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Author Topic: Pastor Mark Darling the pastor who discipled me  (Read 959 times)
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« on: March 16, 2018, 08:17:13 pm »

I am new here, following for a few weeks and posting now to share my experience with Evergreen, the Rock, Mark Darling and family. I was in elementary school when my family started attending Evergreen Bloomington. Then Plymouth/New Hope. And Now I attend the Rock.

I can understand why many Mark supporters choose to stay off this site, and to a degree I can understand simply trusting the investigation process to exonerate him. Iíve wrestled with that, with the unprecedented situation we are in and with biblical truth on defending the afflicted, attacked, those being crushed, those not being able to speak for themselves. I believe this is what we are dealing with, if you donít... call Mark and Kathy. Visit with them, see what Iíve seen. I love them dearly, I love his kids like they were my own brothers and sisters. And Iíve been convicted by 1 John 3:18 Let is not love with words or speech but with action and in truth. 

Itís the speaking truth that will prevent the destruction of Marks name. (And the other wonderful pastors accused here). Itís the truth that (though it will probably not convince those who will choose to argue against his character and my experience) will be available for all those who are processing this, following or even new to our churches and googling Evergreen, The Rock and Mark Darling for the first time.

The biggest voice should not be that of hatred and unfounded claims against our churches and our pastors. It should be of truth, and yes, at times that truth can carry some righteous anger. This whole thing can sadden and anger any of us, but for me to do nothing, to say nothing seems to be the opposite of love in action for my church and my pastor.

Proverbs 17:17 A friend loves at all times, but a brother is born for a time of adversity.

Proverbs 18:24 One who has unreliable friends soon comes to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.

I pray the Spirit leads each of you to love in action, however that may look. I pray the Darlings would find reliable help and encouragement amongst friends during this incredibly difficult time.

Iíd love to hear the true, noble, right, admirable and praiseworthy. Hereís some of mine:

Mark taught me about selfless love. What that looks like from my savior and what that looks like in my marriage and family. One of my favorite quotes is if you want a great marriage ďgo home and Die to yourself moreĒ

Mark taught me about passion for the gospel, for the lost. That my priorities should reflect that passion. How I spend my time and live my life should honor God.

Heís taught me fervency in my prayer life, a reflection of my dependence on God.

Heís gently led me in following Godís will for my life. My marriage and our family have been a blessing, the fruits of my life, because of the peace and joy found in setting my plans aside for Godís.

Heís demonstrated a commitment to loving his family and raising his kids well that I hold on to daily as I raise mine.

Markís compassion for the sinner (all of us) and helpless. He demonstrated Christís love for the broken, the difficult to love. Heís been a tangible example of that for me.

His personal attention to his flock, genuinely caring and remembering the details of our situations, spending hours in prayer for us, encouraging us in our struggles... something I have always admired.

Once when I was discouraged, I sent him an email asking for his prayers. He asked if he could come over the next morning. He took 2.5 hours out of his weekend brought donuts for my young kids and encouraged and prayed with my husband and I. He was moved to tears when he talked about what a blessing and encouragement we are to him. Thatís the Mark I know, the selfless love, the devotion to his church, the light in the darkness kind of Christ like love for people.

His voice in our home (through strong disciple) is something my kids respond to with excitedly shouting ďis that pastor Mark?!? Yay!!!Ē They have (on their own) likened him to their wonderful grandparents calling him Grandpa Mark. His warm greeting, care for their lives and love for them is apparent even at their young ages. He loves well, and besides the perfect example of my Lord, Mark is the best human example of selfless love that I have. Iím so grateful for Mark and his family and this amazing church. I give Christ all the glory for using them in my life. It has made all the difference.

#DicipleStrong
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« Reply #1 on: March 17, 2018, 03:25:28 pm »

This was so well worded, and the sentiment of so many.  Thank you for posting this story!!!
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« Reply #2 on: May 04, 2018, 09:44:28 am »

I am new here, following for a few weeks and posting now to share my experience with Evergreen, the Rock, Mark Darling and family. I was in elementary school when my family started attending Evergreen Bloomington. Then Plymouth/New Hope. And Now I attend the Rock.

I can understand why many Mark supporters choose to stay off this site, and to a degree I can understand simply trusting the investigation process to exonerate him. Iíve wrestled with that, with the unprecedented situation we are in and with biblical truth on defending the afflicted, attacked, those being crushed, those not being able to speak for themselves. I believe this is what we are dealing with, if you donít... call Mark and Kathy. Visit with them, see what Iíve seen. I love them dearly, I love his kids like they were my own brothers and sisters. And Iíve been convicted by 1 John 3:18 Let is not love with words or speech but with action and in truth. 

Itís the speaking truth that will prevent the destruction of Marks name. (And the other wonderful pastors accused here). Itís the truth that (though it will probably not convince those who will choose to argue against his character and my experience) will be available for all those who are processing this, following or even new to our churches and googling Evergreen, The Rock and Mark Darling for the first time.

The biggest voice should not be that of hatred and unfounded claims against our churches and our pastors. It should be of truth, and yes, at times that truth can carry some righteous anger. This whole thing can sadden and anger any of us, but for me to do nothing, to say nothing seems to be the opposite of love in action for my church and my pastor.

Proverbs 17:17 A friend loves at all times, but a brother is born for a time of adversity.

Proverbs 18:24 One who has unreliable friends soon comes to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.

I pray the Spirit leads each of you to love in action, however that may look. I pray the Darlings would find reliable help and encouragement amongst friends during this incredibly difficult time.

