Re: Verse reading–Mark 11:12-33 (day one)
Kurt Voss died last week. He was 94. For over 70 years he served the Lord as a member of FBCSA. He was also a gifted metal worker. An artisan. An old-world craftsman.
When I came to First Baptist in 1996, Kurt offered to make a new pulpit. (The one we still use). He suggested a vine and branches motif ( the same inspiration he used on the doors of the National Cathedral–a project completed a few years before.)
Sunday by Sunday, ever since, my pulpit preaches a silent and powerful message of its own. “I am the vine. You are the branches. He who abides in Me and I in him will bear much fruit.”–John 15:5
This week I hope you will read Mark 11. With one final warning for Israel, Jesus cursed a fig tree (a symbol of the nation) because it was “all leaves” (appearance) but “no fruit”.
His expectations were clear. Still are.