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Who is this Mark Brown anyway?

January 7, 2010

Even though I do share a huge amount about myself as part of my Bible reflections it is probably about time I gave a general introduction about myself.  Well the first place to start is my wonderful family, I have lots of kids, no seriously I do!  Four beautiful kids: a girl who is 8, and three boys aged 6, nearly 3 and the baby boy turns 1 in a few weeks (see photo below).  This guarantees a loud house, lots of ball games and years of nappies/diapers (the end is in sight!). And I have been married to my beautiful wife, Louise for 16 years (see photo below). She is one amazing women, not just because she puts up with me (give the women a medal), but she home schools our two oldest kids while caring for the other two and keeping the house.  Round of applause please.

When I am not changing nappies/diapers or dancing and singing to Hannah Montana, I am working as Chief Executive of Bible Society New Zealand.  Bible Society’s mission is to get the Bible into people’s hands and hearts around the world –  nice.  And on the 5th of March I finish as Chief Executive after three years.  Been an amazing time and I will massively miss the wonderful staff and volunteers of Bible Society.

And not only will I leave Bible Society New Zealand, but we will be returning home to Western Australia.  We have been in New Zealand for 6 years and we feel it is time to head back and reconnect with family and friends for a bit.  But Australia hasn’t always been my home –  oh no!  I have two passports…

I was actually born on an English airforce base in Germany, then as a baby returned to England where I spent the next 8 years discovering a love of soccer, rugby and Blue Peter.  Then seeking a better life and not because I stole a loaf of bread, my family moved to Australia.  Immediately I was struck by the heat and the Kangaroos that bounced joyfully around the bush.

And I set about abandoning my English accent in favour of the amazing aussie accent.  The key with an aussie accent is that your shorten most words which is a necessity when its so hot; no one wants to stand around in the blazing sun engaging in long winded conversations, so chats are short and words even shorter.  Plus if you stand still too long flies go up your nose.

Eg in aussie one would say:

‘How is it hangin, fancy a dip?’

Which in English translates to:

‘Hello!  How wonderful to see you, how are you, are things going ok for you and your family?  Work ok?  Say, once we have finished chatting, would you like to come swimming with me?  It will be fun!!’

We don’t waste time – not a bad thing.  Aussie dialogue is kind of like spoken Twitter.

So come March we all head back to Australia, the sunburnt country a land of sweeping plains, of rugged mountain ranges, of droughts and flooding rains.  And for most of next year I plan to spend a couple of days a week doing some consulting with some Christian organisations, give more time to my facebook ministry, do some writing, work on my tan, change more nappies/diapers, try and stop flies going up my nose and most importantly – work out what God wants me to do next.

In terms of church stuff I mostly work across churches, but I am happily an Anglican Priest. Which is just another way of saying I am a Pastor, which is another way of saying that the church recognises me as a leader.

And finally I love to work out – weights and cardio, I am easily impressed by God’s creation and I do this blog and the facebook stuff as I am passionate about you and I taking our faith walk seriously and really growing in our relationship with God.  I want lots and lots of people to have a God perspective, on the world, themselves and those closest to them.

Its all about getting that God perspective.

So thats a bit about me.  Check out a couple of photos below, on the right is my wife Louise and the kids and me at the rugby on the left.

So what about you?  Tell me a bit about yourself in the comments.

God bless,

Rev Mark

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  1. My name is Meridath and I live in Greensboro, NC. Originally from Virginia Beach, VA…I moved to Greensboro last January with my husband, Rick, and 3 children (Logan 7, Emma 4, and Mackenzie 2). It has been a year full of challenges and blessings. My husband lost his job when we moved and has recently felt God’s calling into the ministry. He is starting at Piedmont Baptist College in March 2010! We have grown so much in our faith this past year through the challenges we faced moving to a new town, it has truly been a blessing from God.

    Thank you, Mark, for your Facebook ministry and wonderful blog….I look forward to continuing on the Journey!

    • Bridget permalink

      Welcome to the triad. I am not typically a city dweller but love this area. I feel God’s touch on so much of what I do here. I know He is present in the people that I meet. God’s blessing on your husband’s endevours.

    • Karen permalink

      Hello Meridath,
      Wow I read your story above and smiled. I lost my job 7 months ago. I live in Hampton VA area. And am thinking about moving to NC myself. More around Charoltte, or Religh, but I also was talking about Greensboro today just after church.

      Can you tell me if that area is hiring more than this area ? Tell me more about Greensboro.

      I hope all is going well for your family and husband.

      God Bless.

      You can contact me at the pikins2@hotmail.com

      Thank you again Karen

  2. What a beautiful family!! I’m so happy that you shared something with us all. I have seven children, 5 boys, 2 girls. Most of them have left the nest already, but I see them all regularly, and have been blessed now with grandchildren! Thank you so much for this website!!!

  3. Sandy Lawrey permalink

    I am a Harley-Davidson Dealer from Grand Island, Nebraska. I have 3 children, 4 grandchidren. My two sons work for me. My family lives within a couple blocks including my Mom and Dad who live across the street.
    I would like to thank you for doing this. I watch every morning for your email excitedly. What an excellent way to start your day with God.

  4. Paula Forbes permalink

    First of all you have a beautiful family! I just wanted to take a moment to say that I really enjoy receiving Journey Deeper Our family loves the Lord and we just want to do God’s Will! We appreciate you being obedient to God’s calling and spreading the Word of Jesus Christ! There are so many lost souls in this world and if they could only realize that Jesus is the best friend and the sweetest name they could ever know! My 20 year old son is going off to college tomorrow to Heritage Bible college in Dunn NC. I am so excited to see what God has in store for him! Thank you for taking the time to try to minister to lost souls! We need all the people we can get to minister across this land!God bless you and your family and your ministy!

  5. David permalink

    Wow… you are a lucky man Father Mark… A lovely wife, and four beautiful kids… Me… complete opposite… single… no one on the horizon… mid-30s… good thing everything else in my life is going great, so I have no complaints about the lack of romance in my life… I’m the son of an Anglican Priest, born into and raised within the Anglican Church. I don’t have a “this is when I found God” story. I find it hard to read the Bible… which is where your website and Facebook Page come in very useful to me. I haven’t committed to your recent one year plan, because I can’t give one hour of every day… but I will read your posts, and comment on them, when I can…

    • Sandy permalink

      David I just prayed for you. I hope you find what you are looking for in God, you seem unsatisfied with your relationship with Him the way it is…..I don’t mean to sound prying or nosey. I just felt I wanted to pray for you so I did. Blessings to you.

      • David permalink

        Many thanks Sandy,
        I am very happy with my relationship with God… I hope he is as happy… There are other parts of my faith which I am not as happy with… but I am working on them… Many thanks for your prayers…

    • p olufsen permalink

      Father Mark?

      does the Bible not teach us as follows:-

      Matthew 23:9 (King James Version)
      And call no man your father upon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in heaven.

      apart from your own biological father here on earth, do not refer to brother Mark as ‘father’

      in His Grace
      Paula

      • David permalink

        Paula,
        In the Anglican church, all priests are referred to as Father when talking directly to them or about them. Reverend is used as a formal address. The priest is a representative of God, and therefore we call him Father to respect that position…. at least I think that is why we call our priests ‘Father’.
        Of course, this becomes rather confusing with women priests, because Father Susan just doesn’t sound right…. and Reverend Susan, to her face or when talking about her in Youth Group is way too formal….
        As I said in my initial post, I am the son of an Anglican priest, and I was raised to call every Anglican priest Father. I know there are people who don’t like it (for one reason or another) including some priests… But each to their own, and that is what is so great about Christianity… 🙂

    • p olufsen permalink

      Hi David
      You refer to the Anglican Church. I refer to the Word of God, which says, we have a Father, and He is in Heaven. Yes, we have a biological father, but other than him, we are not to refer to any other as our Father. The Roman Catholics refer to the Pope as their Father. No, this is not Biblical. Do we stand firm in the faith that came by Christ Jesus the Lord God, or do we stand firm on the teachings and rules of an earthly organisation or institution? Do we honour the Lord our God above men or do we honour men above the Lord our God and His Word, His teaching? Are we not all representatives of our Lord Jesus Christ in faith? If we call the elder of the church we attend, by his name, does that not show respect knowing he is the elder in that church by the Grace of God? But you are correct, in saying that it becomes confusing with ‘women priests’. Does the Word of God not say, that God is not a respecter of persons? Man and woman, in Christ we are one. Rich or poor, in Christ we are one.
      Acts 10:34-35 (King James Version)
      34Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons:
      35But in every nation he that feareth him, and worketh righteousness, is accepted with him.
      You might very well be the son of an Anglican Priest, but don’t you know, that in Christ Jesus, if you have received the Gospel of Jesus Christ according to the Scriptures, if you have repented and been baptised in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, for the remission of sins and received the gift of the Holy Spirit, then you are a new creature in Christ:-
      2 Corinthians 5:17 (King James Version)
      17Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.
      The great thing about Christianity, is this, that the Lord Jesus Christ died for the sin of the world, and rose from the dead, overcoming this world and that we in faith, by His Grace receive His Life which He so lovingly gave. What you say, sadly, regarding ‘each to their own’, does not reflect Biblical Christianity. Does the Lord God not teach us to walk in the Spirit? Does the Word of God not teach us that we are crucified with Christ?
      Galatians 2:20 (King James Version)
      20I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.

      But sadly, you said it. ‘Each to their own’ is what clearly is abundantly apparent these days.

      • David permalink

        Alas I am not as strong with the scripture as you are. I do stand firm in the teachings of Jesus Christ, but I also rely heavily on the interpretations of others (particularly those who have or are studying The Bible and the Teachings of Jesus, particularly those who are able to read these words in the original Greek or Hebrew).
        In calling a priest Father, I am not calling them Dad. That is reserved for my biological father, (for a few adopted fathers), and for God.
        As to ‘each to their own’, even the apostles had divisions in their ranks, hence the differences between Paul, and some of the disciples. Hence the difference (even in the first 100 years), between the Roman Church and the Greek Church.

  6. Debby permalink

    What a beautiful family you have! I am a married,grandmother in Kansas,USA! My grandson is 17 months old and the love of my life! A friend sent me a link to your site and I am so glad she did. I really appreciate being able to share the journey as a child of God!!! Thanks!

    • I to am a grandmother in Kansas, originally from Texas. Mark, I love the aussie accent. I have three children, ten grandchildren and one great grandson. My youngest grandson and my great grandson are 18 months old. I love The Bible. It isn’t that I don’t have the time to read the bible, i’m just at the computer visiting on facebook and e-mail. I live alone, but I am only about 9 blocks from my son and his family. Thank you again for The bible, I love it!!!!

  7. Alison permalink

    hi, good to know you are a fellow Aussie.
    I live in Brisbane, with my husband who is a retired meatworks engineer. I have four chidren all of whom walk with the Lord, and 14 grandchildren – we pray for all of them every night.
    I am finding that i am more and more aware of living in God’s prescence, of being loved and guided by Jesus continually.
    He is the one who creates us in his own image day by day – all our successes in life are due to his power and working – to God be the glory!

  8. Jelisa permalink

    Your family is beautiful! Im only 18 so therefore no kids..yet! Still waiting on my tre love. *sigh* However in the mean time I go to school at New York Institute of Technology and i major in life science- physician assitanst studies. I LOVE MY FAMILY!! My mom is a single mom and because of this im close to her than to my father. i hope to be everything that she is: a strong, brave and pretty sucessful at anything she puts her mind too. im the only girl in my family:two older brothers and one younger. They are so over protective(even my younger brother) but i love them. i love wat you are doing! everyday(since the new year) ive been reading the bible weather its a few chapters from matthew or just a verse and i sit there and think. what does this mean? when i do figure it out i pray on it and i’d like to think that you had a hand in gettin my lazy off the couch and reading the bible so THANK YOU!!!….i do have a question though..ive never felt comfortable in church…ive always felt judged by the people around me even though no one has actually said anything to me to give me a legitimate reason for this fear. i guess my question is : how do i get rid of this fear? or rather have you or or anyone reading this ever felt this way?

    • Jelisa,

      Hi, and I hope you don’t mind me commenting as it didn’t look like anyone had. Both my girls are older than you are now and I was never there for them spiritually when they were growing up. Fortunately they both turned out “fine” but it’s left an impression on me to be involved, so I do take the time to help where I can. I came to know the Lord less than 4 years ago, at an organization holding services in a gymnasium. I felt if I went into a regular church it would burn down. The story is long and a bit funny, but that’s where my acknowledged walk with God started. I stumbled into a body of Christ that made everyone feel welcome. If you don’t feel it in one place, go to another. Try attending with friends at their churches, but throughit all pray. God did not gives us a spirit fear or timidity, so you know where it’s coming from. Rebuke it in Jesus name and move forward in faith. I’ll keep you in prayer for awhile and believe that if you step out, He’ll meet you there and move you beyond this sticking point. God Bless!

    • You don’t have to feel uncomfortable in church…keep going to different churches until you find one you are comfortable in…give them each a couple of weeks at least. The best way to feel wanted in the church is to participate in women’s groups or volunteer whenever they ask for help on anything you feel you can do. My church has a food pantry and clothing room and a homework hang out for school kids, they all need help or donations. Talk to the pastor or one of the deacons or elders in the church. Make yourself welcome. I pray you find a church.

    • bethany permalink

      Jelisa, what a beautiful name, I have never heard it before this!
      I can see why you have this fear…don’t be intimidated by other people at a church you go to. Sometimes it takes a little work to find a Bible teaching church that you feel at home at. student pastors and college pastors are open to how young people feel and think, check out a AG church, i know they have always welcomed me~even when I was really screwed up, and everyone does screw up, I still do. But like Joyce Meyer says, “I’m not where I should be, but I’m sure not where I used to be!” http://www.joycemeyer.org
      You have encouraged me to pick up my bible, today!! thanks, Bethany

    • Cathy Evans permalink

      Hi Jelisa,

      I just wanted to thank you for your introduction and commend you for reaching out for guidance. You asked how do you get rid of the fear that experience when you attend a church. I think that you have taken the first step in that you have acknowledged that it exists. I think the second step would be for you to pray and ask God to lead you the place of worship that He will have you to be discipled. He gives us pastors after His own heart. Likewise, He leads us to the pastor that He has equipped to be our spiritual covering/fathers. Finally, I believe that once you have prayed and asked God to lead you to the place that He will have you go, He will assist you in discerning (recognizing beyond a shallow of a doubt) that you are were He will have you to be. I also, believe that God will confirm this for you.

      I think that the root of you fear stems from feelings of estrangement because you do not know anyone, personally, at the church. I also believe that Satan will try to make you feel uncomfortable so that you will not be covered, empowered, and equipped spiritually. With that being said, I admonish you to pray, follow God’s leading, trust the Holy Spirit to confirm that you are where God will have you to be. I suggest that the church is one that acknowledges a triunal Godhead (God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit), Bible believing and teaching.

      God be with you and I will be praying that you find your church family.

    • Sandy permalink

      Jelisa – Hello! I have felt uncomfortable in some churches, at times, but no one gave me reason too. Here’s what I tried: I prayed before I went and asked God to take insecurities/fears from me. I also asked Him to help me be open and positive to the experience. I also told myself I was mainly going to church to hear from God, learn about God, not to wonder what people may think of me, and that helped to. Sometimes I just needed to have the right attitude before I went each time. I am insecure about how I look and that affects my thoughts, what I think people think of me. I must pray about this, and constantly tell my mind to guard against it. I may also help you to take a friend with you. If you think the people in your church really are unfriendly, sometimes it’s true, then I guess you will need to pray and ask God to help you find another church for you to worship and serve in! But please don’t stay home, the Bible urges us to go! Blessings!

    • Sister Pam OP permalink

      Dear Jelisa,
      Yes, I have felt that way before. We attended one church for five years thinking if only we tried harder it would get better. It didn’t. We found another church where we are very happy. There will always be some relationship problems in a church because it is human nature to have conflict. One thing that helps me when I am afraid of something is I ask myself, “What is the worst that could happen?” I imagine facing that with Jesus by my side and plan for the worst. It never happens, but I have become closer to Jesus. Unfortunately, a few people will judge on occasion. There is nothing we can do to control that. We can only respond with kindness because these people are spiritually ill. I pray that you find a church that is supportive of you and where you will grow in love of the Lord.

