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21-Day Prayer/Fast – Day 1

Daniel 10:2-3

2 At that time I, Daniel, mourned for three weeks. 3 I ate no choice food; no meat or wine touched my lips; and I used no lotions at all until the three weeks were over.

01032015 RayToday is the day I mentioned on Christmas Eve and this past Sunday in worship.  It is the starting point for our 21-Day Prayer/Fast.  You can join me if you’d like – whether you are from FUMC or not.  The prayer/fast is for 21 days starting today and ending on January 25th.  You can do any kind of fast.  You can do a Daniel Fast (http://www.daniel-fast.com/) – or a partial fast (fasting from something like sweets – coffee – sodas – etc.) – or an extreme food fast – doing just water and broth.  You can do any type of fast (google “types of fasts” and see what comes up). Some will fast from technology – the TV – social media – etc.  What will be your fast?

During the fast I invite you to read the 21-Day Fast reading plan on http://www.youversion.com at https://www.youversion.com/reading-plans/35-21-day-fast with me.  You can keep up on this blog page too and leave comments – whatever you chose – and share what God is saying to you.  I also invite folks from FUMC to keep up with the video lessons on http://www.rightnowmedia.com (you need a logon link from me – send me your e-mail).

So how did the year 2014 treat you?  My 2014 saw some ups and some downs – how about your 2014? I can think of no better way to begin 2015 than on my knees seeking His face while I desire His grace.  Will you join me?  Seek God’s face for yourself – your family – and your church family! Continue reading

January 5, 2015 Posted by | Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, Fast, From the Pastor, Leadership, Outreach, Personal, Prayer, Theology, Vision | , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments

Spend Time with God in the Morning

Psalm 119:147

I rise before dawn and cry for help; I hope in your words.

profileEaster 2014 is coming soon.  I mean Lent is just around the corner – it is at the end of our Revival week – March 2-5 (Ash Wednesday is March 5).  I love Easter and look forward to it this year.  Easter Sunrise service is always special for me – I’ve only missed one in my adult life that I can remember.

On Easter morning I usually arise around 4 or 4:30 am.  Sunrise this year is according to one chart I saw will be at 6:22 am on April 20th.  That means we will need to begin our Sunrise Service at 6 am or earlier to begin in the dark – maybe 5:45 am.  I know that some of our men and women – some of my friends – wake that early or earlier on a regular basis.  One of my sons gets up that early most every day to go to work.  It is not my usual time to rise though.  As a matter of fact – there have been nights I haven’t gone to sleep until that time!  My normal time to rise is 6:00 am or thereabouts.  By that time we will be starting worship on Easter morning.  It will be a powerful morning – we will have a great time worshiping God and will be inviting other churches and the community to join us.  The sun rising will remind us that the Son rose. Continue reading

February 19, 2014 Posted by | Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Holy Spirit, Leadership, Lenten Thought, Outreach, Personal, Prayer, Sermons, Theology | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Greatest Gift this Christmas

Ephesians 2:8-9

8 For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, 9 not a result of works, so that no one may boast. ESV

profileI hope that through the Holidays – Christmas and New Years – you got the gifts you wanted.  I ended up getting a Maryland Jacket – a fleece pullover – a sweater vest – a picture of one of my grandchildren for my office – a Ravens sweatshirt/tee shirt combo and two very nice pictures of our granddaughters for our home.  I’ve probably forgotten something – but not on purpose.

What did you get?  What did you give?  Hopefully you remembered – during all of the giving and getting – that Jesus is the reason for the season. Continue reading

January 2, 2014 Posted by | Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

   

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