St. Mark Missionary Baptist Church

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"In for Preparation...Out for Demonstration." Louis Berry Sr. ~Senior Pastor

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07/03/2021

Wilt thou not revive us again: that thy people may rejoice in thee?

Inspiration
Church folks love a good old fashioned revival. Guest speakers, special music, late nights, wonderful God experiences. Pastors usually call for revivals as a type of "booster shot" for the church. Revivals help to direct some much needed spiritual energy into the weary saints of God. But some revivals last for weeks, months, and years. It is in those places that God is truly reviving or "bringing back to life" dead hearts and souls. This prayer is a prayer for the believer whose soul is parched. It is a prayer of someone desperate to experience the joy of the heart. A prayer for revival is a prayer for renewal in the mind, heart and soul of the believer.

Prayer
Father, revive me. Fill my heart and soul with a new understanding of You. Where I have poured out to others in Your name, pour out to me. Let the revival in my heart spark a revival in those around me. Let it begin with me. Amen.

Wilt thou not revive us again: that thy people may rejoice in thee?

Inspiration
Church folks love a good old fashioned revival. Guest speakers, special music, late nights, wonderful God experiences. Pastors usually call for revivals as a type of "booster shot" for the church. Revivals help to direct some much needed spiritual energy into the weary saints of God. But some revivals last for weeks, months, and years. It is in those places that God is truly reviving or "bringing back to life" dead hearts and souls. This prayer is a prayer for the believer whose soul is parched. It is a prayer of someone desperate to experience the joy of the heart. A prayer for revival is a prayer for renewal in the mind, heart and soul of the believer.

Prayer
Father, revive me. Fill my heart and soul with a new understanding of You. Where I have poured out to others in Your name, pour out to me. Let the revival in my heart spark a revival in those around me. Let it begin with me. Amen.

[07/03/21]   Sticks and stones may break my Bones... But words can Also Hurt me!...

I remember my time in high school fondly: I was an active student with a bit of a wild side. Teachers often disagreed with my rebellious streak but put up with my behavior as long as I kept my grades up. One teacher, however, saw my rebellious side for what it truly was: a cry for help. She seemed to understand thoughts and anxieties that I had that I thought I concealed well considering nobody else seemed to notice them. I have her to thank for calming me down, because through conversations with her and her willingness to listen and offer me valid advice, I gained a mentor that I am today grateful for.
John the Baptist offered similar guidance to the masses. He had gained celebrity status, preaching to multitudes of people, crowds that were hungry for direction. He was more than willing to oblige, offering prophecies and advice that had scarcely been heard before. His preaching was viewed as a threat by those in power, eventually costing him his life (Matthew 14:1-12). It was not just the lowly and meek that sought his council and thirsted for his preaching; in these verses, government officials, tax collectors, and soldiers were among the multitudes clamoring to hear his voice. Like my teacher did to me, John was not afraid to speak harshly towards the masses, ridiculing them, calling them a "generation of vipers." This harshness is often what needs to be said but is hard to hear. Without John’s preaching, the world would have not been fully prepared to hear and interpret the message of Christ shortly thereafter.

07/01/2021

Away in the Manger...
It is not easy to always know which way God’s path is heading. Sometimes we may feel as though we are lost; sometimes we might need a little push in the right direction; sometimes we might be blazing our own trail. In these verses, the shepherds and Mary could not fully grasp or understand what God had in store for them at this time. It would seem impossible that they could comprehend the gravity of the situation and react accordingly. Their actions in these verses, however, also indicate that they have been touched by God and understand His majesty and power, wanting to spread it to anyone that will listen.
Think of Mary and the shepherds as examples to aspire to: how do we spread the message of Christ to others in our lives? It is true that God and angels intervened in their situations, but have we not been touched by God in our own lives? You may have heard the phrase "pay it forward." A positive story shared with friends can have a profound effect on their life. They may, in turn, "pay it forward," sharing another positive story or deed with another person. The actions that day, away in a manger, have had an enormously positive effect on the entire world for thousands of years! The actions and words of Mary, Joseph, and the shepherds have helped generations live in a more positive and meaningful way. We should take all these things and ponder on them within our hearts, until their innate truth is revealed, until their prophecies are fulfilled before our very eyes. Then share it with all the world, hoping that they share their own truths as a result.

Away in the Manger...
It is not easy to always know which way God’s path is heading. Sometimes we may feel as though we are lost; sometimes we might need a little push in the right direction; sometimes we might be blazing our own trail. In these verses, the shepherds and Mary could not fully grasp or understand what God had in store for them at this time. It would seem impossible that they could comprehend the gravity of the situation and react accordingly. Their actions in these verses, however, also indicate that they have been touched by God and understand His majesty and power, wanting to spread it to anyone that will listen.
Think of Mary and the shepherds as examples to aspire to: how do we spread the message of Christ to others in our lives? It is true that God and angels intervened in their situations, but have we not been touched by God in our own lives? You may have heard the phrase "pay it forward." A positive story shared with friends can have a profound effect on their life. They may, in turn, "pay it forward," sharing another positive story or deed with another person. The actions that day, away in a manger, have had an enormously positive effect on the entire world for thousands of years! The actions and words of Mary, Joseph, and the shepherds have helped generations live in a more positive and meaningful way. We should take all these things and ponder on them within our hearts, until their innate truth is revealed, until their prophecies are fulfilled before our very eyes. Then share it with all the world, hoping that they share their own truths as a result.