  9. Diane permalink

    It’s a pleasure to get to know you & your wonderful family. I very much enjoy receiving your blog posts and connecting on FB. I’m a mother of 6 daughters, with four & one in the process grandchildren. I’m a servent of Christ, and a member of our Praise & Worship team.

    Thank you for all you do!
    God Bless

  10. Lara permalink

    Thanks for sharing, I pray the move back to your second home in March goes well and that God will reveal the next step to you.

  11. Hi Mark,
    Thanks for the intro, it’s good to be able to add a bit of meat to the name.

    I am a South African and single. I have had a couple of really difficult year in which I was molded and tempered by God, and now this year I full fill my dream. In hind sight I realized it was Gods dream that he just grew in me. I am moving to Botswana to help marginalized communities and youths become self sufficient and realize their potential. May I say Gods dream is way bigger than my idea of a dream, but fortunately he will guide me and give me the strength I need to make it happen.

    All in all I am a very luck and happy guy. I have one small personal issue that I am trying to resolve. My misjudgment of four years back hurt the one lady I really love. Now I am trying to set things right as we still love each other and really miss each other. But it ain’t easy. However, it is small in comparison to what God has in store for me. I just hope and pray he will help me in this issue too, I am sure he will.

    Thank you for the Journey, its gonna be fun and exciting.

    Cheers,

    • Esme permalink

      Hi Dieter

      My naam is Esme en ek het jouu stukkie gelees, ek hou vann wat jyy gaan doenn daar ander kant? Wanneer gaan jy? Kan ek nie op ‘n manier betrokke raak nie?

      Ek weet die Here het my ‘n passie vir mense gegee, maar ek het nog nooit die geleentheid gehad om dit uit te leef nie? Kontak my by Esmetjie@gmail.com

      Groete

  12. Christine Twiss permalink

    Dear Mark, I too have four children but 3 girls and one boy, second born. We have lived all over the US and Japan. We almost got to Australia but i was too pregnant with #4 and they would not let me travel when the Midway pulled into port there. My children are older and we are working on our 3rd grandchild. What an amazing blessing from God! And i thought children were great! The Lord has been moving my heart to draw nearer to Him this year and i look forward to your comments about the Word every day. So far they have been a real blessing. Right now we live in a little place in North Georgia called Big Canoe. Thank you for what you are doing.

  13. Sandra permalink

    I too am glad to know more about you. I live in Chicago, IL. USA, My three children are grown and I am a African American woman of Pentecostal faith. I love God and have enjoyed FB which has connected me to many friends, family, and so many believers. God Bless and I pray for a smooth transition returning home for you and your beautiful family

  14. Michael Cook permalink

    Hey “Pastor” Mark! I hope you don’t mind me referring to you in that way…sort of from my church tradition. My name is Michael. I really enjoyed your post about yourself and your wife and about the funny Aussie accent, which I love.

    I live in the Metropolitan Washington, DC region on the east coast of the US. I was born in DC, (DC stands for District of Columbia) and have lived here pretty much all my life. I am married to my wonderful wife of 32 years Pauline and we have 4 wonderful children, much like you Mark. 3 handsome and strong boys and 1 beautiful daughter. My children are pretty much grown now. My eldest is a Jounior and is currently serving in our nations military service along with my next to the youngest son, also serving in the military. Both are in the Air Force. My youngest son is a high school teacher and my daughter works for a PR firm in Human Resources. Yes I am a proud and blessed Dad. Sometimes I look in amazement at the grace of God, because of the wonderful blessing he has given me of my 4 children.

    I attend a pentecostal church called Hope Christian Church, pastored by Bishop Harry Jackson. I serve as an usher there. I am happy to serve the Lord as an usher. I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God, then to dwell in the tents of the wicked. (see Psalms 84:10 KJV).

    The Lord saved me when I was 19 years old and although I strayed from the Lord, He has never let me go! He has always been a merciful God to me, and for that mercy I am greatly appreciative. I have set my heart to search diligently after the Lord and to know Him as He knows me! My hope and prayer is that this vehicle God has blessed you to create will aid me on that journey. I look forward to starting each day with Journey Deeper. I am so very grateful to God for giving us the internet and for allowing us to use Facebook to meet and get to know His people from all over the world.

    Anyone here if you want to connect with me please friend me on Facebook and I promise I will respond. We are, I believe fulfilling a spiritual call of God. I believe that many will be encouraged to grow in there relationship with the Lord Jesus and to deepen their walk with Him as I am doing through the use of Journey Deeper and The Bible Facebook page. And I also believe that many will be snatched from the darkness of Satan and delievered into the Kingdom of Light.

    One last thing I will say Pastor is I love your transparency in your postings. You do not seem arrogant to me, but you seem very humble. I appreciate your faithfulness to the call God has on your life! I know the enemy is hating on you for what you are doing, but he will not be able to stop you, and whatever he tries to do, God will use it for His glory. Be strong in the Lord and in the Power of His might! Stand and continue to prosper and be in good health, even as your soul prospers! And whatever you do, in word or in deed, do it all in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, for you are bringing Glory to God and to the Father. You are blessing the family in heaven and in the earth!

    I apologize for the length of this post, but you inspire me.

    Blessing to all!

    Michael

    • Becki permalink

      Hi Michael, I tried to find you on facebook but couldn’t. I too walked away from the Lord and stayed away because I thought that I could never go back. I really thought I had committed the unpardonable sin. I would read in Hebrews that if we sin deliberatly (which I did) that there were no more sacrafices for sin but judgement only so for about 4 years or so, I just lived life wishing the Lord would take me back. I wanted to come back so bad but knew I couldn’t because of that scripture and a couple of other scriptures in Hebrews. It really has been hard to actually get back into church not knowing if I was still a christian or not. I use to be jealous of people in church because they were going to heaven and I wasn’t. I know I can’t make it up to God, the evil that I did, but I sure would like to show him somehow that I love Him and still want to be His daughter.

      • Yvonne permalink

        Hi Becki,
        All of us sin…even Christians. Unfortunately, we sometimes sin deliberately. We fall into temptation and instead of resisting, we sin. But because we are in Christ, we are new creations (2Cor. 5:17) and there is no condemnation (Rom. 8:1). As people who trust Christ as our Savior, we also have the Holy Spirit as a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance in Christ (Eph 1:14). He promises to never leave nor forsake us (Heb.13:5).
        If you love the Lord, He is apparently at work in you. Don’t let satan make you think you have gone too far. Remember, “Because of the LORD’s great love we are not consumed, for His compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness.” (Lam. 3:22-23).
        God bless you, Becki.

      • Lonnie Adkins permalink

        Becki: I found this on the Bible Discussion Board and lifted it with Permission from Bernie who heard it in a sermon.
        Bernie Hance wrote4 minutes ago

        In order to lose your salvation this is what you have to do

        1.IN ORDER TO LOSE YOUR SALVATION YOUR GOING TO HAVE TO CONVINCE GOD SOMEHOW TO UNFORGIVE YOU OF ALL YOUR SINS.

        EPHESIANS 1:7

        2.IN ORDER TO LOSE YOUR SALVATION YOUR GOING TO HAVE TO TRY AND CONVINCE GOD TO SOMEHOW UNREDEEM YOU.

        ROMANS 3:24

        3. IN ORDER TO LOSE YOUR SALVATION YOUR GOING TO HAVE TO TRY AND CONVINCE GOD TO UNCIRCUMCISE YOU.

        COLOSSIANS 2:13

        4. IN ORDER TO LOSE YOUR SALVATION YOUR GOING TO HAVE TO TRY AND CONVINCE GOD TO UNADOPT YOU.

        ROMANS 8:15

        5. IN ORDER TO LOSE YOUR SALVATION YOUR GOING TO HAVE TO TRY AND CONVINCE GOD TO UNACCEPT YOU.

        EPHESIANS 1:6

        6. IN ORDER TO LOSE YOUR SALVATION YOUR GOING TO HAVE TO TRY AND CONVINCE GOD TO UNSANCTIFY YOU.

        1 CORINTHIANS 6:11

        7. IN ORDER TO LOSE YOUR SALVATION YOUR GOING TO HAVE TO TRY AND CONVINCE GOD TO UNGLORIFY YOU.

        ROMANS 8:30

        8. IN ORDER TO LOSE YOUR SALVATION YOUR GOING TO HAVE TO TRY AND CONVINCE GOD TO GET THE HOLY SPIRIT TO UNSEAL YOU.

        EPHESIANS 1:13

        9. IN ORDER TO LOSE YOUR SALVATION YOUR GOING TO HAVE TO TRY AND CONVINCE GOD TO UNJUSTIFY YOU.

        ROMANS 8:30

        I DO NOT KNOW WHY ANYONE WOULD WANT TO TRY AND CONVINCE GOD TO HELP THEM LOSE THEIR SALVATION, BUT I SUPPOSE THAT IS BETWEEN YOU AND GOD, ANYWAYS THERE IS MORE.

        10. IN ORDER TO LOSE YOUR SALVATION YOUR GOING TO HAVE TO TRY AND CONVINCE GOD TO UNBLESS YOU.

        EPHESIANS 1:3

        11. IN ORDER TO LOSE YOUR SALVATION YOUR GOING TO HAVE TO TRY AND CONVINCE GOD TO UNBURY YOU.

        ROMANS 6:4

        I MEAN WOULDN’T IT BE BETTER TO JUST TO REST IN WHAT CHRIST HAS ALREADY DONE FOR US? BELIEVE IT OR NOT THERE IS MORE YOU CAN TRY TO DO TO CONVINCE GOD TO TAKE AWAY YOUR SALVATION.

        12.IN ORDER TO LOSE YOUR SALVATION YOUR GOING TO HAVE TO TRY TO FIGURE OUT HOW TO CONVINCE GOD TO UNRAISE YOU.

        EPHESIANS 2:6

        13.IN ORDER TO LOSE YOUR SALVATION YOUR GOING TO HAVE TO TRY TO FIGURE OUT HOW TO GET GOD TO UNQUICKEN YOU.

        EPHESIANS 2:1

        14. IN ORDER TO LOSE YOUR SALVATION YOUR GOING TO HAVE TO TRY AND FIGURE OUT HOW TO GET GOD TO TAKE CHRIST OUT OF YOU.

        COLOSSIANS 1:27

        15. IN ORDER TO LOSE YOUR SALVATION YOUR GOING TO HAVE TO TRY AND CONVINCE GOD TO TAKE YOU OUT OF CHRIST PHYSICAL BODY.

        EPHESIANS 5:30

        16.IN ORDER TO LOSE YOUR SALVATION YOUR GOING TO HAVE TO TRY AND CONVINCE GOD TO UNBAPTIZE YOU.

        1 CORINTHIANS 12:13

        17. IN ORDER TO LOSE YOUR SALVATION YOUR GOING TO HAVE TO TRY AND FIGURE OUT HOW YOUR GOING TO CONVINCE GOD TO UNCOMPLETE YOU.

        COLOSSIANS 2:10

        WOW, WE ARE COMPLETE IN CHRST? YOU HAVE GOT TO BE KIDDING ME RIGHT? DOES THAT VERSE REALLY SAY THAT?

        WHY ANYONE WOULD WANT TO TRY AND CONVINCE GOD TO TAKE AWAY ALL THESE WONDERFUL THINGS HE HAS GIVEN US, IS BEYOND ME. BUT IF YOU THINK YOU CAN CONVINCE GOD TO DO IT, THEN YOU BETTER GET BUSY, BECAUSE YOU NEVER KNOW, HE JUST MIGHT COME FOR THE CHURCH THE BODY OF CHRIST TONIGHT.

        1 THESSALONIANS 4:16-17

      • DEAR BECKI; GOD LOVES YOU SO MUCH THAT HE SENT HIS ONLY BEGOTTEN SON TO DIE ON THE CROSS FOR OUR SINS. BECKI, REPENT OF YOUR SIN AND ASK GOD TO FORGIVE YOU AND HE WILL. HE IS A LOVING GOD AND WANTS TO BE A PART OF YOUR LIFE.

      • Rhonda Davis permalink

        Dear Becki, Just read your post and the God-given responses. Our Lord loves you Soooo much. Jesus died once and for all. When you accept him, you are forgiven once for all sins-past, present, and future. That is so we cannot take credit for our own redemption. It is a gift, freely given. We can do nothing to earn it. When you accept the gift, you enter into relationship with Christ, God the Father, and the Holy Spirit. You have entered this relationship but your sin broke the fellowship. The thing about our God is He knew this was going to happen before you ever did it. He forgave you for it BEFORE you did the deed. He wants to be back in fellowship with you as much as you want Him. Receive his restoration and forgive yourself. You are still His daughter. I’m praying He will give you the right FB friends. Have a lot of pre-Christians on mine and all kinds of stuff pops up. But in spite of that, feel that maybe we are to be friends. Rhonda Davis w/profile picture of young black orphan boy. Love you, MY SISTER IN CHRIST!!!!

      • ktbq permalink

        Becki please do not listen to the lie that you can not be His! There is nothing you can do to make God stop loving you! nothing! the enemy knows scripture too and is using it here to prevent you from having a deep and close personal relationship with God. God offers perfect forgivness in His marvelous display of love through Jesus Christ. God came and died on a cross and rose again in three days, how cool is that! He is the perfect sacrifice and the only one that could forgive whatever sin you feel such gilt for. Ask for forgiveness and forget about it because God already has! The Bible says that an obedient heart is more pleasing to God than sacrifices. So what else is there to worry about, God forgave you and continues to forgive you and is waiting for you to come running to Him.
        Romans 8:14-16
        The true children of God are those who let God’s Spirit lead them. The Spirit we recieved does not make us slaves again to fear; it makes us children of God. With that Spirit we cry out, Father. And the Spirit himself joins with our spirits to say we are God’s children.
        I pray that you will be able to erase all doubt that you are His, accept the fact that He tore the curtain and spend some time hanging out with God and asking Him to help your heart feel whole again.

      • Lisa permalink

        Becki,

        Don’t believe the lies of the enemy. God forgives! He restores! I too turned my back for a season. But I serve him with my whole heart now. Thankful for His forgiveness, for His Grace, and oh, so thankful for his Mercy! There is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. He loves you! Read about David who had an affair. God later says of David – He is a man after God’s own heart. There are others in the bible who “messed” up and went on to serve the Lord with their whole heart. Peter for example denied Jesus three times. Look at the ministry he had! Becki, God says he will NEVER leave you nor forsake you. He is there waiting for you with open arms!

  15. Trina permalink

    I also have 4 children, 3 boys and 1 girl=) Your family is beautiful! Thank you for sharing. I am very much inspired by how much you are able to give through this ministry and still keep up with your family! Your blog really helps to draw me into the Word and I thank you for it! Keep fightin the good fight!

  16. Hi Mark,

    I am glad u are having a wonderful life! I hope my life turns out wonderful too…..
    Thanks alot for your messages! they inspire ma and i look foward to them evryday. your family is beautiful!!!!! enjoy changing diapers…..they don’t last!

    I sent you a personal message about 2 or 3 days ago, i still hope to get a reply…..

    Bless you

    Deji

  17. I am married to Lisa have 2 girls April 9 and Brittney 5.I am passionate about God with all my heart.I spend most of my time working or with my kids and wife.Every spare moment I’m in the bible or some book about my faith.I am rally lookingforward to pushing my faith to limit.Let His light shine in us all.

  18. Judi permalink

    Brother Mark…….thanks for the insight into your life. Your family is beautiful. God’s blessings on you as you follow His leading to a new home. Thanks for your bible study on facebook. I so look forward to you. In Jesus!!

  19. Hi Mark,
    Wow, you must lead a full and busy life so it makes your quest even more meaningful.

    I live in England and have the privilege of serving in an amazing church and under the most loving leadership.

    I have 3 children, all walking with God and am married to James, a man who is beginning to reconsider his decision from 5 years ago to renounce his faith!

    The children and I have continued to trust God to bring him home again as we determine to walk on in the faith despite the many obstacles of having James and I walking in different directions, but God’s grace truly has been sufficient and I wouldn’t change a thing!

    This month is our churches month for prayer and fasting, to seek God for the year ahead and deal with our flesh!

