Most Western Christians have an aversion to the supernatural power of God. Much of the time when God touches us through His Holy Spirit, it impacts us emotionally. This should not be a surprise to us because we received our emotional nature from Him. We are made in His image and He is an emotional […]
For what was glorious has no glory now
in comparison with the surpassing glory.
And if what was fading away came with
glory, how much greater is the glory of that
which lasts! Therefore, since we
have such a hope, we are very bold. We are not like Moses, […]
Sin is not the bad things that we do but the deep desire within all of us to be independent from God – to be our own bosses. Man started out as children of God in the Garden of Eden . Through stepping away from God as Lord and Father man became […]
Hello. This is Mark’s wife Shell with an introduction to this teaching.
I have often told Mark he needs to tell people the reason he hears from God so quickly. He takes an hour each day sitting in stillness and silence with God. Sometimes he won’t hear or sense anything for days, but he still shows […]
We need the perseverance of Jesus to endure the delay.
I think most of us know this by virtue of our experience with doubt. The question is; what can we do about it? How can we survive the delay? How can we wait well?
Delay always brings difficult questions and a terrible temptation. The questions it […]
Is there a biblical pattern to promises and their fulfillment in the life of a Christian?
Abraham is given a promise of fathering a great nation. More than 50 years pass before he has a child. He is 100 before the promise is fulfilled.
As a young man Joseph has a dream from God of […]
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.”
When I say that God talks to me I do not mean that I hear […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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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.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]