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Aug 18, 2021
In Thoughts From Pastor Mark
We're excited to announce that we have put our deposit down with WestBow Press, a division of Thomas Nelson, and a production team has been assigned to our new book, Up From the Ashes! This means we are potentially 4-6 weeks away from having a book released into the global market. Likely the first of several books, because I am already honed in on a few more titles/subjects. We are fundraising for the remaining balance for publishing costs, so if you feel led to come alongside of us with this project, or if you are as excited as we are, you can help support through a variety of avenues. (Our goal is $6000.00 total and we are at $1500 already in one week!) - First of all you can give towards it right here on markwallaceministries.com, and write UFTA or Book in the comment section. - If you already have giving set up through out previous website, gracecenter.tv, we still monitor that one as well, and it continues to be a secure way to give. - You can mail it to us at Mark Wallace, 1704 Plateau Ct, High Point, NC, 27265. - Last of all, we have a Fundly support page set up, and contributions are coming in there as well: https://fundly.com/up-from-the-ashes-book We cannot begin to thank you enough for praying and agreeing with us, encouraging me to keep writing along the way, and for believing in and trusting us enough to support financially! You are helping us impact lives with truly Good News! Much Love, Mark & Stacey Wallace Here is a brief sneak peek for you...
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revmarkdw
Jul 05, 2021
In Thoughts From Pastor Mark
It’s not surprising that most of us think of freedom as only being FROM some type of bondage or restriction; which causes us to miss that it’s not just FROM, but it’s “freedom for” AND “freedom to.” - Freedom TO live as a new creation - Freedom TO house the spirit of God inside of us - Freedom TO be the righteousness of God in Christ - Freedom TO be in union with the Father - Freedom TO be governed from the inside out. But many prefer “secure slavery over scary freedom.” {Jamie Englehart} - Slavery/systems of bondage requires only obedience. Freedom however, requires growth, maturity and responsibility; all things that require emotional, mental and spiritual investment. Faith working by love is what matters most in the new creation, therefore, we are free to live and love like Christ. Law reveals how love would act. - However, it cannot empower one to act that way; it can only offer incentives and consequences – neither of which change a heart or transform a life. We’re free from Law – but also free TO live the life of Christ, operating by the faith of the Son of God. - One key element of living HIS life by HIS faith is having union with the Father and communion with Holy Spirit. - We’re invited, in an atmosphere and culture of freedom, to be led by the spirit – and not fulfill the lusts of the flesh. For more, click on the link below and see my notes on the subject:
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revmarkdw
Jun 10, 2021
In Thoughts From Pastor Mark
James 1:13-18 "When tempted, no one should say, “God is tempting me.” For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone; but each person is tempted when they are dragged away by their own evil desire and enticed. Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death. Don’t be deceived, my dear brothers and sisters. Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. He chose to give us birth through the word of truth, that we might be a kind of firstfruits of all he created." One thing being “a child of light” means is that we have an open invitation to walk according to revelation, not limiting ourselves to situation. When dealing with the “darkness” of doubt or uncertainty in the midst of a struggle, you’re only ever one revelation away from victory! What you see by REVELATION cannot be unseen by SITUATION. For more, follow the link to my notes:
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revmarkdw
May 28, 2021
In Thoughts From Pastor Mark
Transformation comes by way of revelation! Revelation from the Word causes a quickening to take place in us! - I’m not just talking about something jumping off the page of your Bible, although, that is part of it. I’m talking about Him whispering affirmation, confirmation and direction – from His spirit to yours! * A quickening is an “alive word from God” that breathes life into a dead or unrenewed area of our thinking. You can look at a situation or circumstance from every conceivable angle and draw a natural conclusion, but that wisdom and perspective is very limited. • "Situation" can lie to you and make you think you’re seeing all there is to see; but "revelation" will unveil things that your natural eye and carnal reasoning could never catch; offering HIS perspective. What you see by revelation - cannot be unseen by situation! Especially when it comes to your identity. We need a revelation of WHO, HOW and WHERE He is in every situation; because as He is, so are we in this world. My prayer is that you see HIM in your present situation today, and see yourself - in Him. ~ Pastor Mark
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revmarkdw