    I am enjoying your posts Mark, keep focused on the presence of God and His heart, remember it’s Him, in us, that gives us the ability to fulfill His call, not might, nor power, but by His Spirit, so resist striving and walking in your own strength and allow His grace to lead you and His mercy to follow you 🙂

  20. Ritamary Enyim permalink

    wow you must have a hectic day, its worth all the pain, they look wonderful and am giving your wife the applause and the award i been giving my mum ‘the most wonderful mum in the world’. thanks for sharing this with us. i am from nigeria west africa the eastern part, am not married but we are a family of six, my mum and four sisters and me. keep up the good work God is a family man receive grace from the best father and be that best father of those foursome. God bless you.

  21. lupe meza permalink

    Hi: Thank you for sharing all about yourself and your beautiful family. Loved reading all this. I am a converted Catholic – received Christ as my savor 31 years ago and led my husband to Christ. We have been married 30 years last month and are now pastoring a mission baptist church. We travel on missionary trips to Brazil, Mexico, Guatemala and El Salvador. In one of our trips to Brazil, we had a Brazilian-Australia be our interpreter and that was really interesting. Andy was great at speaking the Portugese and when he spoke English he sounded like an Aussie. LOL. Anyway, thank you for all you share with us. It has so blessed me. Lord continue to bless all you do…
    We have three children and live in Louisiana but were born in Texas and have been here 27 years…..

  22. Good to know you’re an english man at heart! I’m a musician, drummer to the bone but write for bands a lot, all instruments, based in the UK. Was doing it for myself, and destructive lifestyle that goes along with it, then the Lord stepped in and saved me from myself and turned my world upside down. Now i do it for Him and He does it with me. I have an amazing family who support me no end, incredible parents, three headstrong sisters, a niece and a nephew and two brothers in-law… so far! One day maybe God will see fit to bless me with a wife and screaming babies of my own! I hope this year will be a real breakthrough year for me personally getting closer to God and for my band glorifying Him in every way, musically and none musically. If you care to listen, demo’s up for now but real recordings up soon –

    http://www.myspace.com/theturnerprize

    It’s all for His glory.

    Thanks for sharing Mark, it’s good to know more about you, i’ve felt very close you in the Lord already, your constant devotion to this ministry has helped me no end. Praise the Lord!

  23. Dennis Bisner permalink

    Hi Pastor Mark,
    My name is Dennis and I am a grateful believer in Jesus Christ and I really enjoy waking up in the mornings looking forward to you postings. You have a beautiful family and I wish you all of God’s blessings in your trip back home.

    A little about me: 10 years ago I had a massive heart attack and while I was in the emergency room I had a vision of sorts. I heard a voice tell me it’s OK Dennis we’re not ready for you yet. At that time while I was a believer I was not actively seeking God. I prayed to him for the first time in a long time and I thanked him for letting me live. As to the present, My wife and I joined a church in our new area of Arizona and I gave my life to God’s will. I have become very active in our church and belong now to a group called Celebrate Recovery, where I cook a meal for 20-25 people every Friday. CR is a Christ centered 12 step program for anyone with a hurt, habit or hang-up. You see I am a recovering alcoholic. I gave up drinking 9 months ago Christmas Day. I believe God has something else in store for me and I look forward to his words every day. Thank You so much for your Facebook teachings and God bless you and your family.

  24. p olufsen permalink

    hi mark

    great sharing and thank you

    could you explain what you mean, when you say ‘it’s all about God perspective’

    thank you
    in His grace
    Paula

    • Hey Paula! The God perspective is where you understand the world around you, how you relate to yourself, how you relate to your family and so on, from how God wills us to view them rather than the world’s understanding. God teaches us to forgive and to love our enemies, the world teaches us the opposite. And through reading the Bible and being open to the Holy Spirit we learn more and more this God perspective. As Romans 12:2 states: ‘Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.’

      Hope this helps!

      Mark.

  25. JUDY IRELAND permalink

    Hi Pastor Mark ,
    Thank you for the info about yourself and your family ! What a beautiful family they are too . I am a Christian and have been all my life ! I am 54 and have had to go through alot of death so early I have 3 beautiful children 8 grandchildren and married my high school sweetheart we were married for 30 years he died of heart attack in his sleep 7 yrs ago then my parents were divorced and my father was not a good father never there for you my oldest brother became my father figure he died of cancer 4 yrs ago then my sweet niece took her life in May of this year she was 26 yrs old she was a christian just going through a divorce so i have alot of anxiety going on and I am reading God’s word faithfully people look at you and say you have lost alot of people very early I enjoy reading what you send to us each day and I am seeking God’s will I have since remarried I ask for your prayers for myself and my family . God Bless you and your family !!!

  26. Sandy permalink

    Thanks for telling us some about your family…I think it is awsome that God has allowed us this means of communicating – in my case – to the otherside of the world….I live in a small town in Maryland,USA…I am probably one of your older followers… I just retired did not really want to, but here I am…so your Journey has come at a good time…I have been doing FB for awhile as it has helped me to reconnect with friends..

    I have been a believer for quite awhile and am a member of Eckhart Baptist Church..since it is winter here and snowing alot this has enabled me to have some structure to follow your bible study….

    you have a beautiful family and it was good to see pictures of them…

    God bless you
    Sandy

  27. Sheena-Gay permalink

    Hey,
    Its nice to know more about you. You have a beautiful family and I hope that God continues to bless you. I’m from beautiful Jamaica and I’m a seventh-day adventist christian. January 3 was a year since my baptism. I currently attend the University of the West indies…and I’m trying to find myself as a christian young woman as wellas enjoy the life and opportunities that God has presented me with. Your blog has been a blessing to me and I am grateful for the time you spend helping others with their faith…Thanks XOXO

  28. Anne permalink

    I am still single, waiting on God to arrange for my husband. And here, in a small remote community like this, it will take His hand… but that’s a different story. I came back to the Lord in a pentecostal church, about 7 years ago, and most of my ecclectic, God lead, walk with Him has been pentecostal/full gospel. Until a year and a half ago when God brought me to an evangelical church. Big change… and that’s an understatement. After about 6 months there, God also connected me with the nearest full Gospel church which is about an hour away- just next door by our standards. To i journey forward in two churches- one where i get planted firmly, the other where my gifts grow freely. So many have told me that this can’t be God’s plan for me, being in two churches. I do my best to be God-lead in all i do. Lately my success at this has suffered… but then God brought me to this Challenge… I thank God for it.

    i’d love to talk more, but this isn’t the place. God Bless you, and thanks.

  29. It’s Nice to know a little more about you Sir! My name is Christel and I live in Singapore. I’ve been to both Australia and New Zealand. In Sinagpore, we have our own version of shortening the sentences. It’s called Singlish, which is sort of broken English. It might be even shorter than how Aussies do it. For example, in English if you were to ask: “What do you think about this idea? Do you have any comments about this” ? This would be “How ahh” ? in Singlish. Lol.. You should try saying it. Honestly, it is a very unglam way of speaking and I would only do it in a private conversation. Like you, I like to write. I’m a young Author. I was inspired by God while searching for Him after I turned eighteen and so I wrote the God-inspired book entitled: 25 Miles to Touching the Heart of God, which is going to be launced officially on the 26 Jan 2010. Amazingly God opened doors for me and an American Christian Publishing company liked my work so much that they offered me a contract to publish my God inspired book. I’m pursuing a degree in English law now and whenever I can, I write.

  30. Linda permalink

    Hey Mark—
    Thanks for giving us the background…..you are very inspirational!! It was awesome to see your family and know more about you. Thanks! I have four kids, one son-in-law, and in March a grandson….and I am SO excited! I have been a teacher for many years. I found my true faith in Jesus Christ about six years ago, although I was a “pew dweller” for many years. I live in Kansas….and am ready for some warmer weather!! Bless you and your family always!!

  31. Andie permalink

    Hi there! Thank you for sharing your story with us! I too spend my days changing nappies!!! I am married to the most wonderful man (sorry single ladies :D). I am the proud Mama of 4 boys (5, 2, 1, and 2 weeks) and a little girl (4). I find myself struggling daily with selfishness. My goal for this year is to let God rid me of that. I want to be more like Him. Iwant to be selfless! I thank Him daily for your facebook page as it encourages and challenges me to live FOR Him.

  32. Dear Rev.Mark Brown,You have a wonderful family,Your kids are beautiful along with your wife. I would like to tell you what an inspiration you are to Faceook. I found God about 7 months ago and I’ve in a Group called Christain Community Connection,and it’s been very good for me.Ihave people coming to me for them to be put on the Prayer list.I have quiet a few that I give Prayer to everyday and I love it.I had a calling from Lord Jesus Christ to start doing these Prayers and have been doing them since.I’ve wanted to open a homeless shelter so bad that I hoping that is what he has in store for me.As I was sitting in our garage last night I got to thinking about all the people that didn’t have any wherer to go,I have prayed for this for a long time,and just waiting for that day to happen.It will be the happest time of my life when I get to do that,So I’ve told you a little bit about me. Another one would be to Join your Prayer group also.Youwrote me on becoming a pray person,but didn’t know if that is what I wanted to do at the time,but now I’m for sure if youneed help ok???? Thank You Dana Benton

  33. I am 58 years old, raised and living in South Georgia, USA. I have been married 36 years to my husband, Robert. We have a daughter and a son, 6 grandchildren and one greatgrandson. I love animals, elderly people and anything that pertains to my grandchildren. I was not raised in church, we never went to church as a family, but a little southern baptist preacher lived in my neighborhood and I went to church with this family. We moved next door to a Nazarene church and I started attending there as a teen. Later I married and we continued to attend this church, but when my son was about 15 through circumstances we began attending a Pentacostal church where I am to this day. Over the years my husband abandoned the church. I have had a lot of struggles over the years, but have determined 2010 will be a victorious year spiritually for me. Before seeing your website I had determined to REALLY put the Lord first and get into the Word and prayer like never before. Needless to say, I am really enjoying your website. Thank you so much. I know God has directed me to it.

  34. dorthy porter permalink

    Hello Mark ,I am a mother to three grown children,married to my best friend and husband Rick, have six grandbabies.I walk with God daily.I am a artist who paints for Jesus.My art is the main income for two orphan schools in Zambia Africa.235 aids orphans know me as Big Momma.I also work a regular job with my husband in the printing industry in Kansas,USA.I go to a Amazing church in Bartlesville ,Ok.I am also a Evangelist and who loves to preach Gods word.I walk daily to the woods behind my house to go to the inner courts of God.God has told my heart to be Mark Browns prayer warrior.I am a prophetess also,it has only been about a year that God has revealed this to me.When I pray for people in Jesus name God heals them.Cancer,aids,pyphoia,hepetitesC ,Diabetes,you name it I have seen what the power of God can really do,they leave.I fast alot,I have found out last year that the anointing of God falls on you when you fast fourty days,so much that demons must pack up thier bags and leave.I am growing daily in my walk with the Lord.You and Adrienne and other christains on the web have really been instrumental in my walk with God.Nov. 2008 while reading Purpose Driven Life I ask God what was Gods will for my Life.God has been showing me step by step.I have changed churches,views,spent alot of the past two years of my life either on my knees or praising God.I walk with Shekinah Glory,I dance like David before my Lord.I give God the praise and Glory for everything in my life.I am blessed.

  35. louisa permalink

    Hello Mark, Here is a bit about me. I am a South African living in Madeira Island. Been a chrisitan since i am 25 dedicated. I am 56 now and still serving God. Have 2 grown children both married , boy and girl. Thy to have children my daughter 2 and my son one baby of 11 months.
    I did Bible school for 2 years .. and also worked in childrens church for 3 years did the Praise and Worship with my gutaar and other fellow workers.
    Now i live in Madeira and i cant realy take part in things i live to far away from church but go regularly . Had a kidney removed only to find out that the tumor had a severe cancer but i was saved . And dont need cemo Thank God For that . This has trown me out a bit in my faith . Cant believe this happened to me . But i know soon i will be myself again . Knowing that God is patient and will never leave me.
    Its good to read about who you are… and were you come from. Inernet realy joins people. Sorry didnt put you on my facebook i need to make sure who people are . I am now in these things. So dont know exactly how to go about giving comints or asking a quistion. So if you can perhaps give me a tip . Tks . Hope to hear from you if you find time .

  36. Karolyn permalink

    What a pleasure it is to learn more about you Mark! You have a very interesting life. I live in Pennsylvania (USA) and am starting a new job with the state next week. I’m 30 years old and I live with my parents and my cat and just haven’t found Mr. Right. I have pretty much given up on that notion for a while. I recently spent some time in Africa working with AIDS orphans and look forward to returning at some point, God willing. I am training for a marathon and am in constant marvel at the beauty we’ve been given during my runs. It never ceases to amaze me! I look forward to your daily emails and wish you and your family all the best!

  37. Hi Rev Mark…I am Rhonda. I live in Long Beach,CA. I am a single mother of a 3 yr old girl. I work full-time and am hoping to go back to school soon but it is hard right now with my schedule. I love the Lord and thank him everyday for all that he has blessed me with. I am learning to remember that He is in control and will take care of all my needs.

  38. Linda G permalink

    Hello Brother Mark, Thanks for sharing about yourself. And to all my brothers and sisters sharing too, how awesome to see what different walks we all come from, yet travelling together on this awesome journey of the Christian Faith.
    I currently live in beautiful Lake Havasu City, Arizona, but hail from snowy Syracuse, NY. I have been blessed to visit Australia 3 times and love, love, love Australia and the wonderful, genuinely friendly people there.
    Matt and I will celebrate our 8th anniversary in March. We were blessed with one beautiful daughter, Casey Rose, who is 2 yrs 4 mos. She was a late life surprise and I am continually amazed at the ways God blesses and stretches us!!
    We attend Calvary Chapel, a non-denominational Bible-teaching church. I accepted Jesus when I was a tiny tot, but only really got to know Him as my Lord and Savior about 15 years ago. I work for Edward Jones Investments as a part-time office assistant. Used to be the full-time branch administrator but have been blessed to change roles and spend more time with Casey and have more time for Bible study and fellowship with other moms.
    This year my verse is Isaiah 43:16, 18-19: “This is what the Lord says – He who made a way through the sea, a path through the mighty waters, “Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland.” This passage gets me very excited about what the Lord is doing, not only in my life but the lives of those around me and the church as a whole!
    May you all have a blessed year of positive growth and change, continually looking for the harvest that is ready and eagerly aniticpating the return of our Lord! Maranatha!

  39. Agnes permalink

    Hello Rev.Mark..
    Nice to know about you!!!…I was wondering if you were a priest or a pastor cos in one ur mails u’d mentiond abt a little one but the Rev part of it confused me.
    I’m an Indian but settled in the middle east country…Oman.Im sure u you must have heard of Dubai..we are neighbours.Oman’s a very peaceful country,monotonous lifestyle,days go on.Im doing my 12th Grade and i got a couple of opportunities to attend retreats which is how i got to kno Jesus in detail.i’ll be passing out of school this year which means i’ll be returning to my hometown in India to do my under graduation course though i hav no clue of what im going to do in another 3 months.Your house filled with noise sounds like a lot a fun….reminds me of my dad’s family bak in India..We live together in the sense as a joint family so house filled with my cousins,aunts,uncles, grand mom and v hav visitors all the time.But here in Oman i go to school maybe tuitions and back home and again bak to school the next day!!!!My life and attitude has changed a lot over these few months..One day i want to draw teens closer to God and want to make him known to them like i’ve known him in my life!!

  40. Paula permalink

    Hi there! Thank you for sharing with us about you. It is so great to see people around the world that know Jesus as their personal Savior. I live in Apache, Ok with my husband of 39 years. Have 2 beautiful sons one of which is in heaven with his Lord. But God is so good, yet I hate saying the word just “good”. He is so fantasic. God is great all the time and all the time God is great!!!

    I am looking forward to this year of 2010 to see what the Lord is going to bring into our lives. My son lives in Chickasha, OK and just turned 36 and has never been married. He is pretty picky but that is not always a bad thing especially when it comes to waiting on the Lord to send that right woman for him. But she will come!

    But no matter what God is still GREAT! See you on facebook later!!

  41. Hello Pastor Mark,

    Thanks for sharing. I would like to know more about what brought you to christ myself. You have a wonderful-beautiful family-very blessed.

