Easter is essential to Christian beliefsEaster is a glorious celebration for Christians around the world and in Hudson. Pastor Mark Shore of the Bible Baptist Church in North Hudson is excited about the Easter message and wants everyone to hear about the resurrection of Christ.
By: Doug Stohlberg, Hudson Star-Observer
Easter is a glorious celebration for Christians around the world and in Hudson. Pastor Mark Shore of the Bible Baptist Church in North Hudson is excited about the Easter message and wants everyone to hear about the resurrection of Christ.
The local pastor is excited about Easter, but nobody would blame Shore if he entered the annual celebration with a bit of angst. It was the day after Easter, April 12, 1971, that his first family — wife and three young boys — all died in a car accident on Hwy. 61 just south of Hastings, Minn.
Pastor Shore was also critically injured and, if he survived, was not expected to walk again. Miraculously he walked out of the hospital just 13 days after the accident. At the time he was a young pastor starting a church in Galesville, just north of La Crosse.
Because of the tragedy, he soon left the Galesville church and took a job in Chicago. There he met his current wife Anne and they eventually found their way to Hudson 21 years ago. They have three adult children of their own, a daughter and two sons.
“I went through a tremendous amount of grieving after the accident,” Shore said. “I finally came to the conclusion that He (God) spared me for something. He could have taken my life in the accident too. I believe he spared me to do what I do — spread the Gospel.”
He said Easter is important because it is essential to what he — and all Christians — believe and preach: Christ died and rose again so that we humans can have forgiveness.
“Not only on Easter, but every day we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ,” Shore said. “We celebrate the love of the Lord and study the Gospel.”
Shore cited Bible verses, written by Paul, in 1 Corinthians 15 that say in part “…By this gospel you are saved, if you hold firmly to the word I preached to you. Otherwise, you have believed in vain. For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: That Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried and that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures…”
Shore said that Paul is essentially saying our preaching is in vain if Christ had not risen from the dead.
“Our whole message is salvation through Christ,” Shore said. “And, he promises to raise us in the last days.”
Although there is a lot of historical evidence to help prove the accuracy of the Bible, Shore said it is still a message of faith.
“Ephesians says we are saved through faith,” Shore said.
When it comes to non-believers, Shore said he preaches the same message.
“The Bible never sets out to prove God — it declares God to be. In the first chapter of Genesis the Bible says ‘In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth,’” Shore said. “The Bible, however, describes His qualities — God offers visible evidence to us in the birth, death and resurrection of Christ.
“Praise the Lord, I’ve seen a lot of people who acknowledge that they need a Savior. 1 Corinthians 15 also says ‘For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive.’
“We will die physically, but spiritually we can be saved through Christ — that’s what Easter is all about.”
Shore grew up in the Durango area of Colorado. Along with their three children, Mark and his wife Anne have 13 grandchildren. Mark’s siblings and children are all active in church work around the country and the world.
The Bible Baptist Church has about 130 members and has existed in Hudson since 1971 — even a bit earlier counting meetings in homes. The current church at 545 Sixth St. No. was built in 1976.
“I love it here in North Hudson and we have a sweet congregation,” Shore said. “It’s a privilege and honor to serve.”
The Easter schedule at Bible Baptist Church includes Sunday School at 9:30 a.m.; morning worship service at 10:30 a.m. (featuring Easter hymns, special choir music and a message on the “Risen Christ!”) and an evening service at 6 p.m.