May 26, 2021
In Thoughts From Pastor Mark
Let's talk about grace today, and unpack it from the perspective of the "new creation" - those of us living in the awareness of our position In Christ! Some may say, isn’t this “hyper grace” message today dangerous? Doesn’t it imply that people can go on living however they want to? -I think that’s a question that deserves to be looked at. -When we go to Scripture to exegete the subject, what we find is that you will only see that question arise…if the “true Gospel” is being preached. -The Apostle Paul had to answer the same questions when he began preaching “grace and forgiveness of sins” to those who were still under the influence of the Mosaic Law. Questions began to arise in the letters being written to him and he addresses it in Romans 6 when he says in paraphrase: “Listen, I know it sounds like I am telling you to go ahead and keep sinning but I’m really not. -What I am actually telling you is that you are dead to sin altogether. You died with Christ, you were buried with Him and raised with Him to be seated in Heavenly places!” “Does grace allow people to keep sinning?” …is really the wrong question to ask. -Too many are concerned over what grace “allows” rather than what grace “empowers.” That very mindset hints at traces of ‘sin consciousness’ being present rather than ‘righteousness consciousness.’ To that I say…stop walking in fear and start walking in faith. Stop hanging out in the tombs of sin-consciousness! Grace empowers the new creation to live the life of Christ! (Not I who lives…but Christ who lives in Me) Click on the link below for access to my full notes on the subject, and as always, feel free to leave comments & questions.
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revmarkdw
May 07, 2021
In Thoughts From Pastor Mark
For many within the "church", especially leadership, we've understood the need for "connection" for some time now. (Although sometimes, well meaning preachers have limited the term to 'being at church' - rather than 'being THE church.') Hear my heart, I'm a huge advocate of the gathering of the saints, both in small groups and larger groups. I simply want to make sure 'attendance' & 'audience' are not the main goals, but rather - activation, equipping & sending, etc. One definition of connection is this: - The energy that exists between people when they feel seen, heard and valued; when they can give and receive without judgment – and when they derive sustenance and strength from the relationship. Energy is what one has, synergy is what one shares. Ephesians 2:20, Eph. 4:16, 1 Cor. 11 & 12 and Colossians 2:19 all agree, that synergy is what we're after; the "body" being made healthy and mature by "what every joint/member supplies." Here is what I'm after though. I'm both glad and grateful that I have got to see in my lifetime, the tide began to turn, so that leadership within the Church is finally recognizing the need for collaboration and cooperation between the corporate members of the body - not just connection between the individual members within a single church. - I personally think it can be directly attributed to the restoration of the five-fold ministry the past 20 years, that we're beginning to see cooperation & collaboration on the scale that we are. Egos & insecurities are being laid aside, and we're learning to focus on regional assignments, not just individual ones. Building a large church within the community is becoming less important than strengthening THE church within the community; which can only empower the people living within said community. - Watch for God to continue doing more and more globally in the coming years, through men & women who are willing to lay ego & insecurity aside, and cooperate & collaborate with other men & women, crossing all manner of dividing lines and demarcations; as we continue learning to forsake personal agendas for Kingdom assignments. I understand where denominations came from, and I am not bitter about it, and we should stop being hateful towards them as well. They were meant to express the diversity of Heaven (and perhaps they did for a season), but they also began to manifest the division of men over time, as lines were drawn in the sand, so we could create labels for our comfort...and sufficiently identify the supposedly "heretical" beliefs of those different from us. This happened because of ego & insecurity - and our unwillingness to cooperate & collaborate. I'm not bitter about it, but I have known for some time now that the Father is moving the Body away from that type of expression in the earth - and beginning to unveil something more "kingdom" and "Body" modeled - because they reflect diversity AND deflect divisive mindsets. I sat at lunch recently with a minister who is very seasoned and experienced; much more so than I am, but his humility and willingness to bestow honor was very refreshing, even encouraging to this "reformation minded" man. I'm filled with hope for the future. How can you be a citizen of the Kingdom of Christ, and not be? (Unless you're listening to other kingdoms "heralds" too often.) Collaboration: “The action of working with someone – to produce or create something.” ~ Thoughts from Pastor Mark
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revmarkdw
