Posts by Pastor Mark

Obedience is blessed and Disobedience Cursed

1 Samuel 15:22–23 22 And Samuel said, “Has the Lord as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the Lord? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to listen than the fat of rams. 23 For rebellion is as the sin of divination, and presumption is as iniquity and idolatry. Because you have rejected the…

God-honoring Humility, Teachableness, and Wisdom

The following are a few passages from the book of Proverbs. These nuggets of truth help us to understand how to avoid stupidity and gain beneficial God-honoring wisdom in life. Proverbs 1:7 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction. To fear God means recognizing that God is the…

Correcting with Kindness

Ephesians 4:25, 32 “25 Therefore, having put away falsehood, let each one of you speak the truth with his neighbor, for we are members one of another….32 Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.” Christians are to acknowledge the authority of Jesus Christ in all aspects of life. There…

Taking Up the Cross of Jesus Christ

Mark 8:34–36 34 And calling the crowd to him with his disciples, he said to them, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. 35 For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake and the gospel’s will save it. 36 For what…

Following Jesus

Matthew 16:24 Then Jesus told his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.” Before this communication of Jesus to His disciples, Jesus had informed them that He was going to Jerusalem, and after going there, He will be abused by the Jewish leaders, put…

Empowered to Obey

Romans 6:15–18 15 What then? Are we to sin because we are not under law but under grace? By no means! 16 Do you not know that if you present yourselves to anyone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of the one whom you obey, either of sin, which leads to death, or of obedience, which leads to righteousness? 17 But…

Clarifying Confusion

1 John 5:19–21 19 We know that we are from God, and the whole world lies in the power of the evil one. 20And we know that the Son of God has come and has given us understanding, so that we may know him who is true; and we are in him who is true, in his Son…

Looks Can Be Deceiving

1 Samuel 16:6–7 6 When they came, he looked on Eliab and thought, “Surely the Lord’s anointed is before him.” 7 But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him. For the Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lordlooks on the heart.” …

Take Heart dads, the Lord is with you

Ephesians 6:4 Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.  This weekend we celebrate Father’s Day. Is this a good thing or a bad thing? Worldly evil influences culture to work for the demise of manhood and fatherhood. Men and fathers are shamed openly…