Posts Tagged ‘prayer’

“God just hit the delete button on that prayer.”

November 15, 2010 1 comment

Someone very funny in my life said the statement above about an unbiblical, selfish prayer request so I thought I’d share it with you.

“I want a new Lambourghini now, Lord.”

“God just hit the delete button on that prayer.”

We laugh at such outrageous prayers but how often do we pray like this on a smaller level? I’d say it’s more than we realize.

Jesus said, “Not my will, but Yours be done.” He was submissive to the Father’s will; therefore, we must be, also.

-Mark (Learning to pray like Jesus, but having a long way to go)


When is prayer absolutely useless?

October 10, 2010 Leave a comment

Everyone prays. Other religions promote prayer; therefore, a praying Christian is no different than a praying Muslim or a praying Hindu or a praying Scientologist.

So, what is the difference if everyone prays?

For Christians, prayer is talking to the one true God. He is the object of prayer and if the object of prayer is a false god, then prayer is absolutely useless.

So be mindful to whom you are praying…otherwise, it’s just empty words.

-Mark (praying to the Lord Jesus Christ and listening to Him through His Word and His Spirit – Heb. 4:12)

Many years ago, A.W. Tozer said…

July 18, 2010 Leave a comment

“The most critical need of the church at this moment is men, bold men, free men. The church must seek, in prayer and much humility, the coming again of men made of the stuff of which prophets and martyrs are made.” ~ A.W. Tozer (Christian & Missionary Alliance pastor who is now deceased)

This urgent need still applies to us today!

“Oh, Lord, send us bold men who will seek Your face and live with reckless, radical abandonment for Your glory!”

-Mark (a missionary to the United States)

A new day for TIL: a partnership with The Lovelady Center!

June 17, 2010 1 comment

With Jason leaving last week, TIL was adjusting to the change. Jason did a lot for this ministry and is sorely missed in many ways.

But the first day of TIL without Jason proved to be eventful and fruitful for the ministry as we were asked to consider a special partnership with The Lovelady Center in East Lake (see their website at, the largest transitional housing program for women in the United States of America. A place where women are allowed to live with their children, a rare set up which is the RIGHT structure for a program seeking to help women to re-establish their lives in Christ and in the community.

This partnership will be a blessing to both The Lovelady Center AND to Truth in Love Ministries. Our ministry gets the opportunity to do what we do best at The Lovelady Center (train, equip, teach, counsel, and glorify God). In turn, The Lovelady Center’s residents will receive compassionate, Christ-centered care to help them resolve past hurts and learn valuable truths to change the way they live their lives in the future. Our goal is to see every woman have a chance to “Be Transformed” by the power of Christ.

As far as I know, there is only one other residential biblical program for addiction and for biblical counseling in general for women in the U.S. Only one other! The Lovelady Center is on the cutting edge (which simply means they are striving to be like Christ Who was and is on the cutting edge as far as the world is concerned!).

This partnership will revolutionize The Lovelady Center and it will also revolutionize Truth in Love. Both will be “revolutionized” in different ways but in great ways according to God’s will and glory.

In coming days, I’ll blog more about this new relationship and how you can help serve Christ through TIL at The Lovelady Center. Please pray that the Lord alone would be glorified and that hurting souls would come to know Him in a saving way. Also, pray that you might become involved in ministry as there is no shortage of needs for these precious ladies the Lord has led to enter the program. We need your help!

-Mark (thankful for Brenda Lovelady Spahn’s heart to glorify the Lord)


June 8, 2010 Leave a comment

What are you filling your “void” with? Food, drugs, sex, video games, alcohol, work, or any other type of pleasure. Any of these things can be idols and a direct violation of Exodus 20:3: “Thou shalt have no other gods before Me.”

Why not fill it with God? You were made to worship Him. Spend time today in prayer and meditative Bible study which is spending time with God. He is the “put-on” and everything else in this life is the “put-off.”

You must fill your void with Christ alone.

-Mark (life’s not that complicated)

Where in the world is Carmen San Diego…er, Mark?

June 6, 2010 Leave a comment

You can tell I have young children when I refer to Carmen San Diego. Some of you have no idea who or what I’m talking about. That’s ok! You won’t get the joke and it’s really no big deal.

One of the features we are working on with the TIL website is a calendar to show you all where I’ll be teaching so that some of you may join us!

One such special event occurs on Sunday, June 13th, when I’ll be preaching on PRAYER at a Kenyan church pastored by Joseph Kirwa here in Birmingham. The service begins at 3 pm and if you have never been to a church with born-again Africans, then you need to come and experience the love, passion, and kindness of these committed followers of Christ!

I am prayerfully considering a trip to Kenya to begin establishing a church and a biblical counseling ministry in that country in the next year. If you want to serve on our leadership team for that particular out-reach, then please contact us at We are putting the team together NOW!

-Mark (grateful to teach to hungry souls from Kenya)

Pray for Shirley!

May 7, 2010 1 comment

What a hard two weeks TIL has had! I had neck surgery, Jason had to get a wisdom tooth pulled that broke and exposed the nerve, two of our board members are going through a tough time this week, and now the best & worst news: please pray for Shirley as she mourns the death of her mother, Ms. Jeanie, who went to see her Savior and Lord Jesus this morning.

Obviously, it’s sad for us and a joyful occasion for Ms. Jeanie and those who know she’s with Jesus now!

I cannot say enough good things about Ms. Jeanie. She was full of zest for life, loved her Lord, served her Lord on the mission field and as an addictions counselor, loved her family, and made everyone around her smile, laugh, and experience joy! She was all about Jesus!

So she will be greatly missed, especially by Shirley who has been taking care of her for several years now. Please lift Shirley up to the Lord during this difficult time!

-Mark (thankful for Shirley who has become an important teammate for TIL and her sacrificial way of life in service of her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!)