Posts with the category “pastor-mark”
How Will They Hear Unless Someone Tells Them?
by Mark Anderson on June 30th, 2021
I recently had a spiritual conversation with a man and I asked him a series of questions to understand his belief system. He said his spirituality lately was more about going into the woods and feeling close nature. I asked him if he used that time to pray to God or to connect to someone or something bigger than him. He said that he did. So my next question was about what this God was like in his ...
The Hope of the Resurrection
by Mark Anderson on March 26th, 2021
“For if the dead are not raised, not even Christ has been raised. And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is worthless; you are still in your sins. Those, then, who have fallen asleep in Christ have also perished. If we have put our hope in Christ for this life only, we should be pitied more than anyone.” 1 Corinthians 15:16-19The Christian faith hinges on the resurrection of Jesus. The abo...
Connecting Counseling to Disciple-Making
by Mark Anderson on February 25th, 2021
“Plans fail when there is no counsel, but with many advisers they succeed.” Proverbs 15:22 (CSB)In the beginning part of February, we had 14 individuals who participated virtually in the Biblical Counseling Training Conference from Lafayette, Indiana. These trainees spent 40+ hours learning what it means to connect Biblical principles to real life. As Paul tells Timothy in 2 Timothy 3:16-17, “All ...
Who Do You Trust in Times of Worry and Fear?
by Mark Anderson on January 27th, 2021
Today, many are very concerned and confused about our future. One of the famous quotes by Donald Rumsfeld, who was the Secretary of Defense under Presidents Gerald Ford and President George W. Bush, said, “As we know, there are known knowns—things we know we know. We also know there are known unknowns—things we know we don’t know. But there are also unknown unknowns—things we don’t know we don’t k...
A Christmas to Remember
by Mark Anderson on November 27th, 2020
As we go into the Christmas season, it will be different than any other year we have experienced. It will definitely be memorable.Even in our era of internet connections, we may feel less connected than ever before. We have experienced upheaval, strife, and division in our world. There has been widespread loneliness, entering into hospitals alone, and limited in-person contact with family and frie...
Serving for the Glory of God
by Mark Anderson on October 29th, 2020
Father Damien, a Catholic priest from Belgium, served 16 years as a pastor and physician to a leper colony in Hawaii. The lepers had been deported to the island of Molokai by the government and seeing the miserable conditions, Father Damien volunteered to minister there. During those years of service, he improved water conditions, started two orphanages, and provided spiritual and physical comfort...
Peace in the Midst of Division
by Mark Anderson on September 17th, 2020
This election cycle we feel there are high stakes. There is much division. We're very worried about what happens if one candidate or another gets elected or one party or another gets more power. We have 24-hour news media outlets that play worst-case scenarios everyday. Social media and radio are full of opinions and arguments.In a world where we are looking for hope, is it possible that we contin...
The Tongue, a Key To Our Hearts
by Mark Anderson on August 21st, 2020
We have had several Connect groups getting together throughout the summer. These are small groups gathering to encourage one another, pray for one another, and are learning together how our faith in Christ works out practically, in our daily lives. We have been going through the book of James, which has been powerful in helping us do just this.One of the topics that has come up in our study has be...
How Prayer Affects Us
by Mark Anderson on July 23rd, 2020
“First of all, then, I urge that petitions, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for everyone, for kings and all those who are in authority, so that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity. This is good, and it pleases God our Savior, who wants everyone to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.”1 Timothy 2:1-4 (CSB)Paul wrote these words to Timo...
How Will You Finish Your Story?
by Mark Anderson on July 2nd, 2020
“Saving Mr. Banks” is a delightful film about the story of Walt Disney trying to work with P.L. Travers, the author of “Mary Poppins” to put her story to film. The two clash in every way. Disney is flamboyant and bold and Travers is demanding and persnickety, seemingly without any humor and extremely difficult. The story reveals that “Mary Poppins” was written more about her father than anything e...
A Challenge for The Church in Challenging Times
by Mark Anderson on May 28th, 2020
There have been many challenges for the Church in our current situation in the world. Many questions are being asked within the Church as a whole and in our nation. When is it “safe” to get back together as local church bodies? How do we transition? How do we somehow remain connected? How do we care for the hurting or grieving? What risks should we being taking? How should we present ourselves to ...
For Such a Time as This
by Mark Anderson on April 28th, 2020
In the historical account of Esther recorded in the Bible, King Xerxes, King of Persia, made Esther Queen of his kingdom. She was a Jewess and won favor with the King. She had a very difficult decision to make. A man named Haman, who had a high position in Xerxes’ kingdom, persuaded the King to annihilate the Jewish people in the kingdom because of his hatred for Queen Esther’s Uncle Mordecai and ...
Time to Pause
by Mark Anderson on March 18th, 2020
In our world today, we have been forced to pause. It has obviously had a big effect on businesses and the like, but we, as Americans, have filled our lives up with busyness. The Church is often no different. In our rapid moving world and schedules, we do not take the time to pause. We do not take the time to prioritize and think about what is most important. We just go about our days on the busy-m...
Trust in Trials
by Mark Anderson on February 1st, 2020
I shared this story with a men’s group recently but it is worth repeating. It is a true story and one that I saw with my own eyes. An elderly gentleman had a wife with Alzheimer’s disease and when he could no longer take care of her alone, she moved into the nursing home in town. Every day, without fail, the man came in to see his wife. She no longer recognized who he was but nothing ever deterred...
Healthy Fruit for the New Year
by Mark Anderson on January 1st, 2020
As we look to another year, many will make new year's resolutions. Most of them won’t last very long. We often lack the desire or willpower to sustain our good intentions. It is part of our human nature.Two programs that are well advertised for the New Year are exercise and weight loss programs. Some of these programs are certainly helpful. There can also be some great benefit to these programs si...