Daily Devotions

September 26th, 2020

September 25th, 2020

 
Friends,
Todays reading is also the lesson this Sunday.
Romans 15:13

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September 24th, 2020

 
Friends,
Galatians 2:20

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gVUSO1-WVfg

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Your brother inChrist,
Pastor Jay

September 23rd, 2020

 
Friends,
   Given the state of the country, I have decided to bring our sermon series on Matthew to a close for now, and begin a short series on Philippians,  the  book of of hope and joy .Here is the Biblical reading for today.
Philippians  1:3,-6

Christian Heart❤️✝️ on Twitter: "Phil 1: 6 For I am confident of this, that  He who began a good work in you will continue to perfect it until the day  of Christ

 
 Looking forward to seeing you Sunday on the blacktop.��☺
-Your brother in Christ,
Pastor Jay

September 22nd, 2020

 
Friends,
Psalm 46:1-2

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WFk68nFvPzM

Your brother in Christ,
 Pastor Jay

September 21st, 2020

 
Friends,
Ephesians 5:15
The Lone Ranger (DVD, 2002)See the source image
Matthew 10:16



Donate Now to Provide Masks to Medical Professionals – InfoTrust
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4uTIqu8G-34

Your brother in Christ,
Pastor Jay

September 19th, 2020

 
Friends,
Check it out!
John 11: 25-27
 
 
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Your brother in Christ,
Pastor Jay

September 18th, 2020

 
Dear St. Mark Family and Friends,

Here's the reading for today. 

Matthew 20:1-16

Here's a great song by Matthew West. 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YvRiUaB43vM

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Your brother in Christ,
Pastor Jay

September 17th, 2020

 
Dear St. Mark Family and Friends,

 Here is the devotion for today

1 John 3:16 
Gospel of John 16:12-13
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=60rpo8kxs6c

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Your brother in Christ,
Pastor Jay

September 16th, 2020

 
Greetings from Sunny Florida,
Actually today is the first Sunny day. This ia the rainy and hurricane season so ira been nothing but cloudy and humid
here is the reading for today.
2 Cor. 12:9,10

my-grace-is-sufficient

your  soon to be nicely tanned brother in Christ
Pastor Jay  

September 15th, 2020

 
Here is the reading for today.

Psalm 46
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uBhVuCcz9GI&feature=emb_logo
--
A story I've told at least twice in the past 25 years is still powerful for me.
Years ago a man told this true story to his pastor Named Bill. 
During WW2 the Nazis had prohibited worship on EasterSunday  in Norway.  The Lutherans in Tronheim ( I think, not sure)  went to the Cathedral there and were met by German soldiers guarding the doors with machine guns., and were turned away.  They retreated to the docks. Someone began singing this song, and together they walked back to the church singing. The German officer was quite rattled.  He grabbed a young girl who has pregnant. He put his gun to her head and said "YOu sing one more word and she dies..  Suddenly the crowd fell silent.
There was a long pause, and then someone began singing this song. The single voice was soft , and shaky. But then a second voice joined in and then a third and soon the whole congregation was loudly singing A Mighty Fortress.
The pastor interrupted, "But weren't they afraid the girl would be killed?"
The man replied "Bill, who do you think started the singing.

Your brother in Christ,
Pastor Jay

September 14th, 2020

 
Good morning friends,
Today I am leaving on a jet plane. (memories?) I wll be going to Florida for most of a week to visit my daughter Anika, her husband Chris, and my incredibly cute Grand daughters (Nora5 and Adeline 3) I'm not sure what my time will be like down there so there is a possibility I may not be sending the daily devotions this coming week. I will give it a try, blut if you don't get it you will know why.
Here is the devotional readings for today (Monday Sept 14)

2 Cor. 6:1,2
Matthew  6:24

Here are a  couple of good attachments. Don't miss them. The first I got from Lois Gibbs who sends me things regularily.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uBGjZAYcJqc&feature=emb_logo

September 12th, 2020

 
Friends,
Here is the verse for today Psalm 42:1-5

 See the source image

Your brother in Christ,
JAy Edward Trygstad

September 11th, 2020

 
Hi kids.

Here is the verse for today. As usual it is also the verse on which the sermon will be based this Sunday.


Your brother in Christ,
Pastor Jay

September 10th, 2020

FRiends,
 
The verse for today is Genesis 1:26-27 
 
So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him;  male and female he created them. Genesis 1:27 | God, Gods love, Word of god

 
I'm sending you a link to the Chuck Colson center. The article I wanted to draw your attention to is yesterday's post (Wed.) 
 
