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by Mark Brunner

 

Devotions inspired by living with trees.

 

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

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The fix is in?

My friend, may I ask you a question? Does Christmas bring a sense of relief and a spirit of confidence for you? If not, perhaps there’s something about the Christmas story you’re missing? My friend, life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I’m Mark Brunner Although I’m very handy with most things, whether carpentry, masonry, electrical or plumbing, there are those troubling tasks I’ve approached in the past with a high degree of skepticism and concern. For the most part these have had something to do with plumbing. There’s just something about the insidious nature of water not willing to be confined that’s always troubled me. My plumbing fixes just seem to leak despite my best efforts at

Compelled to fish?

My friend, may I ask you a question? Do you find God’s call to tell others of Christ penetrating and incessant? If not, is your heart blocking it? If we heed the call will we find hungry souls waiting downstream to catch? My friend, life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I’m Mark Brunner. I enjoy fishing for trout among the rushing streams of northern Wisconsin. One river in particular, about three hour’s drive north, is a favorite. I long to just sweep my fly rod across the blue sky and watch the fly drift down the wide and rushing waters past boulders and rapids toward a lurking trout downstream. Stream-side there's a game path leading down to the river’s edge; a particular location

Becoming?

My friend, may I ask you a question? Do you have a passion for loving Jesus? Did you know that there is a difference between passion for ministry and becoming passionate in ministry?. My friend, life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I’m Mark Brunner. Growing up football was an important part of my boyhood. Living on a block with a lot of boys who felt the same and also living in the era of the Packer glory years, playing football was natural. My buddies and I built a football field replete with yard markings and makeshift goalposts. Football was serious business for us and we went to great lengths to authenticate both field and players uniforms. Our field was Lambeau Stadium to us and

Goodbye for now?

My friend, may I ask you a question? Did you know that Jesus is saying “Hello!” to you and me every day? Why is it so common for us to follow his call to action with a “Sorry, but . . . Goodbye! I have this other thing that is bigger for the moment?” My friend, life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I’m Mark Brunner. Probably one of the most frequently used words in the English language, or for that matter any language, is the word “Hello!” The word hasn’t really been around a long time, perhaps no more than 175 years or so. It became particularly popular at the end of the 19th century when it became the accepted way to answer the telephone. Actually the word is an derivative of “hallo

Holding the high ground?

My friend, may I ask you a question? When we choose to forgive those who hurt us, we take the high ground. But the key question is: How long will we purpose to keep it? My friend, life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I’m Mark Brunner. I was walking on the back acreage of our property the other day and wandered up to Doggie Hill. This is the highest point at Beech Springs, overlooking the river valley below, and our house in the distance. It’s probably my favorite spot here because of its height and the view as well as something that’s hard to explain; I get a warm feeling of security there. I overlook and am not being overlooked. Looking over and down rather than up tends to decrease

Spiritual cleaning?

My friend, may I ask you a question? When you clean do you hit the places nobody sees? Did you know God expects the same circumspect attention to loving others, unlovable as they may be? My friend, life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I’m Mark Brunner. Pray for them who hate you! We know that's what Jesus taught. But, praying for those who hate you might be easy if all we were praying for was for sweet revenge or, better yet, punishment. But, to pray for the good of those who only wish you harm? That’s a matter altogether far too difficult to easily sculpt into a prayer. Surely this is one of those “mystical” realities of Scripture that is hard to understand and even more difficult t

Prayer aroma?

My friend, may I ask you a question? Are your prayers and petitions to God outdated, a bit sour or even spoiled? Is God interested in how convicted you are in prayer by the very smell of your requests? My friend, life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I’m Mark Brunner. Now that the kids have all left the nest many things have changed around here at Beech Springs. There are fewer cars parked in the driveway. In days past there were always several as well as cars from their many friends who routinely visited. There is no music in the house that either Holly or I haven’t turned on. Holly only needs to wash clothes once a week as opposed to three times a week. We no longer need to put lea

Work master?

My friend, may I ask you a question? As you journey toward the day when your labors will cease, will you confidently pass down your willingness to do the hard work to others? Do you see how Christ has similarly done this for you and how you can follow in his footsteps? My friend, life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I’m Mark Brunner. There are many jobs around Beech Springs that appeal to me, and then again there are those that don’t. For example, taking the trash and recycling cans up to the road each week is something I actually look forward to. Cleaning them out once the truck has come to empty them I don’t. I love cutting down trees but I particularly dislike stacking the wood. T

Which way you go?

My friend, may I ask you a question? Do you think about the fact that God has a specific purpose for you and always has? Has it occurred to you that you were created for God and not this world? My friend, life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I’m Mark Brunner. It’s been said: “If you don’t know where you’re going, you’ll get somewhere else.” All of us are headed somewhere and that somewhere ought to be important to us. I just recently retired from full-time employment. One of the first things that I did upon assuming the path of Social Security, Medicare and part-time employment was to mentally squint a bit in an effort to figure out where this new road was going. It wasn’t long befor

Perfected?

My friend, may I ask you a question? Who is your hero? When growing up did you have an idol, someone you aspired to be like? How perfect was this person relative to real perfection? In the end, was your idol as good as you thought he or she would be? My friend, life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I’m Mark Brunner. There are few among us who growing up didn’t set someone up as that person we would aspire to be like. When I was growing up it was Hall of Fame quarterback Bart Starr. I wanted to be like Starr. He had athletic talent, superior character, good looks, was respected as a gentleman, and he was a winner not a whiner. I had a life-size poster of Starr that was taped on the ins

A better Maginot?

My friend, may I ask you a question? What is the devil’s preferred strategic option when it comes to getting us to support his point of view? Is he also intent on merely shifting our view of the truth by going around our moral defenses? My friend, life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I’m Mark Brunner. Letters from my congressman, senator as well as all the mailings from a political party that I most often align myself with, frequently invade my mailbox. They come in the guise of surveys, newsletters and sometimes fund appeals. All have one thing in common: they are asking for my support. I’m sure that the other party I’m not affiliated with would love to have my support as well. Neve

Choices?

t become deceitful even adulterous? Or, does God have a different idea in mind when we are tempted? My friend, life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I’m Mark Brunner. Is it wrong to love someone not your spouse? There are many in our secular culture today that would find this a bit of nonsense since it happens all the time; isn’t that why people get divorces? Since the divorce rate in our country exceeds the rate of faithfulness, it would seem obvious that falling in love more than once is natural and we ought not to deny our feelings. Many is the Christian though who has struggled with a feeling of love and affection for someone other than their spouse. You see, It does happen to Chr

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