cutsplit.jpeg

Cut & Split NEW!

by Mark Brunner

 

Devotions inspired by living with trees.

 

72 pages, softcover–This Passing Day, 2019  $7.99

Check out hundreds of past devotions
Latest Devotions
archives.jpg

Bowling that last frame

Welcome to This Passing Day. I’m Mark Brunner. My friend, may I ask you a question today? If Christ has perfected us from top to bottom with his consistent appeal to each of us to strive for perfection in and through him, is there a need to fear how we appear before God? Will we will pass final inspection because of his perfection alone? My friend, life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. For a video link to this devotion, go to: https://www.facebook.com/pg/This-Passing-Day-145496735472053/videos/ When I added on to our home years ago I was confined to a fairly strict building code. The code dictated how the frame was to be constructed, the walls built, the plumbing run, as well as the

Standing small

Welcome to This Passing Day. I’m Mark Brunner. My friend, may I ask you a question today? While it’s natural to stand tall as to who we are and what we do so as to prevent despair, there’s a time and place for that. However, when we face the Lord daily with our needs, wants, fears and troubles, is that the time to stand small or stand small? My friend, life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. For a video link to this devotion, go to: https://www.facebook.com/pg/This-Passing-Day-/videos/?ref=page_internal I am now on the far side of 60-years-old. My next milestone will be 70. Although I have been a Grandfather for nearly 13 years now, I thought at first I never really fit that picture. Th

Walk and not feint

Welcome to This Passing Day. I’m Mark Brunner. My friend, may I ask you a question today? Since God uses our alone time to remind us that he’s in control of our lives–do you walk with deliberateness and uprightly in his presence, or do you run ahead, ignoring where he wants you to go? My friend, life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. For a video link to this devotion, go to: https://www.facebook.com/pg/This-Passing-Day-145496735472053/videos/ Every weekday morning now for over 35 years I have employed a morning walk. In the beginning it was merely for the sake of exercise as I had been motivated by a book on exercise the publisher I worked for at the time had just published. The early

A boss to love?

Welcome to This Passing Day. I’m Mark Brunner. My friend, may I ask you a question today? Since obedience is often challenging as it predicates removing the focus on us and limiting as well our freedom, how difficult do you find it to obey God when he presents you with the opportunity to obey him rather than yourself or someone of the world? My friend, life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. For a video link to this devotion, go to: https://www.facebook.com/pg/This-Passing-Day-145496735472053/videos/ Bosses. I’ve had many over the course of nearly 45 years of employment. Some were Boards, some managers, some customers when I was self-employed, and others company executives. I’ve worked

Obeying the light

Welcome to This Passing Day. I’m Mark Brunner. My friend, may I ask you a question today? When we regard our fears over God’s promises, are we refusing God’s protection in favor of a path we feel is better for us? What are God’s expectations at this point; is he looking for a reflexive response or one more thought out yet compliant? My friend, life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. For a video link to this devotion, go to: https://www.facebook.com/pg/This-Passing-Day-/videos/?ref=page_internal Our Wiener Dogs are fairly typical for Wiener Dogs. They like to dig, hunt, run and, of course, be obstinate. The dogs have a stubborn nature about them, as any Wiener Dog owner can testify. As l

Glamorous add-adds?

Welcome to This Passing Day. I’m Mark Brunner. My friend, may I ask you a question today? We all need to ask this question: If in the end our goal is to end up with the truth, are the glamorous add-on’s like video, audio and all the other technical accoutrements of Christian broadcasting making that truth clearer or not? My friend, life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. This Passing Day ministry has been around for nearly twenty years now. Since 1999 we’ve grown from an email ministry to a few to a multi-media one reaching thousands. In the beginning a simple daily devotion was sent out to subscribers and they read it. Most at the time had little idea of who I was, what I looked or sou

The right counsel

Welcome to This Passing Day. I’m Mark Brunner. My friend, may I ask you a question today? When God tells you he has your goodness in mind no matter the circumstances in your life, do you believe him? Even though your journey might still be challenging, are you able to live with that and trust in him and not your fears? My friend, life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. When I was a little boy I was quite afraid of the dark. Darkness, in my 8-year-old world, dwelt in the basement at the bottom of the stairs. Even though I could turn the stair lights on and see into the darkness, there was darkness beyond the basement threshold that required a short walk to a pull chain in the ceiling, li

Un-payable debt!