 
Your brother in Christ,
P Jay

September 8th, 2020

Muchachos and muchachas,
Here is the verse. Psalm 37:1-8, 23-26
-- 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PmdMOp-dVCI
 
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Your brother inChrist,
  P Jay

September 5th, 2020

Friends,

The verse is:

Ecclesiastes 3:11


 
Your brother in Christ,
Pastor Jay

 September 4th, 2020

Greetings and salutations 

This is the reading for today and also the reading on which Sundays sermon will be based so you have a little while to think about it before Sunday. Matthew 18:15-20  See the source image
See the source image
Your brother in Christ,
Pastor Jay

September 3rd, 2020

Here is the verse for today.
Ecclesiastes 3:11

September 2nd, 2020

Dear Friends and family, Here is the reading for today.
 
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Your brother in Christ,
 Pastor Jay

September 1st, 2020

Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
-- The verse for the day is  Phil. 4:13

The soloist is named Kaylee Rogers. She goes to this school for special needs kids. She has autism and ADHD.  She gives people hope.
 


just for fun dept.
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Your brother in Christ,
P Jay

August 31st, 2020

Friends,
The readings for today are  Proverbs 14:8
Ephesians 5:21

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Your brother in Christ.
Pastor Jay

PS If you liked the video today google love and respect

August 29th, 2020

Friends,
Here is the reading for  today and also the text for Sundays sermon.
Matthew 16:21-28
 
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Your brother in Christ,
P Jay

August 28th, 2020

Friends.  The verse for today is Philip. 4:8
Try it just for today.

Got this from a good friend this morning.You may not have time to read all the stories, but if you just  look at the pictures it will  make your day..


How I control my thoughts (& a free printable so you can do it too) | I  Love Devotionals by Wendy van Eyck



See you Sunday.
 Your brother in Christ,
 Pastor Jay

August 27th, 2020

Dear friends,
 Here is the verse. 2 Cor. 1:3,4
 
 
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Your brother in Christ,
Pastor Jay 

August 26th, 2020

Good morning St Mark Family,
 
I woke up this morning thinking of this verse Good advice from Jesus for this or any other time. 
 
Matthew 6:25-34
 
 
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 Please let me know if you would like to talk, or if you are under financial duress.

Your brother in Christ,
Pastor Jay

August 25th, 2020

Hi Folks, sorry this is so late , but maybe you can read it Wed morning with your coffee.
 
The Bible verses for today are Lamentations  3:18-26
 
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Pastor Jay 

August 24th, 2020

Getten Tag  and Greece Got, 
 
Here is the Bible reading for today. Psalm 30:5
 

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Your co-worker in Christ,
P Jay 

August 21st, 2020

Greetings friends,

Here is the verse for the day.Psalm 149:1-4
 
Your brother in Christ,
 Pastor Jay 
 
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August 20th, 2020

Grace and peace to you,

Here is the devotional thought for the day based on Matthew 16. Lois Gibbs sent it to me.  I like it and I think it is very true, except I prefer the word Joy to Happiness.
(Happiness is what happens when circumstances go well, joy is what Christians experience inspite of the circumstances.)

Your brother in Christ,
Pastor Jay
 
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August 19th, 2020

Dear Friends,
 Here is the chapter for the day. Psalm 23.  I know you've read it before, but it's worth taking another look at in these days. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6qD_BehgFJk


PS Pray for our daughter Julia and her room mate Anna. They were with a girl friend who has the virus.  She is being tested and should know in 48 hours.

Your brother in Christ,
Pastor Jay

August 18th, 2020

Hi friends,
 Here is the verse.   I John 1:7-9

 Nothing but the Blood of Jesus - Lyrics, Hymn Meaning and Story
 Your brother in Christ,
Pastor Jay

August 17th, 2020

Dear ones,
 
Here are the verses for  today.  If it looks familiar it was also part of yesterday's sermon

Your brother in Christ,
Pastor Jay

August 15th, 2020

Grace and peace to you from our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ,

Here is the reading for today which is also the text to be read tomorrow.

Matthew 15:21-28

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aGE39IsemFw
 the little puppies get the crumbs from their masters table

Your brother in Christ,
Pastor Jay

August 14th, 2020

Dear friends,
Here is the verse of the day. 
Is. 46:4

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pJI3NFT5T_c

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Your brother in Christ,
Pastor Jay

August 13th, 2020

Greetings St. Mark Family and Friends

Here is the reading for today.

Psalm 103

Your brother in Christ,
Pastor Jay

August 12th, 2020

Good evening kids,

Here is the reading for today:

Romans 12:9 and 10
   

Next Monday will be the fourth of 4 Bible studies on Zoom.  At that meeting, we will decide if we want to call it quits or go another round. If you would like to be a part of a Zoom Bible study but have not previously signed up, please let me know at this email address and you can be apart of this conversation next Monday at 7 PM.

