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What We Need Is God’s Love

1 John 4:7

Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God.

Pic of Ray 11302014We’re living in a time – not unlike many times in our history – where love is very much needed. Yet we live in a time when love is the furthest thing from the minds and hearts of many. Actually – some are running away from God’s perfect love and running toward the devil’s hatred.

I am appalled by the happenings around our country – as many are – and for a variety of reasons I’m sure. Hatred is running rampant in so many of our communities. Anger is all around us. Peaceful and non-peaceful protests are on the news every night. Something needs to change in our country and now is the time for every good Christian man and woman to stand up and be counted.

It is above my pay grade to know all the answers for sure – so I will not try to decide right and wrong in each case placed before us in the news. I have tried to stay out of the fray when it comes to commenting on the situations the news has blasted all over our TV screens and the internet. Some of my friends and colleagues on social media and from pulpits have been very outspoken – and I respect their right to their opinions. Continue reading

December 5, 2014 Posted by | Advent Thought, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Love

1 John 4:7

Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God.

20140530-104833-38913743.jpgDo you love someone? Do you have someone or a group of some ones that you love? If you’re like many people – you have several people that you love. If we were to begin to name them – and remember we don’t all love the same people or even have these people in our lives – we might begin with our parents. I didn’t write a devotional thought yesterday because I was in mourning for my late father (9/18/12). It was his birthday (he would have been 86) and I wasn’t feeling very chipper for sure. I did what had to be done and not much more yesterday. I can say I dealt with it better than I did last year so maybe there is progress!

If we kept going with our list we might mention our children – our spouse – our siblings – some very special friends – and for some the list would go on and on. For some – the list would be much smaller – and for some there might only be one or two or even none on their list. Continue reading

July 30, 2014 Posted by | Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Marriage, Personal, Theology | , , , , | Leave a comment

   

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