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A Royal Priesthood

1 Peter 2:9

But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.

June 2019Many people have self-esteem issues. Maybe they were raised by parents who beat them down or never complimented them – you know – spending more time complaining about the B or C they received on their report card – rather than praising them for the many A’s they received. Maybe their spouse made them feel inferior or dumb. Maybe someone in their life spent more time tearing them down rather than building them up. If a person hears negativity enough – they tend to believe it and live it out.

Satan has a way of trying to beat us up as well. Satan loves to attack believers. Satan tends to leave his own alone. When believers sin and fall short – Satan is quick to remind us that we are no good – that they failed – that they sinned. Satan is quick to remind us that we are not worthy. He reminds us that we are not very good disciples. See how he uses truth? We are not worthy (on our own) – but we are made worthy through the blood of Jesus (someone shout glory). Continue reading

July 22, 2019 Posted by | Build, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Outreach, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

God’s Special Possession

1 Peter 2:9

But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.

112015 Ray McDonaldI have four fantastic grandchildren. All four are special to me. One is the first-born and came into my life during a time when I needed her most. One has no fear and the cutest curls. One has red hair and cuddles with her Pop (of course they all do). One is our baby for now – and has such a smile – it will melt your heart! All four of them are beautiful like their GC and their moms. They are all special to me – not possessions – but rather treasures.

I play basketball a few mornings a week. Of late I have been having a hard time. My 3-point shot – which has never been a problem – has left me for spurts – and it is getting frustrating. I went through a couple of games the last two weeks without hitting even one and some games I simply passed up on taking them – because my confidence is waning. The coolest thing – most days I am the oldest person and often the younger players cheer me on – even from the other team that day. They encourage me to take me shot – even giving up shots they could take to give me a good look. One of the best players that play with us often gives up his shot so that I can take my shot. Wednesday morning one of the young men who can hit 3’s like few others – was cheering my shots and another player who hits 3’s often – playing on the other team – was cheering me on as well. Again – not possessions but treasures for sure. A good group of guys! As I turn 61 – not sure how much longer I will last – but it is still fun enough to deal with the aches and pains that come with playing. Continue reading

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21-Day Prayer/Fast – Day 13

1 Peter 2:9

But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.

01032015 RayMy wife and I spend much of our time – Carolyn more than me – counseling people.  We have found that many people have self-esteem issues.  Maybe they were raised by parents who beat them down or never complimented them – you know – spending more time complaining about the B or C their child received rather than praising them for the A’s or for doing their best.  Maybe their spouse made them feel inferior or dumb – constantly putting them down.  Maybe someone in their life spent more time tearing them down rather than building them up.  If a person hears negativity things enough – they tend to believe it and live it out.

Satan has a way of trying to beat us up as well.  Satan loves to attack believers.  Satan tends to leave his own alone – have you noticed that fact?  When believers sin and fall short – Satan is quick to remind us that we are no good – that we have fallen – yet again.  Satan is quick to remind us that we are not worthy.  He reminds us that we are not very good disciples.  See how he uses truth?  We are not worthy (on our own).  But we are made worthy through the blood of Jesus (someone shout glory)! Continue reading

January 17, 2015 Posted by | Community, Daily Devotion, Daily Prayer, Discipleship, Encouragement, Faith Journey, Family, Fast, From the Pastor, Holy Spirit, Leadership, Outreach, Personal, Prayer, Theology, Vision | , , , , | Leave a comment

Holy and Set Apart – Day 13 of 21 Prayer/Fast

1 Peter 2:9

But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.

RayBlogMany people have self-esteem issues.  Maybe they were raised by parents who beat them down or never complimented them – you know – spending more time complaining about the B or C they got rather than praising them for the A’s.  Maybe their spouse made them feel inferior or dumb.  Maybe someone in their life spent more time tearing them down rather than building them up.  If a person hears negativity enough – they tend to believe it and live it out.

Satan has a way of trying to beat us up as well.  Satan loves to attack believers.  He tends to leave his own alone.  When believers sin and fall short – Satan is quick to remind us that we are no good.  Satan is quick to remind us that we are not worthy.  He reminds us that we are not very good disciples.  See how he uses truth?  We are not worthy (on our own).  But we are made worthy through the blood of Jesus (someone shout glory).

In today’s passage Peter writes: But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.  We have been chosen – sanctified – by a righteous God who sees value in us.  We have been made Holy and have been set apart for service to the King!  That gives us worth my friends.

If Satan tells you that you have no worth – tell him that you have so much worth – that Jesus was willing to die on the Cross of Calvary to redeem your soul!  Tell Satan – or anyone else that beats you down that you are part of a chosen people – a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God.

If you’re interested in reading the whole passage for today’s reading – you can do so at 1 Peter 2:1-25.  We are a people of worth – not of ourselves – but because of Jesus!

Just something to think about today as you go on your way.

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January 13, 2013 Posted by | Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Faith Journey, Fast | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Prayer/Fast – Day 13

1 Peter 2:9

But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.

Today’s reading came from www.youversion.com – the 21-Day Fast reading plan.  It is day 13 in the plan if you started on January 10th – the day our prayer/fast began.  Today’s reading comes from the full reading of the day – 1 Peter 2.

One of the scriptures about fasting says – “When you fast, do not look somber as the hypocrites do, for they disfigure their faces to show men they are fasting. I tell you the truth, they have received their reward in full.  But when you fast, put oil on your head and wash your face, so that it will not be obvious to men that you are fasting, but only to your Father, who is unseen; and your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.  Matthew 6:16-18

While praying and fasting – there may come a time when you feel stressed or out of sorts.  When I get like that – I think of today’s passage – But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.  I love that God has called me out of the dark places of sin and despair in my life. It is by His grace that I can fast and still look happy and as normal as I can appear – lol.

In the message later today we will preach on being the salt and light of the world – letting Jesus be in us as we flavor the world around us and shine His light before the darkness of the world.  When I am down I simply remember that I am a chosen person – a member of a royal priesthood of all believers – belonging to God!

Daniel 9:3 – So I turned to the Lord God and pleaded with him in prayer and petition, in fasting, and in sackcloth and ashes. Have you been spending more time praying?  Have you set aside time every day to be before the Lord?

Personal Report:  I’ve made it through my 12th day without a Diet Pepsi – my wife is hoping I stay off of them all together.  Day 13 is before us – only 9 more days counting today!  I plan to go to the gym every day this coming week!  I’ve stayed under 2,000 calories a day since December 23rd – recording my progress on an app on my phone called My Fitness Pal.

I will continue to pray for you as you walk through these days of our prayer/fast.  I pray God begins to speak to you and that you will share it with others.

If you wish to join me reading the same plans on www.youversion.com they are a yearlong reading plan called Robert Roberts – day 22 today – the Gospels in 30 days  – day 14 today – and the 21-Day Fast – day 13 today.  Join me or try other reading plans.

Just something to think about today as you go on your way.

Today’s Awakening devotion can be found here!

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January 22, 2012 Posted by | Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Faith Journey, Fast, From the Pastor | , , | Leave a comment

   

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