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.

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

What Gives us Access to God’s Presence?

One of the most overlooked and misunderstood aspects of the wonder of God’s grace is the fact that grace, and grace alone, gives us access into His presence. Click here to listen to my last sermon.

Let’s look at some familiar scriptures, some popular, some not:
Eph. 2:1-5 “As for you, you were dead in your transgressions […]

By |April 1st, 2015|Uncategorized|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, 2015|Character, Community, Good Life, Grace, Life, Power|0 Comments

Why the Law?

If our faith is about a relationship rather than law, why does the law exist?

We were always intended by God to live life with our focus upon Him. He designed our operating system as an intimate relationship of love. Out of that relationship, we will be compelled by His love to do what pleases Him, […]

By |February 27th, 2015|Bible, Grace, Is God Religious?, Kingdom of God, Prayer, Theology|0 Comments

The Trouble with Truth

Let’s be honest, most of us aren’t.We all like to think of ourselves as basically honest people. We believe this because most of the time we don’t leave the house in the morning intending to lie our way through the day. Strangely, neither do we leave the house consciously intending to tell whole truth and […]

By |February 21st, 2015|Character, Community, Honesty, Kingdom of God, Life|0 Comments

Is it was possible to have a “long distant” relationship with God?

Someone asked me it I thought it was possible to have a “long distant” relationship with God. Here is our dialogue. I would love others to join in on this conversation. Leave a comment.

Mark – Good question. What do you define as a long distance relationship?
Ferguson – Now that’s a good question too. I think that […]

By |February 14th, 2015|Is God Religious?, Questions, Study, Theology|0 Comments

Do you want to get up close to God?

Up close and Personal,  A practical guide to an intimate relationship 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 […]

By |January 30th, 2015|Bible, Holy Spirit, Jesus, Kingdom of God, Meditation, Prayer|0 Comments

IS MEGA BETTA? Is big always God’s will?

Today, I suggest we kill a sacred cow. The sacred cow is,

“bigger is better.”

I planted the first church I pastored, and I did it as a church growth disciple. I began with what I took to be a foundational tenet of the church growth movement; “Your church will succeed or fail based on your leadership”. And success […]

By |January 29th, 2015|Bible, Character, Jesus, Kingdom of God, Life|0 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, 2015|Bible, Grace, Holy Spirit, Jesus, Kingdom of God, Prayer|0 Comments

What’s the Problem with Religion?

All religions are basically the same. A spiritual, material, eternal reward is offered and a system of behavior is required. When properly applied, the behavior brings the reward.

The rewards differ: Nirvana, 72 Virgins, Cosmic Consciousness, Heaven, etc.

As well, the system of behavior differs: prayer wheels, jihad, religious rituals, moral living, etc.  But the rewards and […]

By |January 16th, 2015|Bible, Grace, Is God Religious?, Jesus, Kingdom of God, Life, pride, Questions|0 Comments