About Mark

Mark Cowper-Smith was a lawyer in Canada for many years. Despite professional success, he found his life to be devoid of purpose. He began a search for God. As a result of a radical conversion to Christ he began to teach the Bible wherever and whenever he was asked. In 1988 a group of people requested Mark to plant a church. The church experienced very rapid growth as well as severe trials, none of which God wasted in the development of Mark’s character. His teaching and mentoring are full of wisdom, which he refers to learning the hard way. Mark and his wife Shelley have traveled and ministered at churches in England, Ireland, Germany, Italy, Russia, New Zealand, Fiji, Mexico, Canada and the U.S.A They have a heart to see all of the church powerfully filled with the love of the Father and released to minister that love in power.

What if I don’t sense God?

Naomi sent me in a good question,

“You give allot of examples of how God talks to you when you are praying. What if I don’t sense Him?  It is hard to have a relationship with someone you can sense or hear.”

Hi Naomi,

When I say that God talks to me I do not mean that I hear […]

By |April 5th, 2018|Questions|0 Comments

What is the secret?

Zechariah Chapter 4:6 – “not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit, says the Lord Almighty”
As far as I am concerned, this is the central message we need to “live” in order to survive in ministry. Not understanding the balance between our effort and His is what brings about most of our frustrations […]

By |March 21st, 2018|Character, Community, Good Life, Grace, Life, Power|0 Comments

What do you see?

Many of us have seen the ink drawing which, at first glance, appears to be nothing more than wandering lines on a page. We are told it is a drawing of an ugly old hag. Soon we see the ugly old hag and we can’t believe we didn’t see her immediately.  At this point, we […]

By |March 10th, 2018|Bible, Is God Religious?, Questions|0 Comments

Spiritual son describes Mark

Mark and Me

At 21 years old I had dropped out of school, was coming off heavy drug use, living at home, and flat out lazy. Rightfully, my parents asked me to move out, leading to feelings of abandonment and disapproval. I was lost. Combined with a naturally pessimistic, change adverse, and self-doubting nature a slide […]

By |February 19th, 2018|Good Life, Is God Religious?|0 Comments

Enlarge my Territory

​​The following post is a collection of excerpts from Mark’s sermon. Listen to the podcast for the full sermon.

The Bible says that Jabez was an honorable man and from this we can deduce that his prayer for blessing and an enlarged territory was not a selfish prayer. He was asking for blessing in order to […]

By |February 6th, 2018|Audio Series, Bible, Kingdom of God, Life, Prayer, selfishness|0 Comments

If Christians are supposed to look like Jesus will they all look the same?

The kingdom of God starts with a spiritual reality. Whether you believe in Him or not, He is present around you. He is in this world waiting for you to interact with Him, here and now. When you enter into the kingdom of God a spiritual change happens and you begin to comprehend things that were […]

By |February 1st, 2018|Community, Kingdom of God, Life, Repetance|2 Comments

Up Close and Personal With God

We are told that we need to “know” God but rarely are we told HOW to know God. We are told that God wants an intimate relationship of love with us but we are not told what our part is or how to do it.

Join Mark on Thursday nights from 6:30-8:30 pm; Jan 22, Feb […]

By |January 21st, 2018|Bible, Grace, Holy Spirit, Jesus, Kingdom of God, Prayer|0 Comments

Let’s start at the beginning

Here are some thoughts from Chapter 6:

It hurts to see Him reduced to the level of employer or boss. Not only that, it just doesn’t work. If we have to compete selling just another religion, then we are going to lose.
As religions go,

Mormonism is much more attractive, if you like legalism and predictability.
Islam […]

By |December 11th, 2017|Bible, Character, Community, Grace, Holy Spirit|0 Comments

New Book – Reluctantly Supernatural – coming soon

Science has failed to answer our deepest questions concerning the purpose and significance of human life. As a result, our culture is turning to the supernatural realm for the answers.

