Vision Devos - Day 4

Vision Week Devotional


Day 4


“Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.” Isaiah 43:19 NLT


We looked into the HOW to allow Jesus to be the main character of our stories, but WHY is it important?

When we humble ourselves enough to remove us from the center of our stories, we allow Jesus to be the main character. And He shows up in crazy ways that we haven’t begun to dream of yet. We allow Him to do NEW and powerful things in us and through us.. We will never stop having living room sessions if we allow Jesus to be the main character of our lives. Keeping him as our focus keep our hearts at peace and rest. When we start to rely on ourselves we become the “fixers” rather than focusing on our heavenly Father. 

Praying this is a great day of hope and vision for you. 

BE Encouraged…

Pastor Mark

Vision Devos - Day 3

Vision Week Devotional


Day 3

The Starring Role

“And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.” Roman 8:28 NIV


Every good film surrounds itself a central character who’s story unfolds right before our very eyes. Our lives are much the same. Most likely you won’t see yourself up on the movie screen but all too often we live our lives thinking everything in life sort of surrounds around us. 

How do we make Jesus part of our stories? We identify our needs. Are our needs rooted in ourselves? Do we need to be on the mic or in the spotlight every weekend? Do we need to be the main character of our story?

Are we reaching for Jesus or are we taking what the world has to grow our own empires? If Jesus is at the main character of our stories we show grace when it’s underserved...we reach out to the outcasts...we leave the 99 for the 1. We humble ourselves when in the world personal kingdoms are worshiped. When Jesus is the main character of our stories, we will ALWAYS be part of what He is doing. Our success will always be in keeping Jesus the main character of your story. 

What are some areas of your life that you can make Jesus more the central character than just an “extra”?

Live making Jesus the most important thing...

Be Encouraged,

P. Mark

Vision Devos - Day 2

Vision Week Devotional


Day 2

Where we’ve been… Where we’re going

“Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap. For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life. And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up. So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith.” Galatians 6:7-10 NIV


Where we’ve been is what we’ve sewn. We’ve sewn into ministries and outreaches. 29:11 Kids is growing because we know the importance of raising up leaders. We’ve grown outreaches because the needs are ever present. What if we could do more than passing out pizza on mill? What if we were a solution for those needing mental and physical health care? We have a Savior ready to save. We’re reaping growth. We’ve expanded our physical church but more importantly, we’ve expanded community. We’ve grown community groups, new ministries  new outreaches. 

But we’re not finished. We’re still sewing. We’re not done growing leaders, expanding ministries, The needs are great but God has allowed the church to expand and meet the needs. WE ARE NOT DONE DOING GOOD. Can you imagine a church where every person is doing something to reach out beyond the walls of a church building to help make the community around us a healthier place to live, raise families, provide for the needy and so much more? It’s possible…all it takes is EACH of us being willing. Whether you’ve been coming since the Living Room Experience or started last week, would you be willing to pray, asking God to give you a clear vision on what you can do? 

Take a moment to step out today and get involved in something. No matter how small or big IT all makes a difference. 

Be Encouraged,

Pastor Mark

Be Encouraged with this week's special VISION WEEK DEVOS

Vision Week Devotional


Day 1



John 1:1-5

"In the beginning the Word already existed.

    The Word was with God,

    and the Word was God.

He existed in the beginning with God.

God created everything through him,

    and nothing was created except through him.

The Word gave life to everything that was created,[a]

    and his life brought light to everyone.

The light shines in the darkness,

    and the darkness can never extinguish it

Light within us reflecting Jesus."


Ever watch the beginning stages of blooming plants? Their leaves reach toward the sun. They crave it, they bend toward it. 

We all long for light deep within our souls, we bend toward the light and this powers everything we do. We all come from a place of longing. What if we can start to live in that light the way Jesus intended? What if we started to accept that we don’t have to strive for light...we don’t have to bend toward light...but that love is chasing us and Light longing for US?!

It has always been Jesus’ light shining in us, in our darkness as Light to the love that has always been for us. Because Jesus has always been with mankind, since the beginning of time…we can trust that He will never “leave or forsake us.” Take a moment today to ponder on the amazing PLAN of our Heavenly Father. As John 1 states, from the “beginning.” Keeping your “awe” and “wonder” about our awesome God keeps your relationship fresh and exciting. He has LOVED YOU always. 

Be Encouraged,

Pastor Mark


“But blessed is the man who trusts me, GOD, the woman who sticks with GOD. They’re like trees replanted in Eden, putting down roots near the rivers— Never a worry through the hottest of summers, never dropping a leaf, Serene and calm through droughts, bearing fresh fruit every season.” Jeremiah 17:7-8 MSG


We live in a world that chases after relationships, stuff and titles don’t we? It’s really a chase of “identity” as we try to fill our hearts with something that we hope will matter enough to satisfy our souls. The prophet Jeremiah saw the same thing in his generation. And, he spoke to it in this powerful scripture translated into The Message version of the Bible. We are blessed when we chase after the things that matter. That starts with pursuing a relationship with Jesus above all things. When we are connected to the Vine (John 15) we find that most things fall into place. Our perspective finds a clear view and leaning on our heavenly Father makes the waiting periods of life more doable. Determine in your heart to trust and stick with God no matter what. Develop that relationship day by day as you spend time connecting with your heavenly Father.  Trust your life and all that goes with it into the hands of our God. Live like that tree planted by streams of water…the “living water.” Be more determined in your life to know Jesus…today.