Iíd love to hear the true, noble, right, admirable and praiseworthy. Hereís some of mine:

Mark taught me about selfless love. What that looks like from my savior and what that looks like in my marriage and family. One of my favorite quotes is if you want a great marriage ďgo home and Die to yourself moreĒ

Mark taught me about passion for the gospel, for the lost. That my priorities should reflect that passion. How I spend my time and live my life should honor God.

Heís taught me fervency in my prayer life, a reflection of my dependence on God.

Heís gently led me in following Godís will for my life. My marriage and our family have been a blessing, the fruits of my life, because of the peace and joy found in setting my plans aside for Godís.

Heís demonstrated a commitment to loving his family and raising his kids well that I hold on to daily as I raise mine.

Markís compassion for the sinner (all of us) and helpless. He demonstrated Christís love for the broken, the difficult to love. Heís been a tangible example of that for me.

His personal attention to his flock, genuinely caring and remembering the details of our situations, spending hours in prayer for us, encouraging us in our struggles... something I have always admired.

Once when I was discouraged, I sent him an email asking for his prayers. He asked if he could come over the next morning. He took 2.5 hours out of his weekend brought donuts for my young kids and encouraged and prayed with my husband and I. He was moved to tears when he talked about what a blessing and encouragement we are to him. Thatís the Mark I know, the selfless love, the devotion to his church, the light in the darkness kind of Christ like love for people.

His voice in our home (through strong disciple) is something my kids respond to with excitedly shouting ďis that pastor Mark?!? Yay!!!Ē They have (on their own) likened him to their wonderful grandparents calling him Grandpa Mark. His warm greeting, care for their lives and love for them is apparent even at their young ages. He loves well, and besides the perfect example of my Lord, Mark is the best human example of selfless love that I have. Iím so grateful for Mark and his family and this amazing church. I give Christ all the glory for using them in my life. It has made all the difference.

#DicipleStrong

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« Reply #3 on: May 09, 2018, 02:42:48 pm »

I am new here, following for a few weeks and posting now to share my experience with Evergreen, the Rock, Mark Darling and family. I was in elementary school when my family started attending Evergreen Bloomington. Then Plymouth/New Hope. And Now I attend the Rock.

I can understand why many Mark supporters choose to stay off this site, and to a degree I can understand simply trusting the investigation process to exonerate him. Iíve wrestled with that, with the unprecedented situation we are in and with biblical truth on defending the afflicted, attacked, those being crushed, those not being able to speak for themselves. I believe this is what we are dealing with, if you donít... call Mark and Kathy. Visit with them, see what Iíve seen. I love them dearly, I love his kids like they were my own brothers and sisters. And Iíve been convicted by 1 John 3:18 Let is not love with words or speech but with action and in truth. 

Itís the speaking truth that will prevent the destruction of Marks name. (And the other wonderful pastors accused here). Itís the truth that (though it will probably not convince those who will choose to argue against his character and my experience) will be available for all those who are processing this, following or even new to our churches and googling Evergreen, The Rock and Mark Darling for the first time.

The biggest voice should not be that of hatred and unfounded claims against our churches and our pastors. It should be of truth, and yes, at times that truth can carry some righteous anger. This whole thing can sadden and anger any of us, but for me to do nothing, to say nothing seems to be the opposite of love in action for my church and my pastor.

Proverbs 17:17 A friend loves at all times, but a brother is born for a time of adversity.

Proverbs 18:24 One who has unreliable friends soon comes to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.

I pray the Spirit leads each of you to love in action, however that may look. I pray the Darlings would find reliable help and encouragement amongst friends during this incredibly difficult time.

Iíd love to hear the true, noble, right, admirable and praiseworthy. Hereís some of mine:

Mark taught me about selfless love. What that looks like from my savior and what that looks like in my marriage and family. One of my favorite quotes is if you want a great marriage ďgo home and Die to yourself moreĒ

Mark taught me about passion for the gospel, for the lost. That my priorities should reflect that passion. How I spend my time and live my life should honor God.

Heís taught me fervency in my prayer life, a reflection of my dependence on God.

Heís gently led me in following Godís will for my life. My marriage and our family have been a blessing, the fruits of my life, because of the peace and joy found in setting my plans aside for Godís.

Heís demonstrated a commitment to loving his family and raising his kids well that I hold on to daily as I raise mine.

Markís compassion for the sinner (all of us) and helpless. He demonstrated Christís love for the broken, the difficult to love. Heís been a tangible example of that for me.

His personal attention to his flock, genuinely caring and remembering the details of our situations, spending hours in prayer for us, encouraging us in our struggles... something I have always admired.

Once when I was discouraged, I sent him an email asking for his prayers. He asked if he could come over the next morning. He took 2.5 hours out of his weekend brought donuts for my young kids and encouraged and prayed with my husband and I. He was moved to tears when he talked about what a blessing and encouragement we are to him. Thatís the Mark I know, the selfless love, the devotion to his church, the light in the darkness kind of Christ like love for people.

His voice in our home (through strong disciple) is something my kids respond to with excitedly shouting ďis that pastor Mark?!? Yay!!!Ē They have (on their own) likened him to their wonderful grandparents calling him Grandpa Mark. His warm greeting, care for their lives and love for them is apparent even at their young ages. He loves well, and besides the perfect example of my Lord, Mark is the best human example of selfless love that I have. Iím so grateful for Mark and his family and this amazing church. I give Christ all the glory for using them in my life. It has made all the difference.

#DicipleStrong

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