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High Desert Baptist Church in Marathon, Texas

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High Desert Baptist Church in Marathon, Texas
« on: November 28, 2006, 10:55:00 AM »
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Nov. 25, 2006, 12:47AM
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"Hey ... remember me?"

"I spent a whole lot of years doing what I wanted to do. And I mean, I got to do some pretty cool stuff. I was a cowboy; I was a deputy sheriff. But when I was about 38, 39, the Lord started working on me, saying, 'Hey ... remember Me?' So when I was 40, I finally said, 'I surrender You want me to be a pastor? I surrender, Lord.' "

Mark Sprague is the pastor at High Desert Baptist Church in Marathon, Texas, a town of 550 people just north of Big Bend. A big congregation on Sunday night is maybe eight to 12 people.

"I'll be honest with you. There's some days I wake up, and I go, 'I don't know what I'm doing this for.' It's usually Monday morning. You know what they say preachers always quit on Monday. I'm like, 'How in the world are we going to pay our bills this month?' And then all of a sudden, something comes in from some folks I never met before, and the Lord kind of cracks me in the back of the head and says, 'Now if you'd just listened to Me in the first place; I told you I'd take care of you.'

"And then you get to sit down with a young man who has been in prison twice and has just had a real tough life, and you work on him and you pray with him and the tears start rolling down his face, and he puts his faith in the Lord. Hey, the bumps in the road that I got to go through you know what? They're gone. The Lord has a way of, when I start feeling sorry for myself, He says, 'Hey, you remember that guy? You remember the guy you got to lead to the Lord? Hey ... it's all worth it.' "

- Mark Sprague.

Cowboy. Pastor. Texan.


 


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