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

Back to the Ole Routine?

Last week I enjoyed some time away with my family while the kids were on spring break, and boy did we ever have a wonderful time! Isn’t it amazing how those times are the quickest weeks of the year? This morning when the alarm went off my first though was “time to get back into the old routine.” We are creatures of habit which is not really a bad thing because a routine that works each day gets us going and helps us see accomplish our daily tasks. But what about a spiritual routine?

A routine in our spiritual lives could lead to a focus on mechanics and going through the motions instead of a close personal walk with the Lord from our hearts. One consequence of “going through the motions” is getting over what Jesus did and continues to do for us. I pray that God will deliver us from a callused heart towards our Lord and Savior that can result from the same ole routine. I challenge every believer in Jesus to take time every day to think about the cross of Calvary and give God thanks every day for His Great love, his Great mercy, and His great power that saved us.

I can’t think of a better day to keep our relationship with Jesus fresh than on the Monday after Easter. I’m sure most of us took time during Easter to remember the cross and celebrate the empty tomb. Let’s not allow days to become months before we give thanks and praise to the Lord for all He did for us. His sacrifice on the cross is still effective and praise God the tomb is still empty! Let’s keep this fresh in our hearts and minds and never get over it! Just like Peter who went away from the tomb amazed, may we stay amazed at what our Lord and Savior has done for us (Luke 24:12).

Love in Christ,