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So, What Do I Call You?

Over the course of my 40+ years of life I have been called many names, some kind and some very unkind. I’m pretty sure I have been called every name in the book.  But one of the most common questions I get either out in public when people find out I am a Pastor or even…

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Ministry Should Never Be a Substitute!

 I will never forget the feelings I felt the first time I saw my wife standing in my mother’s kitchen. I knew from the moment I saw her that she was the one I would marry. It was the first time I had ever felt that way about another woman. Over the course of our…

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Got Mad at My Kids, Then Got Mad at Myself!

This is a picture of my ride. Took 3 years riding in a non-air conditioned 95 Honda Accord with 160,000 miles then saving up enough to afford my Nissan Maxima. When I first bought it I washed it weekly and cared for it in ways that would frustrate my wife Someris sometimes. This is my…

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Why You Shouldn’t Invite People to Church First!

Christmas and 2019 are just around the corner? It’s a time filled with postcards, shopping, for many stress in our consumer driven worlds. But it’s also a time where Pastors, church leaders, and social media will be buzzing with creative Christmas events designed to help make the process of inviting friends and family members to…

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Update From India #3

Yesterday we drove four hours to the Region of Rawrangal. I’m pretty sure I misspelled it. It was a long 4 hour road trip on some very wild stretches of roads. The teams spent a great deal of time preparing for activities they were going to do with the children of the orphanage we visited.…

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Update From India #2

Life is full of first time experiences. For me this was the first time I have ever been up for 2 whole days, the minute we arrived we hit the ground running and didn’t stop. Yesterday was a day unlike any other after taking part in a service for lepers. As the van pulled up…

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Update From India

God bless you Riverside Church! What a travel adventure this has been. First we departed at 11pm on Thursday and after almost 20 hours worth of flying we finally arrived in India on Saturday at 4:30am with literally just 3 hours to rest up and enjoy a nice breakfast our hosts made for us! At…

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The Purpose for the Question

Here I am on the morning before I head out on a missions trip for the next ten days. Going through the usual checklists, finishing touches on sermons I plan on teaching while I am in country….you know? Thinking I’m a big shot minister! When I hear that gentle voice calling my name. Many of…

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What a Week!

Dear Riverside Family, It truly has been an emotion-filled week. As a Pastor I have cried with some of you at the loss of loved ones, comforted others while getting some shocking and disturbing medical reports, we have suffered and hurt with others as they have dealt with huge injustices, but equal to that we…

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A Note from Pastor Mark

God bless you Riverside Church and friends of Riverside! I wanted to take a moment and briefly share a reflection that has been on my heart recently. One that I hope will inspire you to remember the important role you play in helping the world know and understand the power and love of Jesus more.…

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