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by Mark Brunner

 

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

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Light up eternity?

My friend, may I ask you a question? Someday when Jesus returns will our opportunity to reflect the light of his gospel have passed? When we walk without regard for the light, will the outcome be the one we envisioned? My friend, life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I’m Mark Brunner. For a video link to this devotion, go to: https://www.facebook.com/145496735472053/videos/1608988819122830/ Recently I had an appointment in town with someone whose address was unfamiliar to me. I called and left a message on his phone asking him for the address. Later he called back and graciously gave it to me over the phone. As I was in the garage at the time looking for a screwdriver, I didn’t have a

The peace of God?

My friend, may I ask you a question? Losing things has a real way of spoiling the day, doesn’t it? Is there anything worse than frantically searching for a lost item and not finding it? Life becomes hectic, even disturbing, without peace, in those instances–right? My friend, life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I’m Mark Brunner. For a video link to this devotion, go to: https://www.facebook.com/145496735472053/videos/1608073642547681/ Recently I lost my hearing aids. I was about to go on a trip that would take me away for a week and was concerned that I wouldn’t find them in time. Sitting down at the kitchen table with Holly, I tried to clear my mind and think as to where I put them.

When others walk out?

My friend, may I ask you a question? Think about it. How many times have you hidden yourself or distanced yourself from someone else’s hurt because the risk was too apparent? We’ve all done it, and perhaps that’s why best friends are singular, good friends few, and just friends more common? My friend, life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I’m Mark Brunner. For a video link to this devotion, go to: https://www.facebook.com/145496735472053/videos/1605002356188143/ One of the more difficult things to do in life is to walk into is someone else’s hardship. Our own hardships are one thing; despite whether we see them coming or not, we own them, devastation and all, for the moment. Personal

Spiritual indexing?

My friend, may I ask you a question? Do you want to improve your prayer life? It is true that God doesn’t always grant what you want, but is it also true that God blesses sincere and humble prayer that addresses what your heart is longing for? My friend, life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I’m Mark Brunner. For a video link to this devotion, go to: https://www.facebook.com/145496735472053/videos/1604046236283755/ I loved watching football when I was a boy. I collected football cards and maintained scrapbooks with news clippings and other football related stories. I still have those scrapbooks and occasionally page through the now yellowing pages from over fifty years ago. I was doin

Pray like a dog?

Friend, may I ask you a question today? Is there a time and place for routine in your life? How about routine as it relates to your prayer life? For most people prayer requires a tremendous focus and concentration; perhaps routine will help you focus on job one, filling your day with thoughtful praying? My friend, life’s a story, I’m Mark Brunner–Welcome to This Passing Day. For a video link to this devotion, go to: https://www.facebook.com/145496735472053/videos/1603119719709740/ Every morning shortly after awakening at 4:00 AM, I go to my downstairs office to produce the morning’s devotional broadcast for This Passing Day, abiding a strict regimen and routine I’ve followed for years. First

Sheets in the wind?

Washed in the blood of Christ, we are clean before God. Yet, despite the fact that we are clean, are we ready to be put into God’s service? Does repentance and a knowledge of our unworthiness make that possible however? My friend, life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I’m Mark Brunner. For a video link to this devotion, go to: https://www.facebook.com/145496735472053/videos/1602155836472795/ When my wife Holly washes the bedsheets, she takes a pile of dirty linen, throws it into the washing machine, adds detergent and water and hits the wash button. In time the sheets are thoroughly soaked, but clean. When she pulls them out of the washing machine they smell fresh and look clean. Howe

Turtle on a post?

My friend, may I ask you a question today? Do you know what it feels like passing through life experiencing what it feels like to love others more than yourself. Every time you come face to face with people lesser than yourself where do you want to be? My friend, life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I’m Mark Brunner. For a video link to this devotion, go to: https://www.facebook.com/145496735472053/videos/1601185503236495/ I recently picked up fly fishing, and at sixty-six I finally crossed the line of longing–to doing. My son Dan and I like to go on a road trip once a year and we ended up camping in the midst of three trout streams. Knowing our destination, we stopped at a Sporting

Healthy living?

My friend, may I ask you a question today? Do you feel you have a healthy relationship with Christ, the Shepherd who offers you daily rest in him? Are you resigned to it as it lives in you and not something you need to speculate on or search out? My friend, life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I’m Mark Brunner. For a video link to this devotion, go to: https://www.facebook.com/145496735472053/videos/1598530210168691/ How are you feeling today? Do you feel healthy or unhealthy? If you’re currently suffering from a virus, a bacterial infection or, perhaps, some other transitory illness, you’d probably respond with either “good” or “bad.” Most days we get out of bed and quickly decide h

Tarry, don't carry!

My friend, may I ask you a question today? Putting down the burdens of life in order to find rest seems obvious, right? Why is it, then, that we so often try hanging onto the burdens while looking for a suitable place to find rest from them? Can that ever turn out well? My friend, life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I’m Mark Brunner. For a video link to this devotion, go to: https://www.facebook.com/145496735472053/videos/1597557716932607/ I have a favorite chair in our Great Room; a well, broken-in recliner that waits for me every day, sitting in the corner of the room, next to the patio doors overlooking our front deck. It’s a comfortable chair with room enough for one of our Wien

The better choice

My friend, may I ask you a question today? When life presses down on you, do you react emotionally? Some people simply develop very thick skins, ignore criticism, and do an end run around failure making it a point not to plan anything, expecting bad things will happen to wreck their plans anyway. Is that how God wants you to handle pressures? My friend, life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I’m Mark Brunner. . For a video link to this devotion, go to: https://www.facebook.com/145496735472053/videos/1596688587019520/ Pressure. Few if any of us enjoy living with it. The crush can cause both physical and emotional distress. It mounts and mounts until you can almost feel the top of your h

Fascinated with self?

