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by Mark Brunner

 

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Comes with the territory?

Welcome to This Passing Day. I’m Mark Brunner. My friend, may I ask you a question today? The question is, does living within our “father’s house” (as Jesus calls it) require a dedication to the probability that, at times, it will be tedious, even commotional as the spiritual noise of living in and through the often disturbing moments of our earthly lives, will probably become intense. 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 house is a busy place. Even though Holly and I have raised a family and each is now on their own, it doesn’t mean our home is an empty ne

Revisionist thinking?

Welcome to This Passing Day. I’m Mark Brunner. My friend, may I ask you a question today? Our relationship with Jesus Christ ought to be considered with this in mind: will it be as much work as we think? Perhaps living the Christian life of sacrifice isn’t as much something we need to get through as something we will find of benefit getting into? 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/ Life is full of what I call revisionist jobs. These are among the jobs that you put off for a variety of reasons. Finally there comes a time when you can’t kick the can down the road a

Communion

Welcome to This Passing Day. I’m Mark Brunner. My friend, may I ask you a question today? Is there a sweetness given each of us to share despite the gruesome reality of our Savior’s passion? Are we thankful? Perhaps we keep coming back to the cross because we’re compelled to know more of Christ’s purposes despite the fact these must always lie just beyond our deepest knowing. 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/ Holly and I enjoy vacationing on the shores of Lake Superior. For us it’s a long drive of over six hours, a drive that I used to make without much effort.

High performance transformation!

Welcome to This Passing Day. I’m Mark Brunner. My friend, may I ask you a question today? Did you know that Jesus desires high-performance disciples but most often starts with a low performance model? Are you really nothing more than a nice little Pontiac wanting to be a GTO? 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/ Over the years I’ve owned many cars; but only one Muscle Car. My 1966 Pontiac Lemans didn’t begin life that way, however, as it lacked the power of a GTO, its muscle car big brother, as well as the other trappings of a GTO. The bodies of both cars were ide

Parsley on a platter of fish

Welcome to This Passing Day. I’m Mark Brunner. My friend, may I ask you a question today? How useful are to to God? Are there certain skills that you have that merit your ministry? Or, does God simply not care about your innate talents or abilities? Perhaps he is looking for something to work with that is emptied completely of self? 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 When I was in college I took a part-time job with a grocery store in the area. The ad in the newspaper said something to the effect, “Stockers needed–no experience necessary. Will train–call mana

Accountable work?

Welcome to This Passing Day. I’m Mark Brunner. My friend, may I ask you a question today? How compelling is the work that you do every day? Is it yours to command or yours to do? When it comes to the work that God calls you to do for him, is the role that you play really compelling at all? My friend, life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. www.facebook.com/pg/This-Passing-Day-145496735472053/videos/ There is a fan mounted on a brace at the 26 foot level of our Great Room here at Beech Springs. The fan was installed prior to us moving into the house nearly thirty years ago, and over time it has required repairs to it. Those repairs, however simple, are by the nature of the fan’s inaccess

Learning to live a holy life

Welcome to This Passing Day. I’m Mark Brunner. My friend, may I ask you a question today? Are you looking for God to give you an overcoming life, or a life that you can overcome? Do you and I need to try that life on, accept its pitfalls and challenges, in order to learn that our goal is to live a godly life in spite of life’s many challenges? 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/ Recently Holly and I bought a new car. Even though our last vehicle was only two years-old, as technology advances, two years in the auto industry today is a long time in terms of techno

Gofer for Christ

Welcome to This Passing Day. I’m Mark Brunner. My friend, may I ask you a question today? Is waiting for God making you go to sleep? Is a level of effort required? How willing are you to embrace the ability to do nothing until a holy command is given? 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/ I’m a do-it-yourself guy. If it needs fixing, I can do that. If it needs building, I will do that as well. I’ve never been hesitant to attack a carpentry, masonry, plumbing, roofing, electrical or landscaping job with a set of decent tools and an appreciable amount of know-how ac

Amo, amas, amat!

Welcome to This Passing Day. I’m Mark Brunner. My friend, may I ask you a question today? Are there details in your life that need some polishing, a bit of cleaning up, or perhaps require some major restoration? I believe that God uses attention to detail and repetition to help us get a leg-up on this. 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/ Although my Latin is sketchy these days, there was a time that I was somewhat proficient at it. I studied four years of Latin in High School and graduated to a level of not only being able to roughly speak it, but to be able to t

Painting your faith

Welcome to This Passing Day. I’m Mark Brunner. My friend, may I ask you a question today? Often disappointments come out of nowhere, leaving us empty with despair. Without something to remind us that perhaps we aren’t thinking rightly or searching in the right places to level out our expectations, is despair all we have to look forward to? My friend, life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. https://www.facebook.com/pg/This-Passing-Day-145496735472053/videos/ Life is full of people who let us down. Hardly a day goes by in most lives where hopes aren’t threatened by someone who didn’t live up to expectations. As a supervisor I once had to fire a friend for cause. It still ranks today as on

Wonder and confidence?

Welcome to This Passing Day. I’m Mark Brunner. My friend, may I ask you a question today? We look ahead into our lives and see clouds in our path, trouble that seem to arise out of nowhere. We ponder what it holds for us and speculate what might be our fate if we walk into it. But although trouble appears to block our way, will we often that walking through it presents a clearer path than we thought possible? 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/ Since I walk nearly every morning I have the opportunity to walk in many different elements. This time of the year there

A repeat performance?

Welcome to This Passing Day. I’m Mark Brunner. My friend, may I ask you a question today? Does God daily tell us that as each day begins with his good grace, the day itself deserves our fullest purpose? In that sense, does our daily labor glorify him, giving it purpose to be lived out with as much gusto as it had begun in his grace? 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 My brothers and I worked for a farmer many years ago feeding cattle and generally doing odd jobs around the place. Occasionally when there was a break in the work his wife would pour my brothers

Humbug?

Welcome to This Passing Day. I’m Mark Brunner. My friend, may I ask you a question today? When it comes to your relationship with God, is there ever any room for less than total honesty? Failing the test of total honesty when in God’s presence is particularly troubling. God forgives a humbug but will he tolerate one? 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 have four grandsons. The oldest is nearly thirteen, so he’s had years to accommodate himself to the nuances of knowing his Papa Brunner. The other three are getting there as well. I’ve always been a bit of a t

Hidden treasures

Welcome to This Passing Day. I’m Mark Brunner. My friend, may I ask you a question today? Are many of Jesus’ teaching difficult for your to understand? How about blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth? On the surface doesn’t this seem contradictory? Or are we overlooking the diamond that is hidden in this blessing? 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/ The Beech nuts are beginning to fall here at Beech Springs. The decks around the house will soon be carpeted with them and sweeping will become a twice-daily task for my wife Holly. Last night as the s

Trusting in our guilt

Welcome to This Passing Day. I’m Mark Brunner. My friend, may I ask you a question today? When looking for that lost spiritual tool starts out with an innocent notion that I really DID have that tool at my grasp but simply set it aside for a moment, how quickly that changes to a lie when the tool is not to be easily found. 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/ I am in the habit of putting things half away. All of my tools have a home on my workbench, in the garage, in a drawer of my red toolbox sitting on my workbench. When I need a tool I’ll go to the toolbox and

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