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Set Our Minds On Jesus!

Colossians 3:2

Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.

112015 Ray McDonaldThe other day I wrote about my earlier days of playing basketball. A question often arises when teaching people to shoot a basketball. The question – where do you aim when shooting a basketball? Some say the front of the rim – some say the back of the rim – while still others say the middle of the basket (try to swish the ball each time without touching the rim). A survey was done and of those who responded – 46% said back of the rim – 34% said front of the rim – and 20% said center of the basket. Personally I aim for the basket – the center – and hope for the best!

One of my favorite sayings of all time goes like this – aim at nothing and you’re bound to hit it! In most of life – jobs – hobbies – relationships – we need to be aiming at something. When a couple has been dating for a while – one might ask the other – where do you see our relationship heading? Clue – you better have a good answer or the relationship might be headed out the door! Saying I don’t know – can’t we just enjoy things the way they are going now – normally is not a good answer. Setting our aim is very important. Continue reading

March 31, 2016 Posted by | Build, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Outreach, Personal, Theology | , , , , | Leave a comment

Recognizing Jesus!

Luke 24:31

Then their eyes were opened and they recognized him, and he disappeared from their sight.

112015 Ray McDonaldI was at the golf course the other day and a young man walked by me. Right away he called me by name but it took me a few seconds to figure out in my brain where I knew him. His face was familiar – but you know – the context wasn’t there.

Have you ever seen someone you know you know but you can’t put a name with the face? Usually for me it is when I see the person out of the context from where I know them. Like meeting someone from church in the grocery store – you know you know them but you can’t bring their name up to your memory. Maybe that just happens to me – and maybe because I’m getting older – but I usually have a good memory for names – just ask my wife.

What keeps us from recognizing people?  Is it age?  Is it context?  Is it our relationship?  Is it something else? Continue reading

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