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I attended the Gaither Vocal Band concert in Dubuque, IA. It truly lifted my spirits
and, at times, literally gave me 'goosebumps'. The music was beautiful and I especially
enjoyed your rendition of Mary, Did You Know?
I have been a fan of the Gaither music family for many years and have always enjoyed
your comedy and music. You have helped me through some rough times. In 2005, I was divorced
after 25 years of marriage and I literally awoke every morning to Bein' Happy
from your Greatest Hits CD for many months. I still listen to that CD often during
my daily walks.
Thanks for your ministry. You truly are a gift from God.
I'm not very faithful at answering the monthly reMarkable Question
but I wanted to add my two cents (or maybe 25 cents) to the March 2009 question (How did you find out about Mark?).
1. I was a freshman at Liberty in 1978 when I first heard Mark Lowry singing solos at Thomas Road Baptist Church.
A fellow student had a mad crush on Mark!
2. I happened to be at the Lynchburg, VA, airport the same time as Mark for 1978 Thanksgiving break. He was a hoot!
My friends and I couldn't keep a straight face around him!
3. We were in the same Romans class for a brief period of time (before the prof found out I was a freshman in a
senior-level class and I was forced to drop the class). Drat! It would have been doubly fun to be in the same class
4. After that, I began to hear of Mark when he was doing parodies of music and videos. He hit the big time with the GVB
and I can honestly say, "I remember Mark Lowry before he was famous."
My husband and I just returned from the Alaskan cruise. We were so blessed, "beyond what we could have asked
or thought." Even the four hours sitting out in the cold for the video taping was incredible.
I felt led to write to you to encourage you, in particular, Mark. It has to do with the Bible devotions
you did on the cruise. I'll preface my comment by saying that I'm not prone to write this kind
of e-mail. I'm not a groupie nor do I just give flowery words.
My husband is an evangelist, I am a Bible teacher and we speak at conferences. We were on the cruise for some
R&R after a five-week ministry trip. The cruise was in honor of our 30th anniversary (June 2) but we really needed
the rest and spiritual feeding.
Tim and I went to the devotions every day that week and were blessed and spiritually fed through each of them.
I'd had a desire to listen to Gloria (a spiritual heroine to me) and that was a blessing,
as was each of the speakers.
Bill has eluded to your 'serious' side on the Homecoming videos and I had a leading all week that there is 'depth
there with Mark'. My husband and I both felt it the instant you started your devotion. Even with all your 'Markishness' of wit,
there was a depth - very much a depth of the things of the Lord.
What you said went right into my innermost being and I believe it was the most
feeding I personally had that week. By no means to belittle the teachings of the rest of the week,
for they were good, but the Holy Spirit used you. Thank you, Mark!
Cheryl and Tim Youngblood
I have struggled with numerous things throughout my life. In it all, God has placed so many
people in my life to help guide me through these times.
Today, I checked my son into a rehab clinic for drugs and alcohol abuse. After such a long day
of heartache and tears, my wife asked me to go to the store with her to pick up a few items.
I headed over to the electronics section to look at a new TV but stopped in the music aisle
and looked through the Christian music CDs. I found your Life Gets Loud CD and knew I
needed to buy it.
As I sit here listening to The Inviting Christ, my soul screams out in joy. Our Lord God
has again touched my life by putting you here to lift me up and know that He is in charge.
I pray that our Father continues to bless you as you bless us. Thank you for being you and giving
us this wonderful music.
In Christ's love,
Fort Walton Beach, FL
Dear Mr. Lowry,
I wanted to take a moment to thank you for your ministry, again. For a point of reference,
I was the one who spoke to you outside the sanctuary (at First Baptist Church of Spartanburg,
SC, during Choral Festival) while you were waiting to go on stage. I had just
learned that my dad was in the hospital in Florida with his lungs full of fluid. Since he's
usually very healthy, I was in a little bit of shock. The doctors were throwing around
words like congestive heart failure and cancer.