Welcome to This Passing Day. I’m Mark Brunner. My friend, may I ask you a question today? How far are you willing to go to be indebted to someone? Are you willing to carry that indebted for a lifetime? How willing are you to serve that indebtedness? My friend, life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. When we were in the home market 30 years ago we were relying on a budget that was very limited and the optimum selling price for our 60 year-old home at the time. Unfortunately home values suddenly decreased and it became a buyer’s market. We weren’t able to sell our house for what we had hoped for. When we found the home we wanted it came with a price that was slightly out of our price rang

Keep on shining?

Welcome to This Passing Day. I’m Mark Brunner. My friend, may I ask you a question today? When you do things wrong and open yourself up to criticism, even perhaps a rebuke, how do you react? Do you scurry for the safety of self-denigration, or, even worse, look for blame elsewhere? Do you lose our luster when things go bad? My friend, life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. When I worked as a young editor at a publishing company decades ago I had the experience of working with an older gentleman, Charlie, now long since gone to be with the Lord, who had one of the most amazing personalities I’ve ever known. He was kind, a very gentle spirit. He was also quite clumsy at times. I remember

What's on your shelf?

Welcome to This Passing Day. I’m Mark Brunner. My friend, may I ask you a question today? Do you have a hero in your life that you look up to? If so, have you ever given any thought as to why and how that person rated such status in your life? My friend, life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. For years I’ve kept a small bookshelf in my office. Items on the shelf have come and gone. There was the model car that reigned up front for years. It eventually was retired, having lost its novelty, it acquired a reputation for merely collecting dust. I had a small coffee mug up there for a while as well. It was moved to another location over the years and I’ve lost track of it. For a brief time

Group think?

Welcome to This Passing Day. I’m Mark Brunner. My friend, may I ask you a question today? Do you like to work alone or are you more comfortable working in a group? When it comes to doing the work of the Kingdom of God, did you know that God has a preference for how the work needs to get done? My friend, life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. Here at Beech Springs there are some tasks that I would call one-man jobs and, then again, there are others that I would term one-man optional–group preferred. The one-man jobs usually have something to do with close quarters or specific skills. For example, if I’m replacing an outdoor switch or outlet, that would be the kind of job that would nece

It's the cause!

Welcome to This Passing Day. I’m Mark Brunner. My friend, may I ask you a question today? If you want to get things done, do you often find yourself shutting others out of your life? Do you feel that the best work is your work and the most efficient way of getting that work done is to make sure you do it? My friend, life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. “If you want to get things done, you just have to do it yourself!” How often have you reminded yourself of this obvious truth? You ask someone to do something and they either don’t do it well or they omit doing it altogether. Parents are most familiar with this adage. You assign a chore and discover quickly that shortcuts were taken an

Their fair share?

Welcome to This Passing Day. I’m Mark Brunner. My friend, may I ask you a question today? Are you looking forward to retirement? Did you know that even though God understands how age can make us slower and less able, he doesn’t countenance our unwillingness to work as hard as we can as long as we can? My friend, life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I really have no motivation to retire soon. My work requires the ability to think, write and make decisions; so as long as the brain cooperates, I hope to continue to keep working. Besides, I can’t find the concept of retirement in the Bible. The Patriarchs like Abram, Isaac, Jacob, Moses et. al., pushed on until the last breath and then t

Flying high without God?

Welcome to This Passing Day. I’m Mark Brunner. My friend, may I ask you a question today? Are you self reliant when it comes to facing life’s many challenges? If so, have you left room for a total reliance on God to guide you through challenges before you tackle them on your own, or is God your backup? My friend, life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. Having raised four children I’ve had the opportunity to help each to learn to ride a bike. A traumatic experience for most kids, learning to pedal a bicycle without training wheels in place will often cause a great degree of anxiety. While each of my children wanted to be able to ride without the aid of the safeguarding training wheels, i

