04-22-12 Sunday Morning

Freedom from/Freedom to: Freed to Love IV.mp3

Stir it up!PDF

Key Texts:

  • Deut. 30:6
  • II Thess. 3:5
  • I Jn. 4
  • Hosea 1-3; Hosea 11

This song is an example of a love-life with our God and Father. It is a far cry from the tired cliche’ “Christianity is not a religion, it’s a relationship”. Virtually everyone I know who has ever said those words (including me)  never lived it’s truth. It is not until the heart hears the Father proclaim His love regularly that we will ascend to the revelation of those words and take our final rest in them by complete reliance and rest within His ever present, ever persistent, passionate, devoted love for us!

This song is a terrific example of inviting God to do what I just said above – ask Him to tell you over and over and over of His love for you – faithfully reminding you of who you are as His beloved, until the day when you finally, REALLY believe it!

“To declare Your lovingkindness in the morning, And Your faithfulness every night”
(Psa 92:2)

“Cause me to hear Your lovingkindness in the morning, For in You do I trust; Cause me to know the way in which I should walk, For I lift up my soul to You.” 
(Psa 143:8)

 

 

 

 

 

Hi I am Pastor Mark...

I have been a pastor for nearly 30 years now (2018), though never quite like I am today. (more on that in a moment)

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As to my home, I have been married since 1995 to my wonderful wife Terissa Woodson who is my best friend, greatest personal support and most valued aid.
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As far as my education goes, I grew up in a Christian home, but questioned everything I was ever taught. I graduated from Bible college in 1990 and continued to question everything I was ever taught (I do not mention my college in order to avoid being labeled). Perhaps my greatest preparation for ministry has been life and ministry itself. To quote an author I have come to enjoy namely Fredrick Buechner in his writing entitled, Now and Then,

"If God speaks to us at all other than through such official channels as the Bible and the church, then I think that He speaks to us largely through what happens to us...if we keep our hearts open as well as our ears, if we listen with patience and hope, if we remember at all deeply and honestly, then I think we come to recognize beyond all doubt, that, however faintly we may hear Him, He is indeed speaking to us, and that, however little we may understand of it, His word to each of us is both recoverable and precious beyond telling."

~ Fredrick Buechner

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By 2009 I’d been Pastoring for nearly 20 years. Earlier in 2009 the Lord revealed to me that the way we had structured our church was not in keeping with the New Testament. This was a shock to me and it is was a revelation that did not come all at once but over the course of a few weeks.

We were a traditional single pastor led congregation. It was a top-bottom model of ministry which is in part biblical, but not in the form of a monarchy.

The needed change did not come into focus until about 9 very intense months of study and discussions with those who were leaders in our church at the time.

We believe the Bible teaches co-leadership with equal authority in each local assembly and though we currently only have one Pastor/Elder, it is our desire that God, in His faithfulness and timing, may bring us more as we grow in maturity and even in numbers. Having multiple shepherds with God's heart and equal authority protects both Shepherds and sheep. Equal accountability keep authority and doctrine in check. Multiple shepherds also provides teaching with various styles and giftings with leadership skills which are both different and complementary.

Well that is about all there is of interest to tell you about me. I hope our ministry here is a blessing to you and your family. I also hope that it is only a supplement to a local church where you are committed to other believers in a community of grace.

~God Bless!