The Story of Mark:
The Inspiration for GodStickers.com
For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.
In 2002, I ran into a friend from Ball State named Mark. When I asked him how things were going, he said that he recently became a Christian. When I asked him what led him to this decision, this is what he said:
This is why I created GodStickers.com.
"…When my wife left me for another man, I started drinking to escape my pain. I was an atheist and didn't know where else to turn. One night, I lost all hope. I went into the bedroom to kill myself. When I sat on the bed, I noticed the Bible my grandmother gave me on the nightstand. I opened the Bible to Psalm 69. By the time I reached the end of the chapter, the Holy Spirit led me to a saving relationship with Jesus Christ. I was seconds away from ending my life, but instead, I found eternal life in Jesus Christ!"
When Mark shared his testimony, I came to the following 2 conclusions:
Conclusion #1: With no one else in the room, the Word of God was powerful enough to stop an atheist from committing suicide and led him to an eternal relationship with Jesus Christ.
Conclusion #2: How many people are out there like Mark? How many people have rejected the Gospel, but never actually "heard" the Gospel?
Sincerely, Andy Esche,
Founder of GodStickers.com and MissingPets.com
- Save me, O God,
for the waters have come up to my neck.
- I sink in the miry depths,
where there is no foothold.
I have come into the deep waters;
the floods engulf me.
- I am worn out calling for help;
my throat is parched.
My eyes fail,
looking for my God.
- Those who hate me without reason
outnumber the hairs of my head;
many are my enemies without cause,
those who seek to destroy me.
I am forced to restore
what I did not steal.
- You know my folly, O God;
my guilt is not hidden from you.
- May those who hope in you
not be disgraced because of me,
O Lord, the Lord Almighty;
may those who seek you
not be put to shame because of me,
O God of Israel.
- For I endure scorn for your sake,
and shame covers my face.
- I am a stranger to my brothers,
an alien to my own mother’s sons;
- for zeal for your house consumes me,
and the insults of those who insult you fall on me.
- When I weep and fast,
I must endure scorn;
- when I put on sackcloth,
people make sport of me.
- Those who sit at the gate mock me,
and I am the song of the drunkards.
- But I pray to you, O Lord,
in the time of your favor;
in your great love, O God,
answer me with your sure salvation.
- Rescue me from the mire,
do not let me sink;
deliver me from those who hate me,
from the deep waters.
- Do not let the floodwaters engulf me
or the depths swallow me up
or the pit close its mouth over me.
- Answer me, O Lord, out of the goodness of your love;
in your great mercy turn to me.
- Do not hide your face from your servant;
answer me quickly, for I am in trouble.
- Come near and rescue me;
redeem me because of my foes.
- You know how I am scorned, disgraced and shamed;
all my enemies are before you.
- Scorn has broken my heart
and has left me helpless;
I looked for sympathy, but there was none,
for comforters, but I found none.
- They put gall in my food
and gave me vinegar for my thirst.
- May the table set before them become a snare;
may it become retribution anda a trap.
- May their eyes be darkened so they cannot see,
and their backs be bent forever.
- Pour out your wrath on them;
let your fierce anger overtake them.
- May their place be deserted;
let there be no one to dwell in their tents.
- For they persecute those you wound
and talk about the pain of those you hurt.
- Charge them with crime upon crime;
do not let them share in your salvation.
- May they be blotted out of the book of life
and not be listed with the righteous.
- I am in pain and distress;
may your salvation, O God, protect me.
- I will praise God’s name in song
and glorify him with thanksgiving.
- This will please the Lord more than an ox,
more than a bull with its horns and hoofs.
- The poor will see and be glad—
you who seek God, may your hearts live!
- The Lord hears the needy
and does not despise his captive people.
- Let heaven and earth praise him,
the seas and all that move in them,
- for God will save Zion
and rebuild the cities of Judah.
Then people will settle there and possess it;
- the children of his servants will inherit it,
and those who love his name will dwell there.