Your brother in Christ,
Pastor Jay

August 11th, 2020

Here's the reading for today:  

Matthew 14:22-33

If you are observant you may notice it was the reading from this past Sunday.  In the words of the song by Scott Kerpayne:


All who sail the sea of faith
Find out before too long
How quickly blue skies can grow dark
And gentle winds grow strong
Suddenly fear is like white water
Pounding on the soul
Still we sail on knowing
That our Lord is in control
Sometimes He calms the storm
With a whispered peace be still
He can settle any sea
But it doesn't mean He will
Sometimes He holds us close
And lets the wind and waves go wild
Sometimes He calms the storm
And other times He calms His child


I know it's a little longer than usual but please make a point of listening to this story my wife Susan shared with me.


Your brother in Christ
P Jay

August 10th, 2020

Here's the reading for today.  Matthew 14:22-33

If you are observant you may notice it was the reading from this past Sunday.
 In the words of the song by Scott Kerpayne,

All who sail the sea of faith
Find out before too long
How quickly blue skies can grow dark
And gentle winds grow strong
Suddenly fear is like white water
Pounding on the soul
Still we sail on knowing
That our Lord is in control
Sometimes He calms the storm
With a whispered peace be still
He can settle any sea
But it doesn't mean He will
Sometimes He holds us close
And lets the wind and waves go wild
Sometimes He calms the storm
And other times He calms His child

I know it's a little longer than usual but please make a point of listening to this story my wife Susan shared with me.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ReApJymYSiw&list=PLxyheJaqfYJK0R83f6EOST4sDs76n7KWF&index=13

Your brother in Christ
P Jay

August 8th, 2020

Good  morning Family and Friends,

Here is the verse for the day. It's also the Gospel lesson for tomorrow.
 
Matthew 14:22-33
 
The Hand of God Print
 

Your brother in Christ,
P Jay

August 7th, 2020

Good evening St. Mark Family,

The reading for today is Matthew 5:1-9.

You might like to recall October 3, 1950   Peanuts” first debuted in seven newspapers under the United Features Syndicate. Developed by Charles M. Schulz, who was raised Lutheran in Minneapolis and Saint Paul, Minnesota, “Peanuts” ran for nearly 50 years and was published in 2,600 newspapers, 75 countries and 21 languages.

Take a moment to look at these gems of wisdom from good old Charles Schultz, simply wonderful!

Your brother in Christ,
Pastor Jay

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August 6th, 2020

People so dearly loved of God,

Here is the chapter for today.
1 Corintians 13
 
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Your co-worker in Christ,
Pastor Jay 

August 5th, 2020

Good morning saints. Here is the best news of all.

Romans 5:1-11
 
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Your brother in Christ,
Pastor Jay 

August 4th, 2020

Good afternoon St. Mark Family and Friends, Here is the reading for today. Don't miss the link.  The pictures are beautiful.  

Psalm 8  


Your brother in Christ,
Pastor Jay
 
Absolutely Amazing!

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1.   Line of building towers flanking from a thunderstorm. 
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2.    Sun setting behind cumulus clouds.
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3.    Cloud to cloud to ground lightning. 
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4.        Mammatus "clouds boiling upside down", on top of a flanking down draft.    Mammatus, also known as mammatocumulus (meaning "mammary cloud"),
is a meteorological term applied to a cellular pattern of pouches hanging   underneath the base of a cloud. 
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5.    Massive single cell severe tornadic thunderstorm. 
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6.  Downdraft of precipitation from a young cumulonimbus cloud.    The initial downrush happening as the rest of cell is still forming and building. 
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7.        Leading edge of a flanking downdraft of a thunderstorm. 
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8.    Another great mammatus – extremely unstable air. 
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9.        Sunset on dissipating thunderstorms.
Could have two cells rotating in opposite directions, rare,   but meteorologically possible, like two egg beaters. 
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10.    Sunset dissipating thunderstorm. 
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11.    Volcanic eruption creating a circular outflow boundary. 
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12.    Somewhat disorganized or dissipating thunderstorm.    Most of it already downward collapsed with the rain shield being dominant. 
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13.    Single cell thunderstorm with cloud to ground and cloud to cloud lightning,   some being imbedded inside the cells. 
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14.    Tornadic vortex w/lightning, multi-layer outflow boundaries. 
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15.    Row of thunderstorms, and more beautiful cloud to cloud and cloud to ground lightning. 
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16.    Cloud to ground lightning in the rain shield in dissipating thunderstorms. 
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17.    Single cell "super cell thunderstorm with mammatus. 
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18.    More great cloud to cloud and cloud to ground lightning. 
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19.    Tower cumulus building into a thunderstorm. 
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20.    A tornado funnel near the ground.    Probably already on the ground, but not enough moisture or debris/dirt to see it on the ground.    Surface dirt starting the kick up. 
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21.    Circular outflow boundaries with storm cell rotation. 
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22.    Lowering wall cloud from mature thunderstorm. 
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23.    Lots of cloud to ground lightning (assuming the dark is mountains).
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24.    A large tornado on the ground. 

