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Mark Pierce
Mansfield, Ohio
Living life to the fullest, in relationship with God, family and friends.
Interests: speaking, relationships, writing, church leadership, recumbent bicycle riding
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Have you ever considered that Jesus' Last Supper was also his First Communion? Yeah, that one boggled my mind too when I thought about it. Continue reading
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Sunday we'll talk a little more about our prayer lives, but let me give you an insider's "sermon in a sentence." Instead of ending our prayer time with "Amen," let's end our prayers with "All in!" Continue reading
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The second mistake we make when considering the story of Judas is to apply the betrayal to Judas only. Who among us reads the story of Judas and puts our own name in Judas' place? Continue reading
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October 31, 1517 is the date that Martin Luther's 95 thesis was nailed to the Wittenberg Church doors - and commonly accepted as the beginning of the Protestant Reformation. I'm guessing that most of us don't know too much about those beginnings. Not sure, you say? Let me ask you this. If you consider yourself a Protestant, (you do attend a Protestant church, after all) do you know what you are protesting? Continue reading
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The Walkers plan to have a big bonfire. There will be hot dogs, chips, drinks and Smores over the fire! They will have cornhole set up so you can play. You can come and stay the whole time or just pop in and visit for little bit Continue reading
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Let’s be a great team around Sheri tomorrow night. Show up at the church by 4pm. We begin serving meals at 5pm. Continue reading
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Have you ever noticed that one good question is worth a thousand pat answers? We like answers because answers give us a sense of being right, and we like to think we are right. Questions make us feel uncertain, and we don’t like feeling uncertain. However, easy answers can actually jeopardize spiritual growth. How so? Well I suggest you show up for Church Requel Sunday morning at 11am as we discover Kingdom Jeopardy - where all the answers are questions! Continue reading
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The principal pulled out his 5-foot wooden paddle from his closet. There were holes in the paddle to cut down on the wind resistance. His appliance of corporal punishment was lacquered and shiny, as if he had been polishing it all day just for me. Continue reading
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What is our criteria for the people we follow? Do we have any? Is it their political views? Their willingness to shock us? Their love life? Why do we follow the people we follow? Continue reading
Tim - I'm glad it was helpful to you! - Mark
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Not only did they not know of any septenary marriages (trust me, if men ever did come up with the idea it would have been one man and seven women, not the other way round), these Sadducees didn't even believe in the resurrection - a much more plausible idea than the possibility of the seventh brother ever actually marrying the 6-time brother-cide widow. Continue reading
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Is it possible that there is a wicked craftiness behind the scenes that could be responsible for our divisiveness? How should we as Christians respond - especially when we feel our cause to be so right? Continue reading
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At Church Requel, we want to support the American Red Cross in their relief efforts. You may make donations in one of two ways. Continue reading
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This week we consider happiness and joy. As Americans we say we have the right to pursue happiness. As Christ-followers, I say God is righteous to pursue us - and that pursuit we call joy! My happiness is often dependent upon my circumstances. Let's face the truth that our circumstances are not always happy ones. But God's pursuit of us? God's love for us? Always dependable and always a cause for joy! Continue reading
Thank you for taking this journey with me. Thank you for believing in me. Thank you for supporting me and loving me and encouraging me. I am not deserving of you. Continue reading
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This week I decided to look at this parable with fresh eyes and I challenge you to do the same. In the end I came up with the idea of how we should live as exiles on Planet Earth, citizens of God's Kingdom waiting for the King of kings and Lord of lords to return. Continue reading
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Emily has been ever faithful to Christ and a great example of how God turns bad experiences into good ones. We are so thankful that she and Brandon - also a faithful Christ-follower - have found love and happiness once again. We are really looking forward to celebrating with them later today. Continue reading
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Good Friday morning Church Requel! What if our greatest challenge in life was the faith to believe God’s promises to care for us and to answer our prayers? Jesus talked so much about our faith while he walked this earth.... Continue reading
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We will be trying a new worship element this coming Sunday morning - something that Brandi and I have been working on for about a month now. We're calling it "My Story For God's Glory." We will give you the opportunity to briefly tell us what God is accomplishing in your life. Your story doesn’t have to be at it’s conclusion. You may be right in the middle of your story and may not know where God is ultimately leading you. However, this gives you the chance to give God the glory for however your story ultimately unfolds. Continue reading
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We will apply some "Sherlock Holmes" detective work to our Bible Study! Sunday we come to the curious incident of the rich, young ruler. Let’s do a little of our own CSI as we take out our Bible magnifying glasses to discover the truth of Luke 18:18-30. Continue reading
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We are an interdependent church! Not independent... none of us can go it alone. Not dependent entirely either. Interdependent! Dependent fully upon God and upon one another, yet also - through God's strength - providing support and love to one another. Continue reading
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Brandi, Missie and Trish will lead all of us in worship songs all written by or made famous by Natalie Grant. Continue reading
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If you get the chance - please write a card or note to Jenny and let her know you are praying and thinking of her. They showed me a bag full of cards they have received. One person - who wishes to remain anonymous - has been faithfully writing almost every day. Continue reading
Today we learn the story of the grateful Samaritan and the surprising purpose of thanksgiving in the lives of authentic Christ-followers. Continue reading
Jesus gives His Nike talk in Luke 17: “Just do it!” What should I be doing? That is the topic of today’s talk - where Christian faith and Christian work cross paths. Continue reading