    I am married to my husband, Gennadiy and we have one 51/2 yr old daughter. I am American but my husband came from Russia, Belarus to be exact. I have been a believer for many years.

    My husband came from a very religious family, but not much more than that. He is the black sheep of his family and now ours. I pray for his salvation and our marriage daily. He is serving 160-life in an American prison. It has been a living nightmare. We may never be together again as a husband & wife on earth. It is heart breaking. We have been married since 2001, and he went to prison in 2005 and has been there ever since.

    I remain married although i have been tempted to divorce because my husband wants a divorce now and he falsley accuses me of things that are not really happening.

    I do want to glorify God for HE has taken care of my daughter and I very well. Most of our needs are met through Him and His touching of people’s heart to care for us. I follow His voice everyday to the best of my ability and obey Him.

    Love in Christ,

    The Sevchuks

  42. Correction “16-life” in prison.

  43. Jennifer permalink

    I am a postal worker and mother of two grown men. I love reading your stuff every day. God almost always uses it to make me think and go to other related scriptures to find out more. Christ is lord of my life, and I long for all I do to be to the glory of God. He is awesome!

  44. Kathy permalink

    I always wanted to go to Austrailia but you have just talked me out of it. It sounds to much like Arizona which is where I reside. I have been married 27 years, have 4 adult children and one foster adult child. I too, homeschooled for awhile 2 of my kids. I believe relationships are the most important thing on earth besides Jesus. I love to worship and praise. Now that my children are grown up I am looking for work which isn’t easy if you don’t have much work experience. Even though I believe being a stay at home mom takes the most skills of all.

  45. tracey permalink

    Beautiful. You are not only inspirational, you also have such a great sense of humour. It was really interesting reading that article but even more thrilling getting to know Rev Mark. I come from East Africa, it is beautiful here with good weather throughout the year.

    You have a wonderful family, May God bless you and continue to lead you as you move on.

    I am not married but believing God for a good husband please keep me in your prayers. I have been a committed christian since the age of 10 and now I am approaching my mid thirties. Like you, I belong to the anglican faith although I currently attend a pentecostal church which I enjoy. I come from a family of six; my parents, two sisters and one brother. no nieces or nephews yet. we are a closely knit family and love the Lord which is a blessing.

    I have been kind of busy at work and my prayer life and study of the the bible was going down the drain. you ca nnot imagine how timely this “journey deeper into God’s word” was. The daily readings have been a blessing so far and I can’t wait everyday to receive that mail and delve into the word. thank you so much for being an inspiration. God is using you big time.

  46. Tina Camara permalink

    Such a wonderful family Pastor Mark! Thank you so much for sharing and for all you do. It is a great service you do for God and for us all. I have always wanted to visit Australia – Gog willing it – some day I will get there and maybe we could speak in person…I would so enjoy that! Keep up the good work in getting God’s word out there for the world to hear!

  47. Dear Mark,
    Hope that you are well.What a beautiful family GOD has blessed you with.Thanks for the insight in to your family.I say kudos to your wife for the responsibilities she has.And yes, MEDALS for the women in our lives for putting up with our neanderthalish natures!!Mine especially.I am a southern gentleman (!?!) from Tennessee and attend a southern baptist church.Been married for 20 years(as of Aug.10)to a fantastic,strong willed beauty,and have 2 beautiful and wonderful children,a son 13,and a daughter 11.I have been a Sunday school teacher for about 3 years.It’s a tough life as you can attest to,to teach the word,not be overcome by the enemy,be effective,live and work in the world,and run a family too!This is why i love your blog so much ,because it hi lights,and enhances,and helps to reaffirm my commitments to CHRIST.It also gives us something to steer our faith and bible studies by.Things like this are so important to the faith because we need constant reminders of what we are and how we should be living.It refocuses our vision.A gentle tug back in the “right” direction!
    Thank you once again and GOD bless
    in CHRIST’ name
    Donnie

  48. Terry permalink

    What a beautiful family and what a great testimony for the work you are doing for the Lord! Praise God for your dedication.

  49. Kayla permalink

    Hi Mark!

    Thanks for sharing more about yourself and your family!

    My name is Kayla and I am 24 years old. I was born and raised in West Central Minnesota (USA), but through an interesting turn of events in college (we all know who to credit those events to…God), I met a wonderful guy from Central Kansas (USA), which is where I now reside, married to him, Matt, for 2 1/2 years now. He’s a Hydraulic Service & Repair salesman, selling to construction companies, scrap yards, individual farmers, etc. I am a graphic designer currently out-of-work, but hoping to return to a job I had this fall again in the spring.

    Spiritually, I attended church growing up, but didn’t truly learn what it meant to rely solely on the Lord until June 2008. Matt and I have become members of a Covenant church here in Kansas and we are very active with the youth, as well as attend a young-marrieds Life Group which meets the first and third Monday of the month.

    Relatively “new” to the faith, this is the first in-depth Bible study that I have done. I love your messages and look forward to the hour in God’s word each day. I pray that I will retain the same excitement through the entire year and look forward to the transformation God has in store for me!

    Thank you, Rev. Mark!

    -Kayla

  50. I think you are really funny! I love it! Me? I live in Central Florida (south of Orlando by about 70 miles), moved here from the East Coast 10 yrs ago, leaving all the Palm Beach materialistic mania behind (THANK GOD!) Originally from Ohio, a great place to be FROM where the sun rarely shines and it’s cold as outer space for too long during winter/spring. Glad to be all thawed out for a long time in the south. Married to a banker for 10+ yrs. He’s “cradle Catholic” so we attend the Catholic church every weekend. However I am NOT Catholic or affiliated with any denomination. Liking the Messianic Judaism for it’s adherence to the practices God ordained to be observed forever. But no local church here in that category. Am a KJV only Bible believer and rely upon God’s Word as the final, inerrant authority.

    Have 4 kids (Mine, His and Ours) 2 adult sons from my first marriage, 1 adult stepdaughter from his first marriage, 1 soon to be 9 yr old son from OUR marriage. Career has been in finance and real estate until health issues drew me to my current passion: sharing a natural food supplement with others for good health. Putting God #1 on a daily basis by (finally) disciplining myself to have a personal Bible study every day for at least an hour (Thank you for the challenge!) and am loving learning more about our Lord.

    Thanks for your ministry on Facebook. It’s much appreciated. God bless you and your beautiful family. May your return to Aussie land be safe and uneventful. =)

  51. Michelle Meyer permalink

    Thanks for sharing. I knew you had a wonderful family with wonderful wife and kids. I assumed they were awesome anyway. I’m glad to hear that you will continue your facebook ministry when you move back home. I hope to hear more often the mention of your wife and precious kids. You are truly a blessed man. And most definitely your family is blessed by you being their leader(daddy, the MAN(lol), husband, and godly leader).

  52. Miranda Fann permalink

    Hi Mark, Lovely family! You are very blessed! We have 6 children, 7 months to 10 years in age. Four boys and two girls. We live in Stigler, Oklahoma, USA. We also homeschool. It is unusually cold here now!!! Brrrrr! Your daily emails of verses and comments have been very helpful to me in staying focused on the Lord, and my oldest son even said I was different! How encouraging to hear! I too, have been making more effort for spending more time seeking the Lord’s face and it has been good. We believe the Lord has given us the task of raising up children to serve Him in mighty ways and we accept all the children He gives trusting Him to be our provider. And Oh, how He has provided! I pray constantly that God would be glorified in our family. I pray for the Lord’s blessing on your family as well, Mark! Oh, and by the way, I went to Australia when I was in the US Navy. I LOVED IT!!! Except for the gigantic mosquito that seemed as though it wanted to drag me back into the forest in N. Queensland…. that thing was freaky. LOL

  53. Cammy permalink

    Hi Mark
    I am 48 mom of 3 almost grown kids.. 18-21-23 married for 28 years. On my second chance at life. Four years ago I got a rare spinal cord illness called Tranverse Myelitis, and I was blessed with a lot of prayers that have me back on my feet, and able to care for myself again. But was left with parts of this TM that will never get better. I have been a Christian sence I was 17 but the last 4 years my faith as become the most important part of “the new ME”. I enjoy following your lessons and hope God helps me find my way in the studies you are sharing with us. Thank you and blessings to your family Cammy

  54. Babz permalink

    I had to leave WA in July 09, it was the most heartbreaking thing we have ever had to do and I am still in a deep state of sadness at times. My husband could not renew our visa and after 5 years in Australia we were sent packing leaving our lovely home, friends and pets. Please give Mandurah our love when you go back and please pray that my husband will get employment soon. He has now been out of work since we came back and we cannot rebuild our lives yet because of that.

    I used to attend The Anchorage church in Secret Harbour, then Church of the Way in Coodanup. Both beautiful churches.

    Bless you and thanks for this daily extra teaching.

  55. Tery permalink

    Hi! I’m Tery and I’m 16. I still go to school and beside coping with this I love doing things at our church, such as playing Baseball with a bunch of great people and blessed weekends with biblestudies, devotions, and fun- just a great time with God 🙂 I know that I still have to work hard to become that what I want to be and what I think God wants me to be. But I’ll work on it with Him by my side. Thank you so much for your work on this blog, I recommended it also to some friends of mine and I hope that they’ll like it as I do 🙂 Blessings for you and your family!!

  56. Christina Nolen permalink

    Hello Mark! Thank you for sharing your wonderful family with your followers. My name is Christina Nolen. I have two beautiful sons Landon age 11, and Brayden 7 months. I live in Corinth (DFW), Texas, USA.

    Thank you so much for all the time and effort you spend educating us about GOD. You are a blessing to me and your work is priceless.

    God Bless!!!
    Christina

  57. My name is Lisa Evans and I have been married to my wonderful husband for 16 years and we have 6 children; 4 grown and one I am homeschooling. The Lord took our 6th child, a beautiful daughter, named Abigail home to Heaven approx. 8 years ago. She was only 17 months. Amidst years of severe trial and tribulation, ( our daughter was abducted and subsequently murdered), we were called in to the ministry of the gospel of Jesus Christ. We live soley for HIM and our eyes are fixed on eternity. God has taught me how to truly LOVE my enemies, pray for those who persecute us and do good to those who despitefully use us. AMEN. I am enjoying this Journey Deeper into God’s Word and apprecieate the ministry. The Holy Spirit, the Comforter, has greatly comforted us in all our tribulations and we seek to comfort others with the LOVE, grace, and comfort only He can give. Abigails’ name in Hebrew means “Father of Joy”. He is turning our sorrow into joy with every day that passes and we are one step closer to our Heavenly Reunion. Remember all of you, it is about the KINGDOM OF HEAVEN. We have here no continuing city, but our true home is in Heaven. God bless every one who reads this in sincerity and truth in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, the ONLY name under Heaven whereby men must be saved. AMEN and God bless you ALL.

  58. Hi Mark, my name is Amanda. I am currently a resident of Dallas, TX. for the past 3 years moving here from Navasota, TX. I am the mother of two wonderful boys, David 22 and Michael 17. I am currently enrolled in college seeking a social work degree. I am an active member of the Inspiring Body of Christ Church. Most of all, I desire to continously walk in the will of God. I am a U. S. Navy veteran and have recently started volunteering my time at the VA in hopes to help stump out homelessness among our veterans.

  59. Bob Rodgers permalink

    Thanks for the daily inspiration. I just found you last week and look forward to your email every morning. We live in Oklahoma. I have a wife and two great kids now grown. My son and his wife just gave us our first grandchild, but live two and half ours away. That does not stop us. We are even looking at moving closer. My daughter who is 25 and works with children with cancer at a major university is now 12 years into her remission for hodkins lyphoma. January 2nd was my anniversary for being in remission for folicular non-hodkins lymphoma. So far so good. It is purely up to God where he will me lead. Bless you and your family for all that you do and may your journey continue to inspire that you come into contact with.

  60. Jonathan Farrell permalink

    Hi
    I’m Jonathan i’m 14 years old and i live in aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, England.
    I’ve only recently subscribes to your AMAZING emails and i love them…it’s also handy because ive been wanting to find some sort of subscription god-based ..email to sign up to. So thanks alot. I’m struggling with some stuff at the moment( as all teenagers do) but im glad I have subscribed to this to help my walk with Jesus. Thankyou Again.

  61. Mara permalink

    Hi, I am a college senior planning to graduate in the Fall 2010 semester. I have one beautiful son who just turned 1 this past Novemeber. I have struggled with following God for some time. Before I saw this post to constantly seek God, I had already determined that’s what I needed in my life. I got on FB and there it was right in my face. Every since the post have related to something that I am struggling through that day.

  62. I am a husband for the last 18 years to my beautiful wife Valerie. I have been a daddy for 13 years to Joel. I am a pastor in the inner city of Edmonton Alberta Canada working mostly within the addictions community but being a pastor in our little church and generally staying connected to the street. I love playing and listening to music and have become barely competent at playing bass guitar. I was an addict for 18 years and surrendered my life to God in 1989.

  63. Debbie permalink

    Thank You so much for taking the time to do this for all of us.. I am enjoying our studies together. You have a beautiful family..
    my husband is retired. our children are all grown and married and live in another state. we are very close but dont get the chance to see each other often..we have 3 grandchildren.. thank you again

  64. Angel Browne permalink

    hi i am from trinidad & tobago i am 28 1 child but i am not yet married havent found the guy for me yet but i no the lord will send him in his time.I like what you are doing its great i am a S.D.A but even though we dont share the same religion i am taking the challenge wish i could talk to you on a one on one basis though i would’ve really liked that please keep up the gppd work and i hope to hear from you soon

  65. Sister Pam OP permalink

    This posting is a wonderful idea. It is great to hear about your family and the lives of others that we converse with. I live in Spiritwood Lake, North Dakota, USA with my husband, 2 dogs and 2 cats. I have 2 grown and married sons with one granddaughter. I spent most of my life as a nursing educator. Illness made me step back and reexamine my life. I felt God calling for a long time and used my time of illness as a time of discernment and study. As a result I joined the Anglican Order of Preachers, commonly called Dominicans. This has brought great joy to my life with prayer, study and preaching. This more than fills the longing I had more increased spirituality and purpose. My ministry is diverse. I am licensed in all of the Episcopal lay ministries, I preach, volunteer for a women’s crisis center, travel to Guatemala yearly to volunteer as a nurse and basically serve God wherever I am called to do so. I appreciate the Bible in a Year Challenge. It is something I wanted to do for many years. You and your blog members teach me so much about God. Thank you and bless you.

  66. Rita permalink

    Hi,

    My name is Rita. I live in Orange Park, Florida, just south of Jacksonville.

    I am a single mother of 1 son, who will be leaving for boot camp in March.

    I am currently unemployed (I spent about half of last year unemployed – I worked temporary jobs throughout the year). I am seeking what is the next step in my walk with the Lord. I am seriously considering full time missions, at least for two years, to see if that is really where I belong.

    Please understand that I am not seeking to enter missions to resolve my unemployment issues, but perhaps God is using that to draw me into missions.

    Last spring when I realized I was losing my job, I decided it was time for a career change. Missions had been in the back of my mind for a couple of years, so I searched a website that lists missions organizations to see what kinds of needs were listed and where.

    At first I thought about the medical profession, medical professionals are needed everywhere, but at the same time I thought teaching English overseas for a year or two would be a great experience and one I would like to have. One night during a Bible study, I mentioned this to my teacher and one of my classmates overheard us. She said she was already involved with a local ESL ministry and would call the Executive Director and schedule a meeting for me to observe classes. Before I even got home that night, I had an email from my classmate telling me of my appointment with the Exec Dir the following night. I met with the Executive Director and began observing and assisting on a small scale. Later that spring I decided to become certified.

    Well, I decided to return to school uncertain of how I was going to pay for it and decided that I would regisiter for the Radiology Technician program. Since I already have a BA in Spanish, I knew that I was not eligible for federal grants. Then one day my son came home and told me that he had enlisted in the military. I later found out that the college funds my parents set aside for him could be transfered to another family member. Bingo! Here was my financing. So I registerd for RT program, however, I had to choose an alternative program in case I couldn’t get into my first choice, so I chose teaching. When I graduated from college years ago, I didn’t want to teach and had no intention of it. However, God had a different idea about things and the more I sought him the more I realized that the medical profession was not where He wanted me, so I changed to teaching.