August 3rd, 2020

Good afternoon St. Mark community and friends. 

Here is the verse for the day..

Ephesians 6:10-18

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Your brother in Christ,
Pastor Jay

August 1st, 2020

Reading for today (and Sunday's Gospel lesson) is MT. 14:13-21

Pastor Jay Trygstad

July 31st, 2020

Check out John 9 (the chapter is all one story)


Your brother in Christ,
Pastor Jay

July 30th, 2020

Dear St. Mark Family and Friends,
Here are the veses for today.

Eph. 1:15-19

I Cor 1:26-29

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 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-F_W_zl61bI

 Your brother in Christ,

 

P Jay

July 29th, 2020

Good afternoon St. Mark Family and Friends,  

Here is the reading for today:

Matthew 6:31-34

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1cyWipTrNV4

Your brother in Christ,
P Jay

July 28th, 2020

Good afternoon St. Mark Family and Friends, 

Here is the verse for the day. 

Is. 55:6-9

This link is to a talk by NT Wright on the topic of the the pandemic.  Dr Wright is one of the most recognized Biblical scholars of our day.  It's a little heady, but well worth listening to.

Your brother in Christ, Pastor Jay

July 25th, 2020

Good morning ST Mark Family and Friends,
Your verse for the day is......Luke 5:37-39

I include this witness talk by my daughter not to raise more money. Julia's way has already been paid for this year by many generous people. Rather I include it as an example of how God makes all things new!

 
 Your brother in Christ,
Pastor Jay

July 24th, 2020

Genesis 4:21  

Ps. 68:3 &4

For extra credit read Lev. 25 about the year of Jubilee.

The link below is to my very favorite  song. 

It's from a musical called Cotton Patch Gospel by Harry Chapin (who wrote Cat's in the Cradle) He once  said he was born to write this. Shortly after completeing the musical, Harry died in an airplane crash.

He never got to see it performed.

You can see the video on youtube.


Your brother in Christ,
 Pastor Jay

July 23rd, 2020

Good morning brothers and sisters,
Here are the verses for the day.

REV. 21:23-26

II Cor. 5:1-9


Your brother in Christ,
Pastor Jay

July 22nd, 2020

Good morning friends,
The verse for today is Mat.14:22-33
https://youtu.be/PBne-DVoKJE

Your brother in Christ,
Pastor Jay

July 18th, 2020

Greetings St Mark Fam and Friends,

Before I give you the verses for the day, let me tell you that I will be leading a 4 week long zoom Bible Study on the Gospel of Matthew, each class going about 30 minutes.  The class assumes no prior knowledge of the bible. This will begin shortly, but I wanted to make you aware of it in case you wanted to be a part of the class.


Today you get two verses for one for one devotion.  Both are important.

Phil. 4:6

Mt. 10:16

Your brother in Christ,
Pastor  Jay

July 16th, 2020

Good morning people of God!

Without further ado, here is the verse for the day.
  
I Peter 4:12-16

It was written in a time when Christians were persecuted for their faith. Writer Nina Shea makes the point in her book "In the Lion's Den" That more Christians have been persecuted and martyred in the 20th century than in all the other centuries put together. And it still goes on.
 What you will see in the attached  link is a simulation, a reenactment of a real event that recently happened to  Christian family in India. The images are not obscene or overly graphic, but the video gave me a little perspective on my own situation and suffering.
Perhaps they will do the same for you.


Just for grins....On the lighter side ... A woman had just returned to her home from an evening of church services, when she was startled by an intruder.
 She caught the man in the act of robbing her home of its 
valuables and yelled: 'Stop! Acts 2:38 !’
(Repent and be Baptized, in the name of Jesus Christ, 
so that your sins may be forgiven.)
 The burglar stopped in his tracks.
 The woman calmly called the police and explained what she had done.
 As the officer cuffed the man to take him in, he asked the burglar: 

Why did you just stand there?
 All the old lady did was yell a scripture to you.'
 'Scripture? 'replied the burglar. 
"She said she had an Ax and Two 38's!" Send this to someone who needs a laugh today and remember:
 Knowing scripture may save your life - in more ways than one.

Your brother in Christ,
Pastor Jay

July 15th, 2020

Greetings People of God,
This  verse was my very favorite growing up.
 

Your brother in Christ,
P Jay

July 14th, 2020

Dear St. Mark Family and Friends,

Verse for the day is....

