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  • Mark's Blog Created on Wednesday, 21 June 2017

    “It is better to live in a desert than with a quarrelsome and ill-tempered wife” (Proverbs 21:19). It is one thing to read this lighthearted admonition in a Bible study in the comfort of your living room. It is quite another to read it while standing here: Chantelle and I are fine! Really!! Even after leading a 12-day pilgrimage through the Holy Land of Israel and sharing a room and a bathroom with our 18-year-old son Noah. The point I am hoping to make is that “the land” really is the “fifth Gospel” as many have said befor...

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  • Mark's Blog Created on Thursday, 04 May 2017

    We have big God questions before us, “What is God calling us to do?” “Is it time for us to build?” “What kind of facility has the potential to release the most benefit to the most people in this season?” “What will honor God, draw others to Jesus and bless the world?” Why now? We are approaching our fourth year of not having enough space for children and youth on Wednesday nights and many Sunday mornings. In August of 2014, our attendance jumped with the addition of the new 500-seat sanctuary. The sanctuary space continues ...

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  • Mark's Blog Created on Thursday, 12 January 2017

    Bootcamps around Edmond have become cool. What once was something to avoid at all cost – a military boot camp, reserved only for the best of the best – the few, the proud, the Marines – has somehow become in vogue for soccer moms and even accountants. I find two kinds of people who participate in these boot camps – talkers and doers. You may have experienced this yourself. The talkers buy outfits for the bootcamp, enroll their friends in the bootcamp, have after-bootcamp lattes, and wear t-shirts that say, “I Survived So-an...

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  • Mark's Blog Created on Friday, 06 January 2017

    This post written by Pastor Mark was originally published in the Edmond Sun. My email inbox these days are full of subject lines and titles like: “5 Things You Must Change,” “Top 10 Reasons People Don’t Go To Church,” “10 Ways to Dramatically Increase Giving,” “7 Key Reasons People Choose Your Church,” “40 Ways to Increase Baptisms in 2017,” “5 Dangers of Church Bullies,” “6 Signs to Look for in Addiction,” and “11 Signs You are Emotionally Mature.” I just added 94 things to my “to do” list before 9 a.m.! No, I am not “Emot...

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  • Mark's Blog Created on Wednesday, 21 December 2016

    Life is difficult. Everyone has a broken heart, even at Christmas. If you or someone you know is struggling with the Christmas Blues, you are not alone. Many people find this season difficult in spite of the messages of love, hope, joy and peace. Here are a few things I have learned from counselors and from being a pastor over the years. 1. Manage Expectations: If you know you are not feeling well, allow yourself to rest. If the last five visits to the in-laws have ended in tears after four hours, leave in three! Pay attent...

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  • Mark's Blog Created on Tuesday, 22 November 2016

    Pastor Mark at the Santa Barbara Franciscan Mission with two Canadian Pastor friends - John Paul and Matt The happiest people I know are people of thanksgiving. No, not pilgrims with the groovy hats, but people who give thanks in all circumstances. Giving thanks is not determined by what is going on around us, but by what is going on inside us – by what the Spirit of God is stirring within us. The Spirit reminds us of who we are, whose we are and what Jesus Christ has done for us. In response, we give thanks. This year, mor...

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  • Mark's Blog Created on Friday, 26 August 2016

    It’s not even Labor Day Weekend and yet I’ve already started getting articles, links, and posts like the 100 Things Everyone But You Did This Summer: 1. Laughing while tossing your hair back while sitting on soft white sand and your feet in the surf, 2. Making the most out of every precious moment with your child EVERY weekend, 3. Getting lots and lots and lots of home projects completed by noon while conversing with your besties about deep and meaningful social change while drinking Starbucks Coffee, 4. Sitting with your f...

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  • Mark's Blog Created on Friday, 12 August 2016

    On Monday, I went to Cinemark Tinseltown USA at 6001 N. Martin Luther King Boulevard in Oklahoma City. My family and I went to see Star Trek there, not because we were trying to make a statement about race relations, but because at the 1:35pm showing it is $4.40 per person. While my 17 and 20-year-old sons went in to scope out the best seats, Chantelle and I purchased the “not-so-cheap” concessions. I often lose my sanctification around concession food. Chantelle sent me to the butter/condiment station to fix up our “refill...

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  • Mark's Blog Created on Wednesday, 29 June 2016

    “Every dreamer knows that it is entirely possible to be homesick for a place you’ve never been to, perhaps more homesick than for familiar ground.” – Judith Thurman. I’ve always dreamt of a church that welcomed everyone. I’ve dreamt of a church where the words, “That’s my seat” and “That’s not how we do it around here” are never heard. I continue to dream of a day when being found out as a sinner at church would be just as laughable as being found out as being an alcoholic at an AA meeting. I dream of a day when we no longe...