A loyal Spirit

Welcome to This Passing Day. I’m Mark Brunner. My friend, may I ask you a question today? How loyal are you to the home team, the Lord God Almighty, Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit? Is your loyalty unquestionable despite circumstance or time in your life? My friend, life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. What does it mean to be loyal? I remember talking to a friend recently who had moved from Milwaukee to Chicago. While living in Milwaukee he was, what he termed, a loyal Milwaukee Brewers fan. He attended as many games as he could, cheered for the team, and followed them closely in the media. When I ran into him the topic of baseball came up. “How about those Cubs?” he asked me. A bit

A critical Spirit

Welcome to This Passing Day. I’m Mark Brunner. My friend, may I ask you a question today? Are your worst fears ever actually realized? Or, when you face those fears is it commonplace for them to become more of a droopy old hound dog than a snarling wolf? My friend, life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. Nothing can get a person off-track faster than having to handle the unexpected with a small window for decision. Life it seems is often filled with the unexpected, especially when like me routine and the expected are the Holy Grail of how I live my days. Pop quizzes in college, for example, rank right up there with the many heinous triggers that could sink me emotionally in a matter of

A visionary Spirit?

Welcome to This Passing Day. I’m Mark Brunner. My friend, may I ask you a question today? Did you ever notice that often things are ugly before they become beautiful? For example, butterflies don’t start out life with shimmering wings, but with a hairy, segmented body. They don’t launch out into life, they crawl before they can fly. My friend, life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. Recently I ran into a very unexpected wall of criticism that literally knocked me flat on my back. Cruising along through a pretty good day, I received a phone call from a friend. That call was brimming with well-deserved criticism directed at a momentary lack of leadership initiate I had shown. I took it p

A calculating Spirit

Welcome to This Passing Day. I’m Mark Brunner. My friend, may I ask you a question today? How good are you at giving God the things you’ve calculated will add up to a successful day? Are you sure that the sum of events at the end of each day will add up to the outcome you planned on? My friend, life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I go to the bank every Friday. Some weeks deposits are easy since there are only a few checks or transactions to deal with. However, there are weeks when that isn’t the case and a great deal of calculating needs to be done. I’m in the habit of using deposit slips; manually filling them out by hand, totalling everything and handing the sometimes large stack

A fretting Spirit?

Welcome to This Passing Day. I’m Mark Brunner. My friend, may I ask you a question today? While the events of the day foretell a fretting Spirit of God, we know that God does not fret. If he’s then at peace; perhaps we can share his peace by simply realizing his rest and accepting an invitation to join him in it? My friend, life's a story, welcome to This Passing Day. Here’s a question we all need to ask of ourselves every day: Is God busy today? It seems like a natural question when you think about the state of the world we live in. Violence if rife. Wars continue endlessly. The world is divided by ideas no one seems able to bridge. The murder rate is up and more people own guns now than ev

The economy of God

Welcome to This Passing Day. My friend, may I ask you a question today? It’s common for us to approach God with a sin, prepared confidently to give it to him and get it off our chest. Yet, did you ever experience how quickly the holiness of God reveals a concentration of sin we’ve been carrying but really didn’t feel the load? My friend, lifes a story, welcome to This Passing Day. When I graduated from college many years ago I graduated with a double major. One major was law enforcement. Within weeks I began searching for a job, applying to a number of departments in the area which generated several interviews. The first step in the interview process was, of course, the application. One of t

Today's

Stuff

Ravi Zacharias

Other Voices:

Ravi Zacharias & Frances Schaeffer

This Passing Day Bible Studies

bible study
This Passing Day Devotional Studies
commentary on bible
Do you have a prayer request?

Send me an email requesting 5 devotions on any particular topic and I will send them to you.

Mark

Subscribe Here
Mark Brunner
for This Passing Day

This Passing Day is here for you and to glorify and praise Jesus Christ, our Lord. I hope that you enjoy the devotions and other resources found here. Please remember to pray for this ministry and pass it on to a friend when you get a chance.

 

God bless your day in Christ! 

Mark

Need a Sunday break? Click on Mark and book him for a Wednesday or Sunday service.

© 2020 by This Passing Day  / 9503 Town Line Road, Kewaskum, WI 53040  /  414/412-1820 /  markcbbrunner@thispassingday.com