    Last fall, I began teaching an ESL class in addition to starting college. I have a great sense of peace about what I am doing. While I do not feel called to teach in the public school system, I do feel called to teach ESL. Where, I don’t know.

    Towards the end of last year I began applying to different missions organizations to see if this was potentially the path God is leading me to and where they might have a need for ESL teachers. Because of my background I thought “I want to go to South America”. Within the last couple of weeks, God told me that focusing on one country or region is too restrictive, I need to be more open and focus on the ministry. In addition, if I want to serve in missions, then I must also be willing to go to areas that are unreached or the least reached. Many Latin American countries are more evangelized than other areas.

    I have been in communication with 4 organizations and have an appointment next week with the Missions Director at my church.

    I believe that God had my son enlist in the service because he is about to open up doors for me beyond what “I could ask or imagine”, Eph 3:20. I am also praying that God will use my son’s service in the military to draw him closer and help him see God in mightier ways. As the old saying goes, “there are no atheists in foxholes.”

    So Rev. Mark, your group and this challenge are really helping me. I might not sit for an hour each time, but I try to at least read the message you post and later go back and read the selected passages for Yahweh’s Yarn. I am a bit behind on those but hope to catch up on them by Sunday.

    Thank you for your faithful service and obedience to the Lord.

  67. Hey Pastor Mark! I don’t normally have the time to spend on the computer the way I do right now (out of work again). But it does let me slow down and as God provides for all our needs I don’t get stressed about it. I do my part and leave the rest in His hands. I’m in New Port Richey, Florida, with my new wife. We have 3 grown (and moved out) children between us. The Lord brought us together when we both gave up looking for that “special someone” and left it in Gods hands. He has moved in us as a flag ministry and we just continue to seek His face in all we do. It’s awesome the way you get to minister to so many people accross the entire world. Thanks for putting your time and effort into it as I share alot the “the Bible” posts on my FB page and get lots of comments from other believers. While not a truly commited “Journey Deeper Into Gods Word” reader, as I have not set aside the time for the hour a day of quiet time”. But I do spend time everyday in prayer, and the word, it’s just not structured that way. Anyway, thanks again, and may God bless the move, protecting you and the family throughout, providing for your needs and opening doors to where He wants you next!

  68. Linda permalink

    Thanks so much for your facebook ministry. You have a beautiful family and it is good that you shared something about yourself. Live in North Carolina, retired, two grown daughters, six grandchildren. Our family has been struggling with some painful problems this year and your posts have been most welcome in helping me to keep focused on trusting the Lord. God bless you and continue your good work.

  69. Yes, wow, narly Mark!

    That’s splendid! Thanks for sharing all about your aussie life!
    I myself am a Floridian, in a way that differs from what the majority of the world calls American, because my accent isn’t necessarily “surfer” per say, or spanish… there is a mix… and so therefore I say “laid back”.

    I am a musician.
    Totally.
    Christian worship leader.
    Rock, and roll.
    Acoustic, and beach.
    Spanish classical.
    Piano.
    The likes.
    I have a band called Central Vine: based on Jesus, who said, “I am the vine and you are the branches.” John 15:5

    We are currently working on 2 new albums.
    We are signed or anything like that right now,
    but prayers are being sent and requests have been made.
    I am 20 years old, and that means I plan on traveling for a good couple of miles around the globe.

    Thanks,
    be blessed Rev. Mark.
    You are doing a blessed job!

    Praise God for His great man!
    Peace.

  70. Brenda permalink

    Hi, My name is Brenda (BJ) I live in Needles, CA which I am sure the weather is somewhat similar to yous. Especially in the summer. Wow that is really cool that you can travel all over with your family and such a beautiful family at that. My family consists of my husband and 4 cats. Thank you for such wonderful messages. Sometimes I feel you must be writing about me.

    Thank you for serving God.

  71. Hello Brother Mark,

    My name is Erika. I’m 15 years old. I live in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma and I’m a freshman at South Intermediate High School (SIHS).
    My parents are together, but its a possibility they are going to separate (please keep them in your prayers). Whether or not they separate, I love and adore them with all my heart and am thankful that they are seeking God for guidance. I have a little brother, his name is Ben and he is 13 years old. He is a 7th grader at Oliver Middle School (OMS).

    My hobbies include addiction to Facebook (I am trying to change that to become less addicted), playing my viola (I am a musician. Music is one of my passions, I love to sing and play my instrument.), listening to my iPod, and reading my Bible.

    I asked Jesus to come into my life and I truly desired to live for Him two years ago. I went to a church camp with a church I used to go to and during the week we went God moved my heart and longed for me. Thursday night, after one of the services, He kept knocking at my heart and asking if He may come in. I spoke with a friend of mine and she asked me what I was feeling, what God laid on my heart, and talked to me about how I was feeling. That night (7/19/07), we prayed together and Jesus became mine and I became His.

    Now I seek to become more and more like Him. I have fallen into the world and, of course, sinned because as a human I am imperfect and broken, but I don’t stop asking God for forgiveness, guidance, and love.
    I pray that I would be able to seek God more and seek the truth behind His word more. I hope and pray this 2010 Constantly Seeking God Challenge will help me dig into His word more and be able to understand it better.

    May God bless you, Brother Mark, and your family. May He use you for His purpose and glory.
    Faith, Hope, and Love.

    Erika Andrews

    • Sister Pam OP permalink

      Dear Erika, Thanks for your inspirational story. You and your family are in my prayers. Continue walking the path that follows Jesus. It is our nature to stumble and sin. Pick yourself up, repent, ask for forgiveness and continue following Jesus. He will wait for you. God bless you.

  72. Veronika permalink

    Beautiful family and wife, thank you for sharing…

  73. Minette Hatton-Jones permalink

    Hi Mark
    You are richly blessed. I have five children and 5 grandchildren…So, I do send your wife a round of applause.

    You have changed my life for the better, for each e-mail I receive holds a message just for me.

    Sending you and your family…love and happiness across the miles..

    sunny regards
    Minette

  74. EMJ permalink

    I am an American living in the UAE. My (immediate) family consists of myself, husband and 2 lovely daughters, 4 years and 10 months. For the last few years I feel as though God had taken a backseat to life. Feel as though there just wasn’t enough time in the day to put Him first (I knew that if I made time for Him, He would take care of the rest, but I just didn’t consistently put forth the effort). I came across your “Journey deeper…” and thought, “new year, new beginnings”. Thank you Pastor Mark for your service to Him and your love of His Word.

  75. Kathy permalink

    Great to learn more about you and your family, Mark! Love your sense of humor! I live in Indiana USA. Right now we have a few inches of snow on the ground, and it is still falling. It’s really beautiful! I’m 58 and single. I raised three boys, and our home was lively, not only with my own but with all of their friends, as well! I treasure those memories! My sons are still single, but they all live nearby, and we stay in touch and get together. I have been growing much deeper in the Lord and His Word in the past several months, and I’m amazed that so many other people around the world are doing the same. God is calling His people! I feel that 2010 is going to be a tremendous year in the body of Christ, and I’m excited about it! Love ya!

  76. Dear Pastor Mark,

    Journey Deeper into God’s Word is amazing! On a daily basis I cannot wait to open and start reading your message. Keep dreaming, hoping, and planning for new projects, experiences and adventure with God. Because God wants you to be more blessed tomorrow than you are today.

    I have 3 children, and married to Anthony for 22 years, a wonderful Godly man. All walking with God. We have are own successful business and live in beautiful Southern California. In the meantime, we are blessed with all of heavens best. You have a wonderful family. Continue to love them and trust in the Lord.

    I encourage you to press forward. Give birth to the dreams and desires that God has placed in your heart. Your values, your gifts and talents have been put in you by Almighty God. Living a life of integrity and excellence that honors God is worth more tha tall of that. Keep doing your best even when it’s difficult. Keep loving, giving and serving.

    Thank you and may God continue to bless you and your family!!

    Blessings always,
    Parthena

  77. Tony permalink

    Mark,
    I’m married to Dorothy, and we have 5 children, and 5 grandchildren. We just celebrated our 25th year wedding anniversary on Jan 5.
    The Lord has been faithful, and has shown his mercy and grace to me and my family over the years.
    Thanks for sharing your life.
    Peace,

  78. Christine Draper permalink

    Thankyou for sharing with us Mark. It has been amazing to read so many wonderful testimonies in the comments.

    I am a Sandgroper, having been born and bred in Perth. At the moment I am living with my husband and two beautiful children in the south of England. We will be returning to Western Australia hopefully within the next 18 months. I am currently working as a teacher in a grammar school but exploring God’s call in my life. My daughter is 10. She is a beautiful caring girl who has a very strong faith of her own and has done for many years. My son five is a little more active and less mature than my daughter at the same age. However, They are both wonderful.

  79. Samantha permalink

    Well Hi there!
    Thanks for the messages- just started a couple of days ago and am already enjoying! One of my resolutions this year is to grow closer to Him and emulate Him so that I can be a shining beacon for His Glory! Must admit though it’s harder than I thought to be positive or humble and even harder not to fall back into old patterns… I can say I was officially born again 2 days before my wedding just over 8 years ago… but have to admit that my life with the Lord has been kinda like a relationship in a bad soap opera on again / off again… so am really trying to change all of that this year and make it on again / on again and still on again! Your emails are helping!
    I have a particularly challenging 5 year old son (almost special needs) and a 7 month old boy as well / am trying to run a struggling business from home and look after a house / children and husband…with no income at the moment (but that’s a whole other message) – there I am feeling sorry for myself and then I read the comments sent to you and see I am not alone in my troubles and compared to some my troubles are few – so firstly thank you for sharing your family with us and thank you for the reality check that though things seem dark He is there for us…
    Keep up the good work and God bless you and your lovely family!
    Sam (Samantha)
    Johannesburg South Africa…
    P.S…. Go the bokke rugby team….!

  80. DeeDee permalink

    Pastor Mark,
    Thank you for sharing! It is always nice to know what other Christians are planning for their future! Your family is adorable. Children and God’s greatest gifts.
    I have been a Christian most of my life! I am now 58. I strayed for awhile but God never forgot me. I am so blessed that He continually pursued me. Thank you JESUS!
    I am involved in juvenile hall ministry and I love being with these young adults. Even through their troubles. God has blessed me with a heart for them. I want to start a program for them when they get out of juvenile hall and need a place to go. However, they will have to adhere to Christian teaching. God has a plan and I am at His feet waiting for Him to move me where he has planned for me to go.

    Thank you for your daily teachings! God bless you and your family as you move back home and may HE guide your every footstep.
    DeeDee

  81. Tobias permalink

    I have been reluctant to post things here, and on facebook, because I see the amount of responses you get, and I don’t want to add to your burden. But if you’re already asking us to write about ourselves… you’ve brought it on yourself! 😉
    First of all I really want to thank you for this blog. I look forward to the email every day, and it really helps to keep me focused on the Lord and live in constant presence.

    I’m from Israel. I’m 27 years old. I am a Jewish believer of 4th generation. My grandfather came to faith in Germany in the 20’s when he was 7 years old, through the maid of the house. When Dietrich Bonhoeffer saved his life so he could get to England in 1938, his mother came to faith too. He later came to Sweden, and that’s where I was born.

    I moved to Israel with my family when I was 13. When I was 19, the intifada broke out and my parents who worked in tourism lost their jobs and went back to Sweden. I stayed and did my 3-year army service. Just before that happened I met my wife. She is Swedish, and was visiting a friend in Israel at the time. During the time of my army service I flew to Sweden, married her, and brought her with me to Israel. My oldest son was born when I was 22, a few months before I finished the service.

    Today I am the accountant at the Bible Society in Israel, I have 3 children (one boy and two girls ages 5, 4 and 2) and my wife is pregnant with our fourth. I am a student of Economy at the Open University of Israel since 2007, (and with this study pace I will get my BA around 2014).
    I live in Ma’ale Adumim, in the Judean desert, just east of Jerusalem, which is one of the largest jewish towns on the West Bank (30,000 inhabitants).

    My family was one of the 7 founding families of the only Messianic Jewish congregation in Ma’ale Adumim, founded in 2005. It’s a small congregation, meeting in the pastor’s living room. We all share in fulfilling the different needs of the congregation, so I preach, I teach kids and I lead worship, whenever needed.

    Again, thankyou for this blog. It is a great daily help to stay focused on Him!

    • Very interesting read brother! And you work for the Bible Society as well huh! Wow!

      God bless,

      Mark

    • Sister Pam OP permalink

      Dear Tobias, I am so glad that you shared your interesting story. You are really living history where it happens. I hope you continue to share. One of the things I like about this group is hearing from people all over the world. Don’t shortchange us by holding back. Thanks so much.

  82. Thanks Rev. Mark for sharing your Beautiful family with us and also Love the
    Journey Deep into the Bible.You do great works for the Lord.Please keep on
    showing the world about our Lord Jesus Christ.God Bless you and your Family.
    Your Christian Friend From Texas (U.S.A.)
    Venus

  83. stephanie permalink

    HELLO MARK just pored out my heart on this page for the last twenty minets or more obout my moms drug addiced life and my drug adicted life and every thing in between no dad in the picture left when i was three have two girls one born with cancer been in reamition for 19 years wanted to tell my story so i could finely try to forgive myself as JESUS has forgiven me but i gess GOD HAS A DIFFERINT PLAN MY STORY ENDING MOM DYING OF BRAIN CANCER ONLY TO HAVE MY LIFE STORY PORED OUT ON THIS PAGE JUST DISAPER I DONT KNOW WHAT HAPPENED I GESS GOD IS NOT READY FOR ME TO SHARE…………….FROM TRING TO FOGIVE MYSELF.

    • Sister Pam OP permalink

      Dear Stephanie.
      I think your story went straight up to heaven into God’s hands. He is more than ready for you. I am so sorry for the pain you experienced with cancer in your family. We live in an imperfect, unhealthy world. It is only through faith in Jesus that we can live in the Kingdom of God. God is doing more for your mother than any of us could ever ask or imagine. If you still need to tell your story, type it on your word processor, save it, then copy and paste into this blog. Save your story and add to it. Keep praying and God will be good to you. This does not mean your life will be easy or all will be well on earth. That is not how it works. You are in a community of loving people praying for you. Keep us posted on how things are going. Don’t give up.

      • stephanie permalink

        THANK YOU SISTER PAM FOR YOUR WORDS OF WISDOM GOD KEEPS MY HEART BEATING THANK YOU GOD BLESS.

  84. Steven permalink

    Very good to get to know you a bit Mark. Beautiful family you have there!! I very much enjoy my new Bible Study Group! It’s always good to get to know your teacher.
    I have changed many things about my life in recent years and have become passionate about my learning, in all aspects of life. Most importantly, how we live life and what is expected of us from God. I enjoy the study of things that we will never know everything about. Like God. (and medicine) Awsome!!
    Thankyou and I will see you tomorrow..
    Yours
    Steven

  85. Dawn Mason permalink

    Dear Pastor Mark and your beautiful Family,

    I love to get your emails and facebook to follow.I always repost on facebook. today you had be in stitches about our aussie twitter, I can remember an American freind came out once my daughter was 15 at the time and he was listening to us talk, we kinda half talk and know what each other is going to say so go onto the next bit yes I would call it twitter .He could not understand a word of what we was on about,
    Your Family look beautifull, I have raised 4 kids and now raising my 3 grandchildren have had them all from birth, they are now 4,6 and 7.I also have a Down’s syndrome daughter who is 26 now and doctors thought she would not live much past 7.My life is busy I also do emerjancy foster care and now silly me has taken on fostering kittens till they find homes.What made me do this im sure it must have been a very weak moment lol 🙂 My Life is sooo full and I have no partener except my heavenly father and he is the best, I took up you challange and loving it. I pray you and your family have a awesome new year and please keep up the good work so we can all Journey deeper into God’s word.

    • Sister Pam OP permalink

      Bless you Dawn for the good work you do. I can’t imagine how you do it all.

