A Minute with Mark – Within the Lines

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“I said ‘RIGHT’ face!”

It’s not easy to go against the crowd. Our world isn’t comfortable with non-conformists. You’re supposed to stay within the lines.

People had trouble with Jesus. He didn’t go along with the crowd. He wouldn’t follow their agenda. You know how the world treated Him. He warned us that if we take our faith seriously, the world would treat us the same (John 15:18).

Living for Christ could be hazardous to your health, but consider the alternative. Living to please the world is a dead-end street. Mark 8:36 reads “What do you benefit if you gain the whole world but lose your own soul?”

In J.B. Phillips rendition of Romans 12:1,2: “With eyes wide open to the mercies of God, I beg you, my brothers, as an act of intelligent worship, to give Him your bodies as living sacrifices, consecrated to Him and acceptable by Him. Don’t let the world around you squeeze you into its mold, but let God re-make you so that your whole attitude of mind is changed. Thus you will prove in practice that the will of God is good, acceptable to Him and perfect.”

There is only one Audience worth pleasing. His favor and blessing outweigh anything this world has to offer. Life in Christ is liberating; it allows us to live beyond the limitations of this world and to experience life with eternal implications. Jesus said He had come to bring us abundant life (John 10:10) and to make our joy overflow (John 15:11). Now, that’s a life worth living!

By the way, let’s not take that non-conformist thing too far …

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Come on, Harry. Help us look. After all, they’re your contacts.

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About Mark Wilbanks

Dr. Wilbanks became Wieuca’s fifth senior pastor in February of 2012. Mark’s father, Oliver Wilbanks, served as Associate Pastor here from 1966 to 1982. Wieuca had a tremendous influence in shaping Mark’s call to ministry during his teenage and young adult years. A graduate of both Southern and New Orleans Baptist Theological seminaries, Mark has served churches in Kentucky, Florida, and Georgia. He pastored Southside Baptist Church in Jacksonville, Florida for 17 years and Bradfordville First Baptist Church in Tallahassee, Florida for ten years. He and his wife, Kim, were married in 1979 and have two sons, Andy and Jordan. Andy is married to Lindsay and they have a son, Cade, a daughter, Ruthie, and welcomed their third child, Samuel, in October.

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