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

See no one but Jesus!

This morning during my devotion time I was reminded of the transfiguration of Jesus after He led Peter, James, and John up to a high mountain in Matthew 17. It was there that Jesus was transfigured and the three disciples saw the glory of God as Jesus face shined like the sun and his clothes were as white the light. It was during this that Moses and Elijah also appeared with Jesus talking to him as the three disciples witnessed this powerful and magnificent display of the glory of God.

Can you imagine what it must have been like to have been there with the disciples at the transfiguration? Peter responded to what he was witnessing by suggesting that three tabernacles be made so that they could worship Jesus, Moses, and Elijah. It’s easy to be critical of Peter but Mark’s gospel explained that it was fear that led Peter to suggest worshipping all 3 (Mark 9:6). While Peter was speaking a bright cloud covered them and a voice from the cloud said, “This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye him” (Matthew 17:5). When Peter, James, and John heard this they fell to the ground in fear and reverence which led Jesus to tell them to get up and to not be afraid.

What really spoke to me this morning was the fact that after Jesus told his three disciples to get up, they only saw Jesus. I can’t tell you LFBC how I’m praying for that every week for our church that we’ll only see Jesus! I know that Pastor’s, church staff, teachers, and leaders want to do great things for the Lord, but if man becomes the focus then we’re missing it! I ask you to join me in praying that Jesus would be what we see here at LFBC because He alone is worthy. We need Jesus, and Jesus is enough! Pray with me that we’ll encounter the living God through His power. I believe that when Jesus is all we see it will impact us and change us by the power of God for His glory and our good. We’ll never be the same again!

Love in Christ,

Pastor Mark

“And when they had lifted up their eyes, they saw no man, save Jesus only” (Matthew 17:8)