Posted by: Mark | February 19, 2009

Philippians 4: The Joy of Giving

Good morning brothers,

So far we have talked a lot about joy and the different things we can be joyful about. There is the joy of suffering, serving, believing, and now we discuss the joy of giving. Now for some conspirators out there that may stumble on this blog, let me be clear about the giving that Paul is referring to. There should never be time when you are “guilted” into giving to any church or ministry. This is why Paul talks about “joyful” giving. Read More…

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Posted by: Mark | February 12, 2009

The Joy of Believing: Philippians 3

Good Morning Brothers,

So how many of you are watching the stimulus deal unfold? How is it making you feel? Depressed? Is your gut wrenching? or do you even care? Lately these days, the news from any channel doesn’t seem too “cheery”. Let’s be honest, the saying, “no news is good news” actually is very appealing right now.

I think the hardest thing for me, personally, is to learn how to let go of current events at the times when it effects me the most. For those who know me, I can be politically charged which can interfere with my witnessing to others. But this post is not about politics by any measure. In fact, I share this with you because I want you to realize that we are all in the same boat when it comes to seeking for the joy of believing.  Nothing else – just believing. But believing what?

In Philippians 3, Paul writes about focusing only on Christ and nothing else. Read More…

Posted by: Mark | February 5, 2009

Philippians 2: The Joy of Serving

Greetings Brothers,

Thank you for your patience, I have been in transition to go from the night life to days again for only a brief time. This will allow me to be alert for my interviews rather than hyped up on caffeine. During this time I have been preparing for the grand events. Two interviews in one day. As the ole’ saying goes, when it rains… it pours. Most importantly, however, no matter the outcome of the interviews, as long as I am serving God as He sees fit, then I am happy to do His will.

This sounds almost conflicting – to be happy to have an interview and to be content no matter the outcome. Can you imagine the conversation with a friend, “So Mark, how did the interview go?” I would reply, “Great! I thought I nailed it!”. My friend would then ask, “Did you get an offer?” And I would respond, “Nope, but it was definitely a learning experience. I’ll be ready for the next one.”  What is that all about? Being happy when you didn’t get what you thought you had?

Well, to be honest, I’ve been there and done that. I tired of being tired and complaining about the things I thought I was going to get or “deserved” to get because of my efforts. And in Philippians chapter 2, Paul writes about this very thing. Serving God with Joy no matter what the outcome (key word here is joy). Read More…

Posted by: Mark | February 3, 2009

Call of Duty: Luke 17: 5-10

Dear Brothers,

Just a quick note before I head off to bed. I was reading Luke 17 and I came across something that seemed to ring different since the previous times I’ve read this passage. To be honest, I’m not sure why, but it seemed as if this was the first time I read this chapter (and I know for certain that I’ve read the book of Luke before). This is the part of Lukc that spoke to me differently: Read More…

Posted by: Mark | January 28, 2009

Philippians 1: Some kind of Joy Letter!

Greeting Brothers,

I would like to welcome you to the beginning of our bible study of Phillipians and what I hope will be a blessing to anyone who reads this. May God direct every keystroke to be in His favor and not of mine. However, before I start, I want to share with you briefly what I have been going through these past 12 hours.

As you may have previously read, I am in what appears to be  a “holding” pattern where God knows exactly where I need to be and I have no clue… at least I sometimes allow myself to get caught up in a whirlwind of uncertainty and the last 12 hours was one of those times. Needless to say, in my attempt to square off with the Almighty in my frustrations, He has once again proven that He is in control and has placed both scripture and people in my path to speak words of encouragement and wisdom. Read More…

Posted by: Mark | January 23, 2009

Philippians. Why it was written.

Philippians was written by Paul to the town of Philippi to thank them for the gift they sent him. Also, Paul wanted to encourage the believers by showing them that true joy comes from Jesus Christ alone.

In a time we are currently in, joy seems to be a rare commodity. We must Read More…

Posted by: Mark | January 23, 2009

It’s been a while, but I’m working on it.

Hi Brothers,

I do apologize for not keeping up with my articles, but I have been side tracked with the current economic events. I know this is a pretty lame excuse, and I’m afraid I have used it as an excuse more than once. I will, however, not hide the fact that times have been turbulent. I lost my business, or I should say, my business is “extremely” slow, so I  had to look for some supplemental income.

I started working at Walmart starting around Thanksgiving and Read More…

Posted by: Mark | October 3, 2008

A Miraculous Catch

Read Luke 5: 1-11:

Jesus travels to the Lake of Gennesaret (also know as the Sea of Galilee) and decides to jump into one of Simon’s boats and asks to be put out into the water. Once settled in the boat and away from shore he “teaches” to a crowd of people. After teaching, he performs a remarkable miracle. Read More…

Posted by: Mark | September 29, 2008

A Servant Heart

Read Luke 4: 38-44

First I would like to share a reference point of the subject we read in todays passage. The reason why people waited until sunset was because it was the day of the Sabbath. For Jews, the sabbath day starts from sunset on Friday to sunset on Saturday. And to honor the law, no work must be done during that time, and this is why no one had brought their sick to Jesus until later. 

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Posted by: Mark | September 28, 2008

Jesus Teaches with Authority

Read Luke 4: 31-37 in your bible

This is a relatively short passage today, but really packs a wallop! Right now I bet his hometown crowd is second guessing their actions of giving him the run out of town (read yesterdays study). Jesus once again confirms his knowledge in the teachings. Not only that, but how he teaches- with authority! What does this mean? He taught with authority? I would like to believe that he taught with confidence. And why not? He’s a man filled with the Spirit and is the Son of God, not just a carpenter that the Nazarenes thought. 

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