On Target is a collection of rambling thoughts floating through the mind of Mark Wheeler – a husband, father, pastor, teacher, author, and wannabe theologian living in New England. Mark has been in ministry since 1986, serving in various pastoral positions–christian education, singles ministry, adult ministries, missions, and senior pastor. In September 2012, Mark joined the staff of First Central Bible Church in Chicopee, MA, as senior pastor. He also serves as an instructor for Walk Thru the Bible Ministries. In addition, Mark is an Adjunct Professor for Regent University in Virginia Beach, VA, mentoring students through occasional online courses. He also goes to Russia once a year to help train and equip pastors and emerging leaders. If you are interested, click on the link to read Mark’s full resume.

I started this blog for several reasons:

  • My wife suggested I write one. Being the ever-dutiful husband, I listened. 😉 Truthfully, I listened because my wife is wise and I value and trust her opinions.
  • I had published a handful of articles over the years and served as a free-lance writer for a couple of devotional magazines. But between rejection notices, changes in editorial staff, having fewer publishable or marketable ideas, and the general busyness of life, family, and ministry, I had gotten out of the habit of writing. I had been asking God to give me an open door for writing when my wife suggested starting a blog.
  • Blogging allows me to write without the pressure of worrying whether or not my thoughts and style meet an editor’s criteria.
  • I write what is on my heart and try to practice my wordsmithing craft. If it encourages the 2 or 3 faithful readers, so much the better.

23 responses to “About

  1. Patty Hanlon

    August 22, 2008 at 8:25 am

    Mark, I like your blog! I work in PR at Gordon and would enjoy posting a link to your blog on ours, Notes Along the Way.

  2. Blair Shelton

    June 20, 2010 at 4:16 pm

    Mark, I like your blog! I work in PR at Gordon and would enjoy posting a link to your blog on ours, Notes Along the Way.

    • wheelsms

      July 6, 2010 at 6:02 pm


  3. Sednaya

    June 8, 2012 at 10:46 am

    Are you the author of “When you feel like a failure”. If so, thank you for writing it.
    With Kindness,

    • wheelsms

      June 8, 2012 at 10:58 am

      Yes, I did write the article. I’m glad you found it encouraging. Thanks for the compliment.

  4. Diane Demers

    June 27, 2012 at 2:38 am

    I LOVE the series “a heart like David”, can I purchase the series on CD’s? Diane from FCBC in Chicopee

    • wheelsms

      June 27, 2012 at 7:56 am

      Hi Diane,
      Thanks for the compliment. I’m glad you enjoyed the series. With us being in transition at the moment, I don’t have a way to copy and make cds. Feel free to download the messages onto your computer and burn your own cds. Thanks again.

  5. ericlorenzen

    July 24, 2012 at 1:55 pm

    Would you be interested in reviewing our latest release, entitled Hiring Church Employees? It is a practical guidebook designed to help churches to successful hiring. If you are interested, just let me know your preferred format: e-book (Kindle or E-Pub) or print version.

    If you wish to read more, please do so at our Genuine HR division:

    Genuine HR is a new endeavor for our company, just started this year. However, as New Wind Business Solutions we have been designing church employee handbooks for a few years now.

    Thank you for your consideration and have a wonderful day,

  6. Diane Demers

    September 5, 2012 at 8:14 pm

    Hi Pastor! Thanks so much for posting Sundays sermon in print..some of us absorb better by reading and I was very happy to be able to print it, and therefore review it several times this week…I hope you’ll be doing that every Sunday

  7. Denise

    March 5, 2013 at 12:55 pm

    Pastor Mark, I love your photos of the Seattle skyline and the Bremerton-Seattle ferry. I would like to use one of the photos as a profile picture on my Facebook page but will not do so without permission. Would this be alright?

  8. Kimberly Stromberg

    June 6, 2014 at 2:24 am

    Mark, I am a graphic designer that resides in the Pacific Northwest. I was performing a Google search for ferry / Puget Sound stock photography images to use on a current client project. Your photo ( popped up in the search. Would would you consider granting permission for temporary use of this photo as a background image? I would be happy to pay a small royalty fee. Beautiful photos!

  9. Ha Tikvah

    August 5, 2016 at 10:13 am

    Just checking – do you own copyright on the wonderful graphic relating to Colossians on this page – ? If so, could I request usage for my church announcement sheet & possible website usage?
    Belfast UK

    • wheelsms

      August 5, 2016 at 10:22 am

      Romayne, Thanks for your comment and question. If I recall correctly, I saw a similar idea and then created my own. Feel free to use it in your church.

  10. Ha Tikvah

    August 5, 2016 at 10:26 am

    Ahh Mark – thank you SO much. It’s an awesome graphic & the lay minister who;s currently doing a sermon series on it was just overjoyed when I showed it to her as she felt it summed up the book perfectly.
    Many blessings 🙂

    • wheelsms

      August 5, 2016 at 10:28 am

      You are very welcome. I’m glad you found it helpful and encouraging.

      Mark Wheeler
      “Wherever you are, be all there. Live to the hilt every situation you believe to be the will of God.” Jim Elliot

  11. Paul McCuistion

    September 4, 2016 at 7:36 am

    Sir, I am developing some lessons on the Supremacy of Jesus and found your artwork I would like to use this. I do not plan on selling any of my lessons but eventually would ask for donations to my ministry. Do you own the piece of art on that page? If so, may I have permission to use it? Thank you.

