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The Gospel of Mark was written about A.D. 57–59 by a Jewish disciple of the Christian faith, the same "John Mark" mentioned at least ten times in the New Testament. John was his Hebrew name, and Mark was his Gentile name.1 All of the early church fathers ascribe this gospel to a young man who was not one of the twelve apostles but was a disciple of Paul and later of Peter. He is often referred to as the interpreter of Peter's teaching, and Peter apparently gave Mark his stamp of approval for the use of these teachings among the early churches.2
Practical Christianity Foundation is a not-for-profit research Foundation organized in 1997 for the purpose of producing an easy-to-read devotional commentary series on the books of the Bible. Our goal is to encourage instruction and devotional meditation for individuals and small groups in matters of life and faith in God through His Son Jesus Christ in a study of God's Holy Word.Practical Christianity Foundation offers the global Christian community a simple, easy-to-read devotional commentary on the books of the Bible to encourage and nurture biblical instruction and meditation. In both the written and electronic editions, passages of verse-by-verse commentary are developed immediately following each verse and are summarized by notes and applications designed to apply the focus of the passage to the life and faith of those who follow Jesus Christ. Both the electronic and print versions of the Devotional Commentaries offer the reader a valuable resource, rich in godly and Christ-centered substance necessary for knowledge, understanding, wisdom, and worship.The comments are interpretive. However, the essence of the work is devotional. Each paragraph is a result of the collaborative deliberation that comes from deep personal meditation, intentional research, and faithful application arising from the conviction that the Bible is the word of the Lord to His people. God's Word is reliable, trustworthy, and God-revealing. We believe that when the Bible speaks, God Himself speaks. It is the Truth that brings sinners to repentance and guides their journey throughout their redeemed lives in Christ.We pray that this commentary series would lead unbelievers to Christ and enrich the lives of those who have been redeemed. We pray that each believer walk in the joy of the Lord, enduring the troubles of this world through the peace that only God can give. In all things, we lift up the Name of Jesus to the glory of God the Father and continue to humbly pray that He would graciously and mercifully reveal Himself through the study of His Word.