Pastor Mark’s May Newsletter Blog


Pastor Mark’s May Newsletter Blog   “Do you Know the Score?”     72 – 58 Last month I was following Gonzaga Basketball during the March Madness NCAA Tournament.   They were ranked #1 in the West Region, and many had high hopes that they would win the championship. In the second round, the Zags were going to play Florida State. If they won that game they would make it into the second round called the Sweet 16. I tend to get nervous watching these one and done games – so I decided to wait to watch the game. I taped it on my DVR – and if they won, I would watch the game and if they lost – why bother. Is that wrong? Later that day, I checked my phone and found out the Gonzaga Bulldogs beat FSU 72-58. OK, so I drove home, gathered some snacks around me and prepared to sip my sparkling water through to the end of the game. Do you know how much fun and stress free it was watching a game that had already been won. When the Zags made a bad play, missed a shot, or gave up a turnover – it didn’t matter because I knew the score. With 14 minutes to go in the game, the Zags were up by 14 points. Then Florida State players starting making plays. With 4 minutes left in the game, they had cut the lead to 4 points. Now, if the game was live, can you imagine how stressed out I would have been, biting my nails, yelling at the players – I mean, “encouraging” the players to play better? But because I knew the final score – I could continue to eat my chips and salsa with perfect peace and contentment.   Yesterday, I was going to be at church during the final round of the Master’s golf tournament. Tiger Woods was in contention to win the tournament for the first time in 14 years. Again, I taped the final round on my DVR – but was hoping to watch it without knowing who won. Well, after church, the news feed on my phone beeps and announces that Tiger Woods had just won his 15th major golf tournament. Now, I’m hot and bothered because I really wanted to watch it not knowing who won. But after church, again with munchies in close proximity, I watched the final round. When Tiger missed a putt, or put his drive into the woods, I knew that it wasn’t too significant because in the end, I knew the score and he finished on top.

Do you know the score? I mean the real score as it relates to life? Eternal life?  

If we knew the score at the end of our life – that we went to heaven and spent the rest of eternity with our family, friends; with Jesus Christ, the angels, music, light and love – just think about how we could relax and not get so stressed out about everyday life.

Wait a minute – as Christians, WE DO KNOW THE SCORE!

We do know that we have the promise that Jesus has gone before us and has prepared the WAY!  So then, why do we get so worked up about all that is going on in daily life? Have we forgotten the score, or have we chosen to be more invested, stressed and anxious about the things around us. Jesus reminds us,

“Consider the ravens: They do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn; yet God feeds them. And how much more valuable are you than birds! Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life? Since you cannot do this very little thing, why do you worry about the rest.” Luke 12:24-26

Now, I reject the idea that ravens are smarter than we are. But they do live care free. Have we cultivated a habit of worry and not even realized it? Let’s get back to basics. God – 1, Satan – 0. If you know this score, relax, God has the whole world in his hands. And if you don’t mind – please pass the guacamole!        Love in Christ!   Pastor Mark

The Breakfast Club


“Come and have breakfast” – Jesus (John 21:12)


Back in 1985, John Hughes directed a film called, “The Breakfast Club”. The story was about five students, having nothing in common, spending a Saturday detention together in their high school library. At 7 a.m., they had nothing to say to each other, but by 4 p.m. they had bared their souls to each other and became trusted friends.

Twenty-four years earlier, in 1961, the film, “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”, winner of two Oscars, was a romantic comedy centered in New York City. It followed a delightful romance that blossomed between an eccentric city girl and her suitor.

A few years back, before I left on vacation, I was given the book, “Breakfast at Sally’s”, to be an inspirational read while on holiday. The book, written by Richard LeMieux, is his personal touching, timely, struggle with homelessness. Lemieux ate breakfast at Sally’s (the Salvation Army) – but he found so much more.

Every Tuesday, breakfast is served at 7 a.m. by a faithful group of men at Our Saviour’s. For over eight years, men have gathered for eggs and oatmeal, but so much more. We have laughed, discussed, differed, prayed and grown in our relationship with God and with one another.

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