I Corinthians 15:19

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PhbMMBYijNM&feature=emb_logo

July 13th, 2020

Dear St Mark Family and Friends,

Todays verse if Is. 40:15-17,21-23, 28-31

The video link is again a cutting from Chariots of fire. See Saturday's devotion for further explanation.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZjF59VB0h6g


 
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Your brother in Christ,
Pastor Jay 

July 11th, 2020

Hi St. Mark Fam and Friends,

Here is the verse for the day.
Hebrews12:1

- This cutting is from Chariots of Fire. Best picture of 1981. Eric Little was an Olympic runner for England.
He was required to run on the Sabbath, and so he decided not to run.
He ran another race, and he won the gold. He later became a missionary to China .
Your brother in Christ,
P Jay

July 10th, 2020

Dear St. Mark Family and Friends,
Here are the verses  Bishop Yahiel Curry will be preaching on on Sunday. Hope you can make it.
Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23


Just for fun��

Your brother in Christ,
 Pastor Jay

July 9th, 2020

Dear St mark Family and Friends
Verse for the day  is Psalm  46

This link is to a song written by PJ, our former intern.



 

Your brother n Christ,
 Pastor Jay

July 7th, 2020

Good morning St Mark Family and Friends,
 And the verse for today is.... Psalm 25:1- 7

For yucks.  And where is Waldo?
 
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Your brother in Christ,

 Pastor Jay  

July 6th, 2020

Good morning St Mark  Familly and Friends,
Here is the verse for the day:Psalm 46:1-7
This is the psalm that Martin Luther used to base his classic hymn

 
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July 4th, 2020

Dear St. Mark Family and Friends,
Here is the red letter verse for this red letter day.
II Chronicles 7:14

July 3rd, 2020

Dear St. Mark Family and Friends, 

July 2nd, 2020

Greetings St Mark Family and Friends,

Here is the verse for the day  

"(God) I will sing of your might,
I will sing aloud of your steadfast love in the morning.
For you have been a fortress for me and a refuge in the day of my trouble.
O my Strength, I will sing praises to you, for you , O God, are my sure defence.
You are a God who shows me steadfast love.!"

Psalm 59:16,17

This is a 3 minute clip of Brenan Manning Definitely worth watching!

 
The following is a poem written by John Roedel, author of the book Hey God. Hey John. 

Me: Hello God.

God: Hello...

Me: I'm falling apart. Can you put me back together?

God: I'd rather not.

Me: Why?

God: Because you're not a puzzle.

Me: What about all the pieces of my life that fall to the ground?

God: Leave them there for a while. They fell for a reason. Let them be there for a while and then decide if you need to take any of those pieces back.

Me: You don't understand! I'm breaking!

God: No, you don't understand. You're transcending, evolving.

What you feel are growing pains. You're getting rid of the things and people in your life that are holding you back. The pieces are not falling down. The pieces are being put in place. Relax. Take a deep breath and let those things you no longer need fall down. Stop clinging to pieces that are no longer for you. Let them fall. Let them go.

Me: Once I start doing that, what will I have left?

God: Only the best pieces of yourself.

Me: I'm afraid to change.

God: I keep telling you: YOU'RE NOT CHANGING! YOU'RE BECOMING!

Me: Becoming, Who?

God: Becoming who I created you to be! A person of light, love, charity, hope, courage, joy, mercy, grace and compassion. I made you for so much more than those shallow pieces you decided to adorn yourself with and that you cling to with so much greed and fear. Let those things fall off you. I love you! Don't change! Become! Don't change! Become! Become who I want you to be, who I created. I'm gonna keep telling you this until you remember.

Me: There goes another piece.

God: Yes. Let it be like this.

Me: So... I'm not broken?

God: No, but you're breaking the darkness, like dawn. It's a new day. Become!! Become who you really are!!"


Your brother in Christ,

P Jay

July 1st, 2020

Good morning St Mark Family and Friends,
The reading for today, and my very favorite kBible verse is Eph. 2:8and 9

Below are two links. The first is a song written by Rich Mullins a few years before he died in a plane crash.   It is sung by Big Daddy Weave and includes the lyrics for you to read.
The second is Rich singing his own song and  his commentary on the song.  I recommend both if you have time. It is one of my favorite songs.
 


Your brother in Christ,
Pastor Jay

June 30th, 2020

Dear St Mark Friends and Family,

Isn't it good to know that unlike happiness, there is a joy which is accessible to us as believers even in our suffering..
Check out the Gospel of John  15:11-13

June 29th, 2020

Hi St. Mark Family, 

Here is the verse for today:
Luke 10;41,42

Your brother in Christ,
P. Jay

June 27th, 2020

Hi St. Mark Family and Friends, 

Check out Zechariah (not to be confused with Zephaniah).

Zechariah 9:12

This is a promise God gave me 40 some years ago when I had forgotten about God and he has delivered on his promise again and again.

Your brother in Christ,
P. Jay
 

June 25th, 2020

Hi St. Mark family,
Here is the verse for today.
Luke 10;41,42

Your brother in Christ,
Pastor Jay

June 24th, 2020

Dear St Mark Family and Friends,

The reading for today is Matt 6:31-34.


