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Alive To God In Christ Jesus

Romans 6:11

In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus.

I had a young person in my office recently. This young person was having a battle with an addiction and was asking for my recommendation on how to overcome the addiction. When they were in the midst of their addictive behavior – they would feel the Holy Spirit pricking their heart – yet they enjoyed the addiction – so they often pushed the Spirit aside. It was a real struggle – a struggle many of us have battled before and will battle in the future.

I know a person who has battled addiction for many decades. They have suffered much. Their family has suffered much as well. They seemingly had defeated the addiction for a long period of time only to have it rear its ugly head again. Addiction is never gone – it is always one day at a time. Our victory is only a needle – a bottle – a porn site away. Addiction can at times make us seem powerless to control ourselves. Continue reading

July 12, 2017 Posted by | Build, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Holy Spirit, Leadership, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

What Are We Facing?

2 Kings 6:16

“Don’t be afraid,” the prophet answered. “Those who are with us are more than those who are with them.”

IMG_0301What are we facing today? What challenges are before us? Some of my friends are starting new appointments today as pastors of United Methodist Churches. Two specifically start serving churches in Crofton and Annapolis. As they meet new people and Sunday preach and lead worship before a new congregation – I will be praying for them. May God richly bless them as they serve with all of their hearts a new people!

What are we facing today? What challenges are before us? Are our marriages having issues? Are the children facing tough times – are we facing tough times with the children? Is our job a trouble spot? Are relationships caving in around us? Is the news causing us pain? Do we have legal issues facing us?  Are we fighting a disease like our governor is facing?  Are we fighting an addiction?

What are we facing today? What challenges are before us? And my next question – what are we doing about these challenges? How are we facing them? Do we try to face them alone – on our own power and strength? Continue reading

July 1, 2015 Posted by | Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Daily Prayer, Denomination, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Marriage, Outreach, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Putting Christ First During Lent

Matthew 26:35

Peter said to him, “Even if I must die with you, I will not deny you!” And all the disciples said the same.

profileLent starts on March 5 – Ash Wednesday.  That is the last night of our revival at First UMC.  We hope to see you at First UMC in Laurel soon.  The revival begins on Sunday – March 2 during our morning worship services at 8:15 & 11 am.  It continues each night – Sunday through Wednesday at 7 pm.  We hope to see you there (more information at the bottom of this devotional thought).

Lent – according to the Merriam-Webster dictionary is defined as – a period of 40 days before Easter during which many Christians do not eat certain foods or do certain pleasurable activities as a way of remembering the suffering of Jesus Christ. Continue reading

February 28, 2014 Posted by | Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Lenten Thought, Outreach, Personal, Prayer, Sermons, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

   

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