  86. Michele permalink

    Hello Mark, Thank you for sharing. You have a beautiful family. Since I was a young child, I have always wanted to go to Australia. Someday maybe. My name is Michele and I live in Northern California in a little community called Hidden Valley Lake. Its about 2 1/2 hours north of San Francisco. I am 37 years old and have 3 children; two sons ages 14 and 11 and a daughter who is 7. Just before the holidays we took custody of my nephew who is a senior in high school. I am unmarried, but my fiance and I are talking about marriage this year. I have been a Christian since 2004 when I asked Jesus into my heart and was baptized. I have fallen off the path many times since then and just this past year I have decided this is enough of trying to live my own life, so I am totally surrendering my life to the Lord. In January 2009, I fractured my ankle in two places. Being injured and totally unable to do and care for myself, I turned to God for help. He blessed me in so many ways and I realized it was time to prioritize and put God first in my life. I pray daily for my fiances salvation. Its difficult waiting on the Lord at times, but I am continuing to stay on path and I know the Lord will work out the rest. When I read your invitation to join the journey, I was excited. I now regularly read my bible and I am constantly seeking God in all that I do. Please pray for me and my family. I thank God for sending you my way as I have prayed recently that He would surround me with His children. May He continue to bless you as you serve Him.

    Michele

  87. Diana Devlin permalink

    Hi Mark, Thanks for your blog. I have been blessed also. I live in Perth Western Australia. Northern Suburbs. Where are you and your family heading to. I am married with 3 grown children and three beautiful grandchildren. I fellowship with a group of South African friends at a newly planted Church. I am the only Aussie. Take care.

  88. Gods Peace to you Reverand Mark,God Is Great, It is good to see a wonderful family that holds on to the Gospel. It reminds me of a verse from the Bible, Has for me and my house we shall serve the Lord. I am Divorced, and have one son-12 years old, who is a Type 1 dieabetic, OCD, and Asperger syndrome. I was married to a muslim for 11 years, and slowly , fell away from the Christian faith. During all my time away, I still believed in the Cruifixtion and the Ressurection of Jesus. I could not be persuaded that it did not happen. Though I live in the land of the free, so to speak , I still dont have the religous freedom that I wished. Your website is bringing me back into the Christian perspective. I am divorced, but dont go to a church do to my sons Father could make life very difficult. So, your website is my church home.- In the summer I usually have a large garden, and grow vegtables. God willing I will do the same this year. I also hang around the lake and go boating in the summer. I work at a retail store part time when my son is in school. My hopes is for some way to get my Son to baptized soon. I am looking forward to growing and learning thru your sermons, and bible lessons. I see Islam overtaking and I am concerned. Alot of muslim refugees that has come to America, Europe and even to Austrila land have married once christian indivudals and are converting thm to Islam. If it was not for my strong belief in the Crucifixtion and the Ressurection of Jesus I am sure I would have fallen for good. I think one way the Christian faith is losing so many to Islam is do to the break down in family units, an a general disregard to Gods commandments. Islam is getting many converts due to the boundrys set in that faith, strong family ties, and a common idea that all muslims are brothers. Christians of today seem less God Fearing.Shocking enough the ones I met that converted to Islam welcome the restrictons. Its like for them it was the first time in thier life someone cared enough to set some rules for them. Alot of work to be done, but we need to start with ourselves, and my beginning place is here on your page. God Bless Rev. Mark,

    • Sister Pam OP permalink

      Dear Dana,

      I found your posting very interesting. I wondered what it was about Islam that people found attractive and you answered that question. Am I correct in hearing you say that it is not the actual religious beliefs of Islam that attract people, but it is living the law of Islam? I pray that you return to Christianity and help us to be better Christians.

  89. Taniesha permalink

    Hi Mark,
    My name is Taniesha. First off, let me say that you have a beautiful family, and your children look really happy. I’m sure you give them a lot of love. 🙂 Well a little about me…I’m a 23 year old living in alexandria va, with my wonderful husband and 1 1/2 month old son. God through you, have helped me out a lot. Its amazing how you will touch on things that I need a little reassurance on. Im finally starting school this month, so I’m excited about that. Just want my son to be proud of me. I talked to you before about my post partum and some issues I was dealing with. Thanks for listening and praying for me, things have gotten a whole lot better; and I am now able to enjoy my newborn.

  90. nuana permalink

    Hello, Mark, thank you for sharing with us your love for God and your wonderful family. I want to also thank you and your family for your obedience to the call the Lord has put on your life.
    My real name is Ellen, and I am married to my true soul mate Greg and we have 4 awesome (adult) children and 2 wonderful grandchildren. Our oldest works for a major league baseball team and is a single mom of a 11 year old boy..our middle daughter is married to a Army officer, and stationed in Colorado with our granddaughter and our youngest twin boy. She is going to medical school and our son is looking to work for a construction co while helping with our granddaughter. He will soon be in the military. And our oldest twin boy is also in the military, stationed in California. We are so blessed with our family and friends. We are involved in wonderful church. I do alot of volunteer work, and sponsor two children thru World Vision which has been a true blessing.
    We really enjoy your challenge offer to all of us to journey deeper into God. May we all take the message and challenge to the world.
    With all our Love and Support,
    Nunan

  91. Mark Richards permalink

    Hi Mark,
    Many thanks for your passion for your journey into God’s word. My name too is Mark and from UK. I have been a christian for many years and I have a lovely wife with two grown up boys, one is 20 years and the other is 18 years old. God has been a great help for me, as I have had a difficult upbring, because I am Hard of Hearing. But God gave me two Christian married couples who were a huge help to me to help me with my christain walk. Then I joined O.M. (Operation Mobolisation) And God took me all over the place and have been in the trouble spot of the world and then ended up in Pakistan sharing God word and his love for his peoples. And coming back to England, I found a lovley girlfriend and married her and she is a christain as well and have been married for many years. Praise God. Thank you for showing your photo’s really lovely photo’s. God bless.

  92. Josie permalink

    Hi Mark,
    So many comments! Thank you for sharing your story. You do have a beautiful family and I also look forward to your emails. I have 3 daughters, 7 grandkids and sadly my husband is not a born again Christian. I pray for my family constantly!! I was an army brat growing up, born in Germany, lived in quite a few states but settled in Nebraska with my husband at a young age of 19. I came to Jesus late in life so am trying to make up for all the years I have missed. I have read the Bible through twice but am now really trying to “read” it with the help of Bible studies. I LOVE to read!!! I am reading a novel by Francine Rivers now and I do like how she picks a person out of the Bible and expounds on what their life probably was like. I am on Bathsheba, and it is so good! Enough. Thanks again for your wonderful ministry. God Bless you and your family!
    Josie

  93. Liz permalink

    I am not Aussie, but your explanation of Aussie speak had me laughing out loud. Thanks for your sense of humor.

    As for me, I am a single 27 years old female living in NC. Signing up for this blog has really shown me some things about my relationship with God. I’ve learned I have not spent as much time as I thought in His presence. It’s amazing how much competes for my attention as I go throughout my day! My goal is to move away from religion and embrace relationship. This is really my first time pursuing God, and I really hope to become the “new creation” the Bible talks about. I gave my life to Christ in 2005, but that’s where it stopped for awhile. I never really looked for Him to be in my life entirely. Recently, I’ve found an amazing church, and I feel like I am learning about God all over again. I still consider myself a newbie Christian, so I look forward to reading the blog and comments. The members of this blog help me make connections that I wouldn’t make on my own. Thank you all, and Pastor Mark, for all you have to say.

    • James permalink

      Wow! That is just amazing to hear and I loved it when you wrote, ‘my goal is to move away from religion and embrace relationship’
      it’s the best thing that will ever happen to you!
      I pray that you will grow in your church and in God himself

  94. Lisa Gardiner permalink

    What a beautiful family. Good luck with everything! Born and raised in North Carolina. Two beautiful children, daughter 16, son 12. The best of both worlds. Just graduated from college with a BA in Sociology currently seeking employment. Constantly praying that a job will come along. Be blessed!

  95. James permalink

    Hey Mark!
    Thanks for sharing the general knowledge about yourself, it was a fantastic idea. Your messages that I recieve through email have been absolutely fantastic!
    I am a 16 year old who loves sport, people and church! I’m doing year 11 and live in Melbourne, Victoria. I have a tight knit unit as a family with my parents and a 19 year old sister. I have a solid dream to become a pastor and will be studying at Harvest Christian College, my church is Enjoy Church which is under the leadership of Pastor Shane and Georgie Baxter and I attend to the east campus
    Great to hear about you and look forwards to learning more
    Cheers and God Bless
    James

    • Fantastic James! To God be praised for calling you to be a pastor.. you spend tons of time in the Word, immerse yourself ok?

      God bless ya,

      Mark

  96. Debbie J. Palmer permalink

    I am soon to be 55 years old and God has been so good to me, I would have to write a book for everything. In 2005, I had a severe stroke, completely paralyzed on the left side; my husband of 30 years and I have had lots of good times and bad times but have clung together through it all. In September 1993, my husband had blood clots go to his lungs and then in March 1994 our youngest son had appendicitis that ruptured and turned to gangrene before the doctors found what was wrong. Back to my husband, if those clots had not busted up when they hit his lungs, he would not be here today, PRAISE GOD. My son almost died three times while he was in the hospital. He had to have 2 surgery’s, hospitalized 2 weeks and came home with an open side where they could not sew him, he had be packed daily and had to heal from the inside out, was out of school three months but is now a healthy 24 year old, PRAISE GOD. And for me, I am now whole, PRAISE GOD.

  97. Mona permalink

    Mark, once again, thank you for sharing! I very much enjoy your postings and your pictures-lovely family! I am a single mom in the panhandle of Texas. I have one daughter who will be turning 18 next week and a fifteen year old son. Oh, I best not forget our newest member—our dog, Macie Grace. God is so good and I am so blessed by His loving mercy and grace. It is so comforting to hear that other Christians who are truly seeking God are out there and caring for others, even if it be via internet. I pray for you often.

    In His Service,
    Mona

  98. My name is Stephanie and I am recently remarried to a wonderful God-fearing man. I have two sons, who are 14 and 10. Although I am a studio artist by degree and try to sell my work online; I work as a Buyer in the petroleum distribution business. I’ve been a choir director, trustee of a church, treasurer of a church, sunday school teacher, and a ladies bible study facilitator, but not all at the same time!

    I was saved in adolescence but started to walk the walk in my college years. I am a daughter, a sister, a mother, a wife. I love to read, run (when I have time), and paint watercolors and portraits.

    I thank you that you were led to start your online ministry and that I became a part of it. God is good, All the time. …. All the time, God is good.

  99. Pastor Mark, Glory be to God the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ my savior. When i think about the fact by our choice and in God’s recognition He will use us by quickening our spirit to the predestination of His will . I just want to be as close to Him every second of my life here on earth. I can not wait to see Jesus face to face and bow down at His feet then give Him the biggest bear hug ever. Peace & Love of Jesus be with you my brother, rodger

  100. Nice to know you, Pastor Mark.
    My name is Barb, I live in Everett, Washington, the Great Northwestern US of A. I have 2 grown children, a man 32 and he has a boy, 2 yrs old,(and a wonderfull daughter-in-law) and a young woman, 29, who has 2 girls of her own, 7 yrs and the baby 15 mths. (and a sometimes good son-in-law).
    I go the a really great church called The Bridge, after 1 Tim 2:5. I have been a Christian since I turned 40, I’m 61 now. And, thank the Lord I know I will never stop learning more about Him. Your Jounrney into Deeper Knowledge About God is wonderful. I look forward everyday to what you have to teach me. Thank you for your faithness.
    I wish I could visit Austraila. It sounds like a wonderful land.

  101. Jordan permalink

    Hi Mark, I am Jordan. Born in raised in the United States, in a small state named Ohio. I’ve grown in God so much in the past year. I started reading the Bible and praying every day, it has helped me so much and learn so much. I really appreciate the ministry you do with other. God Bless you for that. I’ve been close to God since I got rededicated in November of 2008. I was thinking about doing the journey deeper into God’s Word, but I wasnt sure because I’ve been living right and reading and praying every day. I realized that you can always get a step closer to God. So I know that in a year’s time, I will be closer to God than I am now, and I have you to thank for that. Thank you so much, Mark. God Bless!

    Jordan

  102. Jeff permalink

    I am Jeff, from Ohio, USA. I have been a Christian for 25 years, but I am just now seriously looking for God’s will to rule my life instead of my own. I was divorced about 2 years ago after an 18 year marriage. It has been quite a struggle. I do have 2 wonderful daughters that are the light of my life. Thank you Mark for the work you are putting into this and the other facebook pages. I pray that the spirit will bless your wonderful work.

  103. Tina permalink

    Its wonderful that you have a large family! I admire your wife, homeschooling and staying at home with the kids is a great deal of work. I wish I could juggle it! I have 5 kids, and am married (for the second time). I work full-time, and now that my kids are all in school, I am taking college classes while they are at school. Housework is difficult to manage, but the kids are all learning how important it is to share the responsibilities of cleaning.

    Thank you for sharing more about yourself and your family. Good luck with avoiding the flies, that sounds challenging! lol I have always wanted to visit Australia, hopefully someday I will have the chance to go.

  104. jeff permalink

    I am Jeff from Ohio, USA. I wish to thank Mark for the work he is putting into these pages, and I pray that the spirit will bless you in this. I have 2 wonderful daughters myself, and they are the center of my life. I was divorced about 2 years ago. What a struggle. I have been a Christian for 25 years, but I never was so serious about being close to God as I am now. Please pray that he would lead me into the work that he has set aside for me. I want to know him more deeply and allow him tu use me as he sees fit.

  105. Nancy permalink

    Mark, thank you so much for sharing your family and your walk! I love getting “the journey” and have invited several friends to join us. I am a single mom of a 21 year old young man who is the apple of my eye. I know without a doubt he would not be the man he is without the Lord. I attend church regularly and am the lay leader there. My calling is my music–I sing in the choir (which now looks like i may be directing for a while) as well as solos and am a member of a quartet. this is my gift and I am excited to be using it to serve the Lord. I live in TX, just north of Dallas… I too am looking for what the Lord desires for my life as a whole–in the meantime I will keep plugging away and helping others cope with corporate America. thank you so much for inviting us along!

  106. Patsy Bond permalink

    Romans 1 and 2 what a great read. Thank you so much for helping me to reconect with some of my favorite scripture that I need to remember. I can be the worlds worst at pointing the finger. I believe if you spot it you got it, meaning if I can see that sin of yours, I have done the same thing at one time or another. Thank you God for your mercy. I am a sinner saved by grace.

    I recieved an e-mail that said “if satans knocing, ask God to answer the door.” What an excellent idea.

  107. Hello “Pastor” Mark, Thank you so much,for your postings and your daily Bible quotes.You are truly a messenger of Gods word.I read my Bible every night,and every time I read it,I get somthing new out of what I read.I too,believe that Gods here in all that we do.I believe that when things go wrong in our lives,He somtimes puts road blocks in our lives to test our faith.Will we stay faithful to Him,or take the easy way out.The Devil is always waiting for a chance to get us away from the Lord,but he has no power over us when we look to God for help,trust,hope and comfort. And His word is what you bring to all ,who will take the time to read,the Bible verses you connect God to us.Thank you so much for efforts in bringing God to us in our daily life. May Gods word shine through you,always. God Bless you!

  108. gena permalink

    Hi Mark. First off I want to tell u I love JESUS. I have made a commmmitment to seek HIM in everything I can. I don’t even know how I became a fan of this blog or found it. I ignored it for so long but the I started reading it and look forward to it as part of my daily studies along. with some others. Thanx. For the encouragement

  109. steve permalink

    Hello ..

    I have been reading your blog everyday and find it very edifying. I am also reading the entire Bible this year. I have been a born-again Christian for 40 years. My husband and I both have blogs, if you care to visit them. I will give the links to you.

