So encouraged to see I am not alone

Mark,

I hope you will forgive me for inserting the video below which you recently posted on your blog, but I felt it was well worth spreading around.

Looking forward to catching up after the Easter break. 

Thank you for your ongoing wonderful encouragement and for your prayers.

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10 thoughts on “So encouraged to see I am not alone

  1. Wow thanks for reminding me of whom I am called to be . I pray that I will have the courage to continue to be sold out to Him alone not the system

  2. Hi Heather,

    That is very much my prayer too these days, but we warned that you will experience loneliness and self-doubt which come with the valleys of uncompromising before you get to the splendour of the mountain top.

    Thank you for getting in touch and leaving a comment.

    May God bless you as you continue to seek HIM.

  3. Hey Mercedes I don’t mind at all. I’m glad it encouraged you. I need things like this to remind of what God desires for us. There is so much potential in Christ for all who want it and yet many are satisfied with a minimal amount.

    Mark

  4. Thanks mercedes for sharing this – its truly amazing how God describes through Mark this hungry vessle who has a willing heart to run with zeal for God as david ran up to Goliath. Great reminder of who we are and that we are not alone. Thanks!

  5. I can so relate to this and your reasons for leaving church.

    I’m 75 and in a sense I’ve been outside the walls of ‘traditional’ Christianity for some 40 years. Some people seem to think I’m a heretic because I Go on asking the same questions – but only to encourage people to THINK for themselves.

    I started reading “So you don’t want to go to church anymore” when the authors had only written the first three chapters.

    It’s an interesting journey!

  6. Hi Peter,
    Great to have a comment from someone else in the UK, specially from Brighton which I often visit. My second largest pool of readers is in the UK, and yet the majority choose to read in anonymity but not take part in the discussions here. It is easy to just remain in the background often in judgement of what I write. I know personally quite a few of those who read this blog and it always amazes me how they dismiss much of what I say but continue reading. Their head is trying to overrule what their heart is telling them, and rather than leave me a comment exposing which side of the fence they are on, they just lurk waiting for the perfect moment to surface. To them I ask the question: If you so disapprove of what I say and feel, why do you continue reading what I write? To those who have been hurt by my post about the reasons why I stopped going to church I ask: If what I express on that post is not the truth, how do you explain the fact that I have only heard from you as you tried to let me know how wrong I am in what I say, and yet none of you have knocked on my door or phoned me to enquire as to how I am in months? That is not the unconditional love that Christ shone for, and until the bond that keeps a church alive is that very unconditional love that gives and gives and gives again with no price or retribution to be paid in return, churches will remain whitewashed walls which look pretty from the outside but are dying or already lifeless on the inside.

    Thank you Peter for sharing your heart here and never fear those who call you a heretic. They perceive you as a threat because you are not scared to admit that everything that once formed your world has been revealed to not be as real and authentic as you once thought. The courage of some reveals the cowardice of others, and who likes looking in the mirror when such ugly things appear? It is easier to cover the mirror up and pretend it is not there. It is ultimately each individual’s choice what and whom they believe, and ultimately that is what they will have to answer to.

    Keep in touch! I look forward to finding more about you through your blog.

    God bless you and keep you!

    Mercees

  7. Please don’t be too surprised when others are unable to understand some of our unorthodox thinking. Some people have been taught that the Bible is the Word of God while others believe that Jesus is the Word of God and that we come to understand some of the meaning of the Bible story through the guidance of the Holy Spirit.

    We are all at different stages of understanding – you might find “Stages of Faith” on my blog helpful.

  8. It is not others’ difficulty in understanding my thinking that surprises me, but how casually they begin to doubt my commitment to Jesus Christ and what he stood for. And it surprises me even more that it is not their friendship and/or spiritual bond with me that they seek to restore, but my commitment to their spiritual practices and vision, often to avoid facing the stirring of the Spirit within them. And then we spend millions of dollars/pounds in courses and seminars about evangelism trying to come up with a magic formula to reach those submerged in deep darkness. If this is how a sister in Christ is treated and misunderstood, there is literally no hope in hell for “the least of these”. Like I said when you come to a dead-end, you turn around and find your way back to FREEDOM.

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