07/01/2021

But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption:

Inspiration
We are connected to God in a very real way. Through Christ, we are connected to God’s wisdom, righteousness, sanctification, and redemption. Everything that God is, we are because of our blood bond with Christ. The attributes of God, become our attributes, as well. The connection established between God and His child is permanent and unbreakable.

Prayer
Father, I love that you use the foolish thing to confound the wise and the weak things to shame the strong. That means that there is hope for me. I am both foolish and weak at times, so You might use me for Your glory. Help me to ready when the time comes that I have slain the giant. Be with me and allow Your power and glory to be revealed in me. Amen.

But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption:

Inspiration
We are connected to God in a very real way. Through Christ, we are connected to God’s wisdom, righteousness, sanctification, and redemption. Everything that God is, we are because of our blood bond with Christ. The attributes of God, become our attributes, as well. The connection established between God and His child is permanent and unbreakable.

Prayer
Father, I love that you use the foolish thing to confound the wise and the weak things to shame the strong. That means that there is hope for me. I am both foolish and weak at times, so You might use me for Your glory. Help me to ready when the time comes that I have slain the giant. Be with me and allow Your power and glory to be revealed in me. Amen.

06/30/2021
06/28/2021

Two are better than one...
These verses may not seem extraordinary at first glance, but the story is one that caused others to marvel. Zacharias and Elisabeth have a son. Zacharias was deaf and mute at the time, but he was a priest that was well-respected in the community. After Elisabeth gives birth, the community waits 8 days to name the child in line with traditions. A local priest helps to name the child after his father, Zacharias, which would be an honorable name. Elisabeth interjects, saying that the boy shall be named John. This act of defiance alone would bring some shame to Zacharias, and I am sure the community must have been embarrassed for him in a way. He was a priest, unable to speak and name his own son, and now his wife denies the name that the priest and community chose for the boy? Denies the name of his own father?
This is where the story takes its marvelous turn. Zacharias, deaf and mute, asks to write something. Nobody in his name has the name John. He cannot hear his wife say the name as well. He writes on the tablet that his son will be named John. This is more than a coincidence! It is God’s will at work.
You may have heard the phrase, "Go with your gut." Zacharias and Elisabeth trusted each other and, more importantly, trusted God to lead them to the right decision.

Two are better than one...
These verses may not seem extraordinary at first glance, but the story is one that caused others to marvel. Zacharias and Elisabeth have a son. Zacharias was deaf and mute at the time, but he was a priest that was well-respected in the community. After Elisabeth gives birth, the community waits 8 days to name the child in line with traditions. A local priest helps to name the child after his father, Zacharias, which would be an honorable name. Elisabeth interjects, saying that the boy shall be named John. This act of defiance alone would bring some shame to Zacharias, and I am sure the community must have been embarrassed for him in a way. He was a priest, unable to speak and name his own son, and now his wife denies the name that the priest and community chose for the boy? Denies the name of his own father?
This is where the story takes its marvelous turn. Zacharias, deaf and mute, asks to write something. Nobody in his name has the name John. He cannot hear his wife say the name as well. He writes on the tablet that his son will be named John. This is more than a coincidence! It is God’s will at work.
You may have heard the phrase, "Go with your gut." Zacharias and Elisabeth trusted each other and, more importantly, trusted God to lead them to the right decision.

06/28/2021

Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwelleth in him, and he in God.

Inspiration
A confession of faith is the cornerstone of Christianity. This confession is required to any Christian for salvation. But it cannot be just a confession of words. It must be a confession of the heart. When we believe in our heart and confess with our mouths that Christ is the Son of God, we are saved. God then abides in us, and we abide in Him.

Prayer
Lord, I believe in my heart that Jesus Christ is Your Son, who died for my sins. I confess Him with my mouth and seek to follow Him all my days. I thank You for sending Your son to die for me. I thank You for abiding within me and may I abide with You, my Lord. Amen.

Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwelleth in him, and he in God.

Inspiration
A confession of faith is the cornerstone of Christianity. This confession is required to any Christian for salvation. But it cannot be just a confession of words. It must be a confession of the heart. When we believe in our heart and confess with our mouths that Christ is the Son of God, we are saved. God then abides in us, and we abide in Him.

Prayer
Lord, I believe in my heart that Jesus Christ is Your Son, who died for my sins. I confess Him with my mouth and seek to follow Him all my days. I thank You for sending Your son to die for me. I thank You for abiding within me and may I abide with You, my Lord. Amen.

