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Hope In The Lord!

Isaiah 40:31

…but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.

112015 Ray McDonaldHope in the Orioles! They started the season 7-0 and have a good balance – in such a small sample size – of hitting – power – pitching – and defense. They lost last night for the first time this season and still hold a 2.5 game lead over the second place team 8 games into the new season. They are hitting homers at a record pace and their pitching has been better than they expected. I have hope in the Orioles!

Hope in the Warriors! Possibly the best team in NBA history – last night they won their 73rd win of the season to break the previous record of 72 set by the Bulls in 95-96 season. The Bulls were led by Michael Jordan while the Warriors are led by Stephen Curry. Curry broke his own record for made 3’s in a season. His previous record for an NBA season was 286 and this season he hit on 402 3’s. Hope in the Warriors!

What is it we have hope in these days? Hope in our health? Hope in our wealth? Hope in our marriage? Hope in our children? Hope in our church? Hope in our faith? Continue reading

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Wipe Every Tear From Their Eyes

Revelation 21:4

He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.

112015 Ray McDonaldIf you know me – you know that I am an emotional person.  Growing up I found out early that I was an emotional person.  It didn’t take much to make me cry.  It also didn’t take much to make me angry.  I could get hot in a second – but thankfully – I could also release my emotions and level off quickly.

As I aged – I grew to control my anger – most times – but my tears came to flow more freely it seems.  I remember my maternal grandmother passing and how I cried at the family viewing time.  My cousin – same age – laughed at me for crying and his father took him by the scruff of the neck out of the room.  He came back in and told me – look – I’m crying too.  I guess it takes more to make some cry than others – lol. Continue reading

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