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The Lost Mandate von Markham, Dan'l C. (eBook)

  • Erscheinungsdatum: 27.11.2012
  • Verlag: First Edition Design Publishing
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The Lost Mandate

The Lost Mandate highlights a rarely seen facet on the diamond of genuine Christianity - appealing to seekers while challenging and fulfilling believers to their core. Beware! Your spiritual metal will be severely tested, determining if you want Christianity in its raw and radical form. By embracing it you will be turning religious attitudes and weaknesses on their heads. Dan'l C. Markham has devoted his professional life to planting and growing churches and nonprofit Christian ministries. An ordained Baptist minister most recently Dan'l served as Director of Partner Engagement at OneHope, a worldwide ministry bringing God's word and hope to millions of young people every year. Previous to OneHope Dan'l served at Joni and Friends from 2001 to 2010, as Director of U.S. Field Services and then Managing Director of Field Services. Rev. Markham has served as a nonprofit executive director, Washington State county commissioner, director at an international Christian relief organization. He has authored numerous newspaper and journal articles and was a contributing author for Disability Advocacy Among Religious Organizations - Histories and Reflections. Markham's first book The Cultic Phenomenon: A Revealing Look at Ourselves (Lion Publishing) covers the misuse and abuse of religious power. Dan'l and his wife, Colette, have seven daughters and six grandchildren. Dan'l loves to laugh, make people laugh, write and ride the open road on his motorcycle.

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    Format: ePUB
    Kopierschutz: watermark
    Seitenzahl: 100
    Erscheinungsdatum: 27.11.2012
    Sprache: Englisch
    ISBN: 9781622872312
    Verlag: First Edition Design Publishing
    Größe: 367 kBytes
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The Lost Mandate

Chapter One - No Immunity

"The Spirit of the Lord God is upon Me...To comfort all who mourn, To console those who mourn in Zion, To give them beauty for ashes, The oil of joy for mourning, The garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness..." - Is. 61:1-3

It began in the fall of 1994 upon my return from my third short term mission in three years into the heart of Russia. It was immensely exciting and joyful to come back to my wife, three daughters, and my vibrant church, which was part of my childhood Pacific Coast fishing village.

My roots run deep in the very southwestern corner of the State of Washington where the Columbia River, flowing through temperate rain forests of the Pacific Northwest, meets the Pacific Ocean. It was here, after crossing the Oregon Trail, my great grandfather, a Civil War veteran wounded at the Battle of Holly Springs, pioneered in the 1870s. As a charter member and lay preacher of the Methodist Church in Ilwaco, Washington, Town Marshall, and a civic leader my great grandfather and later grandfather, who worked the rough and tumble boom and bust salmon fishing industry, left quite a legacy for me. Dad, Ernie Markham, was a World War II vet who everyone loved. He was laughter with a capital "L". I had the best of lives - realizing my dreams of raising a family in this Tom Sawyer-like town - hunting, fishing and working on the waterfront from the time I was a runt.

I was blessed beyond measure to see my dream come true as Christ used me to make a major kingdom impact in my home town area, pioneering a growing evangelical church, and even being elected to the community's highest elected position of County Commissioner.

My mission trips to Russia were glorious, seeing God do so many wondrous things after the Iron Curtain fell, as the Gospel of Christ was being proclaimed with power. Hundreds came to Christ through my preaching and teaching ministry. As part of a Youth With A Mission training team scores of Russian-born missionaries and future pastors were trained to change the spiritual landscape of their beloved nation. As I called back to my church during those weeks, its vision for the local community and the world expanded.

Years of sacrifice and hard work coupled with God's grace were culminating in fruitfulness and success as my fondest dreams were coming to pass. Life couldn't be better.

Except...except little did I know as I stepped off my plane in Portland, Oregon, that what awaited me was going to be a nightmare that only the enemy of our souls could devise. My dream realized was about to be shattered and devastated by defeat on every front. I was about to be a repeat of the story of Job.

I had no way of knowing that the coming obliteration of my life and soul would eventually be the seed that would germinate into an even greater fulfillment of a God-given dream larger than my mind or heart would allow.

Upon my return home the elders of my church quickly let me know that something was amiss with my wife in regards to her personal ministry to a troubled person in our community. What started as ministry to a lady, who supposedly came to seek counsel from me in regards to her homosexuality, turned into a bonding and affection between my wife and her that was disturbing to family, friends, and church members.

"What is this?" I asked with bewilderment. Surely, everyone must be misreading what was going on. But reality defeated my denial. Upon seeing that the relationship between the two was unhealthy, I challenged my wife to end this "ministry" relationship. I was rebuffed.

I was stunned

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