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        I was reading in Mark 14 32-41 where JESUS was in the Garden of  Gethsemane to spend some time with HIS Father in prayer. Verse 36 states ” ABBA ,Father , HE said , Everything is possible for you. Take this cup from me . Yet , not what I will , but what you will.” JESUS was asking HIS Father for direction in HIS Life at a moment in which HE really found HIMSELF in need of the next right thing. HE looked to HIS Father for the answer. GOD is Good!!!

   I remember that when I was growing up I spent most of my time with my grandparents due to the fact that my parents were divorced and my dad could simply not handle all five of us kids. I was more than a handful as a child and just a bit too much for any one person. I spent quite a bit of time with my father , however , knowing how busy he was I never got around to trying to develop a close relationship with him. After he was murdered by his wife and her bodyguard in the country of Panama I regretted my decisions to keep myself from becoming close to anyone. I remember thinking that I should have brought my dad to CHRIST!!! I have been talking about JESUS for most of my life yet  let every opportunity to lead my dad go astray. I know that my father had more than enough evidence to convince him of the need for JESUS and that ,in fact , he could have made the proper choice before he passed on from this Life. I Hope and Pray in the name of JESUS that he did just that !!! Amen!!!

    I am not so much bound in thought of my Earthly father as I am my Father who is in Heaven. GOD is my Father!!! I so Love my Father GOD!!! There is never a time when I cannot , like JESUS , go to my Father in prayer for the next right thing. HE has Blessed and continues to Bless me with so many Blessings that they are beyond my imagination.  HE is my Protector and my Sheild, my Comforter and my Hope. HE is my Salvation!!! Thank you JESUS!!!

    This Father’s Day please reach out to your dad. He more than likely is waiting to hear from you. If he is ” asleep” and no longer with us please ask your Father in heaven to give him a message. He will get it!!! While you’re at it do not forget to tell your Father GOD  “Happy Father’s Day “.  HE has been waiting as well!!!

  Happy Father’s Day!!!

 I Love you!!!!!!! Mark

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Happy Mother's Day: Sometimes...

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   I was reading in Mark 7 24-30 where Jesus had entered a house and did not want anyone to know that HE was there. However , a woman whose daughter had an unclean spirit heard about HIM and immediately came to HIM and bowed down at HIS feet . Now , the mother was a Gentile and Jesus told her that she need not beg , that in fact , HE wanted to feed HIS children first. HE told the mother that it was not fair to take the children’s food and give it to the dogs. She begged even more saying that even dogs ate the crumbs from a childs food under the table. Even though she was not a Jew Jesus healed her daughter!!!

   Evidence abounds!!! Evidence of inclusion , Evidence of Faith-Healing , all sorts of Evidence , however , I want to write of the Evidence of Love!!! In this case , the Love of a mother.

   Everytime that I read this passage my heart aches for a mother who would go against all tradition to get help for her sick daughter. It must have been pretty sad to have been refered to as a dog , however , that was her daughter!!! Her Hope had brought about a Faith that could move mountains !!! I can only imagine that she received Hope when she first heard about Jesus!!! Her actions speak to us about Love. The Love of a mother!!!

   As Mother’s Day approaches I wish that everyone who reads this , whether or not you are a mom , fully understands what it must be like to give birth : first to a child , and then to Hope.  As I ride the buses around Kissimmee I am overwhelmed as I witness mom after mom in a daily struggle to do the next right thing for their  children.

   If you are a mom who has a sick child please go to Jesus!!!!!!! If your child is not sick still go to Jesus!!!!!!! HE does not have the answer ; HE IS THE ANSWER!!!!!!!

   I wonder sometimes how often my mom prayed for me. I will never know, however , I do know that I Love my mom!!!

    This Mother’s Day please be sure to tell your mom how thankful you are for all that she has done for you and how much you Love her. If she is “sleeping” and no longer with us, please tell GOD . HE can get the message to her!!!!!!! I ask you to rebuke any barriers of communication and say ” Mom , I Love you”!!!

   HAPPY MOTHER”S DAY !!!!!!!   I Love you!!!!!!! Mark

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