Through The Eyes Of God

Mark Office

Greetings In The Name of the Lord:

 John 3:30 (NLT) 

He must become greater and greater, and I must become less and less.

In our society today it is often difficult for us to see ourselves in a realistic light. We tend to see ourselves as either more than we are or lesser than we should see ourselves. On the one hand, people degrade themselves and think that they are worthless either because of their success in life or because of their looks. A young man who does not have the body of a popular movie actor or a professional athlete may see them selves as not worthy of love and acceptance. A young woman in our society judges her self worth based on weather they can fit into the latest fashions or look like a model. Then there is the other extreme; where we see ourselves as the most important person on earth. Like the football quarterback who was a star in college, but when he comes to the pros thinks that he is good enough to not put in the work to become a great quarterback on the next level. You know the ones that now have tons of money to throw around and party until dawn, but when game day comes around they are unprepared, and as a result of their lack of preparation, unsuccessful. Either one of these extremes is inaccurate and in there own way prideful. We must begin to look at ourselves as God sees us. John the Baptist certainly had every reason to be prideful in his day. He was the hot shot preacher that people were flocking to in the wilderness, and many wanted to put him on a pedestal that even he himself said he didn’t belong on (John 1:19-28). Furthermore, when his followers tried to elevate him to a lofty status he said that Jesus must become greater and he must become less. What he said was not belittling himself, rather just seeing himself in the proper light. He emphatically stated that he was not the Messiah but one crying out in the wilderness to prepare a way for the Lord. As a note on a Pastor’s desk said, “I’m just a NOBODY telling EVERYBODY about SOMEBODY who can save ANYBODY!” Let’s begin to see ourselves through the eyes of God.

In Christ,

Pastor Mark

The Perfect Valentine’s Day Gift

Mark Office

Greetings In The Name of the Lord:

Romans 5:6-8 (NLT)
6  When we were utterly helpless, Christ came at just the right time and died for us sinners. 7  Now, most people would not be willing to die for an upright person, though someone might perhaps be willing to die for a person who is especially good. 8  But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners.

We are preparing to celebrate yet another holiday that is more for the benefit of the greeting cards and flower industries than anything else. However, there are some good aspects of Valentine’s Day. Whenever we celebrate the gift of love and those whom we love it is also a good thing. Yet we often need reminded of what it really means to love. This story that I found this week I think shows what love really means. “During the U.S. Civil War, conscription was not absolute. The drafted man could always hire a substitute if he could afford it. Starting in 1862, the U.S. government allowed this escape from military service on the theory that, so long as each name drawn from the wheel produced a man, it made no difference whether the drafted person or one hired to take his place appeared for service. (Answers.com). There is a story about a farmer named Blake who was drafted. He was deeply troubled about leaving his family because his wife had died and there would be no one to support and take care of his children in his absence. The day before he was to leave for the army, his neighbor Charlie Durham came to visit him. “Blake,” he said, “I’ve been thinking. You’re needed here at home, so I’ve decided to go in your place.” The farmer was so overwhelmed that for a few moments he was speechless. The offer seemed too good to be true. He grasped the hand of the young man and praised God for this one who was willing to go as his substitute. Sadly, Charlie was shot and killed in his first battle. When the farmer heard the bad news, he immediately rode out to the battlefield. He found the body of his friend and arranged to have it buried in the churchyard near the spot where they had often stopped to talk after the services. On a piece of marble he carved the inscription with his own hands. It was roughly done, but with every blow of the hammer on the chisel, tears fell from his eyes. He placed the marker on the grave of his substitute. The inscription read: “He died for me.” Isn’t that what love is really about? The reality is “there is no greater love than to lay down your life for a friend.” That my friend is what Jesus did for all of us, and the best part is all we have to do is accept it. Have you accepted His love?

In Christ,

Pastor Mark

The Times They Are A Changing…For The Worse!

Mark Office

Greetings In The Name of the Lord:

1 Corinthians 6:18 (NLT)
18  Run from sexual sin! No other sin so clearly affects the body as this one does. For sexual immorality is a sin against your own body.

We live in a culture that is redefining what is sexually permissible. Earlier this year in the United Kingdom, Peter and Hazelmary Bull were found guilty of discrimination because they allowed only married couples to share a bed at their small hotel. A homosexual couple sued the Bulls because they would not allow them to stay in a room with a single bed. As cultural commentator Al Mohler pointed out, what makes this case particularly troubling is the nature of the judge’s decision. Judge Andrew Rutherford ruled that the Bulls would have to sacrifice their Christian convictions if they intend to own and manage a hotel. The real bomb in the judge’s ruling was in this statement: “Whatever may have been the position in past centuries, it is no longer the case that our laws must or should automatically reflect the Judeo-Christian position.” This is a growing view all over the world. The fact is that even though the world may view the Bible as antiquated and outdated, Christians must stand firm on biblical truth. God has defined what sexual sin is, and we must not allow the world to re-define it to fit any and every perversion.

In Christ,

Pastor Mark