Your Brother in Christ,
Pastor Jay

June 22nd, 2020

Greeetings from the sunshine state.

Our reading for today is Hebrews 11:1-3, and 6.


See you Sunday.
your brother in Christ,
PastorJay

June 20th, 2020

Reading dujour    1 John 3:1-3

The video link below is for people who didn't have a father growing up, or had one who didn't pass on some of the essential tasks of manhood.  (How to die a tie, how to use different kinds of wrenches, how to change a tire etc.)  I think you will enjot it.

June 19th, 2020

Good morning St. Mark Family and Friends,

Here is the verse for today. 
I John 3:11, 16-18

The second part of this reading is a tough verse and one I have struggled with over the years.

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Today is Juneteenth, the aniversary of when 1862: Slavery is outlawed in the U.S. territories

Congress enacted legislation that banned slavery in all current and future U.S. territories. The law stated: 'Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That from and after the passage of this act there shall be neither slavery nor involuntary servitude in any of the Territories of the United States now existing, or which may at any time hereafter be formed or acquired by the United States, otherwise than in punishment of crimes whereof   the party shall have been duly convicted.'


Check this link out. It is very interesting.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4K5fbQ1-zps&_hsmi=89826718&_hsenc=p2ANqtz-9UNO6xdpuSP4pfmWWyvF1a6ySIyhDbhrPw9nqiJhW--Su1EXXxzVu0XC4gTrBcKvvXVBwU_ZRyV4WaYuWMnMHWqtfllg

Your brother in Christ,

 Pastor Jay

June 18th, 2020

Here are  the verses for today.
Lamentations 3:21-27

June 17th, 2020

The reading for today is Rev. 21:1-5

June 15th, 2020

The verse for today may be an old favorite for you, I know it is for me.
John  3:16,17

June 13th, 2020

Dear St Mark family and friends,

The time to love somebody...
Here is the verse for the day.

June 11th, 2020

Reading for the day:  Psalm 13

June 8th, 2020

Verse for the day : Psalm 40

-- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZH7t9_mXuh4

For those of you who are music fans, here is  link my daughter Julia sent to me today that has all the contemporary Christians songs she and other worship leaders sing at their congregation in Prague.


Just For Laughs
Someone sent me a link to this site.  The first time I read an article I wondered, "Could this really be true?"  But, then the more stories I read I realized this is all a spoof on our times, and is just for laughs. The stories are often a satire of our times, so if it's not your cup of tea, just delete.


Your brother in Christ,
 Pastor Jay

June 6th, 2020

Dear St. Mark Family and Friends,

Bible Verse for today is  II Chronicles 32:7-8

This video is a sermon given by our National Presiding Bishop.

Your brother in Christ,

Pastor Jay

June 5th, 2020

Dear St. Mark Family and Friends,

Bible Verse for today is  II Chronicles 32:7-8

- Your brother in Christ,
Pastor Jay

June 3rd, 2020

Bible reading for today. Galatians 3:27-29
 
 
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June 2nd, 2020

Bible Verse for the day

Psalm 14:1


Atheists Don't Have No Songs
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Lyrics
Atheists Don't Have No Songs (AKA The Atheist Hymnal)
Christians have their hymns and pages,
Hava Nagila's for the Jews,
Baptists have the rock of ages,
Atheists just sing the blues.
Romantics play Claire de Lune,
Born agains sing "He is risen, "
But no one ever wrote a tune,
For godless existentialism.
For Atheists there's no good news. They'll never sing a song of faith.
In their songs they have a rule: the "he" is always lowercase.
The "he" is always lowercase.
Some folks sing a Bach cantata,
Lutherans get Christmas trees,
Atheist songs add up to nada,
But they do have Sundays free.
Pentecostals sing to heaven,
Coptics have the books of scrolls,
Numerologists can count to seven,
Atheists have rock and roll.
For Atheists there's no good news. They'll never sing a song of faith.
In their songs they have a rule: the "he" is always lowercase.
The "he" is always lowercase.
Atheists don't have no songs.
Christians have their hymns and pages,
Hava Nagila's for the Jews,
Baptists have the rock of ages,
Atheists just sing the blues.
Catholics dress up for Mass,
And listen to, Gregorian chants.
Atheists just take a pass, Watch football in their underpants.
Watch football in their underpants.

Your brother in Christ,
Pastor Jay

June 1st, 2020

Bible verse for today is  Micah 6:8.



Your brother in Christ,
Pastor Jay

May 30th, 2020

Dear St. Mark friends and family,

The reading for today anticipates the Pentecost reading for tomorrow.

Check out Acts 2: 1-21.

 It would also be interesting to compare it with Genesis 11:1-9

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eFByOX8Fb0M

Remember tomorrow is Pentecost Sunday, the third most festive day on the churches calendar. Wear red clothes (or pajamas��) or drive a red car is you have that option. Red streamers will be available to you before each service, which you may tie to your rear view mirror, aerial, or hang out your window. 

