Mark My Words – The Birthday of a King

When we consider the coming of Christ to earth roughly 2000 years ago, what comes to your mind? Perhaps you think of a frightened young girl wondering what she is going to do, since it appears that she has become pregnant and is going to have a baby outside of wedlock. Possibly you think of a young man who feels betrayed because he is certain that his betrothed wife has been unfaithful to him. Thankfully, neither of them was correct and God clarified His miraculous purposes to them. A baby lying in a crude animal feed trough may be the image that comes to your mind. The virgin birth, the angel Gabriel, shepherds in a field watching their flocks at night, wise men coming to worship with gifts, Mary’s song of praise, the list goes on….
May I suggest to you that possibly there is different image of Christ’s coming that we should have in mind since we live in these last days, the church age.

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Mark My Words – That One Thing…

As we enter into the thanksgiving season, what is it that is keeping you from being thankful? For some, the answer to that question is that they have experienced some type of loss. For those who have lost loved ones during the holidays, this can make for an extremely difficult time. This is completely understandable. Whether it is one or multiple things, I think we would all agree that there are times when it is seemingly difficult to find reasons to be thankful. All it takes is for one thing in our lives to not be as it should, and this can cause us to lose our sense of gratitude.

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Mark My Words – The Problem of Evil and Suffering

How do we come to grips with the evil and suffering that we see in our world today? More specifically, how do we begin to make sense of the suffering that we ourselves experience in our daily lives? The problem of the presence of evil and suffering in our world has confounded many otherwise intelligent people down through the ages. For some, it has been a convenient excuse to question the goodness or existence of God. Their line of reasoning is that a loving God would not permit such evil and suffering to exist in the first place. Therefore, God is either unloving or does not exist at all. Others have said that God is loving, but He must not be powerful enough to put a stop to evil and suffering. There must be a better answer to this dilemma than what the world has offered, and we find it when we turn to God’s Word.

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Mark My Words – Heroes

Everyone needs a hero. Growing up we had heroes. Maybe it was a basketball player or possibly a movie star. Perhaps your hero was more down to earth and local, such as a special relative, a teacher, or a Pastor. This person was someone we looked up to and possibly aspired to be like. The word hero is defined as “a person who is admired or idealized for courage, outstanding achievements, or noble qualities”.

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Mark My Words – New Creation

As we emerge from winter, we enjoy seeing everything come back to life. The trees sprout leaves, the flowers blossom, and the grass turns green. What once appeared to be completely dead, reemerges from its winter slumber in all of its glorious splendor. If we didn’t know better we would think that God is bringing forth new life for the first time. However, we have experienced the seasons. We know that as winter approaches, all of nature falls into a death like state. However, we know that it will only last until Spring. Spring is a time of new creation, the bringing forth of something new, from what appears to be dead. This is a beautiful picture of what God does in a human life when a person commits their life to Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. This month we will explore the different aspects of the new creation we become when we accept Jesus Christ.

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