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  • Mark's Blog Created on Wednesday, 06 April 2016

    Number 1 Chantelle: In arguments, there are no winners. If you feel you’ve won an argument, you’ve actually lost in the relationship department. Having a safe place to disagree is important. Mark: Yep. Number 2 C: The correct answer is, “You look great!” When your spouse says, “Honey, how do I look in this outfit?” Fat is always the wrong answer. If your spouse is asking for your input, they are looking for affirmation. You might say, “I really like the blue outfit you wore the other night…You really look great in that!” M:...

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  • Mark's Blog Created on Tuesday, 15 March 2016

    We need hope. We need more than a martyr. We need a Savior! Easter can be about bunnies, candy, flowers, bonnets, having your son or husband in a suit once a year, taking a photo, getting a new dress or having family over and getting your favorite dessert. But for many of us this year, we simply need more. We need a God who makes a difference. Who gives “a care,” about the real pain down here for real people with real-problems. Jobs gone. Retirements vanished. Cancer strikes. Teenagers, toddlers and infants die tragically, ...

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  • Mark's Blog Created on Tuesday, 09 February 2016

    "In the end, love doesn't just keep thinking about it or keep planning for it. Simply put: love does." - Bob Goff Love does beautiful things like writes letters, gives hugs, and sings. But, love also does hard stuff like cries, prays, and faces temptation. One of the first stories we have about Jesus is where He is faithful in His love and obedience to God at His baptism and is immediately driven into a time of fasting, prayer, and temptation from the devil. All love is confronted and challenged by temptation. Jesus prevail...

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  • Mark's Blog Created on Wednesday, 03 February 2016

    According to a marriage researcher quoted in Time Magazine this week, “The perfect age to get married if you don’t want to get divorced is 45-49.” Chantelle and I are 47 and 48 so this would be great! However, we are celebrating our 25th wedding anniversary this year. So, perhaps there is more to getting married and staying married than studying statistical analyses on the Internet. Falling in love is easy. Staying in love takes courage, lots of hard work, forgiveness, forgiveness, forgiveness, and God’s grace. Perhaps the ...

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  • Mark's Blog Created on Tuesday, 02 February 2016

    Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21. Spiritual Boot Camp Boot Camps around Edmond have become cool. What once was something to avoid at all cost – a Military Boot Camp – reserved only for the best of the best – the few, the proud, the Marines – or other service men and women has somehow become in vogue for soccer Mom’s and even accountants. I find two kinds of people who participate in these boot camps – talkers and doers. You may have experienced this yourself. The talkers buy outfits for the bootcamp, enroll their friends in the bootcam...

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  • Mark's Blog Created on Sunday, 24 January 2016

    My 48th birthday was unlike any other in my life. By 9 a.m., I was in Turkey sitting beside seven Columbian women who had also felt called by God to help His refugee children in the region. We met in a small apartment with about 16 people sitting on the floor. Everyone sat on the floor except for two teachers, my friend Michael and me. Turkey still has a strong shame/honor culture. I was seated in the plastic lawn chair seat of honor because I am a pastor and guest of the teachers. The teachers were Americans who have lived...

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  • Mark's Blog Created on Tuesday, 19 January 2016

    We are heading into the last week of our Re:Solution series. Come this weekend to find out how to "Re:Start". Whether you've heard all the messages in this series or this is your first one, you will gain some practical tips on taking your first step or your next step in reshaping your world. Most people begin the New Year asking, “What should I do about me?” In this series, we introduced a different question: “What breaks your heart?” If you want to become a better person, do something to make the world a better place. Mayb...

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  • Mark's Blog Created on Tuesday, 05 January 2016

    I went to the gym on Monday. It was packed like I had never seen it (except for this same time last year.) This is the time of year when we become painfully aware of what we need to do differently. We wonder how to get slimmer, stronger, smarter. We wonder how to get out of debt. We wonder how to become better people. We want to re:invent ourselves. We want to re:connect and re:new. We need a RE:SOLUTION for the New Year. Let’s resolve to leave shame and blame behind in 2015 and learn, practice, and live into the new life C...

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  • Mark's Blog Created on Wednesday, 16 December 2015

    This girl on the streets of Turkey is one of more than one thousand Syrian refugees I met in less than eight days there. I was waiting on my ride to go to a refugee camp when all of a sudden, there she was. She unfolded her sign and motioned with one of her hands that she was hungry. While we didn’t share language, it was clear that she was asking for food or money for food. Perhaps out of habit or some sense of panic on her behalf, I looked down the street one direction and then leaned out into the street looking the other...

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