Mark Rauch
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One Sam Gives Us Another

Think you’ve got it bad?  Well, for this celebration of Uncle Sam’s birthday, I’d like to tell you just a little of another Sam – a true story.Sam was the 4th child of 12 that his mother, Mary, bore;  but he was one of the only 3 who survived past age 2.  Mary yet encouraged Sam’s faith in God;  so he married Elizabeth, a minister’s daughter who had more than just Christian faith in common with Sam.  She, too, was one of only 3 who survived to adulthood out of the 12 children born to her own…See More
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Dec 31, 2013
Mark Rauch posted a blog post

Be Encouraged to Draw Nigh to God

"Draw nigh to God, and He will draw nigh to you." (James 4:8a)  That is a promise from God that, as you desire and seek to get closer to Him, He will draw nearer to you.  So if that's what you're endeavoring to do right now: to get closer to God, then take comfort in that promise.  Your time is not wasted.God's Word is full of promises.  God cannot break His promises.  They are guarantees -- set in stone -- "you can take 'em to the bank" -- they will not, cannot fail.  But, of course, in order…See More
Oct 25, 2012
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Salty Scandals

Jesus called His followers “the salt of the earth” (Matthew 5:13).  One characteristic of salt, especially in Bible times, is its usefulness as a preservative.  This is the idea behind God’s willingness to spare Sodom & Gomorrah for just 10 righteous.  Those 10 would have been enough grains of salt to preserve these 2 cities with all their inhabitants.  But God only found 4 grains, and 1 of them apparently had lost her saltiness – at least the right kind of saltiness (because she turned…See More
Jun 9, 2012
Mark Rauch left a comment for Jonathan Grubbs
"Brother Grubbs, thank you for your article in the latest Communion together.  I referenced your article in a blog post on here, in case you're interested ...."
Nov 5, 2011
Mark Rauch posted a blog post

The Lord's Table: A Celebration of Grace

It was encouraging to read Jonathan Grubbs’ article entitled "Toward a Christ-Centered Theology of Communion" in the Nov/Dec 2011 edition of the Communion together.  For a few years now, I’ve been privileged to attend a church that serves the communion elements on a weekly basis.  Just prior to the elements being served by the elders of the congregation, our pastor offers a short exhortation –…See More
Nov 5, 2011
Mark Rauch commented on Gordon Steinke's blog post Biblical Perspective on Marriage... continued
"Wayne Grudem has done some extensive work specifically on the understood meaning behind the use of the word kephale.  I think he makes some pretty persuasive arguments.  Check out the…"
Nov 5, 2011
Philip Williams commented on Mark Rauch's blog post Only A Few Good Men?
"Thanks Bro. Mark for taking the time to share the insight.  Over the years this topic seems to be more about power struggles rather than responisbility.  For too long men have been shierking their responsibility as the leaders in their…"
May 5, 2011
Jimmie R. Morris commented on Mark Rauch's blog post Only A Few Good Men?
"After reading your post it reminded me of a series of devotionals I wrote for my home congregation. After coming back to the Lord after having made a number of very bad decisions that almost took my family from me God gave me an awakening. It never…"
May 4, 2011
Paul Fausnight commented on Mark Rauch's blog post Only A Few Good Men?
"Amen--well said, Mark!  This message is absolutely critical to the church, and it is one that has been sadly neglected for generations.  As I've said repeatedly on this site, we MUST raise our children up in the "nurture and…"
Apr 28, 2011
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Apr 27, 2011
Mark Rauch posted a blog post

Only A Few Good Men?

I’ve been thinking a lot about Dr. Gordon Steinke’s article entitled "A Biblical Perspective of Marriage" in the Jan/Feb edition of the Communion together.  Now I’d like to weigh in on the discussion. I’ve heard Ravi Zacharias (perhaps quoting another) say, “Intent is prior to content.”  This is not necessarily to say that intent is more important than content, but it does affect how we perceive what another says.  For example, if my wife makes a joke about my German nose, I can laugh with her…See More
Apr 27, 2011
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Apr 20, 2011

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One Sam Gives Us Another

Think you’ve got it bad?  Well, for this celebration of Uncle Sam’s birthday, I’d like to tell you just a little of another Sam – a true story.

Sam was the 4th child of 12 that his mother, Mary, bore;  but he was one of the only 3 who survived past age 2.  Mary yet encouraged Sam’s faith in God;  so he married Elizabeth, a minister’s daughter who had more than just Christian faith in common with Sam.  She, too, was one of only 3 who survived to adulthood out of the…

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Posted on July 3, 2014 at 7:00pm

Incognito

Ha! That was fun.  ~  You other Dads have done it, too, right?  As I saw my 2-yr-old about to enter my office, I threw on a disguise, and he looked at me as if to say, "Umm, I think I know you, but I'm not sure I want you to get very close ...." :)  He was bold enough to shake my hand; and then when I pulled off the mask, he & I both laughed.

Does God do that, too, sometimes?  Something crazy in your life makes you wonder, "Is God doing this?  Or…

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Posted on December 31, 2013 at 2:00am

How long halt ye between two opinions?

What will Americans do when hit by a severe drought?  Cut themselves?  Shout louder?  I can see them doing that, crying out to Baal, ... er, I mean, FEMA, the POTUS, HUD, the IRS, NSA, or whatever name he goes by now.  And it'll likely have a similar effect to that of some 28.5 centuries ago ...

Posted on December 31, 2013 at 1:56am

Take me tired; I'm home.

hark Mere: Been a post since I've whiled something here, and I shouldn't probably now, since I didn't get much night last sleep.

Posted on December 31, 2013 at 1:52am

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