria – Sunday, August 16


Algeria, Africa: Algerians in Europe exceed four million; many are there illegally. They are more accessible to the gospel in Europe, but also to Islamic preaching. Pray for the network of agencies and churches seeking to reach them (AWM, WEC, Avant and others). Pray for discipling of individuals and planting of Arabic- and Berber-speaking congregations that can then be channels for the gospel to their homeland. Bible translation and distribution are fraught with obstacles and restrictions. Translation work is proceeding in a few Berber languages and in Algerian Arabic, a language spoken by up to 25 million people; most do not understand Standard Arabic. Pray for rapid completion of these projects and for the transfer of these resources into safer and less conspicuous media. The government ban on importing Bibles is a major obstacle to the discipleship and maturation of the Church; pray that the rapidly growing community of believers might have adequate access to Scripture. For more information visit

Mark 1:1-15

Mark 1:1-15

The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.

2 As it is written in Isaiah the prophet,


“Behold, I send my messenger before your face,

who will prepare your way,

3 the voice of one crying in the wilderness:

‘Prepare the way of the Lord,

make his paths straight,'”


4 John appeared, baptizing in the wilderness and proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. 5 And all the country of Judea and all Jerusalem were going out to him and were being baptized by him in the river Jordan, confessing their sins. 6 Now John was clothed with camel’s hair and wore a leather belt around his waist and ate locusts and wild honey. 7 And he preached, saying, “After me comes he who is mightier than I, the strap of whose sandals I am not worthy to stoop down and untie. 8 I have baptized you with water, but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.”


9 In those days Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. 10 And when he came up out of the water, immediately he saw the heavens being torn open and the Spirit descending on him like a dove. 11 And a voice came from heaven, “You are my beloved Son; with you I am well pleased.”


12 The Spirit immediately drove him out into the wilderness. 13 And he was in the wilderness forty days, being tempted by Satan. And he was with the wild animals, and the angels were ministering to him.


14 Now after John was arrested, Jesus came into Galilee, proclaiming the gospel of God, 15 and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.”

Christ, Our Treasure and Pearl – Sunday, August 9

Christ, Our Treasure and Pearl

Matthew 13:44-46

44 “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and hid; and for joy over it he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field.

45 “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant seeking beautiful pearls, 46 who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had and bought it.

Prayer Focus for Albania – Sunday, August 9


Albania, Europe: Evangelism and church planting. There are still many towns and villages without an evangelical presence, and where there is one, signs of second-generation spiritual lapses are already apparent. Pray for the good news to continue to spread. The Albanian Church Planters Mission was formed to prepare evangelists for this express purpose. Pray also that resulting churches and Christians might reflect the Lord Jesus Christ in an Albanian context. For more information visit

Prayer Focus for Afghanistan – Sunday, August 2


Afghanistan, Asia: The upheaval of the last 30 years reduced the country to ruin and destitution. The Soviets (1979-89), the Mujahedeen (1992-96) and the Taliban (1996-2001) all perpetuated different problems and failed to build up the nation. Over one million died and an estimated four million children were orphaned. Though the country still suffers from conflict, progress has been made in those areas where there is peace. The suffering takes many forms; Afghans perceive poverty and lack of security to be the greatest problems. Pray for practical, timely and sustainable solutions to each of these:

  1. a) Continued threat of violence. The Taliban are very active and often operate from civilian buildings or in civilian guise. Hundreds of thousands of land mines and other undetonated ordnance still litter the country. For more information visit