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Stories by Rev. Mark Broadhead

Stories by Rev. Mark Broadhead

For God’s Sake: Remember how you have been forgiven and then freely forgive others

October 2, 2023
Jonah lived in the country of Israel more than 700 years before the birth of Jesus Christ. Israel’s greatest enemy at that time was the country of Assyria.

For God’s Sake: Read or listen not for quantity, but for quality

September 19, 2023
There is a meme going around that says: My wife just stopped and said, “You weren’t even listening, were you?” I thought… “That’s a pretty weird way to start a conversation!”
Have you realized there is a difference between hearing and listening? Yes. There definitely is.

For God’s Sake: Make time to sit and be still for a short time

August 8, 2023
During the Spanish-American War, some transport ships with supplies for General Shafter’s army found it impossible to drop anchor off the coast of Cuba and were compelled to steam slowly back and forth along the coast.

For God’s Sake: Remember to focus your heart and thoughts on God

August 2, 2023
This week I am providing you with 4 daily devotions for your reflection and prayer. Some may fit with circumstances in your life, some may not.

For God’s Sake: Live the gospel of Jesus Christ and bring honor to our Lord

July 18, 2023
Have you ever interacted with someone who challenges you – and not in a good way? I refer to the type of person who “has to be myself” and says whatever is on their mind whether it is good, irritating, or hurtful. They step on toes, and the feelings of others don’t matter.

For God’s Sake: Heard of a lonely person? Reach out.

May 31, 2023
Angela Goodman of Vancouver, British Columbia, wrote: It was Christmas, 1968. I had just emigrated from England to Canada, and I didn’t know a soul. As Christmas Day approached, I felt homesick and lonely in a strange city. Being of the Jewish faith, my family never really celebrated Christmas, but mother always cooked the traditional kosher turkey. No tree or presents. We only listened to the Queen’s message.

For God’s Sake: We can turn to the Bible for our definition of faith

April 10, 2023
Often, when faced with reports that stretch the imagination, we want proof. Even when those who report what seems to be impossible are reliable witnesses, we still struggle to believe them. That’s what happened to Thomas when his friends told him that Jesus had visited them the evening of his resurrection (John 20:19-29).

For God’s Sake: From what will you fast? With what will you replace it?

March 20, 2023
The season of Lent is now about half over as we move toward the celebration of Easter. The time of Lent is often seen as a time of fasting. No, this does not mean driving faster in your vehicle to try to beat the red light. It doesn’t mean running faster as you go for your daily run.

For God’s Sake: Listen to the teachings of Jesus

March 6, 2023
There is an old Chinese proverb that says “if your enemy wrongs you, buy his children drums.” Revenge. How often people want to seek revenge to make another person hurt the way we have been made to hurt. This is how most people want to react. Unfortunately, revenge perpetuates itself.

For God’s Sake: Human life cannot not be replaced

February 27, 2023
When my telephone rang at 12:50 a.m. the person identified herself as a dispatcher with the police department and asked if I was the police chaplain on call. I said I was. She then said there was an accident at the intersection in front of the church I served and my presence was being requested.
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