Connecting with Mark

Connecting with Mark

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…

Jogging in the Rain

“Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.” – Philippians 3:13-14             Last Saturday, during Men’s Breakfast,…

What is on Your Mind?

Have you ever been asked that question?  It’s like the commercial from a while back with honest Abe (Abraham Lincoln).  His wife asked him, “Does this dress make me look fat?”  Some people have said, “I am just going to say what it is and let the chips fall where they may.”  Words.  They are so powerful that James would liken them to “bits in…

Where Is My Lane? by Neal Thurman

Perhaps it is difficult from time to time to not be who we have always been. Are the words of Peter in John 21:21 remarkable to anyone else? Remember the setting, Jesus has just put Peter through a difficult, yet tender, test by asking the apostle of his love for his Lord three times (John 21:15-17). This was then followed by the sobering prophecy which spoke to the…

Building on the Rock

“Therefore, everyone who hears these words of mine and acts on them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock.” – Matthew 7:24           This past week we began our Wednesday Night VBS for the month of July. Our theme is “Under Construction: Building on God’s Purpose for my Life”. This past week we looked at…

What! It’s VBS 2021?!?!

Summer time has come. With summer time comes lots of fun things. Family vacations, beach trips, youth group days, late sleepy mornings, and lots of adventures are all expected with summer time. One of those things that is quickly barreling down the tracks like a runaway freight train is VBS!             This year VBS…