Surrender to Winner


Normally when you think of surrender you think of losing, but the greatest victory in anyone’s life is when they surrender to the Lord. Pictured is “Surrender Field” in Yorktown, VA where British General Cornwallis surrendered in 1781; the surrender essentially ended the fighting in the colonies and peace negotiations soon followed and the rest is history, our nation was born.

Years ago Valerie and I had the privilege of visiting Colonial Williamsburg and Yorktown Virginia. I loved every place we visited but my favorite stop was “Surrender Field.” It was chilling just trying to imagine the long line of over 7,000 British officers and men surrendering. When I think of that I can’t help but ask myself, “Am I fighting against the Lord and His will for my life?” The best thing I can do is stop fighting and start surrendering to the Lord. You know, no one ever loses when they surrender to the Lord. It’s a win every time!

The Lord won’t force us to surrender because He loves us that much, we are not puppets on a string, but He is worthy of our complete surrender and trust. The most rewarding and satisfying thing anyone will ever do is trust the Lord and completely surrender to Him. One of my favorite songs is “Hold Me Jesus” by Rich Mullins. My favorite part of the song is, “I”d rather fight you for something I don’t really want than take what you give that I need.” How true.

So let’s surrender our families, our jobs, our time, our money, our talents, our future, our lives, our all to Him…and we will be glad we did. I don’t know about you but ain’t it time we start winning? We win by surrender…surrender to the One who made us, the only One Who is worthy. We’ll be glad we did.

You are Valuable to God.

There are a lot of people hurting and battling depression in this world. I want you to know that you have so much worth and value to God that Jesus died for you so that you can have a personal, real relationship with God. Yes He loves you more than you can imagine. God will never hurt you, never leave you, and will always be with you no matter what.

The evil one wants to steal, kill, and destroy and “is a liar and the father of lies” (John 8:44), but through Jesus you can not only have life but an abundant life (John 10:10). Chose life. Chose Jesus. I encourage you to watch this video and be encouraged.

You’re never alone and you matter. The National Suicide…

I Need Thee…National Day Prayer

“I Need Thee Every Hour” for National Day of Prayer. We all want control as individuals and as a nation. Sometimes we feel as though we are self sufficient and we don’t need the Lord. Whether we realize it or not, we not only need the Lord every hour, we can’t even walk without Him.

I know many who are reading this are tired and hurting. I just want you to know I’m thinking of you right now and more importantly, I’m praying for you. God is faithful and He is able. Let’s all pray for each other and our nation that we each would realize our need to “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths” (Proverbs 3:5-6).
Love in Christ,
Pastor Mark


One thing that is constant in life is change. The problem is that most of us don’t enjoy change because we like familiarity, comfort zones, and habits. One of the most vivid examples of change is our children. We often say or hear others say about kids, “they grow up too fast!” We are especially reminded about that this time of year as the school year ends and our kids move on to the next grade which means different things to different families.  For some it means starting Kindergarten, for others it means moving on to middle school or high school, and for some it means graduation. During graduation time we love to pull out pictures and remember when…..where has the time gone? Well,  we can’t stop the fact that life is ever-changing. Of course change really kicks in gear after high school with different directions due to college, marriage, careers, and of course adding a few pounds and hair turning gray or turning loose. Ok I’ll stop!

Although there are constant changes in life, I want to remind you that our Great and Mighty God never changes! He is perfect and has no flaws or limitations! The author of Hebrews says that our Lord and Savior “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever” (Hebrews 13:8). The Psalmist wrote that the One that we look to for help, the One that keeps us neither sleeps nor slumbers (Psalm 121). Obviously we need to sleep, and while we sleep we are completely unaware of happenings around us. However, God is so much greater than us! Think about what The Prophet Isaiah wrote:

28 Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? there is no searching of his understanding. 29 He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength. 30 Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall: 31 But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint (Isaiah 40:28-31).

As we are reminded of change all around us, as we age and our strength becomes more and more limited, let these changes be a reminder that God never changes and He never grows tired or weary. May we remember the words of Isaiah that our great God will give strength to those who wait on Him! Certainly a God like this should be trusted.

To the class of 2015 let me congratulate you and encourage you to “be strong and courageous” in the Lord (Joshua 1:8) and to “trust in the Lord with all your heart!” (Proverbs 3:5). Please let the Lord be your source for salvation, strength, and guidance! We change and we have limitations but He is not like us for He is great, mighty, able, and faithful!

Love in Christ,

Pastor Mark