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by Mark Brunner

 

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Love them?

My friend, may I ask you a question? While it seems natural to want to crush those who have crushed you, does God leave a place in His Word for us to do that? Or has He has reserved judgement for Him-self and not for us? My friend, Life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I'm Mark Brunner. “In a world where we seek only kindness and peace there is, perhaps, nothing more difficult to deal with on a daily basis than those who seek to destroy that peace and blunt that kindness; our enemies. Everyone has them. I have not yet run into an individual who could say that there have never been enemies in their life. Reminds me of the old centenarian who was being interviewed on the day of his 100t

God above?

My friend, may I ask you a question? When the storms of life break out suddenly and we’re terrified by the wind and rain of misfortune, is all we need to do is to look up and believe that Jesus walks the path of concern and comfort--right above us, day and night? My friend, Life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I'm Mark Brunner. “There’s no need to fear; Underdog is here!” And that signaled the appearance of the namby little, caped super-dog that put evil to flight and made the good guys cheer. I can still remember that fearless announcement as Underdog would swoop down and rescue Polly Purebred from a multitude of calamities. He was always on the watch, flying above, keep- ing an eye

Now?

My friend, may I ask you a question? Are you a worrier like me? Don’t you feel bad if you believe that you are? According to estimates by the American Society of Psychology, nearly two out of four adults in America today are chronic worriers. Why do we worry about everything from the small to the large? My friend, Life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I'm Mark Brunner. Are you a worrier like me? Don’t feel bad if you believe that you are. According to estimates by the American Society of Psychology, nearly two out of four adults in America today are chronic worriers. We worry about everything from the small to the large. But, the funny this is, the things that people most often worry

Hope fitness?

My friend, may I ask you a question? Doesn’t it seem that sometimes life and its up’s and down’s makes it hard for us to stay in the kind of emotional and spiritual shape that we need to be in? And, like the gifted athlete who is tempted from time to time to coast, so do we? My friend, Life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I'm Mark Brunner. Nothing makes an athlete more complete than a training program that includes constant conditioning and the encouragement of his coaches and peers. You may be the best athlete in the world, possessing the size, skills and inborn talents that put you in a class by itself. Nonetheless, if you can’t match your athleticism with a regimen of practice, e

The right carry?

My friend, may I ask you a question? In the midst of crisis hope is often the first thing to take a walk. Like fickle friends who only hangs around when they are being served and then take a hike when called upon to serve, hope is often not there when we need it the most. Why is that? My friend, Life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I'm Mark Brunner. In the midst of crisis hope is often the first thing to take a walk. Like fickle friends who only hangs around when they are being served and then take a hike when called upon to serve, hope is often not there when we need it the most. Why is that? Why does the one thing that can help the most often become the one thing that is hardest to

Really?

My friend, may I ask you a question? When you think about it, why is the Bible such an integral part of all of our lives, even those of whom despise it; or, in the very least, disdain it? Could it be that they have no clue that despite their disdain for God’s Word, there is no way they can avoid it or deny it? My friend, Life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I'm Mark Brunner. “It’s like the law of the Medes and Persians. There’s just no way you’re ever going to make a change in that rule!” The young lawyer turned around and walked away; confident that he had dissuaded me from making the mistake of trying to change something that had been set in stone forever. “Like the law of the Med

Encourager?

My friend, may I ask you a question? When we see others in need of the joy that we share because we are saved, washed in the blood of the Lamb, what is our reaction? Do we rush to their aid with words of hope? Or, do we silently pass by in the hope that someone else will lend that comfort? My friend, Life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I'm Mark Brunner. When we see others in need of the joy that we share because we are saved, washed in the blood of the Lamb, what is our reaction? Do we rush to their aid with words of hope? Or, do we silently pass by in the hope that someone else will lend that comfort? Unfortunately, we live in a society that makes it difficult to stop and “do” anyt

Not our own?

My friend, may I ask you a question? We often recite these words, “I believe in God the Father Almighty, creator of Heaven and earth.” Yet, do we truly grasp the importance of what we are saying? Do we realize that owe our lives to God; they are not our own? My friend, Life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I'm Mark Brunner. We live in a time where the “body beautiful” is, perhaps, more important than ever. Not being physically fit risks social rejection. Our children are encouraged from an early age to excel athletically. Where thirty years ago most high schools spent less than 15% of their budgets on sports and athletic facilities, today that figure is close to 40% or higher. With al

Girding?

My friend, may I ask you a question? If you don’t want people throwing rocks at you, do you need to make sure that their supply of rocks is limited in the first place? Could it be that the sooner they run out of ammunition, the sooner you can stop being on the defensive and start taking the offensive? My friend, Life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I'm Mark Brunner. If you don’t want to be shot at, don’t supply your enemies with the ammunition! Sounds like pretty simplistic advice on the surface of it. But, when you think about it, it really needs our closer attention. If you don’t want people sniping at you, trying to bring you down by their sharp tongue’s, you need to get off the d

Thank you?

My friend, may I ask you a question? Is it would be better to be meek and withdrawing when others criticize us no matter the situation? In fact, if you are one of those people who are not “quick on the trigger” when others start shooting criticism your way, are you blessed? My friend, Life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I'm Mark Brunner. I wish I had thought of that? How often have you found yourself thinking that you had wished you had been quicker with a response, wittier or simply more creative? I am sure that most of us have found ourselves in that position more than once in life. There’s something about staring down the barrel of criticism, however, that not only puts us on the

Menial greatness?