My friend, may I ask you a question today? Do you become discouraged the more you think about yourself and your own failings? Perhaps you love yourself too much, placing unrealistic expectations on a life God has given you to realistically govern by faith and not longings? My friend, life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I’m Mark Brunner. . For a video link to this devotion, go to: https://www.facebook.com/145496735472053/videos/1595809907107388/ We live in a culture fascinated with self. I was watching a commercial on cable TV recently for women’s hair coloring products. There were of course the closeups of a 30-something brunet flinging her hair about and smiling coyly for the camer

I told you so?

My friend, may I ask you a question today? As satisfying a revenge moment can be, how constructive are they? The satisfaction is in the winning and not the truth. When we focus so much on being right the truth, will the truth become a secondary matter, merely collateral to being right? My friend, life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I’m Mark Brunner. . For a video link to this devotion, go to: https://www.facebook.com/pg/This-Passing-Day-/videos/?ref=page_internal One of the most satisfying moments in life growing up as a young boy was the timing and the ability to employ one of the greatest of all ego massagers, “I told you so!” There is sweet revenge in those four little words. It

No manual needed?

My friend, may I ask you a question today? Although knowing about Jesus and the doctrine that explains that knowledge is important, is knowing him by heart far more important than the doctrine? Is book knowledge, in essence, more important than heart knowledge? My friend, life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I’m Mark Brunner. For a video link to this devotion, go to: https://www.facebook.com/145496735472053/videos/1592098404145205/ Although I no longer own a classic car, I have many memories of them, especially the ones that I worked on and repaired. One such car was an older model Mercedes from the early 1960s. Overall the car was in pretty good shape. There was a little rust on the

Spiritual breakthrough?

Welcome to This Passing Day. I’m Mark Brunner. My friend, may I ask you a question today? Must there be a breakthrough when it comes to knowing the nature of sin and the divine concept of grace (salvation through Jesus Christ). Or, are you maintaining a fleshly understanding of life’s purpose while never achieving an understanding of how the gospel save? My friend, life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. For a video link to this devotion, go to: https://www.facebook.com/145496735472053/videos/1591195824235463/ My wife and I taught homeschool for over fifteen years, from Pre-school to Grade 16. Over the course of these years we taught many subjects from Arithmetic to Zoology. Some of the

From Eden to Beech Springs?

Welcome to This Passing Day. I’m Mark Brunner. My friend, may I ask you a question today? If God calls us to responsibility in life, when we error does God will that we accept responsibility for our errors? Does he punish us for our failures, or is his will for us to take it upon ourselves to suffer his discipline without feinting? My friend, life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. For a video link to this devotion, go to: https://www.lifehacker.com/how-to-start-your-own-podcast-1709798447 I’ve worked for many bosses over the years. Some have been easier than others, but there wasn’t a one I didn’t have regard for. These men and women signed my paycheck, decided if I was worthy of my po

Listening for a whisper?

Welcome to This Passing Day. I’m Mark Brunner. My friend, may I ask you a question today? When God sends his Holy Spirit into our hearts to guide us does he enter with a brass band or bold presence? If the Spirit tends to be quiet, soft and often hard to detect, how easy is it to miss his guidance when we’re always moving about in our lives, never pausing to listen to his still small voice? My friend, life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. For a video link to this devotion, go to: https://www.facebook.com/145496735472053/videos/1589406297747749/ There are many species of birds living in and around Beech Springs. The large ones like birds of prey and crows lend themselves to visibility

Home ahead, not road behind

Welcome to This Passing Day. I’m Mark Brunner. My friend, may I ask you a question today? When disaster strikes what’s your response? We can despair and focus on the problem without a solution, or we can figure out a way to deal with it and, perhaps, turn disaster into something worthwhile. It’s never easy to do, but if we can see beyond the problem, it’s always helpful. 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 The Brunner family is a camping family; Holly and I have been pulling RVs for nearly 40 years in all kinds of weather, with a variety of vehicles, and an as

Crossing the river alone

Welcome to This Passing Day. I’m Mark Brunner. My friend, may I ask you a question today? When you’re touched by a sense of abandonment because there’s no one there to hold on to, do you feel that you never needed to trust more, move on faster and have greater faith? Does God mean for us to go it alone–just him and us, no one else? Should we cross the river 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-/videos/?ref=page_internal One of the strangest and more foreboding feelings I’ve experienced in life was when I was wheeled into surgery, alone on a gurney. Just moments before I had been

Suffer me?

Welcome to This Passing Day. I’m Mark Brunner. My friend, may I ask you a question today? Is your life filled with suffering? No one chooses to suffer as that would be foolish. However, when God calls us to suffer, ought we to go their willingly? Is this how God shapes and forms us according to his divine purposes? My friend, life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. For a video link to this devotion, go to: https://www.facebook.com/145496735472053/videos/1584478188240560/ When I was a little boy I found a cacoon attached to a milkweed plant. I knew that it was the chrysalis of a Monarch Butterfly and was excited to see that it had a very small hole in the end of it. I remember sitting do

Number please?

Welcome to This Passing Day. I’m Mark Brunner. My friend, may I ask you a question today? When you and I pray in the name of Jesus what is the Holy Spirit’s role? Is he like a switchboard operator from days gone by, always ready to put us through but not before the right connection is made? My friend, life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. For a video link to this devotion, go to: https://www.facebook.com/145496735472053/videos/1583538955001150/ I grew up in a day when many of the phone calls we made were made through operators. If you wanted to speak to a neighbor or someone close by within your “call” area, you would pick up the phone, hear a few clicks as the operator at a switchboa

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