    God bless you, in His service,
    Rina
    http://varinasmusings.wordpress.com/http
    http://stevex09.wordpress.com/

  110. Peggy McGlothlin permalink

    Hi,Mark. I am a 66 yr. old widow ~~ lost Don 19 yrs. ago on Feb2nd. I have 6 grown kids ~~ 3 of mine & 3of my husbands & but all children of my heart. Their ages range from 52 to 42. I have 8 wonderful grand children ~~ on of whom went home to Jesus at the age of 7 weeks 26 yrs. ago. I also have 6 great grand children. I live in Odessa Texas ~ a transplant from the state of Massachusetts. I love both places very much,but Texas is easier for me at this point in my life b/c of the cold winters up north. I have been so blessed by God with family & amazing christian friends. One of my biggest blessings in 2009 was finding face book. Everyone here has done so much to encourage and uplift me at a time when I`ve been seeking more of God. I`ve received so much ministry here. In praying about His plan for me for 2010,the one answer that I keep hearing is that God is going to do amazing things in2010. I can`t wait for that to be revealed. Also, every year my ladies Bible study gives Jesus a gift of scripture,asking Him to work it in our lives throughout the following year. It`s always amazing to look back and see what He does. This year,my scripture is 2nd Chronicles 7:14. I keep running into this on FB ~~ along with reconciliation & restoration. I am so excited to see all of this come to fruition this year in all our lives. I am praying for God to begin to use me on FB to give back some of what I`ve received. Pleas agree with me on this in prayer. Thank you & God Bless You.

    • Peggy Thompson permalink

      I love the thing’s you mentioned in your comment, b/c God has also been working with me, and I’m going to share my testimonies with you and everyone else. From the time I was very young until I was 13. I was sexually molested, at 12 I was standing beside of my best friend and she fell down into the damn at Hardy lake, and I was standing right beside of her. The sad part is that, myself, my brother, and our cousin, had removed the lid, from the hole, she fell down into and lost her life, about 2 months before she fell. It’s strange how a stupid childish act can cost the life of your best friend.I’ve never forgotten that day, and I had never forgiven myself b/c I felt I had killed her, but I am positive that’s she’s with God and Jesus b/c she went to church and she had faith and believed. In 1997 I survived a serious wreck that I wasn’t supposed to make it through the night, but glory to God and Jesus I’m ALIVE!!!!! In 2001 I married my best friend, John , we are currently divorced, but we are getting remarried on my sister’s b-day, April 12, 2010. My sister took her own life on Feb. 17, 2009, and since that time God has really been working with me, and I grow more spiritually everyday. My 2 youngest son’s were involved in a serious wreck also, and neither even suffered a broken bone! Praise God and Jesus! The reason I’m giving my testimonies here are because I want everyone to know that God has never left my side, and He never will. Thank you Jesus Christ for dieing so that we all may be saved. We just need to be forgiven, and we need 2 forgive whoever may trespass against us. In Jesus’ name I pray AMEN.

      Thank you again Rev. Mark Brown for your journey, and thank you for helping me take this journey with you. God bless 1 and all.

      • Sister Pam OP permalink

        Dear Peggy,
        Thank you for having the courage to share your testimony. Your life is a resurrection story. So many things could have destroyed you; yet, you live and rejoice in the goodness of God. WOW! That is powerful. If you repented and asked to be forgiven, you are forgiven. That is all there is to it. Hanging onto the guilt is listening to the evil one. Resist the evil one and he will leave. When we hang onto guilt after we have been forgiven we are rejecting Jesus’ gift of salvation. Take that precious gift of salvation, forgive yourself because God already has. You have plenty of challenges so don’t burden yourself with the unnecessary weight of guilt. God’s peace be with you always, Sister Pam

    • Sister Pam OP permalink

      I like the idea of a gift of scripture. I am going to try that.

  111. Carol Shaner permalink

    Thank you for your ministry on facebook. The world needs God now more than ever. I enjoyed reading a little about you and to find that you are actually a “real” person. Please keep up this work for the Lord. We need to be reminded that God is real and that He loves us every day.

  112. Dear Pastor Mark,
    Thank you for sharing with all of us, you are great!
    I am a wife of 50 years, mother of two daughters and one son, I have 3 grandsons and 3 granddaughters, then I have 3 great-grandson’s and 3 great-granddaughters, and one more great-granddaughter to be born Jan 21, 2010, have I been blessed or what? I live in a little town called Maroa, in Illinois USA.
    Our favorite saying in our church is “GOD IS GREAT ALL THE TIME, AND ALL THE TIME GOD IS GREAT”, I have been a Christian all my life, I remember my Mother letting me ride the bus across town by myself when I was about 8 yrs old. just to go to the Prairie Avenue Christian Church. Now I go to the Maroa Christian Church. For many years I went to the Methodist Church, but their ways are not my ways and we parted company. My church is a Disciples of Christ Church, and we have a Bible study class every Wednesday night called ” A Journey of a Lifetime”, reading the Bible from front to back in one year. It is a great study and I am enjoying it very much, but still love to read your daily words Pastor Mark. Thank you for being here.

  113. Lydia Reyes permalink

    Just the other day I was telling a friend about the challenge that I,ve been taking and I told her , I hope to meet Pastor Brown someday. She thought you live near to me and the I told her you were in New Zealand and she just laughed. Truly you are pretty far but I feel so close to you and now you told me about you and your family, which I think they are so lovely.[ GOD BLess] Well, I live in Hollywood, Florida. Married to Paul for 41 years, 2 married daughters and 4 grandkids. Belong to St. Bartholomew Catholic Church. We are leaders in the Life in the Spirit group in our church. Belong to a wed nite Prayer group and are very involve in the Charistmatic movement. My parents were Catholic and then change to a Pentacostal church. One of my daughters belong to Calvary Chapel and sisters that go to a nondenominational Church. When we get together we celebrate the fact that we are all serving the same God and we rejoice in knowing that the relationship we have with Jesus is more important than any religion. That is why I am so glad sharing with this family in this website. We all love and want to grow more firm in the walk with GOD. May the Peace of God be always with you.

  114. Joi permalink

    Thanks for sharing a bit of yourself. You have a lovely family. I live in the Washington DC metropolitan area, northern Virgina in the United States. I have been enjoying this journey into Gods word. I am married but currently separated from my husband. I have a lovely 9 year old girl who has a heart of compassion and loves Jesus. I love hearing het sing all the Christian music songs that we love (she especially loves Born Again by Third Day). Many blessings to you and your family and will remember you as you and your family move to Australia. God bless you. With love in Christ.

  115. stephanie permalink

    SISTER PAM thank you for your words of wisdom my story straight to heaven i love that GOD is the reason i am still fighting and i wont give up thank you and let the healing begin GOD BLESS YOU SISTER PAM.

    • Sister Pam OP permalink

      Dear Stephanie,
      I must say that it was not my idea. When I read your note the message came to me faster than lightening. I didn’t even have time to think about it.
      “It went straight to heaven.” There is no way that I would have thought of that by myself. That message came straight from the Holy Spirit. I look forward to future postings from you. Peace and blessings to you, Sister Pam

  116. read the Fire profe book .
    my wife dead you so lucky.

  117. Ana permalink

    My name is Ana, I live in Burbank, CA. Married to a great Christian man I met at our current church. I have to just thank you for stepping forward with this powerful dose of medicine each day. There are times when I don’t get a chance to read my bible before I leave to work. But on my Blackberry when i get a break in the day i find the word, it never fails me. Get’s me through the day. Thank you and may God continue to bless you and your family……..

  118. Susan permalink

    I am from Oklahoma – USA. I am married for 29 years and have 2 children and both are grown now. I am going to be a grandma in July for the first time! Both my daughter and my daughter-in-law are expecting their first child in July! I am excited about being a grandma and pray that my grandchildren will be brought up in the Lord and be taught by Him. I grew up in church and thought I was saved, then I walked away when I got married. Looking back I did not truly surrender to Christ until 2000. From that point on my life has been changing daily. I love the Lord with all my heart and a desire to know His word has been growing in me. Thank you for doing the Bible challenge.
    My prayer for myself and everyone else that is reading the Bible with you this year is that we will receive the Word of the Lord in our mind, hearts, and our spirit. That we will receive understanding and wisdom along with knowledge as we study. That His word will root and grow and be established in us. That He will know us and we will know Him more every single day. That Holy Ghost will be our teacher daily.
    God bless you

  119. Sheila permalink

    I am a wife, mother and grandmother and more importantly a child of the Living God, a Christian since I was 9 years old. I live in West Virginia, USA all my life, mostly in the same house and almost entirely in the same small town. I love life so much that it hurts. Try to stay active (went sled riding tonight at the age of 57) and had a blast. Enjoy life but am troubled by the condition of the world spiritually. I love your post everyday and want to give you some encouragement to continue your facebook ministry. I try to repost most of your stuff to my friends because I want to share in their knowledge and growth in Christ. You are a blessing to us in facebook land so please stay strong in the Lord and continue your ministry here.

  120. Jono permalink

    G’day Pastor Mark,
    Can’t believe you are from sandgroper territory! My name is Jono and I have lived in Perth all my life (nearly 38). I have a beautiful wife and 3 great kids 4, 7 and 8. My wife signed me up on FB a few months ago (to stop me from using hers) and put me onto your blog recently. Although I’ve just started this year with your blog it has given me renewed focus on the Lord especially as I work away up north in a remote camp for 2 weeks at a time (then home for 2 weeks) and it can get you down at times, esp with no fellowship as such. It’s great to read what you write – it’s honest and it connects our daily lives to what the Lord wants to do in us and for others. Thanks so much. God’s blessing on you, your family and your ministry.
    Cheers mate.
    P.S Where is your home church?

  121. Cathy Evans permalink

    Good morning Pastor Mark,

    I appreciate you sharing a little background information about yourself. You family is darling. I pray that God surrounds you with His traveling grace and mercy as well as dispatch warring angels to go before you and make the crooked paths straight as you return home. I pray that God will open doors for you and allow your gifts to make room for you.

    I am here in the US. Though, I was born on an army base in El Paso, I was reared in Dallas, and now reside in Houston. I was recently divorced last year and, like you, have 3 sons and 1 daughter; however, all are adults. I also have three grandsons. Unlike you I don’t have any daiper changing or napping to do any more, but I do have to be sure that the fish are fed daily. LOL! The fish tend be quiet and do not have any preferred music or any thing. However, I do have to ensure that are fighting or trying to eat one another. LOL

    I injured my back at work last year so I do not get to enjoy running or walking these days. I am still able to collect rocks since I have friends that travel. I don’t have any from New Zealand or Australia. I do have some from Africa and Paris. I founded a non-profit faith based organization 9 years ago.
    I love outreach and have been recognized as a leader in the Methodist Church. This translates to Evangelist/teacher.

    I enjoy your posts and appreciate your work. I share your information with my other friends on FB and have seen that many have joined your group and have become fans. Continued blessings and favor.

  122. melanie permalink

    im so blessed with your family…so great and wonderful. im melanie they usually call me lanie. im a filipino and at present working here in singapore ass a nurse in a nursing home…at times i feel im spiritually empty and seems like something is missing in me that i can not find…since i found this site it always reminds me to read my bible with the help of the reflections being posted,, thanks to that! Godbless and more power…

  123. victoria wrightson permalink

    Hi Mark, my name is Victoria and I live in glorious Yorkshire, England. Your family look beautiful and its a testament to what God is doing in your life. I am married to a lovely christian husband and we have two little girls 4 and 16 months old. I Love reading your blogs and being inspired, and also reading other people’s comments from all corners of the world. I Pray that God continues to direct you in all that you do.
    Also impressed that your early years were spent watching blue peter!!!So no matter what life throws at you there will always be the knowledge that sticky-double-sided tape can create almost anything x

  124. Chrissie Minton permalink

    Hi Mark
    I’m from England. I’m married and have 4 kids (2 boys, 2 girls) – all grown up now but I remember the loud house and busyness of young kids and then the even louder house with teenagers. It’s very quiet now! No grandchildren yet.
    I do appreciate your postings. I find them so real and fresh and I thank God for giving you the vision and dedication to use the internet in this way. You are reaching so many people. May you stay close to Him and know His direction for the future. Bless you.

  125. Sara Bessey permalink

    Hi Mark,
    You have a beautiful family. Joy is evident in your pictures and in your posts! I am married, live in California, USA and have a stepson with a family of his own including 2 grandkids. We also have 2 adopted children ages 13 and 11. We will be fostering again with the hopes of adopting more. I also homeschool our children. My husband and I manage an apartment complex. Being a carpenter he does all the maintenace/remodeling while I run the office. This site has been such a ministering place for me! Thank you for your faithfulness and commitment. May the Lord bless you and shine upon you and your family! Blessings…Sara

  126. Gina Yosores Esguerra-Anida permalink

    I always admire couples who are not only passionate about the Lord but also passionate about their families. It speaks a lot about their passion for people and for the lost, the very core of missions work. In light with our times, your Fb ministry takes you to a higher level in reaching all of us accross the globe and I’m thankful that you are reaching out to me in such a special and unique ministry online. Your’e highly appreciated and seeing pics of your wonderful family gives me warmth and encouragement. . . . . I used to be a Christian broadcaster but God has many surprises and with his surprises He provides enablement. I do mostly financial work now in our church, so far out from my field which is Mass Communications. I don’t cry now to the Lord that I hate Math but I try to be a good and responsible steward of His resources. And yes, I’ve graduated already from feeding bottles to changing nappies! Now, it’s a battle of faith as I try to lead my soon to be teens toward God’s purposes for them. It’s not easy but daily I see God’s grace as people like you remind me to keep my heart firmly in Him. Keep up the good work and take heart, God has His best purposes for us always, in His time.

  127. Hai chris…i am from Malaysia and i am just 18 but your story really give me inspirations and strengthen my faith towards God….love to have people that really work hard for God…though i knows that we faced many kind of obstacles everyday,but am very glad because i have Jesus with me and people like you and friends together with me to face it…thank you for sharing us about you and your family and words of God…may Jesus bless u and your family…..

  128. Christopher Toland permalink

    Wow, It didn’t take long to turn your ‘Journey Deeper into God’s Word’ series into yet another shameless self-promotion gimmick…. I was hoping just ONCE a modern pastor was in it for selfless reasons. I guess the modern limelight is just too much of a temptation. Good luck building your Kingdom…

    • Kelley Gallagher permalink

      Seriously Christopher????? Didn’t your mother teach you if you can’t say anything nice don’t say anything at all? Jealously does not become you. What are you doing to further God’s kingdom and encourage His people??? Stomping on His kids and trying to cause them to stumble doesn’t count 😦

      • Peggy Thompson permalink

        Dear Kelly,
        Don’t think of it as a stumbling block, think of it as a stepping stone.Juts like in the song.Climb right up on top and take a good look at where we’re going. This isn’t going to slow us down tie us up or turn us around it ain’t no stumbling block it’s just a stepping stone.AMEN!!!

  129. Kelley Gallagher permalink

    Hi Mark! I am a 47 year old divorced-again, single mom of 2 beautiful young adult kids: Tiffany 26 and Jordan 23. I am originally from New Orleans, LA (USA) but now live in Wilmington, NC (USA). I am inspired by your devotion and service to our Heavenly Father and by your encouragement of all our brothers and sisters in Christ so that we can endure successfully to the end of this marathon we call life. You will one day hear the voice of God saying “Well done my good and faithful servant!” God Bless you and your beautiful family! May your life be rich with love, peace and the joy of the Holy Spirit! Your sis, Kelley

  130. Lonnie permalink

    Pastor Mark:
    Thanks for giving your life to Christ. It is touching people far and wide, making the Bible available in the same sense as the publication of the King James Version. Remarkable. Praise God for His Word and those who love and share it.
    I have worked on or around computers since their grandfather was as large as a bus and had to be programed with toggle switches. The first screens came about hooked to a main-frame and were limited by the main frame. Personal computers are a wonderful invention. Look at the abilities available from our own homes, no matter the remoteness. Thank you and your staff and the Society for claiming this instrument for God.
    There are not too many atheist or scoffers in the poor part of town in any city, you have to go uptown or on a college campus to meet most of them. Today, they are bringing their assaults to the Bible. Their intention is to rid the world of the belief in God. In their distorted view God is loosely defined. They may know a chosen profession, but that profession is neither the pulpit or theology. They do not know the Bible or it’s author. Your discussion board and your wall are my witness.
    Not having witnessed about creation and defending the authenticity of the Bible in normal life for so many years I thought I had become dull. (and probably had), but in reading the discussion board and seeing the assaults, I jumped in. Proverbs says a man meddling into matters not his concern is like taking a dog by the ears. That is the feeling I had when a concerted move was made against my post. I thought I had gotten involved in something I was not qualified to debate.
    After prayerful consideration, things began to clear up. This was the old arguments now made to look fresh with new data. An old enemy with a younger face. The changing of definitions of words was new. Their claim of new evidence causing the meaning of words to change sort of threw me until I considered the word, “dumb”. It that were the case, then “dumb” would have to be re-defined continuously. Such are their smoke and mirror arguments.
    Google slays their hi-tech arguments as well as ministries who deal with defending the faith.
    This was suppose to be about me…and it is…the Bible is a part of my life, if I can just stay out of the Lord’s way.

