Posts by Mark Casella

Posts by Mark Casella

Teamwork

For as long as I can remember people have always been teaching us about being good teammates. Whether it’s a project at work, something you are doing at home with the family, being a part of a team, or even just doing stuff at school, being a good teammate is something that we are encouraged to be from a young age.…

Wasted Opportunities

This past week I was able to experience the National Conference on Children’s and Youth Ministries. It was a huge blessing to be surrounded by fellow youth ministers who share the same love of sharing Jesus with others, but also share the difficult times as well. Throughout the week I listened to some amazing peers and teachers who encouraged and edified us. I taught a…

Christmas Gifts

It is that time of year again. No, not the time of year when you send your kids back to school, or when you expect the weather to warm up after a long winter. In fact, it is quite the opposite. Kids are about to be home for two weeks, the weather is slowly getting colder, and Christmas is finally here.            …

There is a Table

I went to a pretty big High School growing up. It consisted of 7 local communities where all the students gathered together.  At lunch time all of the underclassman gathered in the cafeteria. Seniors were lucky and were able to eat lunch elsewhere. As a freshman, I remember walking into a huge room for lunch. There were hundreds of people in that room and there seemed…

Put It Into Practice

When I was in 9th grade, I took my first automotive class. The teachers name was Mr. Summers. He was a nice man but knew when to be firm or even loud. I loved that classroom because it had a very distinct smell of oil and tires at the time. This class was always the last class of the day for the last quarter of the year and the whole point of the class was to build the…

You Can Do Anything

Our children will often hear the phrase, “You can do anything you put your mind to.” The message from that is if you want something bad enough and work hard enough, anything is possible. The problem with that is that it is not always true since there are many variables that can cause desire and hard work to not bring “anything.”…

Resilience

When you were a child, what was a word that was gross or icky to you back then but now sounds a lot better to you? When I was young, “mow the grass” was one of those icky words. That is until I learned I liked mowing the grass as long as it wasn’t on a hill. As I got closer to college the word changed… to Lecture. At that time, I couldn’t stand lectures. Some person would…

Be Merciful

In our household we have come to a fun stage of life. We have two boys who are 21 months apart or so and with that comes all sorts of new things. They are constantly learning different things, observing things around them that they haven’t noticed before, and they are seeing God more and more each day. We took them up on a trail of the Great Smoky Mountains recently and…

Symptomatic

The law of “Cause & Effect” is one that we as humans are keenly aware of. The idea that certain actions or events will inevitably lead to certain effects is something we become familiar with at an extremely young age.  As we grow and mature the reality of just how prevalent this law is in every aspect of our lives (health, finances, social, relationships, etc.)…

This World is Not My Home

Growing up I remember standing in the pews in the auditorium on many mornings after the preacher had finished the sermon. I remember going to two different congregations growing up and at both of them the song was often “This World Is Not My Home”. It’s a song that we also often sing here as well. I remember as a kid trying to understand what this song meant. Were we…