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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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We start the Marty Party at 6:30. That should be right after the Saturday Night Neighborhood Meal at the church and Oakland will already be there, because they are serving. We will all bring snacks and beverages to share and all be in a New Year festive mood. After all, who wants to stay home and brood about the cold winter? Continue reading
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You could decide this is the year you read the entire Bible! Another option this year is to tell the Bible app your current emotion and it will suggest Bible verses or Bible plans for you! Continue reading
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This weekend we have the opportunity to be the church, the people of God. We have the opportunity to worship, to serve, to sing, to weep, to laugh, to help, to be helped, to love, and to be loved. Thank you all for taking this journey with me. Continue reading
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My prayer for you (and me) is that God would fill our hearts with joy and assurance in the midst of our grieving. It is still right to grieve. God promises that He will turn our tears of grief to tears of joy. He does not ask us not to cry. Continue reading
All of my thoughts and prayers this morning are with Jen and Dave Repp and their family. Continue reading
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Anyone else excited for tomorrow morning besides me? For one thing I'm always excited to be able to get together with my Church Requel family. Secondly, I'm excited to see what our sanctuary will look like once we have everything moved! Continue reading
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Anyone else excited for tomorrow morning besides me? For one thing I'm always excited to be able to get together with my Church Requel family. Secondly, I'm excited to see what our sanctuary will look like once we have everything moved! Continue reading
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When I looked around at the prayer circle in front of our church this past Sunday morning and saw each of your faces, I knew that God still had a plan for us. You are that plan. God is so good. I am so thankful for each one of you! God really does specialize in bringing good out of the bad. Continue reading
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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