06/28/2021

Do not be afraid! The Lord is with you...
There are few cases of faith as impressive as with Joseph. In the church, Mary receives far more attention than Joseph, but I believe that his faith was tested in a very similar way. Many men are insecure about the idea of an unfaithful partner. Faced with a pregnant wife that he knows he did not have s*x with, Joseph is met with a serious dilemma: does he trust her or does he do what many would do and believe that she was unfaithful? His faith was so strong that he was able to remain steadfast, patient with his love for Mary and for God. As the title of this devotional suggests, God was with him all along, reassuring him when he most needed it.
In the verse directly preceding these verses, Joseph plans to send Mary away secretly so that she would not be disgraced. We can assume that this was a difficult decision for Joseph: he was choosing to send away the woman that he wanted to marry. He had been faithful to her and she now told him that she was pregnant. He must have felt alone and still wanted to treat her with respect even though he thought that she might not have reciprocated this. God came to him, reassured him, rewarding him for his faith. By rewarding Joseph and Mary, God rewarded us all. They were never alone, and neither are we.

Do not be afraid! The Lord is with you...
There are few cases of faith as impressive as with Joseph. In the church, Mary receives far more attention than Joseph, but I believe that his faith was tested in a very similar way. Many men are insecure about the idea of an unfaithful partner. Faced with a pregnant wife that he knows he did not have s*x with, Joseph is met with a serious dilemma: does he trust her or does he do what many would do and believe that she was unfaithful? His faith was so strong that he was able to remain steadfast, patient with his love for Mary and for God. As the title of this devotional suggests, God was with him all along, reassuring him when he most needed it.
In the verse directly preceding these verses, Joseph plans to send Mary away secretly so that she would not be disgraced. We can assume that this was a difficult decision for Joseph: he was choosing to send away the woman that he wanted to marry. He had been faithful to her and she now told him that she was pregnant. He must have felt alone and still wanted to treat her with respect even though he thought that she might not have reciprocated this. God came to him, reassured him, rewarding him for his faith. By rewarding Joseph and Mary, God rewarded us all. They were never alone, and neither are we.

06/28/2021

For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly.For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die.

Inspiration
It is amazing how selfish we can be sometimes. A line of traffic on a busy street. We’ve been waiting for what seems like forever at a traffic light. Out of the corner of our eye, we see a car trying to pull out of a parking lot, the driver desperately looking for an opening. We avert our eyes and grip the steering wheel, determined not to give an inch. Someone else can make that sacrifice. Selfish, our selfish nature makes it very difficult to understand the great sacrifice Christ made for us. When we were useless sinners, when we were absolutely powerless, He chose to die for us. Sinners….who hated God, who delighted in the very things God hates. He died for us. It’s hard to get our selfish brains wrapped around that notion. We were on the verge of perishing and He gave Himself away to save us. Who does that? What a great friend Christ is to us! That He would lay down His life to save such selfish, sinful beings.That is what is most amazing about His sacrifice. If we had all been good, righteous people--then perhaps it is understandable that He would be willing to die for us. But we were ungodly. And He STILL died for us. The depth of His love was such that, even in our sin, He loved us and died for us. He took our sin upon Himself. He knew about everything we ever did or ever would do. It didn’t matter. He did it anyway. His unwavering love for us sent him to the cross.

Prayer
Lord, I am overwhelmed when I think about what You did for me on that cross. You didn’t have to. You could have averted your eyes and looked away from my sin in disgust. Instead, You looked at me with love and You did for me what I could not do for myself. I thank You, Lord, for dying for me, so that I might live with You eternally. Help me to live a life on this earth that is worthy of Your sacrifice and help me to defeat my selfish nature that I may give to others as You have given to me. Amen.

For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly.For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die.

Inspiration
It is amazing how selfish we can be sometimes. A line of traffic on a busy street. We’ve been waiting for what seems like forever at a traffic light. Out of the corner of our eye, we see a car trying to pull out of a parking lot, the driver desperately looking for an opening. We avert our eyes and grip the steering wheel, determined not to give an inch. Someone else can make that sacrifice. Selfish, our selfish nature makes it very difficult to understand the great sacrifice Christ made for us. When we were useless sinners, when we were absolutely powerless, He chose to die for us. Sinners….who hated God, who delighted in the very things God hates. He died for us. It’s hard to get our selfish brains wrapped around that notion. We were on the verge of perishing and He gave Himself away to save us. Who does that? What a great friend Christ is to us! That He would lay down His life to save such selfish, sinful beings.That is what is most amazing about His sacrifice. If we had all been good, righteous people--then perhaps it is understandable that He would be willing to die for us. But we were ungodly. And He STILL died for us. The depth of His love was such that, even in our sin, He loved us and died for us. He took our sin upon Himself. He knew about everything we ever did or ever would do. It didn’t matter. He did it anyway. His unwavering love for us sent him to the cross.

Prayer
Lord, I am overwhelmed when I think about what You did for me on that cross. You didn’t have to. You could have averted your eyes and looked away from my sin in disgust. Instead, You looked at me with love and You did for me what I could not do for myself. I thank You, Lord, for dying for me, so that I might live with You eternally. Help me to live a life on this earth that is worthy of Your sacrifice and help me to defeat my selfish nature that I may give to others as You have given to me. Amen.

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