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Be Prepared for Life

1 Peter 5:8

Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.

When I was just a boy – I was a Boy Scout. Be prepared is the Boy Scout’s motto – or it is the song by Scar – envious brother of Mufasa – in the movie Lion King. Being prepared is a good goal for sure. We never know when our lives can change in the next heartbeat. Accidents – sudden deaths – life changing events happen – at times when we least expect them.

A few years ago – life changed for my friend Mike – his family and his friends. He was a well loved teacher at Crofton Meadows Elementary School. He was a man of God loved by most everyone. Several hundred people gathered for his celebration of life service including current and former students and many from our former and current church families. The Board of Education was also well represented – as well as South County folks and friends from all over the area. Mike was well loved by most everyone. Continue reading

August 11, 2017 Posted by | Build, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Marriage, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Be Prepared!

1 Peter 5:8

Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.

20140530-104833-38913743.jpgBe prepared – the Boy Scout’s motto – or the song by Scar – envious brother of Mufasa – in the movie Lion King. Being prepared is a good goal for sure. We never know when our lives can change in the next heartbeat.

Life changed for my friend Mike last week – in a heartbeat – and for his family and friends as well. We had a great memorial service on Sunday afternoon for him – there were several hundred former and current students in attendance and their parents from his elementary school in Crofton (Crofton Meadows). The Board of Education was also well represented – as well as South County folks and friends from all over the area. Continue reading

November 17, 2014 Posted by | Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Outreach, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Casting Our Anxiety on Jesus

1 Peter 5:7

Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.

RayBlogWhat are you anxious about in your life? What is it that causes you to have trouble sleeping at night? What do you think about and can’t seem to stop thinking about – moment by moment?

As I reflect back on my life I can think of numerous things that caused me anxious moments. I can remember being anxious when I went out for the High School football team and cuts were being posted – I made the team! I can remember being anxious when I asked my future bride to marry me and wondering if she would say yes or not – she said yes. I remember being anxious when my children were being born – the first because she was the first (she turns 30 today) – the twins because they were twins. I can remember times when I was anxious about my job – about my health – about many things. And on this side of those anxious moments I can testify that being anxious didn’t help the situations one little bit. As a matter of fact – being anxious made some of them more difficult and didn’t help my health any at all.

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March 8, 2013 Posted by | Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Faith Journey, From the Pastor, Lenten Thought, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

   

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