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  • Mark's Blog Created on Wednesday, 06 June 2018

    by Dr. Mark Foster Would you be my neighbor? Neighbor is a powerful word. It is a wonderful word - neighbor. It comes from the old word nigh. To be nigh or draw nigh is to be close to someone. The second part of neighbor is from the old German or Dutch word, bur. Bur means to dwell. So, Nigh – bur is to draw near, be close to and dwell with another. That’s what neighboring is about – simply being with people. It’s actually getting harder in our day. The world around us is lonelier than we know and it is harming the children...

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  • Mark's Blog Created on Tuesday, 22 May 2018

    By Dr. Mark Foster Jim Collins, author of “Good to Great,” says leaders who have the greatest impact share two qualities: humility and fierce resolve. They have a kind of tenacity and strength of character to hang in when others give up. You just can’t wear them down. I want to be that kind of person. Don’t you? If you were to rate yourself on a scale with “fierce resolve” on one end and “being easily discouraged” on the other, where would you place yourself? I have lost the same two pounds forty times overnight and so I gi...

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  • Mark's Blog Created on Wednesday, 25 April 2018

    By Dr. Mark Foster According to the Barna Group, 6% of adult Christians made their decision to follow God after the age of 18. That means 94% made decisions as children that follow with them throughout their life. Wow! That is encouraging... and scary... and exciting. The time is now to be shepherding little hearts. It is my joy to be the pastor of a church with hundreds of “little hearts.” Equally important, by God’s good design, plan, and foreknowledge, our church facilities are located with 29,792 children (0-18 years) w...

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  • Mark's Blog Created on Wednesday, 28 March 2018

    By Mark Foster Easter is this Sunday, April 1. April 1 in some European and Western countries is known as April Fools’ Day or All Fools’ Day where people play practical jokes or spread hoaxes and often shout, “April Fool” at the victim of the joke or ruse. Perhaps the greatest surprise, turn of events, joke on Satan and the world is the Easter story. The early church took great joy in what is termed the “fishhook theory of the atonement.” The idea goes roughly like this: Satan would free the world from his control (sin and ...

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  • Mark's Blog Created on Monday, 05 February 2018

    by Mark Foster For the first time in my lifetime, Ash Wednesday and Valentine’s Day are on the same day. It hasn’t happened since 1945. What’s the big deal? In some ways, both days are a reminder to recommit to the God we love and the people we love. We will try to do just that this year with our “Say Yes Again!” service. In the service, we will have a liturgy designed for husbands and wives to reaffirm their marriage vows: “ In the name of God, I (name), take you, (name), to be my (relationship), To have and to hold From t...

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  • Mark's Blog Created on Thursday, 18 January 2018

    By Mark Foster This article is featured in the Jan. 20 edition of the Edmond Sun. When I was a kid, my dad was a pastor in traditional churches. I was an acolyte. I met the choir in the narthex dressed in my alb and armed with my candlelighter. I had the pre-service checklist including checking the taper to make sure I had enough wick so the flame would not go out. I was ready to lead the choir processional from the nave to the chancel. I sat on the lectern side of the altar. I participated in the anthem and led the recessi...

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

    by Dr. Mark Foster When I was a child, I thought like a child. I spoke like a child and I spent the money I earned like a child...on myself. Yes, I gave my 10 cents of my dollar to the Sunday School offering (my dad was the preacher and my mom was the Sunday School Superintendent), but what I really cared about was the other 90 cents I was about to spend. Wait for it…on Star Wars cards! I would mow lawns, rake leaves, gather, crush, crack, peel and sell pecans and go door to door selling Christmas cards or magazines to buy ...

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  • Mark's Blog Created on Monday, 28 August 2017

    “Forgive as quickly and completely as the Master forgave you” (Colossians 3). People who have hurt each other have two options: They can approach one another to attempt reconciliation, or they can avoid each other. That’s it. Edmond is not that big of a town. The law of the family reunion is we can always count on seeing the one person we don’t want to see. As a church family, we trade “getting even” for “getting along.” Perhaps you have even seen this wisdom on a forgiveness meme: The first to apologize is the bravest. The...

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  • Mark's Blog Andy Nelms Created on Tuesday, 15 August 2017

    Tell us about the first time you met each other. Mark: The first time I ever heard of Andy was from my supervisor, Dr. Rockford Johnson. He told me of Andy's interest in church planting and I asked him if I could visit with Andy about his future plans. Chantelle and I met Andy and Melissa for dinner a few weeks later and have been blessed by their presence in our lives ever since. We feel like God brought us together at the perfect time. Andy: The first time I met Mark was at a pastor’s gathering in downtown Oklahoma City. ...

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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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Women's Bible Study: Isaiah Wednesday, Sep 19 @ 9:30 AM
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Family Dinner Wednesday, Sep 19 @ 5:50 PM
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Crew 2:42 and Club 45 Wednesday, Sep 19 @ 6:20 PM
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Jr & Sr High Youth Wednesday, Sep 19 @ 6:25 PM
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Disciple Fast Track Wednesday, Sep 19 @ 6:25 PM

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