S: 2011 - Thank You w/ Love, CSM
BC: BUT THE GREATEST OF THESE IS LOVE. 1 COR. 13:13
FC: FAITH. HOPE. LOVE.
1: This is Love... | If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. 3 If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames, but have not love, I gain nothing. Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when perfection comes, the imperfect disappears. When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put childish ways behind me. Now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known. And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love. 1 Corinthians 13
2: To: Pastor Mark From: CSM A few words of gratitude for all that you do and all that you are. You are much loved...
3: Thanks so much for all you do for CSM. Your dedication shows how much you do love us like Christ does." | I appreciate and respect the reverence you have for the Word. You challenge me to know and live it out for myself. You have been a great teacher, brother and friend.
4: I always like your sermons and the way that they point to the foot of the cross. Thank you for reminding me what living for Christ looks like. | P.Mark <3 sports and Chinese massages! P.Mark = tall & athletic, softie w/ your girls (not so much w/ your boy), but most importantly a man of the Word. I wish I had even half your drive in reading, learning, analyzing, and scouring through the Bible. | Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord,...
5: Thank you for being bold and preaching sermons we all need to hear; the gospel never gets old! | ...because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain. 1 Cor 15:58
6: I appreciate how you love soccer and I even more so I appreciate your guidance through the Singles Ministry. My theology has grown so much through your teachings and your advice is always spot-on and valued in my heart.
7: One thing that is so great about you, P.Mark, is how you like to laugh! | Thank you for your encouragement, support and kindness.
8: I was fortunate to have been able to go on missions with you in the summer of 2010. I was able to appreciate a different side of you... | I learned that you enjoy the finer things in life like getting massages, that you don't mind wearing a lion costume and crawling on all fours to tell a story to a room full of orphans and that you don't like sharing food unless you have first dibs.
9: To the ends of the earth | You are a huge influence in my life and I would not be where I am today without you.
10: DO you remember the canoe Nazi???
11: Once in college you prayed for me to have Godly contentment and I remembered being so overwhelmed by that prayer. 10 years later, that prayer is still so vivid and I am continuing to strive for that contentment. Nothing is ever in vain. Thank you for your life poured out for us.
12: You live a life of integrity and know the full extent to man's depravity, therefore setting guards in your life which I have seen and am continually challenged by. | I'm thankful for you for your love for the Word, and your desire for CSM to always seek out the right interpretation and not settle for anything less. I love your love for a good laugh, especially your time with the "boys/men" :P
13: Thank you for all the hard work you put into ministering to CSM. I'm always encouraged by how much love and revere the word of God.
14: We know you love the Word...
15: but sleep may be a close second! ;)
16: Pastor Mark, more recently, I've felt so encouraged by your concern/follow-up with my new job situation! Thank you so much, not only for your support, but also for reminding me and challenging me to make decisions that will most honor God... and not only about this job situation, but other life decisions too :) Thank you for remembering, and praying!!
17: Thank you for loving CSM and continually sharing with us the richness of God’s Word. You have shown us that it is filled with unending gems of Truth in studying it. | I respect you for your teaching. You are the first person who made me realize I don't have to be emotional to be moved by God. I learned that even the most dry and boring teaching can impact my spiritual growth in such an amazing way.
22: With Love, CSM 2011