During the concert (which I loved by the way - thanks so much!), I realized that I should have
told you how something I heard you say a long time ago stuck with me. I don't remember
if I heard you say it live or recorded but you said your favorite verse in the Bible was,
"And it came to pass..." Problems or trials don't come and stay, they come and
then they go. I've never forgotten that and was thinking about it as I was digesting the news
about my dad.
Then, during the concert, you started talking about 'Future-Tripping' and that was just what
I needed that night because, as you can imagine, with what I had just learned, I was already
there imagining the possibilities of what was to come. We still don't have a diagnosis for my
dad but I'm waiting, letting events unfold as they will and not imagining what might
God is using you to minister to His people! That you are incredibly funny is just a bonus for us.
I just finished watching the latest episode of Saturdays
with Mark & Tony. It was great. I agree with
you: I love The Message Bible. I use the NASB for my regular study but also like the ESV.
I am really enjoying this latest season of Saturdays. I agree with the comment made on YouTube - it is the best!
Thank you for continuing this work.
Mary Sue Hyland
I am very impressed with your new format for Saturdays with Mark & Tony! Overall, it looks very classy.
I like the graphics and the new setting - everything seems very upbeat.
You look nice with your new hair color, too. Tony is great, as always.
Blessings to you both,
Tonight, was one of those nights when I 'felt' that God was too busy with disasters elsewhere to be concerned
or available to me. I know better than that but it was just one of those moments.
The last several years have been consumed by health issues (my husband has been battling Lyme Disease for the
last three years and hasn't been able to work since September 2007), financial stresses (our lovely home that
we built after we were first married is getting ready to be sold as we can no longer afford the house payments,
our medical insurance/expenses, etc.), we had pipes freeze right before Christmas that resulted in a major flood
and the collapse of our family room ceiling and the list goes on... or, so it seems. Through it all, we have
continued to stand firm and say that we know God has a purpose. We know there is a plan. God is either who He says
He is or He is not.
We believe that God IS the I Am and that He is faithful. Nevertheless, it was one of those moments, as I walked
the dogs, alone, across our property in the dark of the evening asking God, "Where are you in all of this?"
When I came back in the house, I turned the computer on one last time to check my e-mail, hoping for a note from
someone. Anyone. But nothing - just junk. As I stared at the screen, not really knowing what to do - too tired to do
more laundry, yet not ready to go to bed - it simply came into my mind to search for 'Mark Lowry' on YouTube. I must
admit this was odd since most of what I know of you I have seen on my parents Gaither Reunion videos and, of
course, your song Mary, Did You Know? This YouTube phenomenon is also quite new to me and since my kids were
in bed asleep, I was really only guessing at how the whole thing worked.
To my pleasant surprise, up popped a series of songs and comedy segments. I sat by myself, for quite some time, just
watching and laughing. I felt a weight lifting off my heart, no pun intended, especially since it was a segment on
'Open Heart Surgery'. It really spoke volumes to me when you said, "This too shall pass." I know the Lord used
those words to speak to me, at that moment, to remind me that, yes, these days will pass. As a Christian, my life is never
in a stationary mode because God is always at work, accomplishing His purpose in my life. It may seem that, for a season,
we are not making any progress but God's timing is perfect and so are His plans. I am reminded of the Hebrews, held captive
in Egypt for hundreds of years. But, on the exact day, the day of redemption and restoration, God brought them out of Egypt.
It all came to pass, just as God had it planned. So, I shall continue to carry on, knowing that, "this too shall come
Thank you, Mark. Your stories and jokes make me smile and your music speaks to my soul. Even though we have never met and
most likely never will, you've ministered to me in a time of great need, so I can continue to minister to my family. For
another day, a week or a month, whatever it takes, we wait patiently for these days to 'come to pass'. Whatever happens,
we are in the palm of God's hand; Who, by the way, is big enough to care for me, too, even with the floods in North Dakota,
and the stock market trouble, and... and... and... Doesn't the old saying go something like, "For peace of mind, resign
as General Manager of the Universe?" Okay. I resign. God will bring to pass what is best. I think I can sleep on that