Daily Hope and Inspiration with Pastor Mark

Spiritually filled positive thoughts and actions to help start the day the right way!

  • Pastor Mark Farley

Don't judge a book by its cover...

Looks can be deceiving, especially when we allow our judgment to be based solely on what we initially see.

Perhaps it's different for you, but I have shared before how my magic magnifying mind likes to trick me into trusting the ideas it generates on its own just for me.

It pays to learn more of the story before we pass judgments.

Years ago when I was living, recovering, and working at the Salvation Army in Sacramento, we had this very small man named Joe who also lived there.

Because of a stroke he suffered, he walked funny and had a hard time speaking so it was easy to pass him by as another needy and hopeless cause.

However, I got to know Joe.

As our friendship grew, I learned that he was a powerlifter in the gym and before he had a stroke in his mid 20's, he was a college graduate with a promising career in engineering.

Different choices he made around drugs and alcohol led to difficult twists, and turns in his life, like many of us encountered before we wound up at the Salvation Army for help.

Joe helped teach me and others to weight lift and use the gym safely.

He was very encouraging to me to get my college education and pursue God's calling on my life.

I am glad I took the time to get to know Joe before he went home to the Lord.

His encouragement and influence helped me a lot during that season of my life.

Are there any "Joe's" in your life where you don't know their story?..

Check your experience....

"We let God be the final judge." Big Book pg. 70

Lord open the eyes of our hearts so the we can see those You send to help us, AMEN.

"Do not judge according to appearance" John 7:24

Have a blessed day Y'all!

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  • Pastor Mark Farley

GREED Friday?.....

Black Friday…


I saw this a few years ago… A Car Dealer offering $2000 off to the first few customers that show up tomorrow!


I know it’s great to save money and get deals but why are we allowing this need to override our time with family, friends and cloud the reason for the season?..

Check your experience…

“Is it not evident to all the rest of the players that these are the things he wants?” Big Book pg. 61

Lord, let us know in our hearts that stuff comes and goes, but our relationship with You lasts forever, AMEN.

“Then he said to them, watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist in an abundance of possessions.” Luke 12:15

Have a blessed day Y'all!

Join me in looking at the things we face daily with passages from both the Big Book and Bible!


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  • Pastor Mark Farley

There are many things that I am grateful for.

Too many to list here, but most of all I am grateful for my salvation, sobriety, and serenity.

I am thankful for my family, friends, and ministry.

It’s a spiritual principle that I try to live daily…

We cannot keep it unless we give it away….

“We thank God from the bottom of our heart” Big Book pg. 75

Thank you Lord for my family, my friends, and the bounty of blessings You allow them to bring in my life AMEN.

“I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.” Philippians 4:11-12

Happy Thanksgiving!

Have a blessed day Y’all!

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