John Markum

Redeeming Your Resolution

ResolutionThe word resolution comes directly from the word resolve. Setting goals, or resolutions, for 2015 or any other year is declaring that you are resolved to achieve that goal in that new year. As almost all of us know, New Years resolutions have become a bad joke for our general lack of commitment and follow through. Here are a few tips I would offer for how you can make your resolutions stick this year. Continue reading “Redeeming Your Resolution”

Looking Back – Moving Forward


“This is what the LORD says: “Stop at the crossroads and look around. Ask for the old, godly way, and walk in it. Travel its path, and you will find rest for your souls…” Jeremiah 6:16

Happy New Year! 2014 is officially upon us. I don’t know about you, but 2013 was one of the best years of my life.

– I said goodbye to the best sending church in the world.
– I made the biggest, most anticipated move in my life.
– My family was joined by 6 other friends and fellow ministry partners.
– We began the groundwork of launching a new church in the San Jose, CA area. Continue reading “Looking Back – Moving Forward”

10 Unexpected New Year’s Resolutions

In case you’re thinking about doing something new in the new year, here are some suggestions for atypical resolutions:

  1. Start dating your wife again.
  2. Go on a fast for 2+ days.
  3. Go on a missions trip.
  4. Teach your kids something.
  5. Do something generous that you “can’t” afford.
  6. Spend more time with non-church people.
  7. Buy someone’s groceries at the store for them.
  8. Start talking to strangers.
  9. Forgive yourself.
  10. Give sincere compliments to everyone.

The phrase no pain, no gain has been a mantra for athletes and fitness junkies for years. And what they understand about physical pain needs to be broadened to a much more general use in all of our lives. Pain hurts. That's the whole problem. No one enjoys it, and if someone does, we rightfully

The Premium of Pain