  131. I have lived in Alabama all my life and i have been a Pharmacy Technician for 17+yrs (sick of it!!!) Right now I am attempting to substitute teach and return to college with the hopes of getting a teaching degree (Elementary Edu.). Single….God had not pointed out my wife yet, so i am still looking and have fun with my friends. Love to visit the Beach and The Smoky Mountians, also love to cook- I have catered a couple of weddings and anniversaries.

  132. Peggy permalink

    G’day Rev. Mark,
    I’m Peggy in Nokesville, Virginia, USA. A native of East Tennessee, I landed in the Northern Virginia area when my husband was assigned to work in the Pentagon during his Army career. I enjoy absorbing your messages every day, especially since you began with the book of James, my favorite, and thank you for your efforts. And I have friends in Australia! Pastor John Simpson (an Aussie) was our interim pastor for six weeks and helped lead my husband to Christ–PTL!!–and a young pastoral family from that church moved to Australia to work with Pastor John. Love the Aussies & love how daily devotionals so often refer directly to something that’s occuring in my life right at that precise moment—can’t be mere coincidence! Since I’m homebound with frequent seizure activity, your blog is such an amazing blessing. Thank you so much for reaching out through the Internet!

  133. Robin Wood permalink

    I am looking forward to this next year and walking with you through God’s words.
    About Me….I was born in Rochester, NY. My dad was in the Air Force so I lived in Guam until I was about 2 years old, Orlando, Florida next, Vandenburg Air Force next. Dad got out of the Air Force and we moved to Honeoye, NY. I have three brothers and two sisters. Both of my parents are deceased. Both died of different types of cancer. I am the middle girl.
    I have been married twice. My first marriage produce two very beautiful children. The oldest, Crieda (pronounced Cree Da) is married and in the Navy. She and her husband have given me a beautiful granddaughter named Marion after my mom and are now working on number two. My son, Brandon got married this past August to a beautiful young lady, Kris. They met at a Presbyterian Church camp where they were both counselors. Brandon works for an organization called Eckhert Youth Alternatives, which is a year round camp for troubled kids. This is like their last stop to get themselves straight .
    My second husband, walked out on me this past April. So now it is just Achilles (my dog) and I. When the college near me is in session I have a young lady who lives with me and commutes to and from classes. Kat is a daughter of a very good friend of mine. Two other friends have ask if the daughters can live with me if they go to Longwood University.
    I belong to Keysville United Methodist Church. I sing in the choir….they will let anyone sing. Our choir calls ourselves the Skee Gees and our choir directors name is Skee. I belong to our Friday night Bible Study which has people from others along with mine. We call ourselves the Friday Night Followers. I have been to many different churches in my life but at Keysville United Methodist I have truly found a home. My minister and church family as almost as awesome as God.

  134. I live in Fayetteville, North Carolina (in the U.S.) and I work as the Children’s Choir Director and the Youth Praise Performance Team, crossBOW at my church, Culbreth Memorial United Methodist Church. I also sing in our praise band. I love Jesus. I love to praise His name. I would rather sing than eat, LOL! Mark, you encourage me daily. I pray that God will continue to bless you, your ministry, and your family.

  135. THELMA MAY SEDDON permalink

    Dear Rev. Mark Brown, Thanks for the picture of your wife and the one you and the children. Truly, the Lord does bless us and too many times I overlook it. I miss when there is not a Bible reading and comment on Facebook. It and through many things happening in our world I am encouraged as never before to pray more and I want to be bold for the Lord Jesus Christ. I am retired and live with my husband and son in a city which seems to be growing faster than probably it should. My Husband has been and still is involved with LIVING WATERS Minstry which is directed by Ray Comfort ,who came from New Zealand in 1989. Early in 2000 Kirk Cameron joined in this work. Truly, I would hope that maybe one day in the not so far future that maybe you, Rev. Mark Brown would either e-mail or call this work and see how maybe you all can work together in the work for The Lord, In His Beautiful Name, Thelma

  136. Sylvain Brochu permalink

    Hi Rev Mark,
    I’m from Canada, in a place where does live a lot of French Canadian (like me!). I also have a wonderful wife and three kids (11, 12 and 14 years old). Thanks for your presence in Facebook, and your godly devoted life.
    You have a great and awesome family.
    May our God bless you,

    Sylvain

  137. Dina permalink

    Hello Rev. Mark Brown. I am very happy to know that there are like you to allow God to use you to spread the Gospel through the internet. Truly there are no limits with regards to spread the good news. As the waters covers the sea so is the word of God. In my understanding the water represent the word of God and the sea are the people.

    1Pet 1:24- “All flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of the grass. The grass withers, and its flowers falls away, But the word of the Lord endures forever.”

    God bless you and more power to your ministry.
    Dina

  138. Jaimee permalink

    Hi, im 19, and live in a small town in Taranaki, New Zealand. I go to university in otago, this year i will be studying physiotherapy. I have 3 brothers, so i’m the only girl. oldest too. We are 2 sets of twins. (I’m older by 8mins) and the other 2 boys are 17. my dad left when i was 8, my mum became a christian after that, so i have grown up believing and living my life following Jesus and being a leader in my church and youth group. when i go back to otago i will be a leader of a life group(small group) and bakefor the cafe after nite church(student church) and looking after kids for a bit so the mums can have life group. i love to Serve, i am really out ther and friendly. My brothers and dad don’t believe so it is quite hard. But my mum has now met a man who is a christian and the are getting married, he is a great man of christ.

    I love reading your blogs, because i find it hard to break down what the bible is actually saying. And its good to hear about others struggles so i feel like im not the only one out there with them. my biggest stuggle is my brothers. eg right now writing this comment they wont let me have the light on to make typing easier.

    Thank you for being motivational and inspirational.
    God bless
    Jaimee

  139. Jill Swainson permalink

    Mark, it’s nice to learn about you and your family. I looked on the NZ Bible Society website and saw you on there. There is a whole list of people involved in the ministry but not one of them is from an ethnic background (Maori for example). I could only see “white middle class” kind of people featured. Is that a fair reflection of NZ society? Why are there no black people? Does your ministry reach out to the Maori people and if so what kind of impact are you making.

    For the record, I live in Gloucester, UK with my husband and I am a legal secretary. Both my children are grown up and have their own homes and partners. My daughter is expecting my first grandchild soon which we are very excited about.

    I love reading your devotionals because they are so honest and raw – you hold nothing back. The Christian walk is not an easy one and you encourage me very much. Keep shining the light in the darkness because the evil one is working all out to keep people in darkness and error and you are doing a vital work. God bless you and your family.

  140. Gina Wright permalink

    Hi! I am 41 and am a single mommy living in Guthrie, Oklahoma. I moved here after being in the Oklahoma City area/metro for about 10 years. After my daughter arrived and started approaching school age (she is 3 1/2), I wanted to move her to a more quiet, smaller town. God lives in our lives in every aspect. I try to teach my daughter (and son who is 25!) everything I can about God. He has gotten me through so many trials that I can’t pick a place to begin. He has given me such wonderful friends and family. Although I go through alot, I have alot. I truly believe that God has my life planned and everything that has happened to me and my family is what He has intended. I am the person I am today because of Him. God truly is great!

  141. Felicia permalink

    I am Felicia, from Costa Rica, Central America. I am a divorced grandmother of 5 beautiful grand-kids, mother of 1 girl and 3 boys. I am glad to know more about you. Thank you for sharing with us some of your personal life. I love your blog. Every morning I love reading your Journey Deeper into God’s Word. The Word comes fresh and always as the food I need. Thank you for your precious time. God bless you and and your beautiful family. Enjoy your holidays. P.S. I do like Blue Peter.

  142. sandhya varsha permalink

    Dear sir,
    im sandhya,from India(hyderabad).im doing my mbbs.im converted but still at times ill not be able to cope up when everything around me is evil.plz pray for me that i may be watchful nd have a sanctified life.
    thank you.

  143. john permalink

    thank you for your inspiration God bless you so much. any way i could volunteer i could appreciate very much

  144. Hello, Thank you for your ministry. I have been led to it by a friend. The title reflects what I am called to do – journey deeper, should be everyones goal right! I am a coffee roaster led by the Lord to serve him through my works. My coffee is trademarked Coffee For Christ. From the sales of coffee, donations are make to christian organizations like Compassion, World Vision, Show Hope, etc to help further the work they are doing. Scripture appears on my label as the Lord has designed the packaging, he continues to lead me on this journey and I pray it makes a difference. He opened up doors for this to begin, freeing up some of my time, having my own coffee house close due to the economy, but I trust in him, what an amazing God we serve and I am so excited to be focusing on him through my coffee work on a daily basis. I pray that with the Billions drinking coffee, many can come to support our Lord while enjoying their cup of Joe. What a difference it can make. Have a richly blessed trip with your family and I thank you again.

  145. karen permalink

    Hi Mark
    My name is Karen and I live in the Caribbean on an island called Trinidad and Tobago. I am married with one child(a boy) who’s 4. i really appreciate the work you’re doing even though I don’t check my e-mail everyday, so i would read maybe 2 or 3 of your msgs a day. I teach Spanish in a secondary school in my country and I would like 2 know what my purpose is in God’s Kingdom. I feel Him calling me out but I’m unsure of what I have 2 do but I’m really happy that I subscribed to these msgs because you are helping me alot. Thank you so much.

    P.s. You have a beautiful family:)!!!!! Sorry 4 the late reply….:)

  146. Lisa permalink

    Hi Bro. Mark! I live in Kentucky! We have accents too (lol) or so I have been told. I think I sound normal. I have been married for 22 years. Three children. Kayla, 20, Michael, 17 and Hannah, 9. I really enjoy reading your posts and get so much out of them. Keep up the good work.

    God’s Blessings on you and your family.

  147. Anna permalink

    My name is Anna. I live in portland oregon, in the USA. I was born and raised as a Catholic and late in my teen years I questioned my faith with God. I questioned all that my parents taught me to believe… I decided my life was mine and even if there was a God I knew nothing of the God I know today. As a catholic my parents never taught me to read the bible nor did i even own one.

    The year before I had my son, back in 2003 I committed my life to Christ, asked Him into my life, accepted Him as my savior and asked for forgiveness for the way I had been living. It was then I found who God was, and found that I could have a personal relationship with Him and eternal life with Him.

    I am married for 13 yrs this may. I can not say happily but we are working on it through the grace of God. I have a lot of issues I am dealing with to be the Godly wife God wants me to be, and the whole submission and nasty tongue are my weapon. God continually convicts me and I know these are areas I need to work on.

    I have a wonderful 5 yr old son. We made the decision this year to home school him. I am a nurse and full time student trying to finish my RN degree.

  148. MaryMarthaKay permalink

    Hi Bro. Mark …. you have a beautiful wife and awesome children. What a blessing for each of you. How wonderful that your wife home schools. I am in Arkansas, USA home of the Arkansas Razorback’s; married for 31 yrs next week, (my husband is a Sheriff) we have 6 children married with children ( 3 boys, 3 girls) 14 grandchildren with one due in May, and 1great-granddaughter one yr old; one dog and 4 horses. I was forced to retire March ’09 after 30 yrs on the job at SBC/AT&T ( I was 1 of 12,000 they let go @downsizing) …. but the LORD has taken care of me all this time and He still is now. I love the Lord and I journal, write parables and poems as the LORD leads. I write material for skits that my sister and I do for local women’s groups and churches.

    How encouraging it is to read your daily devotions and insights and all the comments and testimonies of all those participating on this site. God bless every work of your hands today and everyday and of everyone on this site. God BLESS U. “IN 2010 WE WIN, and that isn’t the only WON!”

  149. Amanda permalink

    Hi Reverend Mark, first, just thank you very much for taking the time and posting these lessons every day and helping everyone to grow in their faith while you do as well.
    Well, I just turned 17 and I live in a town outside of Dallas, Texas. I go to a Methodist church that I’ve been a part of for about 8 years. I feel so blessed to be in this particular church because most of the people are extremely welcoming and it’s a very small church and loving church. The youth however has been on the verge of completely falling apart for many years now but I just pray that the break through we’re having right now truly sees through so that we can contintue to learn about, worship, and praise God together with peers. Along with our youth, every summer (and now winter as well) we meet up with 2 other churches (one from Odessa, Texas, outside of Midland, and another in a town outside of Austin, Texas) and we go places that look as if people shouldn’t be living there because the devastation of the land and homes is just crazy. The times I’m with these people and when I’m able to help people are the highlights of my year. We call it our “mission trip highs.” After and during our mission trips, we all feel so extremely close to God and like we can change the world. But eventually that high dies down. Last weekend, we went on a retreat with those 2 churchs and I’ve seen through everyone that this is a different high, this high feels like it can last much longer and hopefully all year, every year, for the rest of our lives.
    I’m still working on the details of becoming closer to God, I still have a problem reading the Bible just because I’m not a “reader” and I always tend to get caught up in everything else, but I have been reading your lessons, and thinking a lot of what I can do to stay and get even closer to God and to help others get and stay closer to God. Thank you for helping me and everyone on our journey to get to closer to God and understand Him more. By God, you’re a blessing in my life.
    -Amanda

    • Nancy permalink

      Mark—thank you for what you are doing! I am digging deeper with you, and appreciate your efforts here!

      Amanda—I too live just outside of Dallas, though I am much older than you are. I too am Methodist in small church. We are all on a walk with God… that we hope brings us closer to God every day. My email is lohmannj@gmail.com if you want to drop me a note.. there is a retreat you may also be interested in (a couple actually) that may help you continue in your journey so that “high” will last longer and longer! In His Love, Nancy

  150. Susan permalink

    Hi Pastor Mark! I am Susan and I have a wonderful husband and a beautiful daughter Olivia who turns 14 next month. I came across your FB video and was so taken in by it.

    In 2006 I was diagnosed with Chronic Kidney disease and was put on dialysis in 2009. I had always believed in God and attended a Catholic church but wasn’t really getting much out of it. My entire life I had always been trying to feel a void with material things but of course it never worked. After being diagnosed I prayed God would give me the strength to get through my situation and get through it without anger or resentment. During my time on Dialysis I really started to feel the pull of God and needing him in my life. In October of 2009 I found a Christian Church that I loved and gave my heart to Christ in November the same year. During this time I was on a waiting list in Portland Oregon for a kidney transplant. My husband had posted “My” story on FB hoping we’d receive prayers and I think he was hoping someone would come forward although I was content on waiting my turn. During that same October I started going to Church I received a phone call from a friend I hadn’t spoken to since Middle School( 20 something years). She tested, was a match and donated her kidney to me in January 2010, 3 days before my birthday!

    Praise the Lord and the way he works!! All in his perfect timing. God worked a true miracle right before my eyes. I would never take back what I went through because it brought me to Jesus.

    My husband and I had always wanted a larger family but the illness took four years away from us ( we were married in 2004 I was diagnosed the end of 2005….Olivia is from a previous marriage.) So now we are in the process of trying to adopt which we are very excited about! We both pray that this will be Gods will for us. If you could say a prayer for us that we will find favor in a Birth Mothers eyes we would so appreciate it!

    Thanks for taking the time to get to know me and sorry for such the long message:o)

    May you and your family always be blessed!

  151. Paige permalink

    Dear Reverend Mark,

    I just watched your you tube video concerning being tired and weary and letting Jesus take your burden. Jesus is holding me right now because he knows how much I need him. I am one of many people who live on the Gulf of Mexico and have seen the devastation an oil spill can cause. Please say a special prayer for all those affected by the spill. I trust in the Lord my God with all my heart, with all my soul and with all my mind. I know he will bring all of us through this disaster.

    Thank you,

    Yours in Christ,
    Paige Killeen

  152. It’s a really great thing to read a blog entry as great and informative as this one, very inspiring as well. Keep it up inspiring many people by your blog posts because it’s really refreshing to be able to read one everyday.

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