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Lead Pastor of The Journey.
Interests: Family, exercise, reading, theology, banter, travel
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Thanks Pat!
Toggle Commented Jun 13, 2013 on The Oil and the Gas at Mark Johnston
Thanks Dan. Your team exemplifies this.
Toggle Commented Jun 4, 2013 on The Oil and the Gas at Mark Johnston
That's awesome Jackie! Glad it helped - thanks for reading.
Toggle Commented Jun 3, 2013 on The Oil and the Gas at Mark Johnston
Ray, you nailed it. Awesome insight.
Toggle Commented Nov 12, 2012 on In Betweeners at Mark Johnston
Megan, I'm praying your visit goes well. Love your life-giving perspective and words! Mark
Toggle Commented Nov 12, 2012 on In Betweeners at Mark Johnston
Haven’t seen the movie, would love to, thank you so much.
Toggle Commented Jul 9, 2012 on All You Ever Do Is Complain! at Mark Johnston
Matt, you're one of the smartest people I know. Keep offering your gifts to God and people!
Toggle Commented Apr 8, 2011 on Smart People at Mark Johnston
Thanks Robin - hope you're well.
Toggle Commented Mar 31, 2011 on Smart People at Mark Johnston
I appreciate it Andrew. Glad you're a part of TJ!
Toggle Commented Mar 29, 2011 on High Rollers at Mark Johnston
Thanks Janice!
Toggle Commented Mar 28, 2011 on High Rollers at Mark Johnston
Tim, thanks for your comment. I used I Cor. 9:7,8 to show one angle of what I believe is the New Testament perspective of giving. There is an element of willingness that must fuel our giving or it is not attractive to God. I believe we are cursed when we aren't generous - cursed to experience an empty life devoid of the joy and closeness with God generosity brings. It's not "give 10% or you'll be killded" - that's paranoia, not relationship. It's "give 10% as a jumping off place into the great adventure of generosity God is calling you to as a Christ-follower." The law was always about external requirements and minimums - don't kill, don't commit adultery, don't rob God. Grace is always about maximium heart surrender - so the don'ts dig deeper (don't hate, don't lust, don't make a show of giving when you're not truly generous (i.e., Ananias & Sapphira). Blessings, Mark
Toggle Commented May 12, 2010 on We Apologize for Apologizing at Mark Johnston
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Mar 15, 2010
Eating dinner with my friends, the conversation gradually loosens like the release of bound up hair. We start opening up, trusting each other, as we step out from behind our images. One step, then another, testing the waters, “Are you really trustworthy, we silently wonder? Will you still like me no matter what I say or how I am?” Then I hear it, that lie we women are cursed to fight against. The one that says our value is tied to our appearance. Such dissatisfaction I hear. It grieves me. The women long to hear words of genuine affirmation, approval,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 9, 2010 at Sarah Lang
Seeking to spruce up my time alone with God, I have turned to the spiritual disciplines. One such discipline is most enticing, yet slippery, like that annoying bar of soap: solitude. During moments of solitude, the television of my mind turns on. I jump on the sofa, comfortably pick up the remote, and start channel surfing. Some of my favorite shows include, · WWF – Let’s wrestle, get bruised and bloodied over various thoughts, concepts, and theology. · Dr. Sarah – Let’s criticize, analyze, tease apart situations, ideas, and best of all – people. · Fantasy Island – Let’s take... Continue reading
Posted Dec 17, 2009 at Sarah Lang
Great words Miquell. I've been thinking a lot about being fully engaged. Too often I check out for the moments I assume are small or mundane and end up missing them later, aching and pining for them once they're gone.
Toggle Commented Nov 29, 2009 on A Moment To Remember... at Miquell
(I have to give credit to my professor, Emmanuel Itapson, for inspiring this blog.) Is it possible to believe in a God who is not far off, but is near? Isn’t that what Genesis addresses right off the bat? God created. When God created, it was good. God spoke and brought life into being. In Genesis 1, God said, “Let there be…” And you know what? There was. “And God saw that it was good.” God spoke and creation came into existence. The universe was not a series of random circumstances. We are not the product of a series of... Continue reading
Posted Nov 23, 2009 at Sarah Lang
Hey Greg! Thanks for the note. I agree wholeheartedly. Technology is a blessing and a curse... and often it is both at precisely the same time.
Toggle Commented Nov 19, 2009 on Generous at Mark Johnston
Robin - thanks for the note man! Hope you and yours are blessed.
Toggle Commented Nov 19, 2009 on Move On at Mark Johnston
Melissa - thanks for the comment and the props! I feel your pain... and pray for your continued recovery :-) We feel so free when we discard an obsession with analysis to just live in grace... but we fall so frequently for the same temptations to turn back to our old ways. Be blessed.
Toggle Commented Nov 19, 2009 on Move On at Mark Johnston
Jenny - it is shocking, and it bleeds across gender, age, socio-economic, and yes, even spiritual lines. Thanks for commenting!
Toggle Commented Nov 19, 2009 on Porn at Mark Johnston
Richie - thanks for your comment! You're absolutely right. Check out my blog the next day called "Tell Someone Else." Appreciate your insight my friend!
Toggle Commented Nov 19, 2009 on Porn at Mark Johnston
Luke - good point. Or... maybe a great opportunity to strike up a conversation that needs to be had. It could be a segue to openness and honesty: you could visit the site together and talk about this thing that affects millions of us. Even if you don't struggle with porn, chances are good your wife has a brother or uncle or dad or coworker who does. It's worth talking about.
Toggle Commented Nov 19, 2009 on Tell Someone Else at Mark Johnston
By Sarah Lang (I must give credit to my fantastic professor of Old Testament for this blog, Dr. Emmanuel Itapson. This is based off of his opening class devotion.) “In the church at Antioch there were prophets and teachers: Barnabas, Simeon called Niger, Lucius of Cyrene, Manaen (who had been brought up with Herod the tetrarch) and Saul. While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, “Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.” So after they had fasted and prayed, they placed their hands on them and... Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2009 at Fall40
Hunger Pains…Do you have them? By Ray Longwood It’s noon in the office. I hear co-workers scurrying to put on coats and jackets to exit to their local lunch-time destinations. Then I hear the beeping of the microwaves in the office kitchen and the discussion of who has what for lunch. Seconds later, the aroma of someone’s leftover porter house steak from Texas Roadhouse (I only know this because they were bragging about it earlier) fills the air and slaps me in my face. Then it happens: the rumbling of my stomach followed by an intense pain--a pain that is... Continue reading
Posted Nov 12, 2009 at Fall40
So...we're almost 3/4 of the way through Fall40 and I was wondering if you had any feedback about what God( via Fall40) is doing in your life right now. How have you grown as a result of this season of spiritual renewal and focus? Leave a comment in the comments section or give us a call at 302.738.2892. Either way, we'd love to hear what awesome things God is doing in your life. Continue reading
Posted Nov 9, 2009 at Fall40