How come I don’t hear His voice as clearly as I used to?

There are a few reasons for the condition of not hearing God’s voice like you used to. The first is very easy to fix.

It may be that you have stopped listening in order to obey. Many of us, at times, only listen  to hear what we want Him to say. It we do this habitually He […]


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By |August 21st, 2014|Prayer, Questions|4 Comments

What do you make of 1 Corinthians 5:11?

 

1 Corinthians 5:11  But as it is, I wrote to you not to associate with anyone who is called a brother who is a sexual sinner, or covetous, or an idolater, or a slanderer, or a drunkard, or an extortioner. Don’t even eat with such a person. (see full chapter below from biblegateway.com)

This passage must […]


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By |August 21st, 2014|Bible, Community, Jesus, Kingdom of God, Questions, Study|0 Comments

Is God always pleased with me?

Only when you are asleep. God always loves us but like any good Father, His love must sometimes be expressed as disapproval. We must always distinguish between acceptance and approval. We always have His acceptance but we do not always have His approval. His disapproval promotes our growth in holiness as does His approval.


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By |August 19th, 2014|Grace, Is God Religious?, Questions|1 Comment

What is the gospel?

The Gospel is the good news that you do not have to be you, as you are right now, for ever. It is really good news  because, any one who has lived more than 20 years knows that they are incapable of making the changes, at the depth of their personality, that are necessary for […]


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By |August 12th, 2014|Bible|0 Comments

What do you mean by a transformed life?

I like cars. I love those TV shows that show some beat up, rusty wreck being rescued from a junk yard. The show takes the viewer through the process of restoration. We see the rust being cut out, the whole car being sand blasted to remove corrosion, and bent parts being straightened, etc.

The goal is […]


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By |August 12th, 2014|Power, Prayer|2 Comments

If repentance is so good, why did it get such a bad rap?

Repentance is spiritual breathing.

We “breath” out what is an attempt by the enemy of our soul to sow shame into our lives and we breath in the affect of Jesus work on the cross .

Shame is one of the main reasons why repentance has a bad reputation. Legalistic Christianity [which is really […]


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By |August 12th, 2014|Audio Series, Bible, Repetance|1 Comment

“We have nothing to fear but pride itself”

I just got this email and it provoked some thoughts about pride. They wrote:

Mark,

Your messages have been amazing! It was so quiet on Sunday as you were speaking, so I know the words you were speaking were going straight to people’s hearts, including mine.

Your description of the sins we commit just being surface symptoms of […]


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By |August 11th, 2014|Community, Life, pride, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Even though we are called to rest we are also called to strive? What are your thoughts?

It depends on how you define striving. Much of what we do “for” God is not what He has asked us to do. When we undertake work which He has not asked us to do, we end up working in our own power and fulfilling human potential rather than accomplishing His work which reveals His […]


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By |August 9th, 2014|Grace, Is God Religious?, Questions|1 Comment

What is listening prayer?

Listening prayer is listening with the intent of hearing God’s message to us, for whatever He wants to say. It is not about getting our prayers answered. It is not about our needs or desires. It is focused on intimacy with God who is our loving Father. It does not seek information, wisdom or answers. […]


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By |August 8th, 2014|Prayer|2 Comments

Dreams do come true

Playing with the Jerry Hotrod DeMink Band at the House of Blues. Jerry, thanks for the memories….

Mark

 

Photo courtesy of Kyle Otto.


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By |June 26th, 2014|Good Life|0 Comments

How do I respond to those who object to modern day prophecy?

I was asked this question recently:

Mark,

I was reading John 6:28-29 & wanted to get your opinion. The people wanted to perform miracles, but Jesus said that God only wanted them to believe. If someone rebuts modern-day prophesy w/this scripture, what should I say?

I responded as follows:

The context for this statement is the feeding of the […]


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By |June 15th, 2014|Bible, Jesus, Kingdom of God, Power, Questions, Study|0 Comments

How often do people in the church view a failure to get well as the fault of the sick person?

This is a serious problem and one that Shell and I have coped with personally during her 17 year illness. The “faith” community has taken the role of faith in healing prayer and exaggerated its importance to the point where it is treated as a magic formula. Just generate enough faith and God HAS TO heal […]


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By |May 21st, 2014|Healing, Prayer|0 Comments

What about Gossip?

In response to questions about gossip:

Gossip is any statement however made that would tend to depreciate the reputation of the person being the subject of the statement. The fact that the statement is true is not a defense to gossip. The fact that the statement is made with a request for prayer for the person […]


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By |May 15th, 2014|Community, Life, Study, Unity|1 Comment

Is my desire to see the power of God selfish?

There is a tenet of Ignatian spirituality* that when our hearts are generally inclined towards God the desires of our hearts are placed there by Him. If you have prayed a genuine prayer of consecration and your desire is to worship God, then you can trust that […]


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By |April 21st, 2014|Power, Prayer, selfishness|Comments Off on Is my desire to see the power of God selfish?

“God I know you can- I don’t know if you will.”

This question came to me from an honest, earnest seeker.

I know God can heal me, but I don’t know if He will. He hasn’t healed my back. I’ve wondered if he’s doing this because he wants me to learn something from this- to identify with the sufferings of Christ in some way- or to find […]


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By |March 31st, 2014|Bible, Healing|Comments Off on “God I know you can- I don’t know if you will.”

If sickness is something God doesn’t will- then why do we die?

The argument goes something like this – isn’t death often a natural result of sickness. We get old and sick and then we die. If God has “ordained” death then why oppose sickness?

Death was never God’s Plan for man. It entered human history because of the sin of rebellion. Man stepped out from under God’s […]


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By |March 30th, 2014|Healing, Kingdom of God, Power|0 Comments

Does healing prayer depend on the faith of the person being prayed for?

Faith is a big part of healing but it isn’t the only factor. When it is the “cause” of the healing it is most often found in the faith of family and friends. This means that pastorally we should never place the burden for the lack of healing upon the sick person, BUT there is […]


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By |March 30th, 2014|Healing, Power, Prayer|Comments Off on Does healing prayer depend on the faith of the person being prayed for?

What is our motivation for understanding the Bible better?

What we think about God determines the emotional, psychological and relational state of our lives. True and accurate thoughts about God’s nature and our nature are essential to a successful life. The Bible is our primary source for understanding truth about the nature of God and ourselves.

The Bible needs to be studied to be properly […]


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By |March 16th, 2014|Bible, Questions, Study|0 Comments

How can we respond to Bible critics?

Someone recently asked me that if we don’t pay attention to some of the laws in the Bible , why should we pay attention to anything it says?

Mark:

Since Jesus’ intervention into human history we are not bound by these laws. Nothing could be clearer. Paul sets out the “New Covenant” and makes […]


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By |February 16th, 2014|Bible, Study|0 Comments

Attracting God’s Blessing

ATTRACTING GOD’S BLESSING – GUARANTEED!

We have been teaching a sermon series on blessing and focusing on being a blessing.  We have defined being a blessing as “passing on to others the blessings of God.” But before we pass them on we have to receive them. So how do we “attract” the blessings of God? I […]


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By |February 15th, 2014|Community, Jesus, Prayer, Unity|0 Comments