    • wheelsms

      September 5, 2016 at 1:08 pm

      Hi Paul, Thanks for your note. I found the idea for the graphic and then created my own. You have my permission to use it, but I ask that you credit where you got it.
      Mark Wheeler

  12. Tim Shey

    January 20, 2017 at 10:54 am

    I like the title of your blog: On Target. I don’t know if this was your intention, but “on target” reminds me of the Hebrew word “paga”:

    INTERCESSION (Strong’s 6293 Paga)

    Paga: Hebrew for “intercession,” has many different meanings which help us to understand intercession. Listed below are six different ways paga is translated which help in better understanding intercession.

    1. Paga: (Judges 8: 21; I Samuel 22: 17-18; II Samuel 1: 15; I Kings 2: 29)

    In all these verses, the Hebrew word paga is translated “to fall upon” meaning to kill or destroy. These verses all refer to obedience to “fall upon” the King’s enemies at the King’s command.

    So we are called to “fall upon” the King of King’s enemies (which are demon powers) and destroy their works.

    2. Paga: (Genesis 28: 11, 16; Job 36: 32)

    In these verses, paga is translated to “light upon”, meaning to hit the exact place God intended. The first example is Jacob, who just happened to “light upon” (paga), the exact place God wanted him to. After God had spoken to him, he confesses to the fact that God is in this place, and he didn’t know it. God had caused him to “light upon” a certain place where Jacob could be spoken to.

    The second example is in Job and should be read in many translations. The New International Version states “He fills His hands with lightning and commands it to strike its mark.”

    The New International Version translates paga to “strike its mark.” This means it hit exactly where God intended.

    God-causes are paga, intercession, to hit the exact place needed. Like Jacob, we might not know we are in the exact place God wanted us to be in, we might have just prayed in a certain way or spoke in the Spirit. Then we find God has caused us to (paga) hit the exact mark. Compare this with New Testament verses: “Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities, for we know not what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. And he that searcheth the heart knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because He maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God.” (Romans 8: 26-27)

    3. Paga: (Exodus 23: 4; Joshua 2: 16; I Samuel 10: 5)

    In these verses, paga is translated “to meet” as in contact. The first time paga is translated “to meet” is when a lost animal is met, the finder should return it to its owner. We in intercession contact lost souls and pray them back to their Creator.

    4. Paga: (Joshua 19: 11, 22, 26, 27 & 34)

    In these verses, paga is translated “reaches” referring to boundaries set up for each tribe of Israel. The land they were given reached from one point to another.

    God-causes are paga, to “reach” all of the appointed blessings He has in store for us. When we are restricted from our God-given blessing (possessions), we should intercede (paga) and the intercession will deal with the restriction.

    5. Paga: (Judges 18: 25)

    Translates to “run” upon and destroy. In this verse, you see the violent force of intercession (paga).

    6. Paga: (Isaiah 53: 12; 59: 16; Jeremiah 7: 16; 27: 18; 36: 25)

    In these verses, the word paga is translated “intercession”. God reveals in these verses what to pray (intercede) for and what not to pray for. (Jeremiah 17: 16)

    Intercession is a combination of understanding prayers and spiritual praying or praying in the Spirit.

    Conclusion: The word paga translates many ways and when taken together, a powerful type of intercession is seen.

    1. An intercession that destroys the King’s enemies.
    2. An intercession that hits the exact mark.
    3. An intercession that is involved with praying for the lost.
    4. An intercession that sets boundaries.
    5. An intercession that is violent against the kingdom of darkness.

    [The preceding information regarding intercession was provided by Lou Somerlot]


    • wheelsms

      January 20, 2017 at 10:58 am

      Tim, Thanks for your comments and insights. For me, the title means living with a sense of intentionality, seeking to hit the target God wants me to aim at in all areas of life.

  13. lynnabbottstudios

    October 23, 2017 at 5:37 pm

    I stumbled across your blog today. It was a WordPress suggestion and I followed the link. I’m so glad I did. I’m going to follow your blog! I’m delighted to see that you follow Biola and Dallas Theological Seminary. Are you a Biola grad? If so, when did you attend? You look as though you might be about my age. Perhaps, we were classmates? Your wife is a wonderful lady, obviously. I’m so glad she suggested that you blog! Blessings!

    • wheelsms

      October 23, 2017 at 5:42 pm

      Thanks for your kind words. Yes, I am a Biola grad, twice. I was there ’73-’74, went to CSUF for a year and a half, and then back to Biola ’76-’77, when I received my B.A. in Christian Education. I later attended Talbot from ’84-’86, and received my Ph.D. in ’89. In between, I attended Dallas Theological Seminary from ’80-’84, receiving my Th.D. from DTS. Two of my children also attended and graduated from Biola.

      • lynnabbottstudios

        November 2, 2017 at 10:21 pm

        Just missed you. I graduated from Biola in 1984. I’m a huge Dallas fan. I grew up under the teaching of Dr. Richard Strauss (emmanuel faith community church in escondido, ca) Friends with three of his sons. And my mom and Mary were friends. Did you know of him? And by the way, I’m a huge fan of Walk Thru the Bible. Wilkinson came regularly to our church. Did the program bunches of times. I loved it every time! I bet I’d love your teaching. Too bad my husband (a Chick-fil-A franchise owner/operator) live in Virginia. ☹️ Anyway, it’s no wonder I love your blog! We are definitely on the same page. 🙂

    • wheelsms

      October 23, 2017 at 5:43 pm

      I forgot to ask, when were you at Biola?


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