• Mark Winter

    Contributing sermons since Nov 14, 2000
Mark's church

One Man Show Ministries
Ft Worth, Texas 76182

About Mark
  • Education: I hold a B.A. in Journalism from the University of Oklahoma and a Master’s of Divinity from Texas Christian University in Fort Worth.
  • Experience: I have been an ordained pastor of the United Methodist Church since 1989. In 1999, I began full-time evangelism. I have been a published writer since 1978. I have written for "The Upper Room," "Christian Single," "Stand Firm," and other magazines. My devotional book, "If There Is No God," is published by Honor Books/River Oak Publishing. I also had a play published by Contemporary Drama Service entitled "Called Back."
  • Comment to those looking at my sermons: They are my gift to you, as your sermons are gifts to me.
  • Sermon or series that made a difference: The sermons of Mike Slaughter, pastor of Ginghamsburg UMC in Ohio, have always fired me up. I like any message that stirs my heart to greater devotion of Christ and challenges me to serve Him in a deeper way.
  • One of my favorite illustrations: There’s an illustration in the NIV Study Bible that has always stuck with me....the story of "the peace child" in a remote New Guinea village. A frustrated missionary, trying to explain the atonement to warring tribes, finally found the perfect illustration in their own culture. If one tribe gave a child to the other tribe, there would be peace as long as the child lived. The missionary explained that God had sent his only Son, Jesus, to live among a hostile race, to make peace with the world.
  • Family: I have been married since 1982 to Laura. We have three children: Paul, Sam and Abigail. We also have two rat terriers and two bunny rabbits. The rabbits are part of my clown show!
  • What my parents think of my sermons: My parents are totally biased. They are like peanuts on the airlines....always complimentary.
  • What my spouse (really) thinks of my sermons: Laura tells me I preach too occupational hazard!
  • Best advice given to me about preaching: My dad, who was hard of hearing, told me to preach loudly. That’s an advantage if the congregation is gray-headed and their sound system is on the blink!
  • Books that have had an impact: I enjoy good writing from practically anyone. My favorites in the inspirational field include C.S. Lewis, Max Lucado and Philip Yancey.
  • Hobbies: I enjoy writing, reading, travel, gardening and movies. I am learning Spanish, as I visit Mexico twice a year for mission work.
  • If I could Preach one more time, I would say...: Jesus Christ changed me....therefore, he can change ANYONE!
  • Something funny that happened while preaching: One time I told a funny story and the whole congregation burst into laughter. As the hilarity died down, a kid on the front row loudly said, "It wasn’t THAT funny." The laughter started again.
  • What I want on my tombstone: My friends and family loved me, but Jesus loved me most of all
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  • When The Son Came Out

    Contributed on Jan 18, 2003
    based on 103 ratings

    When the Son comes out, we discover peace, resurrection power and a commission to move beyond our church walls.

    Years ago, my two sons attended a spiritual gifts retreat for children. On the way home from the campgrounds, the boys’ mother wanted to know what they had discovered. She asked our younger son, “What’s your spiritual gift, Sam?” Sam stuck out his chest and proudly announced, “Mom, my spiritual more

  • Gone Fishin'

    Contributed on Jan 17, 2003
    based on 47 ratings

    God’s love for all people compels us into the deep--not stay in the dock

    It’s the Bible story that everybody knows, right? Even unchurched folks can tell you about Jonah. He was the guy swallowed by the whale. A story immortalized in children’s picture books everywhere. A fantastic, bizarre tale of a reluctant prophet, a huge fish, and a pagan city. Do you remember more

  • A Church Service Of One

    Contributed on Jan 17, 2003
    based on 165 ratings

    God calls and commissions ordinary people into service

    It was a church service of one. Isaiah the prophet was the only person in attendance – a preacher in Judah, the Southern Kingdom of Israel, who lived about the time that Homer was composing the Odyssey and Iliad in Greece. Isaiah was in the Temple that day, the Dwelling Place of God, the palace more

  • Love Conquers All

    Contributed on Jan 17, 2003
    based on 96 ratings

    God is a jilted spouse with a persistent love for an unfaithful partner--us.

    She was a floozy, the kind of girl your mother warned you about and your dad might take a sneak peek at. She wore purple eye shadow, thick mascara and lipstick so red that hummingbirds buzzed around her. Her dresses were always a size or two smaller than they should have been, and her walk was more more

  • Meeting God Down A Rabbit Trail

    Contributed on Jan 17, 2003
    based on 35 ratings

    God stands at the end of our rabbit trails when we have exhausted all human options

    You’ve probably heard the phrase, “going down a rabbit trail.” Wild rabbits don’t like to saunter down Main Street; they prefer bolting down trails leading deep into the woods. (By the way, jackrabbits are capable of speeds up to 40 mph to evade predators). To go down a “rabbit trail,” then, means more

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