Be Encouraged! 

Pastor Mark

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"Always be full of joy in the Lord. I say it again—rejoice!” Philippians 4:4 NLT

Did you know that JOY is a choice? Not that superficial surface happiness that finds it’s hope in the stuff of life. I’m talking the real, down deep “I’m-going-to-smile-and-not-give-up” sort of attitude that mirrors our Jesus and then we see in the life of the Apostle Paul. We know that Jesus endured the pain of the cross yet chose to to love and complete what his Father had sent him out to do despite his pain. But this apostle who wrote a large portion of the New Testament faced some tough circumstances, too! Paul describes some of his day to day life in 2 Corinthians…

“I have worked harder, been put in prison more often, been whipped times without number, and faced death again and again. Five different times the Jewish leaders gave me thirty-nine lashes. Three times I was beaten with rods. Once I was stoned. Three times I was shipwrecked. Once I spent a whole night and a day adrift at sea. I have traveled on many long journeys. I have faced danger from rivers and from robbers. I have faced danger from my own people, the Jews, as well as from the Gentiles. I have faced danger in the cities, in the deserts, and on the seas. And I have faced danger from men who claim to be believers but are not. I have worked hard and long, enduring many sleepless nights. I have been hungry and thirsty and have often gone without food. I have shivered in the cold, without enough clothing to keep me warm.” 2 Corinthians 11:23-27 NLT


Talk about struggles, this guy faced them, right? Life seemed to blow a heavy headwind his way with each turn. And, we know that he writes the book of Philippians, where he is imprisoned under house arrest, to encourage our hearts. JOY was a definite choice for this man. Whether its stubbing your toe or a life altering event…CHOOSE JOY. Make that choice to focus your heart on Jesus and see the good that is happening in you even amidst the bad all around. Make it a part of your daily routine to choose JOY. Right now, think of FIVE quick things that you are grateful for. From family to the beauty all around us. See, just five small reflections can change your mood and mind immediately! 

Be Encouraged…

Pastor Mark

Read Philippians 4 for more JOY filled words…


Putting It Into Practice...

“Keep putting into practice all you learned and received from me—everything you heard from me and saw me doing. Then the God of peace will be with you.”

Philippians 4:9 NLT

Praying this over our staff, team and church today. Praying it over YOU, too. So challenged by keeping my focus on track and not going back to old patterns. How about you in the new season? What are you doing in your life to make a few changes? What are you putting into practice? Sometimes it’s just by sharing together what is happening in our lives that we can be inspired to take that new step. 

 Putting into practice what God is challenging your heart with is what spiritual growth is all about...

Putting into practice what God is challenging your heart with is what spiritual growth is all about...

Here’s what’s been happening with me…I have been running consistently over the last few weeks. Trying to hit at least 2 miles a day. I am attempting to read the Bible in the Message version this year which has been really interesting reading even Old Testament passages out of such a modern translation. Taking lots of notes! Journaling lots of thoughts but trying most importantly to stay consistent. Books I am reading right now would be “The 4.8 Principle” by Tommy Newberry which I am encouraging our staff to read. I know you would benefit as well so order a copy if you want to go deeper in changing how you think. Also reading “Leaders Eat Last” by Simon Sinek, a book Kevin Balzer gave to me that I have to read in small bites because it’s so dense on learning to serve people you work with rather than just manage. 

How about you? Share an area or two you are being challenged and what you are doing about it with someone today? What are you currently reading or watching? What are you putting into “practice” on a daily basis to think more like Jesus, live stronger and more joy centered?


Be Encouraged, God is up to something new!


Pastor Mark

You Are What You Think...

“Finally, brothers and sisters, keep your thoughts on whatever is right or deserves praise: things that are true, honorable, fair, pure, acceptable, or commendable.” Philippians 4:8 GWT

Today is a GREAT day to put into practice navigating your thoughts to think on the GOOD things in your life today. If you didn’t know it already, most human beings can create up to 50,000 thoughts a day!  That’s a whole lot of thinking on on, right? From the moment your feet hit the floor in the morning until your head hits the pillow and even beyond that your brain never stops. 

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So, would you say the sum of those thoughts move you forward on a daily basis, pull you back or leave you right where you are? Focusing to think on the things the Apostle Paul encourages us to focus on can mark a season of change for you, for me like never before. Is there a thought pattern, a negative mindset that you have allowed to become part of your daily routine that you could uproot today? Keep fighting for the thoughts the Apostle Paul encourages us to resonate on. We are what we THINK! What an awesome time in the year to make some practical changes to those 50,000 thoughts! Where do you start? With that next thought…

Be Encouraged.

Pastor Mark