The Bible is literally filled with the supernatural power of God intervening into human affairs. Not only does God act supernaturally into the lives of His […]

By |December 6th, 2017|Bible, Holy Spirit, Jesus, Kingdom of God, Theology|0 Comments

Life in the Spirit

We speak often of “life in the Holy Spirit” but often it means different things to different people usually depending upon our differing theology about the supernatural gifts of the Holy Spirit. This is unfortunate because life in the Spirit is a much deeper reality than simply whether or not you believe in the supernatural […]

By |November 24th, 2015|Bible, Holy Spirit, Life, Theology|0 Comments

All You Need is Love

 

It is not possible to over emphasize the centrality of love in the Kingdom of God. The only thing that rivals the centrality of love is the centrality of truth. In our evangelical tradition truth has been emphasized more often than love with the sad result that we tend to become highly qualified Pharisees. We […]

By |September 21st, 2015|Bible, Community, Love, selfishness|0 Comments

Serving Truth after its Expiry Date Part 2

Not only has the game changed but two very destructive lies have been injected into the game.
Our culture has accepted two huge lies. The first is that if you disagree with someone’s lifestyle, you must fear or hate them. The second is that to love someone means you must agree with everything they believe or […]

By |August 2nd, 2015|Bible, Honesty, Kingdom of God, Theology|0 Comments

Serving Truth After It’s Expiration Date

As Christians we are to be a truth telling people. We believe in capital “T” truth. We believe that just as there are God designed laws that govern the physical world there are God designed laws that govern the moral world. We believe that there are absolutes that govern moral choices and that these do […]

By |July 26th, 2015|Bible, Honesty, Kingdom of God|0 Comments

What did Jesus do with demons?

This is part two of Deliver us from Evil – see Part 1

And this brings us to the central difference between authority and religion.

Jesus began his role as teacher by teaching about the Kingdom of God but he didn’t stop at simply teaching about it. Jesus demonstrated the Kingdom of God by demonstrating His authority […]

By |June 16th, 2015|Bible, Jesus, Kingdom of God, Life of Jesus series, Power, Prayer|0 Comments

What do we do about evil?

We had a very interesting video testimony scheduled for last Sunday about a family set free from years of negative spiritual activity in their home, referred to as “haunting”. I decided that I should take the opportunity to speak on the subject of our Christian authority over evil. There is a very illuminating incident in […]

By |June 10th, 2015|Bible, Jesus, Kingdom of God, Life, Power|1 Comment

Contrast between Religion and Grace

Recently Shell and I were down in Guadalajara doing a conference at a cutting edge church there. The conference was on training the church to recognize communication from God and how to share it effectively. I was ready to teach Sunday morning but I knew I had a prophetic word for the church. I thought […]

By |May 29th, 2015|Character, Community, Grace, Kingdom of God, Life, Power, Unity|1 Comment

Am I Grading Myself on the Curve?

This is the scariest part of discovering the truth about ourselves. If you haven’t got to read the first two posts or listen to the sermon online – try it – I guarantee you will get a few laughs. This is the last installment before I move onto another topic – hopefully a bit lighter […]

By |May 25th, 2015|Character, Community, Honesty, pride, Study|2 Comments

Do you ever doubt your influence?

Do you ever doubt your influence? I am talking about your good influence. I never doubt my bad influence. I think all of us wonder from time to time just how much good we are actually doing for God. Last Tuesday I was asking myself that question. It always seems to me that I could […]

By |May 25th, 2015|Character, Community, Grace, Honesty, Life, Questions|0 Comments

Do I really want to change?

Did I get your attention last week with my statements about Christians and truth? See post here if you missed it. It has the sermon link too.

Truth = change and change = increased responsibility.

I am thinking of the story of Jesus and the man at the pool of Bethesda. A crippled man has been an invalid […]

By |May 7th, 2015|Bible, Character, Community, Honesty, pride, selfishness|0 Comments

Are we prone to self-deception?

We Christians think of ourselves as truthful people. We say we not only know the truth but we love it as well.

Being a Christian, I have a lot of Christian friends. Being a pastor, I have known a lot of Christians over the years, in good times and bad. I find the above statement very interesting […]

By |May 3rd, 2015|Bible, Holy Spirit, Honesty, Life, pride, Study|0 Comments