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Friday, December 26, 2008

free copy.

hey guys. i got 2 copies of Do Hard Things for Christmas, so if any of you want the extra, tell me and i'll see if i can get it to you.

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

What an awesome year.

Wow. It's Christmas Eve. This year flew by so fast, it's still hard for me to believe that tomorrow is Christmas and in 8 days it will be the year 2009.


This was such an awesome year though. I have been blessed in so many ways I can't possibly list them all. But in an effort to show how amazing God is and how merciful his grace is, I can at least name a few :) 

-My older older sister got engaged.
-My younger older sister graduated college.
-I went to Hawaii.
-I made more friends than I could of possibly thought. Seriously, I can't list all of my friends even if I had hours to do it. 

And on top of all these things, I look forward to God's continued mercy and grace in 2009, with the following being some of the most anticipated things.

-I graduate high school
-I pay off my car
-My older older sister gets married
-My younger older sister goes to Great Britain

And now back to the main reason for my post today, and in fact, the main reason for everything. 

Jesus Christ. The only person in the history of eternity who could act as substitute for our sins. The only son of God. 

And tomorrow we get to celebrate his life and death.
Tomorrow we get to express our love for each other by exchanging gifts.
Tomorrow we remember the cross and the one who saved us from hell.
Tomorrow we praise God.
Today we praise God.

Our God is so great, his mercy is so boundless, his grace so entirely sufficient. Praise the Lord.

Well, since I can't guarantee that I will get on this blog tomorrow, I want to take this opportunity to say something-

MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!

~Mark


Monday, December 22, 2008

Christmas Thoughts

Well, I've been kind of slow in getting into the Christmas spirit, but I am happy to say I'm there now.
I have always heard that Christmas is the time for giving rather than receiving, but I have to admit the past several years I've been more concerned with receiving. However, this year, for some odd reason, I really liked shopping for my family. I'm actually more excited about blessing them than I am about getting things. I hope they like what I got them.
But more than things, I'm more aware and focused on why we even celebrate Christmas. Jesus' birth leading to the rest of His life gives us the best present ever - salvation and a personal relationship with God. No matter how much we want to bless others, God still continues to be the Greatest Gift-Giver of all. And His gift is not only available on Christmas, but also for the rest of the year! It's actually Christmas everyday!
So there are my thoughts on Christmas...what are yours?
And MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!

*Mel
Luke 2:10-11 - But the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord."

Monday, December 15, 2008

Prayer Update:Findlay

Findlay stopped by Chick-fil-A tonight to give all of us some relief! He's doing fine, has a headache and a cracked rib but other than that no injuries. Praise God! I really think God is after Findlay's salvation at this point because a few days before his accident he and I were talking apologetics (Thank you Mr. Detwiler!!!) and he's got some quirky thinking which I managed to straighten some of it out to the point he's willing to listen to some messages. It is really a miracle that he is out and about walking and such...the doctors actually told his parents they weren't sure he was going to live through that first night. So pray for Findlay's continued healing and most importantly his salvation. Thanks guys!!!! You're prayer warriors!

Prayer Request

Hey guys I've got a prayer request for you...one of my co-workers Findlay was in a pretty serious car accident last week...remember when it rained really bad? Anyway he was on the interstate and apparently he wasn't even doing the speed limit (he's reaaaally protective of his car) and since it was raining he was being extra careful...anyway, his car hydroplaned and he went up under an 18-wheeler. Findlay had a massive bleed on the brain and he also broke something (I forgot what) They sent him home and he is recovering (seems to be doing well), please pray for his complete healing and that there will be no damage to his brain.

(pictures from Findlay himself)
Thanks Guys!!!!!!

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Today's message

Yey! I actually get to post and not just comment after a great message :-)! A few thoughts...
~Wow! Mr. Lechner really likes reading :-). (So do I!)
~I need to remember to ask God that the "eyes of my understanding may be opened" on a frequent/daily basis. I often forget.
~God's revelation of Himself is staggering!
~Although we should all be reading good theology, also never underestimate the power of fiction, and, especially biography written in a compelling, descriptive way (what I call the "fictive method"). There is artistry in fiction that can be deeply compelling and encouraging. It is a powerful medium for good and even for learning important truths as well as nonfiction!
~Given that, I would love to see lists from people of some of their favorite fiction and nonfiction books, specifically ones that help them in their walk with Christ. To start us off, here's my lists:
(and I have all of these...maybe if we're inspired we can use these book lists to start that book club we talked about awhile ago...?)
Nonfiction (no particular order-sorry for the long list)
Knowing God (J. I. Packer)
Passion and Purity (Elisabeth Elliot) (yes, this is from a girl's perspective, but I think it's good for guys too)
Desiring God (John Piper)
L'Abri (Edith Schaeffer) (This is one of the "fictive" ones I was talking about above).
The "Case For"s series (Lee Strobel)
Stepping Heavenward (Elizabeth Prentiss)
The Legacy of Soveriegn Joy (John Piper)
And last but not least God Called a Girl (Shannon Kubiak)
Fiction (Authors)
Frank Peretti (he helped me in my walk, the rest are just fun & inspiring so far, in terms of their fiction)
C. S. Lewis
J.R.R. Tolkien