But God hath chosen, the foolish things of the world to confound the wise, and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty; And the base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and the things which are not, to bring to naught things that are That “no flesh” should glory in “His Presence.” (1 Corinthians 1:27–29)

I’m one of those foolish, weak, base things, so in God’s eyes, I’m well qualified. (C’mon—that’s funny, right?)

I was born the bastard child of an Irish Immigrant; Mary Ann Folan gave birth to a son on Dec 23, 1959. She named her son Christopher Folan, and after 3 months she gave him up for adoption. George & Mary Foley quickly adopted him into their Irish Catholic family and named him Mark Christopher Foley; That’s me. So, when my mom would chase me around the back yard at 4 years old trying to get me to come in for dinner, affectionatly yelling: “Get back here you little bastard”; She wasn’t swearing at me, she was simply sharing my heritage with me. My dad was extremely devout to his church and received the honor of Grand Knight with the Knights of Columbus; a very high honor. My mom was the sweetest thing on earth loving all of the children in the neighborhood as her own; two great examples of God’s love & dedication. After their death, I took my birth mothers maiden name and now go by Mark Christopher Folan-Foley; It’s my heritage. Trying to follow in my fathers footsteps, I made my First Communion, Conformation and attended an all boy Catholic High School. I remember believing in God and trying to do what was right. Later, I asked Christ in my heart after reading a chick track: How to be born again, and this 26 yr old good Catholic became “Born Again”. I started attending a Pentecostal Church and started serving God passionately until I was 35 yrs old. Feeling uncomfortable and noticing discrepancies I left that Church and began looking for another; this was 1995 and many of the Churches focused on feelings instead of God’s Holy Word, calling themselves spirit led; so, I felt even more uncomfortable than before. I moved to South Carolina for 10 years and found the Churches to be even more difficult to attend as they were dressing nice & saying all of the right things in Church, then living a more corrupt lifestyle than many cold hearted sinners; I was totally losing heart searching for a body of believers to serve God with. I then moved to Huntington Beach, CA and started going to 5 churches a week; entering into ministry, going to men’s retreats, helping with local outreaches, etc. Sun at 8am- Irvine Mega Church, Sun at 10am- small HB Church, Sun at 6pm- Lake Forest Mega Church, Thur at 6pm- Harvest Church Irvine, Fri pm- Big Church in Laguna Niguel. I enjoyed being involved & helping those wonderful Churches and people, but after a few years wondered why the messages rarely, if ever, mentioned personal sin and the urgency to change; you know, to become Christ-Like, fight the evil inherent to all of us and making Heaven our home. For 35 years now I have been reading Matthew Henry’s Commentary, and right from the beginning as a new convert I would check the scriptures used in the sermons to see if they were interpreted correctly. We are called to “try every Spirit to see if it is of God”; So I have seen 35 yrs of correct Biblical interpretation, and 35 yrs of twisted interpretation to justify their point. A correct interpretation of God’s Holy Word is the only thing that will lead to Christ being formed in us, and the only way to be sure that Heaven awaits us; so, it is paramount to me that the ministry I sit under is speaking truth and not just their interpretation, as it should be to all of us. I was inspired to write my first book, and being a personal trainer & aerobics instructor for years, I wrote one describing the correlation between physical conditioning & Spiritual conditioning (strengthening our bodies & strengthening our Faith). Continuing to attend Churches locally, and always searching for a spiritual home who’s builder & maker was God, I was quickly loosing heart that I would ever find one. I started pressing into God with everything I had; repenting from lukewarmness, often fasting, always praying, I wrote my second book: Rise-Up Men of God, seeking what it was to become a Man of God, giving all I had to see it come to pass in my own life. Now I video sermons I am inspired to, and blog on WordPress @ blazingbibles.com. I have become so appalled (dismayed & horrified) at what our Nation has become, and see no help coming from the Church (supposedly God’s voice on earth) and I’m trying to be a Man of God in these challenging times; I’m just trying to figure out what God wants me to do as a Man of God. I don’t want my life to pass me by and waste this opportunity I have been given to trust & believe in God. After all of these years, I understand that no man is an island, and we need each other so maybe I’ll find some kindred spirits (like minded & like hearted) folks to serve God with. The Church is called the Ecclesia- The called out to gather. That’s who we are & that’s what we do, so staying home and watching online is not being the Church; I know the pandemics issues, but at some point we need to trust God and do what it is that He has commanded. It’s not time to give up, it’s time for FEARLESS FAITH; and TRUST IN GOD ALMIGHTY!

As a lay preacher and a student of the Bible, Mark Christopher has gained great insight into God’s desire and strategy to spiritually strengthen men and women in their faith. In his 35 years of service to the Lord, he has come to understand the many challenges associated with living for God, as a man, in our generation. Mark is apprehending and discerning his calling as a man of God and is becoming greatly encouraged and strengthened. His great hope is that as others press into these principles that he has come to understand, is that they too will become encouraged in their faith, and strengthened in their calling as a man of God. He resides in Southern California where his greatest joy is serving God and praying for his family and Nation.

Mark Christopher Folan- Foley

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