Posts by Pastor Mark

The Fruit of Spirit-empowered Patience is Sweet

Galatians 5:22–23 22But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. Men and women have a variety of ways for their hearts, controlled by the flesh, to manifest themselves. These include “sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits…

Don’t be a fool – follow Jesus!

Luke 12:15–21 15And he said to them, “Take care, and be on your guard against all covetousness, for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.” 16And he told them a parable, saying, “The land of a rich man produced plentifully, 17and he thought to himself, ‘What shall I do, for I…

What kind of judge are you?

Matthew 7:1–6 1“Judge not, that you be not judged. 2For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and with the measure you use it will be measured to you. 3Why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye?…

Praise God for Fathers Following Jesus

Praise God for Fathers Following Jesus Ephesians 6:4 “Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.” Father’s Day, celebrated by dads who are followers of Jesus, faithful churchmen, filled with the Holy Spirit and characterized by lives focused on Scripture, bears testimony to…

The Weight of Scripture in Life

Romans 15:4–6 4For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that through endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope. 5May the God of endurance and encouragement grant you to live in such harmony with one another, in accord with Christ Jesus, 6that together you may with…

Hold Your Tongue

Proverbs 26:22 “The words of a whisperer are like delicious morsels; they go down into the inner parts of the body.” We’ve all heard the statement, “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.” This is a phrase often quoted to children to help them deal with verbal insults from…

The Power is God’s and the Glory is God’s

4Such is the confidence that we have through Christ toward God. 5Not that we are sufficient in ourselves to claim anything as coming from us, but our sufficiency is from God,6who has made us sufficient to be ministers of a new covenant, not of the letter but of the Spirit. For the letter kills, but…

“Do you believe this?”

John 11:25–26 25 Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, 26 and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die. Do you believe this?” Death is a reality we all face since the defiance of Adam and Eve…