Your sibling,

Pastor Jay

May 28th, 2020

Dear Saint Mark Family and Friends,


Verse for the day.  Phil. 4:6,7

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Your brother in Christ,
Pastor Jay

May 27th, 2020

Dear St Mark Family and Friends,

Here is the reading for today and a musical version of the same reading.
Is. 43:1-5

Your brother in Christ
Pastor Jay

May 26th, 2020

Good morning St. Mark Family and Friends,

Thank you to  those who prayed for my mother, Anna May Larsen  who contracted the virus.  She passed into the kingdom of heaven yesterday.

The Bible verse for today is:

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RSbJPZLNIuc 

Your brother in Christ,

Pastor Jay

May 25th, 2020

Good morning St Mark family and friends,

Here is the verse for the day.   In fact it is a good verse for the entire millennium as well.

 2 Chronicles 7:14


(the above link is to Celtic Woman singing this song that was written shortly after 9/11
It sounds as if it  is a song sung to America by God.)Here are the lyrics.

O, America you're calling,
I can hear you calling me,
You are calling me to be true to thee,
True to thee I will be.
O, America no weeping,
Let me heal your wounded heart.
I will keep you in my keeping,
Till there be, a new start.
And I will answer you, and I will take your hand,
And lead you to the sun
And I will stand by you, do all that I can do,
And we will be as one.
O, America I hear you,
From your prairies to the sea,
From your mountains grand, and all through this land,
You are beautiful to me.
And, O, America you're calling,
I can hear you calling me,
You are…
And, O, America you're calling,
I can hear you calling me,
You are calling me to be true to thee,
True to thee, I will be.
And I will answer you, and I will take your hand,
And lead you, to the sun
And I will stand by you, do all that I can do,
And we will be, as one

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Your brother in Christ,
Pastor Jay

May 23rd, 2020

John  17: 9-11, and 20-23 (These are the Gospel reading for tomorrow.)

 

Plagues and Triumph:
Pandemics and the Growth of Christianity by the Church Doctor

 Years ago, I read Rodney Starks’ The Triumph of Christianity. As Christ-followers, we can learn a lot from the two plagues that hit the Roman Empire in the second century AD.

The Romans who were wealthy were experts in social distancing! When the plagues arrived, they fled to the remote countryside. They left the masses of poor people behind to suffer and to die.

The Christians had a different worldview:

  • Life is sacred.
  • Mercy is the way of life.
  • Sacrifice is the platform for mercy.


This is what believers do. This is who Christians are.

So, as the wealthy fled for the hills, the Roman masses suffered from disease. Christians, with a resurrection mindset and eternal perspective, stayed behind to care for those who were sick.

Calamity Clarifies

It’s so easy for comfortable humans to ignore their Creator, much easier to ignore their Redeemer—and even easier to take no notice of His followers—and their churches.

When the Roman plagues ended, the wealthy people returned to the cities. They were astonished to discover what was undeniable: The Christians had stayed and prayed, cared and comforted, blessed the sick, and buried the dead. Like the popular contemporary song says, "You’re the God who stays…when the whole world walks away" (
The God Who Stays by Matthew West).

The result? The wealthy, influential Romans discovered that Christians are heroes. Many discovered the real Hero, the One who beat death once and for all. The Christian Movement was greatly advanced throughout the Roman Empire.

Persecution

Does it feel like a form of 
persecution that you cannot physically gather with friends at church for worship? Is that your focus, your worldview? Look, it’s easy for all of us to drift into the "‘poor me’ spiritual consumer mode." I get that. It’s a real temptation.

Consider this: In Acts 8:1, there is a news report about some bad times for the followers of Jesus. "There was a 
great persecution of the church in Jerusalem."

I don’t know about you, but I don’t think persecution is "great" at all! Yeah, I know, "great" means huge, right? Hold on: it was really "great"—awesome—as well.

Read on in Acts 8. What was the result? "The believers were all scattered." Does that sound like your life, your church, today? What is great about that?

Yet, look at what Scripture adds: "The believers were all scattered, preaching the Word."

 

Spiritual Worldview

1.     If your church is streaming worship on the Internet, are you inviting your unchurched friends to tune in?  

2.     If you have invited friends to   join you for church, (eithr on line  or in the parking lot)are you following up, providing them the opportunity to discuss the message with you? Are you following up by texts, email, or phone?

3.     Are you focused on the scattered opportunity to reach unchurched friends who have never felt comfortable entering a church building? Right now, you are looking through that window of opportunity! Can you just say, "I’m praying for you?"

4.     As unbelievers in your social network watch the same news reports about the unbelievable number of deaths, has it led you to connect virtually with those who show no signs of faith—to talk about life, death, and eternity?

