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And The Peace Of God

Philippians 4:7

And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Even in the year 2017 – we live in a day and age when people are still struggling with right and wrong – go figure. Some might say it has always been that way. Our parents and grandparents and so forth probably thought that each generation faced an uncertain world around them and a struggle for right and wrong. They probably thought they lived in a world where others called wrong as right and the right as wrong. Key to this thought is that we don’t all have the same moral values or ideology. We don’t all see the world or truth as the same. What a shame.

We live in a day and age when people are still struggling with right and wrong. Racial tension is still high in our society. Last night in Boston – Baltimore Orioles’ Adam Jones was racially abused – verbally – by some fans. A call for racial reconciliation – a call to treat persons by the content of their heart rather than the color of their skin – is still being met with opposition. Fifty to sixty years after some tried to awaken our country to racial tensions – they are still alive and well in some folks and in some areas more than others. There are still those who hate because of skin color – as crazy as that may seem to many of us.

We live in a day and age when people are still struggling with right and wrong. There are ideologies today – as there have been in days gone by – where people think the only way to nirvana is to kill all infidels. ISIS (radical Islamic terrorists) is still a problem and they are still killing Muslims – Christians – Jews – and others – around the world because they don’t agree with their ideology. They are creating fear around the world with their understanding of right and wrong. Most agree this is wrong but we can’t seem to agree how to defeat this hatred. They are certainly not the “JV” – and I pray they are stopped soon. Continue reading

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A Cheerful Heart

Proverbs 17:22

A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a broken spirit saps a person’s strength.

We’re only two games into the new baseball season. Both the Washington Nationals and the Baltimore Orioles are 2-0 and leading their divisions (I know – small sample size). I watched the Orioles – both games. I must say they were both thrillers.

The opening day game went into extra innings. There was great pitching by starter Kevin Gausman and the bullpen did its normal great job. There was some highlight defense as well (an amazing play by Manny Machado – just the best 3rd baseman in the Major Leagues). There was just enough offense to go to extras. The Orioles won in the 11th inning on a 1-2 count with two outs when Mark Trumbo hit a homer to left. I gave out a shout of joy. I believe it was the Orioles first opening day walk off win. The Orioles have won seven straight opening day games. Continue reading

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Walking the Walk, As Well As We Talk the Talk

1 John 2:6

Whoever claims to live in him must walk as Jesus did.

IMG_0301Sometimes the Word of God speaks louder than any example we can find – more than any example.  I thought about simply listing the scripture today and letting it speak alone but then I thought of a possible contemporary example that might help us understand the word better today.

Adam Jones of the Baltimore Orioles has gone on record numerous times talking about his team and the effort he will give game by game.  They would have been mere words except so far in the last few years – Adam Jones is leading by example.  He hustles every play – and plays injured as well.  In Sunday’s game – as I write this – he has hit a homer in the 1st inning.  He is backing up his words with his actions.  His actions are also working to set a tone for other ball players – especially young players like Jonathan Schoop and Manny Machado – players that look up to Adam and his leadership.  Other leaders like Chris Davis – Matt Wieters – Chris Tillman – and J.J. Hardy – all seem to hustle and try to lead by example. Continue reading

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Walk the Talk

1 John 2:6

Whoever claims to live in him must walk as Jesus did.

RevRaySometimes the Word speaks louder than any example one can find.  I thought about simply listing the scripture today and letting it speak alone but then I thought of a possible contemporary example that might help us understand the word better today.

Adam Jones of the Baltimore Orioles has gone on record numerous times talking about his team and the effort he will give this year.  They would have been mere words except so far in 2013 Adam Jones is leading by example batting .462 after 9 games with a MLB leading 18 hits and ranking high with 10 RBI already.  One of his teammates – Chris Davis – is batting .400 with a MLB leading 6 homers and 19 RBI.  They are backing up their words with their actions. Continue reading

April 12, 2013 Posted by | Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, From the Pastor | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

   

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