Connecting with Mark

Connecting with Mark

Pray Your Age Challenge

As I looked at goals for this year, I looked back at the past year at the things I personally did well in but also those that I didn’t do so well in. One of those things that stuck out to me was the trend of prayer. As the year went on last year it wasn’t where I wanted it to be personally for myself. I thought about where we are as a youth group and prayer is something…

Walking in the Light

It is a joy to have two wonderful sons. I enjoy how they like to laugh and be happy over little things. It is a joy to watch them learn about new aspects of life and I appreciate watching them try to figure out how everything works. Despite all of these joys, there are times, and sometimes lots of times, where there are things I don’t enjoy but I know that I will miss…

Present Hope

For me, November starts the beginning of a busy holiday schedule. The weather has cooled off, sometimes we get snow (like this year already), Thanksgiving is around the corner, and that is just November!  This year, after Thanksgiving is Present Hope! Like the last few years, we are teaming up with the Arlington Church of Christ and other Knoxville area churches to serve…

Serve One Another

This past Wednesday night we had our annual Fall Festival! Although the weather wasn’t the nicest, we still had a great time in the Fellowship Hall. Thank you to everyone who put time, effort, and hard work into this event to make it so successful. In total there were roughly 122 people who were in attendance. We can take all the energy and excitement as we push onto…

Be Like Bo

I want to begin by thanking the church for blessing us with the opportunity to attend Harding University’s Lectureship this past week. I was sitting in a chair in the Benson Auditorium as we prepared for the evening Lecture as we talked about the big news from the day. This news was about an off duty officer involved in a shooting. The young man’s name was Botham. He…

Dragging Our Way into LIFE

Last week I mowed the yard in what felt like a 350-degree oven.  At one point, completely drenched in sweat, I had to sit down in the shade of a tree to catch my breath and cool down a bit.  I was feeling sorry for myself, and talking to God about it, when something moving along the ground caught my eye.  As I watched, I realized that it was a butterfly.  Its wings,…

Stepping Out

When I was in college one of the things I did every summer was being a camp counselor. At camp, we always had access to a rope’s course. One of the obstacles set up was a log that went between two trees. This log happened to be twenty-five feet in the air. When you think about that distance on the ground it might not be a big deal, but when you are up on the log with only…

This is Who I Am

Who are you? Before you continue reading on who are you, there are lots of things that you could be but, what really defines you? Maybe it is that you are known for your ears like the elephant, Dumbo. Perhaps you are the leader of the bunch like Woody in the Toy Story movies making sure all of the other toys are ok. You could be chasing after things like the Ghostbusters…

Rooted in Love

Last week we had the opportunity to be a part of the 140 or so people at Carolina Bible Camp. It was a big step for our 10 students who had never been before and may have recognized 1 or 2 people when they first stepped on the campgrounds the first day. As I observed our youth starting to interact with the others, I noticed something very important. The others were…

As the Lord Forgave You

Recently my two-year-old son came back home after we got all the pipes fixed in the house. To say the house had been quiet recently would be an understatement. He quickly reminded me about what happens to two year olds when they get overly tired, that you don’t sleep all night if they don’t sleep all night, and sometimes your feet become the best place for their shoes…