Mark Lamprecht

Because following Jesus is awesome.

Protecting Mary

And her husband Joseph, being a just man
and unwilling to put her to shame,

resolved to divorce her quietly.
(Matthew 1:19 ESV)

When Joseph found out Mary was pregnant with Jesus, he did not make the issue public which would have brought shame upon Mary. They were not technically married yet but betrothed, or promised to one another. They were still considered husband and → Keep reading

Seek to Show Hospitality

Contribute to the needs of the saints and seek to show hospitality.
(Romans 12:13 ESV)

One of the marks of a true Christian the Apostle Paul writes about in Romans 12 is that of showing hospitality. Showing hospitality was done by providing strangers with food and lodging. Unlike today, the early church in Paul’s time did not have an abundance of hotels. Even so, many → Keep reading

Two People Went to Church to Pray

Two men went up into the temple to pray,
one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector.

Luke 18:10 (ESV)

Jesus shows two different ways of approaching God in the story about the Pharisee and tax collector. The Pharisee, a religious leader, declares his own alleged self-righteousness. The tax collector understands the vast chasm between God and humanity expressing his own unworthiness to even → Keep reading

It Is Okay to Be Angry

Be angry and do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger
(Ephesians 4:26 ESV)

Christians are often perceived as people who are supposed to live perfect lives. We are supposed to be emotionally detached from the world only responding to situations with pure love, absolute forgiveness, and no hint of judgement. Any other response, such as anger, and we are → Keep reading

Restore the Sinner with Gentleness

Brothers, if anyone is caught in any transgression,
you who are spiritual should restore him in a spirit of gentleness.
Keep watch on yourself, lest you too be tempted.

(Galatians 6:1 ESV)

Today in the church there is a lot of imbalance in the way someone caught in sin is treated. In some camps, Christians will not say anything about sin, but will instead simply → Keep reading

Which Thief Are You?

The gospel of Luke (23:33–43) records an exchange between Jesus and two thieves hanging on crosses on either side of him. One thief criticized Jesus while the other defended and sought him. Jesus’ defender, often called “the thief on the cross” found salvation that day; the other did not.

These men were criminals, evil-doers. The authorities punished them justly for their sins. In a few → Keep reading

Contingently Acceptable Sins

In the landscape of American Christendom, there is an argument whose basic position is that some sins are acceptable contingent upon others sins being ignored. Such contingently acceptable sins are often argued for in light of Christian divorce and the acceptability of a “Christian” homosexual lifestyle, namely, same-sex marriage. While the church body in general may not be as careful with divorce as she → Keep reading

Think and Grow Godly: Philippians 4:8-9 (2015)

I got the opportunity to preach the sermon below after meeting the pastor at my Pulpit Supply Preachers conference table the last weekend in January. The pastor called me several weeks later asking how the pulpit supply ministry worked. We chatted and he ended up asking if I would fill in for him. I was grateful for the opportunity.

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Count It All Joy

“Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds,” reads James 1:2 (ESV). This is an all too familiar verse in the past several years. When someone asks me how to count all of their trials as joy, my knee-jerk reaction is to answer, “I don’t know.” Ask me how to grumble and complain about life’s trials and I can give → Keep reading

One Word for 2015: Optimism

I recently picked up the book One Word That Will Change Your Life at Goodwill, my favorite place to buy books. I bought the book about a month and half before the new year while I was thinking about goals I might make for the new year. The book was an easy read. I read it the afternoon I bought it.

While I had never → Keep reading