STORIES OF IMPACT
Dear friends and supporters of Strong Disciple
I thank God every day for the privilege He has given to me to do this vital ministry work. It brings great joy to my heart, to be able to serve all of you in some meaningful way. Thank you for being an integral part of this vital ministry work.
I thought It would encourage and bless you to read a few testimonies today. You help make all of this possible.
Pastor Mark has been a great example, confidant, encourager, counselor, and friend. Since meeting Pastor Mark back in 2015, I knew he was a man of the Word who loved Jesus and those around him, that he cares about truth and what is right and now, after 7 years of walking with him on my journey, I can attest to his character, wisdom, and love for me.
Recently, the Lord had me go through a very difficult betrayal and transition at work. Pastor Mark knew all about what was happening and skillfully and lovingly walked beside me, coaching me, and encouraging me as we met each week, and as he said and believed would happen, God has greatly supported, encouraged, and provided for me through this trial. Thank you, Lord!
This is just one example in a list I could give. Pastor Mark has always been a godly example in my life, pointing me to the Lord, encouraging my faith and hope in Jesus.
Such as: encouraging faithful service in the face of betrayal, to relational complications, raising my children in the fear and admonition of the Lord, and loving my wife – Pastor Mark has been there, guiding, challenging, encouraging, and supporting me along the way.
I know he loves me and cares for me and I can always trust the last line of the email he sends.
“You matter a great deal to me and I’m praying for you, every day.”
There are no words to truly express my gratitude, Pastor Mark, so I will simply say, thank you for loving me and caring for me and my family so well over the years. You are a gift and blessing to me, and I thank God for you.
For the godly men out there, who are walking with the Lord and seeking fellowship, encouragement, wisdom, and counsel on the journey, connect with Pastor Mark, if you can. You won’t regret the decision and you will be blessed, as I have.
Here are several testimonials about the Thoughts Provoking articles!
You have done it again. Thank you so much. This is a new thought to me. The promises of God, I must say, have rarely formed the basis of my decisions. Now I know better and henceforth my reasoning, decision and actions will have a better spiritual foundation. I never had this clear of an understanding before! Bless you Pastor Mark.
I enjoy the Thoughts Provoking articles and find them helpful. Thank you for taking the time to write them and send them out. There are a lot of men who need to hear these truths and I don’t know if they are honestly hearing them anywhere else. Thanks for your heart and desire to shape men and call them to be excellent in all areas of life.
I definitely find the weekly articles helpful, inspirational and convicting. I really enjoy starting my week off with some God inspired thoughts and wisdom. I have even passed on some of these articles to men in my small group that I lead with my wife. I also appreciate there is an archive of topics to reference as well to go back and look at some godly insight and teaching on various topics. It has definitely helped encourage and inspire me to be the best godly man I can be for me and my family. The wisdom and insight you have passed on over the years has been a blessing. When I was a young dad, I remember attending a number of your Dad’s Workshops. Those meetings were so helpful, insightful and God-led. I feel this ministry, now digital, is much along the same lines. Thank You for all you do and this ministry.
Not only are your articles good (let’s be honest, your passion has always been both inspirational and convicting), but others I know who are also on your mailing list save your articles and refer back to them as well. I look forward to reading your Thoughts Provoking articles and I want to say how much I appreciate your hard hitting stance and truth about what’s going on in society, our schools, etc. We are in such a huge culture war and we have been working hard to prepare our teens for the culture they’ll be released into. I say keep up the great work!
Thanks for all your effort putting together your Thoughts Provoking articles every week. I always appreciate your faith, perspective and your strength of character. God sees your heart!
I read absolutely every article and I am encouraged by them regularly. I appreciate your insights – they have given me on-time perspective into many situations. These articles have strengthened and even challenged my faith at times – causing me to press into God in various areas. I have also been blessed richly by the ones about parenting. Your passion for loving others – your children, your wife and your neighbors always sharpens me and spurs me onward in my/our story. Thank you for being submissive to God’s calling and sharing with me and others what He is showing you. Thank you for sharing your ministry, passion, and friendship with me and my family.
I have been enjoying receiving your weekly articles. We often think fondly of our time at your church. It brings my heart joy to read your thought provoking words, and I can still feel the passion in your voice just as when we were face to face at Church. I regularly read your articles during my personal devotion time and strive to put my faith into action. I value and appreciate your words of wisdom. Thank you for all that you do!
I find the articles meaningful and helpful, I read them every Monday morning, kind of a nice way to start the week. As you characteristically are and something I have always appreciated in your messages is how you just share with down-to-earth truth all the time. Biblically based and unapologetic to the message. I like how you address things in current cultural and political context and stress staying firm to biblical values and directives despite the pressure of society to conform and accept all the current stuff. I really liked your article from this morning, Grow Up … with all the stuff that’s going on and what I would see Christians write on Facebook, I really wondered about whether certain people were even Christians at all by some of the posts I saw. I liked your observation about having so many immature Christians in the church, it rang true to me. Thanks for sending them out.
We always look forward to your articles every Monday morning!!! We have been following your teachings for the last 20 years. We loved “Getting Your Family to Mars”. One thing I especially like is when you attach the sermons you gave to the articles.
What we enjoy is the authentic way you speak and write of your relationship with God. When you are mad, disappointed, grateful, the ups and downs, your faith never wavers.
The zeal and love you express makes us excited for God. Our prayer is for our children to have the same. Thank you for all you do!
Every newsletter that I read from you fills me with wisdom and encouragement. It is truly a gift and blesses me very much. I very much enjoy reading them. I have noticed the consistency of them coming to my inbox every week and it has become familiar and encouraging. I especially appreciate all the unfiltered truth! Reading it feels like taking a drink when you’re thirsty, especially amidst this society where you’re not “allowed” to speak truth anymore. Thank you for sharing your wisdom and truths from the Lord. It’s a break from all the noise and madness.
I hope and pray these were an encouragement to you. I am eternally grateful for your prayers and support of my Strong Disciple ministry work.
Helping you become a Strong Disciple,
Because of Jesus,
Pastor Mark Darling