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What do you mean by a transformed life?

I like cars. I love those TV shows that show some beat up, rusty wreck being rescued from a junk yard. The show takes the viewer through the process of restoration. We see the rust being cut out, the whole car being sand blasted to remove corrosion, and bent parts being straightened, etc. The […]

By |August 12th, 2014|Power, Prayer|0 Comments

What is listening prayer?

Listening prayer is listening with the intent of hearing God’s message to us, for whatever He wants to say. It is not about getting our prayers answered. It is not about our needs or desires. It is focused on intimacy with God who is our loving Father. It does not seek information, wisdom or […]

By |August 8th, 2014|Prayer|0 Comments

How often do people in the church view a failure to get well as the fault of the sick person?

This is a serious problem and one that Shell and I have coped with personally during her 17 year illness. The “faith” community has taken the role of faith in healing prayer and exaggerated its importance to the point where it is treated as a magic formula. Just generate enough faith and God HAS TO […]

By |May 21st, 2014|Healing, Prayer|0 Comments

Enlarge my Territory

​​The following post is a collection of excerpts from Mark’s sermon. Listen to the podcast for the full sermon.

The Bible says that Jabez was an honorable man and from this we can deduce that his prayer for blessing and an enlarged territory was not a selfish prayer. He was asking for blessing in order […]

By |May 6th, 2014|Audio Series, Bible, Kingdom of God, Life, Prayer, selfishness|0 Comments

Is my desire to see the power of God selfish?

There is a tenet of Ignatian spirituality*[see note below] that when our hearts are generally inclined towards God [that we are generally consecrated to Him] the desires of our hearts are placed there by Him. If you have prayed a genuine prayer of consecration and your desire is to worship God, then you can trust […]

By |April 21st, 2014|Power, Prayer, selfishness|Comments Off

Does healing prayer depend on the faith of the person being prayed for?

Faith is a big part of healing but it isn’t the only factor. When it is the “cause” of the healing it is most often found in the faith of family and friends. This means that pastorally we should never place the burden for the lack of healing upon the sick person, BUT there […]

By |March 30th, 2014|Healing, Power, Prayer|Comments Off

Attracting God’s Blessing


We have been teaching a sermon series on blessing and focusing on being a blessing.  We have defined being a blessing as “passing on to others the blessings of God.” But before we pass them on we have to receive them. So how do we “attract” the blessings of God? […]

By |February 15th, 2014|Community, Jesus, Prayer, Unity|0 Comments

If God doesn’t want people sick- why shouldn’t we all just go to hospitals and heal everyone?

The timing of a healing is often as strategic to God’s plan as the healing itself. As I see it, our job is to pray and God’s job is to heal. The spiritual gifts of healing and miracles are not a credit card God gives us on one occasion and then says go out […]

By |January 30th, 2014|Bible, Healing, Power, Prayer|0 Comments

What can I do if I don’t feel I am communicating with God directly?

Dear Mark, I wanted to contact you and thank you for your help and prayers.

I have continued praying. However I am having a hard time at it. I feel that while praying I am talking to myself. I do not feel like I am communicating with God directly.

Mark, if you can think of any […]

By |January 15th, 2014|Prayer|2 Comments

Life of Jesus – Part 4 – Growing Up

This message looks at the part of Jesus’ life that is hard to look at because there is nothing to look at. There is nothing said between the time his parents take him to Egypt [and later to Nazareth] at the age of 2 or 3, until he is 12 years old, and then […]

By |October 28th, 2012|Jesus, Prayer|0 Comments