5.     Are you simply a Christian consumer in this perfect storm to share your faith? Are you taking Jesus’ invitation, "You will be my witnesses…"?

6.     As you deal with the plague, are you focused on the spiritual doughnut, or the hole? For each of us, Jesus might be challenging us: "problem or opportunity?"

 

Your brother in Christ,

Pastor Jay

May 21st, 2020


The reading for today in Psalm 107.

Sabrina Wurmbrand was imprisoned in a Romanian  slave labor camp. Years later she went back to that prison to try and encourage the women prisoners. She writes "It was very hard.
Many women in tears said, "If ever I will be free again, never will I complain that it is too hard. I will never speak with my husband or my children the way I did."  There were so many tears of repentance. ...

Among us was a young Christian girl who was richer than all the rest because she had gathered God's word in her heart.
Her little group asked God, "How can we  stand it? We are in hell. What should we do?"
The young woman said, "We have a program for all Christians no matter where they are. Psalm 107.
When many tears are on our faces do we say, How can I solve this problem?
It is then that we see how small and weak we are. You could never solve it in your strength. Instead, as the psalms begins, "Give thanks to the Lord,  for his mercy endures forever.
Let the redeemed of the Lord say so!.
Look at his kindness. You are his, and He is yours. He will not throw you away.
Sometimes it is like we are in hell. We suffer. We forget who we are. We belong to Him, we are His. HIS NAME IS WRITTEN ON OUR FOREHEADS. 'May God bless you and shine his glory over you, in order that His name should be easily read by those around you."

May 16th, 2020


Verse of the day, Romans 10:9-13

This is my daughter Julie and some of her co-workers at Faith Community Church in Prague. And yes we are very proud of her.

May 15th, 2020


Dear St. Mark Family and friends,

The verse for the day is Gospel of John 6:35, 48-58.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xeDoUE4_D2U 

May 14th, 2020


Dear St. Mark Family and friends,

The verse for the day is from the Gospel of Luke.

 Some Christians take a verse in John 14 out of context  

Jesus says, “Whatever you ask in my name I will give to you.”  They misinterpret it to mean I can ask for whatever I   want, and if I tack on the  phrase “In Jesus name amen” God is legally  obligated to give me whatever my heart desires. Some of them even call it the “Prayer of Faith.” That is not the prayer of faith!

 Luke 22:41-2 is the prayer of faith.  I encourage you, let this be the prayer of your heart today.

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sj62hX119vs

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May 11th, 2020

Dear St. Mark family and friends,
 
The verse for today is Romans 4:8.
I came across this picture the other day. I think the council that goes with it offers some pretty good advice.
 
Your brother in Christ
 
Pastor Jay
 
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May 8th, 2020

-The verse for today is  Hebrews10:23-25


The  song for today is one my daughter Anika who wrote down 8 years ago. 
She put it in a letter and then lost the letter.  We just received it this week , so I share it with you now, 8 years later. Maybe that's God timing?�� 


Your brother in Christ,
Pastor Jay
 
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May 7th, 2020

Dear St Mark family and friends,
 
In honor (belatedly) of St. Hilarius day, here is the verse for the day. Enjoy!
 
Your brother in Christ, Pastor Jay

Proverbs 17:22
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May 6th, 2020

Dear St. Mark family,

 Verse for the day is the gospel of John 14:27.

Someone shared this press release with me the other day. It sounds very promising.  I sent it to Snopes to try and verify but haven’t heard back yet.

 The Migal Research Institute, based in northern Israel, held a press conference to reveal that they have developed a coronavirus vaccine. "It's totally game-changing," Migal CEO David Zigdon told From The Grapevine  mostly focuses its research on agriculture and animals. And it was that specialty which gave it a leg up in the race to find this new vaccine. For the past four years, they have been working on developing a vaccine for coronavirus in chickens. When the human outbreak of the disease accelerated a few months ago, they soon realized there was only a few genetic tweaks needed to have the poultry version work in humans as well. "It was an issue of timing that we were already working on this project. We were here at the right time." Zigdon told us that Migal will now repeat the pre-clinical trial. "Hopefully, in a few months we'll have the final version that we can go to humans." The vaccine will then have to go through several regulatory approvals which might be fast-tracked because of the outbreak  Migal is not alone in this race to find a cure. Other groups are also frantically working on a vaccine. U.S.-based Gilead Sciences, for example, announced this week that it is launching two Phase III clinical trials for a drug to treat covid-19,  s for the new vaccine, And hopefully, no one will use it because the disease will pass. This would be the best thing." Source: From the Grapevine

Here is the last segment of the musical we did a few yars ago called “Rebound for Glory.” Hope you enjoy.

https://vimeo.com/82748085

                                                          Your brother in Christ,

                                                                   Pastor Jay

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