Author Archives: Mark

If You Aren’t Looking for Happiness – It Can Be Yours!

How would you like to be happier? That’s like asking, “How would you like to be less thirsty?” or “How would you like to have more money?” Everyone would be happy to be happier! Harvard researchers have made some discoveries … Continue reading

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Paying It Forward

“Paying It Forward” How is this for a streak of kindness? According to a report in the Tampa Bay Times, “The acts of kindness [in St. Petersburg, Florida] began at 7 A.M. Wednesday with a woman, her iced coffee and … Continue reading

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Hearing His Voice

For years it has been a great joy and privilege to serve The Lord in the former Soviet Union. Almost every year I would travel there to do a wide variety of things to further the Kingdom of God and … Continue reading

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So the World Will Know

 “My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in Me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in Me and I am in you. May … Continue reading

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Advice to a Pastor Under Attack

Recently a young pastor with a heavy heart contacted me. He was overwhelmed and brokenhearted by critics in his church and pleaded for prayer. I have added portions of his original message below. I have made changes to keep his … Continue reading

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Your Church – You Didn’t Build That!

 “If you’ve got a business, you didn’t build that! Someone else made that happen!” -President Barak Obama Since our president made that statement[i] he has received a backlash of criticism. Some believe that it reveals a philosophy of dependence on … Continue reading

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Parents – Loving Them to the End

Those of you who follow my posts on Twitter or Facebook know that my father, Al Bordeaux, has had a very difficult time lately. As I sit in his hospital room I began to list some lessons that I have … Continue reading

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Parents – Back to School!

Among the ubiquitous joys and challenges of parenting is discipline. With every child God creates and entrusts to the care of his or her parents there is the inherent expectation that the parents will do whatever is necessary to train … Continue reading

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Why Them and Not Us?

68 years ago today, allied forces invaded Normandy and began the liberation of Europe. It is fitting that we honor the survivors, remember the sacrifice of the fallen, and attempt to learn from their courage. The awful price paid for … Continue reading

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A Broken Heart

When was the last time you saw someone with their heart in a cast, sling, or using crutches? Of course, that’s ridiculous. People with broken hearts don’t wear bandages. And neither do we recognize them or take their pain as … Continue reading

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