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Jesus is Lord!

May 29, 2015 Leave a comment

Philippians 2:8-10 reminds us that at the First Coming of Jesus, He humbled Himself and this greatly pleased the Father so that everyone will recognize Him as Lord one day:

Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. For this reason also, God highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name, 10 so that at the name of Jesus every knee will bow, of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and that every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

-Mark (my knee and your knee will bow to the Lord Jesus Christ)

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Where’s the Bible say “trust other people”? (part 3)

October 1, 2009 Leave a comment

Again, I know I am beating a dead horse but it’s amazing to me how many people COUNT on other people (aka TRUST).

People are going to disappoint you. They’ll even hurt you. Sometimes, unintentionally but sometimes intentionally. We must not be devastated when it happens according to Romans 12:21a (ESV): “Do not be overcome by evil…” When others are evil against you, do not allow it to overcome you! Period!

The last part of that verse is what you are to do in response to evil: “Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good” (Rom. 12:21).

Trust in the Lord even in your difficult trials knowing that He allows us to experience difficulties that He might receive glory and that we might grow into the image of Christ!

-Mark (trusting the Lord more each day)

Where’s the Bible say “trust yourself”? (part 1)

September 27, 2009 1 comment

Where in the Bible does it say to trust yourself?

Prov. 3:5 tells us: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding.”

The Bible teaches us to trust in the Lord completely and fully.

Proverbs 3:6 goes further: “In all your ways, acknowledge Him and He will make straight your paths.” This tells us to acknowlege God in ALL areas of our lives, not just “spiritual” ones.

Proverbs 3:7 warns us: “Be not wise in your own eyes; fear the LORD, and turn away from evil.”

We are warned NOT to be wise in our own eyes!

So, is the phrase, “Trust your heart” biblical or unbiblical?

Jeremiah the prophet had a better heart than any of us and he said this about his own heart in Jeremiah 17:9: “The heart is deceitful above all things, and it is exceedingly corrupt: who can know it?”

If Jeremiah considered his own heart to be deceitful, how much more should we NOT trust ourselves!?!

Trust the Lord. Doubt yourself.

-Mark (trusting God at His Word)

Credentials? Qualifications?

May 15, 2009 Leave a comment

What qualifies someone to be a biblical counselor? What credentials are necessary?

How about these 2 essential elements: 1) knowledge of the Word of God and 2) yielding to the Holy Spirit.

The Word of God is only understood by the illuminating power of the Holy Spirit. The two work together. Therefore, a biblical counselor must yield his/her will to the will of Christ AND be knowledgeable of the Bible. The two are inseparable.

What credentials exist for a Spirit-filled person full of the knowledge of the truth? Where do you get certified in obedient living under the power of the Holy Spirit and in accordance with God’s Word?

What’s neat about our ministry is that we have LAY people who are fully submitted to Christ and His Word AND we have PROFESSIONALLY trained people who are fully submitted to Christ and His Word. Both groups learn from each other because they are learning from the Lord.

If you want a Doctor, we’ve got 4 of them. Congratulations, Dr. Jeff Young!

If you want a “regular person”, we’ve got many of those – and all are committed to Christ. We work in teams of two so it may be that you get one of each. How’s that for diversity?

-Mark (certified by the Lord Jesus Christ alone)

Funny picture (but sad reality)

May 13, 2009 Leave a comment

You’ll have to use your imagination for this one b/c I did NOT have a camera to take a picture for you.

Recently, I saw a pair of 15 year olds walking together & holding hands (boy & girl). However, in their other hand each of them was holding a cell phone, looking down, and texting someone else! Both of them were doing the same thing.

Though they looked connected by holding hands, they were worlds apart, not communicating with each other, and communicating with 2 different people!

How often do we do this with God, spiritually speaking?

We are “holding hands” and “connected to Him” outwardly but we are unaware of His closeness because we are desiring to communicate and to be intimate with someone else or something else other than Him!

We live in the communication and information age but people do not know how to listen and talk to each other very well for the purpose of building a relationship. I don’t think the relationship between these 15 year olds will last long since they are failing to communicate with each other. Eventually, the puppy love will wear off. It reminded me of many marriages that I’ve counseled – I’m sad to say that these couples had no idea how to lovingly communicate with each other because all they desired in the first place during the dating phase was physical touch – not real intimacy!

People often get married for physical lust – not agape love, real intimacy, and companionship.

As Christians, God calls us to marry in the Lord for the right reasons – for His glory and for the benefit of our spouse – not for selfish gain. Relationships that fail to communicate will ultimately fail.

Be sure you hold hands AND talk to your spouse today!

-Mark (thankful for the pictures God gives us every day to remind us of His desire for us to know Him as Lord and Savior)

Do you have “beautiful feet”?

January 10, 2009 Leave a comment

Rom. 10:13-15 states: “For “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” 14 But how are they to call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching? 15 And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!”**

Are you “preaching” the good news or some other doctrine of man?

Christianity is the only religion that teaches that sinful, undeserving mankind can do NOTHING to earn salvation – sinful, undeserving mankind is given the “free gift” of faith by the grace of God (Eph. 2:8-9) for eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord.
  • If you are led by the Holy Spirit and preaching this Gospel message everywhere you go, then Rom. 10:15  says you have “beautiful feet”.
-Mark (walking on “beautiful feet” in God’s eyes to share the Good News to all of the world)
** The Holy Bible : English standard version. 2001 (electronic ed.) Good News Publishers: Wheaton.

A New Way to be Human

December 16, 2008 Leave a comment

I love being a Christian because we can “put on”  a new way to be human which is to be like Christ Jesus (Eph. 4:24)!

What a blessing to be able to approach the problems, struggles, and temptations of life like the Master! This only comes by the power of the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. As we read God’s Word and obediently implement it in submission to the Holy Spirit, we will find “A New Way to Be Human” (a song title by the group “Switchfoot”) – no longer slaves to sin!

-Mark (praising the Lord for this new way to be human)