My friend, may I ask you a question? Isn’t it funny that so often our character is revealed in our willingness or unwillingness to employ ourselves in work? There are many things in this life that define our character, but why does it seem that work alone reveals so much about what we are and who we are striving to be? My friend, Life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I'm Mark Brunner. Funny, isn’t it, that so often our character is revealed in our willingness or unwillingness to employ ourselves in work. There are many things in this life that define our character, but work alone reveals so much about what we are and who we are striving to be. When I was a sophomore in high school and

Criticism?

My friend, may I ask you a question? For many of us criticism is one of the hardest things in this life to bear. Like most people we try to avoid it. Reacting to just criticism isn’t fun; but reacting to unjust criticism is even less of a picnic. Since it is so difficult sometimes to differentiate between the two, perhaps avoiding any criticism at all costs is the better path? My friend, Life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I'm Mark Brunner. “Constructive criticism is when I criticize you. Destructive criticism is when you criticize me.” If we could make this clear and plain to everyone we met, all our lives would be so much easier. If people just realized that criticism is applicabl

Dairy fresh, God holy?

My friend, may I ask you a question? When we put our labors into the right perspective, does the work remains under control and purposeful? If God uses what we do for His purposes; whether that be milking the cows or transporting the milk to the dairy, is that what we should be working toward in our lives? My friend, Life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I'm Mark Brunner. I once heard a friend of mine say,“The hardest thing about milking cows is that they never stay milked.” Day in and day out, repetition is the life of the dairy farmer. The tasks of maintaining, producing and doing it all over again the next day, are never ending. Whether that be a Sunday or a holiday, the cows come

Purpose?

My friend, may I ask you a question? Does God know when we don’t play the part assigned to us, no matter how small, even if others aren’t aware of His purpose for us? Can we lose touch with God when we become indifferent to what He has called us to do because we feel that our role is too small to be important to Him or anyone else? My friend, Life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I'm Mark Brunner As I was driving home from the office the other day I saw a large flock of Canada Geese, probably over 50 or 60 birds, dozing on a farm pond off the side of the highway. It struck me how all the birds looked the same. None stood out as a leader. They were huddled together, seemingly obliviou

Where evil lurks?

My friend, may I ask you a question? Where does your heart lie? In truth, if the heart is filled with “evil thoughts, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false testimony, slander,” therein, perhaps, lies a heart that changes nothing in a life? Is changing outward appearances of little use when the heart is not changed as well? My friend, Life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I'm Mark Brunner. Camping has really changed over the years. There was a time when camping meant really changing the pattern of your life. You really had to plan for trips like this. Home was, in many senses, abandoned completely for a period of time. If you were fortunate enough to have an air mattress th

Godly change?

My friend, may I ask you a question? When you set out to do something do you ever plan on not finishing it? Isn’t it funny how it seems that we are so quick to commit and so committed to quitting at the same time with some many things in life. Upon examination it would appear that this is the height of dishonesty? My friend, Life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I'm Mark Brunner. When you set out to do something do you ever plan on not finishing it? Funny how it seems that we are so quick to commit and so committed to quitting at the same time with some many things in life. We promise ourselves that a behavior or habit will be changed. We even set goals to aim for and objectives along

Tip the scales?

My friend, may I ask you a question? Is true courage really a test of how well we choose to love and far less a test of physical strength or valor? Is our ability to show mercy, even when that mercy is bestowed on the undeserving and undesirable, a far better gauge of guts? My friend, Life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I'm Mark Brunner. What is the true test of courage? Is it one’s willingness to put one’s body and ideas at risk? Or, is courage more than this. Any brute can sacrifice his body and many are the ideas that should die with the risk. Great are the enemies that have done this without even the smallest hint of courage. If taking on risk were the truest measure of courage,

Scraps?

My friend, may I ask you a question? As unimportant as the little things often seem in life, isn’t it amazing how the small things make the big things possible? Perhaps that’s why God is much more interested in the usual and the little known than He is in the amazing and the renown.? My friend, Life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I'm Mark Brunner. I ran across an old adage recently that really got me thinking: “Small whips make large oxen walk narrow lines in a wide road.” When you think about it, that’s really a good way of visualizing the small tasks in life that often seem so mundane, even forgettable. I was reminded of this the other day as I was sweeping up my shop floor at hom

Temptations?

My friend, may I ask you a question? When opportunities arise to do something that simply doesn’t make sense in light of what we know about God’s will, do we need to double-check our motives to see if we are reacting to an opportunity or jumping after a temptation? My friend, Life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I'm Mark Brunner. We’ve always liked to camp and pull an old trailer that weighs in empty over 5,000 pounds. Basically we know that we were limited to those larger trucks that could deliver the horsepower and pulling strength that we needed. That’s why we decided to purchase a used Suburban years ago. It provided us with everything that we needed, space for the dogs, room eno

Opportunity?

My friend, may I ask you a question? If you had your choice, would you prefer that your hands and heart be on the end of great deeds or lesser ones? In your mind are great deeds, as attention getters, are potentially more impacting in their scope than doing something small? My friend, Life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I'm Mark Brunner. If you had your choice, would you prefer that your hands and heart be on the end of great deeds or lesser ones? Great deeds are not only attention getters'; they are potentially more impacting in their scope. So it is not always a matter of recognition that must be considered. Great deeds affect more people and isn’t that the goal of every Christian

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