Category Archives: Mark Hassel

Inspired by a dear friend

At his memorial gathering, I summarized Mark’s life with seven vignettes that characterized my dear friend. Consider and be motivated by each one. Continue reading

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Reflecting on the life of my friend Dr. Mark Hassel

Sometimes life takes frightening and unexpected turns. On July 1, 2005, we experienced one of those turns. It began with a mid-day phone call from a member of our congregation. The call came from Dr. Mark Hassel. He asked if he … Continue reading

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Waves of discouragement and providential prayers

Sometimes I battle incredible waves of discouragement. It can seem to come out of nowhere and catch me off guard. I am often called to pour myself out for others, so when the dark times come, I find myself asking, … Continue reading

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Reflecting on the life of a special friend

Four years ago on this day, my good friend, Dr. Mark Hassel, departed this life to be with his Savior, Jesus Christ. What he’s experiencing now is far better than anything in this world. But his departure (from our perspective) … Continue reading

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Celebrating the memory of a courageous friend

Today I am reflecting on the life and home-going of my good friend Dr. Mark Hassel. Three years ago, on this day, Mark left his body to go to be with Christ in that place prepared for us. We know … Continue reading

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