May 07, 2021
In Thoughts From Pastor Mark
Isaiah 7:1 (TPT) During the reign of Ahaz, the son of Jotham and grandson of Uzziah, two kings launched an attack against Jerusalem: Rezin, the king of Syria, and Pekah, the son of Remaliah, the king of Israel. But they failed to conquer it. Ahaz was the king of Judah, whose capital was Jerusalem. He took the throne at the age of twenty and reigned sixteen years; and here he is, a young leader facing his first major test as king. {For more details on the story, see See 2 Kings 16.} This section of Isaiah (7–11) is known as the “Book of Immanuel.” · Rezin means “wicked pleasure,” and he’s a prophetic picture of a carnal, fleshly life. · Pekah means “open-eyed, seeing,” a picture of human reasoning. Two kings (two principalities), Rezin and Pekah, rose up against the king of Judah. This was an alliance between carnal, sense-based thinking, which pursues passion over purpose, and human reasoning, which operates apart from the wisdom and perspective of God. This unholy alliance of two kings threatened to invade if King Ahaz didn’t agree to surrender his throne, compromise and join their plan. -The northern kingdom of Israel (Rezin) and Syria (Pekah) joined each other to overthrow Ahaz and put “the son of Tabeel” on the throne in his place. -The pressure was on King Ahaz to join this united front against the Assyrian expansion, which was a larger threat to them all. I’m inviting you to use spiritual insight with me and picture the similarities between what’s happening in this story, what was still happening when Jesus was born – and what’s happening currently in our time: · Political unions were being made, that were not born of God, but were born of self-preservation. · The men and women behind them were not living with an awareness of Godly purposes for their nations, as much as they were being driven by carnal desires and grabs for power. · Human reasoning was attempting to dethrone “faith, prayer, trust in God, and staying in patient covenantal alignment and partnership with the development of His kingdom structure in the earth.” It’s not that politics don’t have a place, because in a society like ours, with the government we have, they’re important. However, remember this: “They’re an anemic substitution for the transformational message of the Gospel and the ever-increasing kingdom of God in the earth!” They play a role, but they cannot be the foundation on which the church builds, or the source from which our wisdom flows; KINGDOM THINKING has to be the influencer of our politics, not the other way around. For access to my full notes, click the link...and as always, feel free to comment and leave your thoughts.
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revmarkdw
May 05, 2021
In Thoughts From Pastor Mark
In Romans 1, Paul identifies himself as a “bondservant of Jesus Christ” – called to be an apostle – separated to the “Gospel of God”. This is part of Paul’s introduction, as he is writing a letter to: - “all who are in Rome” - “beloved of God” - “called to be saints” In Vs. 8 he mentions, “the Gospel of the Son.” - He mentions the diversity of the audience he is indebted to: · Jew & Gentile · Greek & Barbarian · Wise & Unwise He goes on to say, “this qualifies me to preach the Gospel to all of you who are in Rome as well.” Then he takes us into the famous passage that many of us know: Romans 1: 16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek. 17 For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, “The just shall live by faith.” Gospel, by definition means, "good news." But what's so good about it, and how does the good news differ from good advice? What’s to be done with this “Gospel message” after we’ve received it? For my full thoughts on it give my notes a read...
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revmarkdw
May 05, 2021
In Thoughts From Pastor Mark
Romans 8:37-39 37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. The Passion Translation - 37 Yet even in the midst of all these things, we triumph over them all, for God has made us to be more than conquerors, and His demonstrated love is our glorious victory over everything! Living the “More Than” Life In my mind, I understand what it means to be a conqueror, for the most part. Conquer: to acquire by force of arms; win in war: to overcome by force; subdue: to gain, win, or obtain by effort, personal appeal, to gain a victory over; surmount; master; overcome · By definition a conqueror is one who does the above listed activities What does it mean however, to be more than – a conqueror? For the full read into my thoughts on the subject, click on the file and browse my notes...
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revmarkdw
Apr 30, 2021
In Thoughts From Pastor Mark
The purpose of praise isn't simply to inflate the ego of an insecure deity, who needs us to affirm Him. It’s for us to harmonize with the universe itself in declaring Who He is, Where He is and How He is. · It's a heavenly song, which is irresistible to creation. When we harmonize with it, we join in with Heaven - streaming glory and majesty into the earth. For more on this subject, click on the attached message, Purpose of Praise.
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