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Bringing People Together

Colossians 3:11

Here there is no Gentile or Jew, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave or free, but Christ is all, and is in all.

Yesterday was MLK Day. Martin Luther King Jr. tried to bring people together. I saw a picture of MLK and Billy Graham on Franklin Graham’s Facebook page and Franklin said they were good friends and both tried to bring about good. Here is what Franklin wrote.

My father Billy Graham was friends with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., whose birthday is honored today. They knew each other well. They traveled together some, and at least one time even stayed in the same room together! Dr. King’s daughter, Bernice King, said, “I think both Dr. Graham and my father were trying to make the world a better place…They were different obviously in their style and their approach, but I think their heart and their goal was the same.” When my father was holding an evangelistic Crusade in Chattanooga, TN, in 1953, he arrived and ropes had been put up to segregate the people. He was appalled. He told the head usher to take down the ropes, but he wouldn’t—so my father took down the ropes himself. He told the ushers who threatened to put them back up, “Either these ropes stay down or you can go on and have the revival without me.” I appreciate the strong stand he took. #MLKDay Continue reading


January 16, 2018 Posted by | Build, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Denomination, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Boasting In Christ’s Power

2 Corinthians 12:9

But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.

RayMcDAs I get physically older – I’m losing muscle mass. I know I don’t have to lose as much muscle mass as I am because I knew a man much older than me who looked like he was in his 30’s or 40’s! Reggie Faust worked out and built muscle – daily. I MUST get back to working out – not just playing basketball and golf.

It is not fun being weaker than I was one day not too long ago (and I was never a powerhouse for sure). My physical strength is deteriorating and I must take action to reverse that trend. Working out in the gym must become a priority once again. Playing basketball Monday morning and will either go to the gym afterward or on Tuesday morning! That is my pledge. Jeff Dibler – you can hold me to this pledge.

As much as I may rebuild some muscle over the next few months – I will never be like Arnold Schwarzenegger! Or even Jeff Dibler! But I can be stronger than I am. Continue reading

October 31, 2016 Posted by | Build, Community, Daily Devotion, Daily Prayer, Discipleship, Encouragement, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Our Refuge and Our Strength

Psalm 46:1

God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.

20140530-104833-38913743.jpgThe Pope was going to travel from one little town to another in the Midwest. The roads were long and with very few cars on them – so he asked his driver if he could drive some. How was the driver to say no – so he sat in the back with the tinted windows and the Pope began to drive. On one stretch of road the Pope wanted to see what the limo would do so he got it up to 100 and was cruising along until a siren caught him from behind and he pulled over. The officer was new on the beat so he reported to his superior that he had stopped a driver doing 100 and was going to approach the vehicle. As the police officer walked toward the driver’s seat – he couldn’t see into the rear of the vehicle. As the Pope lowered his window the officer was taken back. He got the Pope’s license and registration and went back to his vehicle. He called his superior again and asked what to do. The officer said – what do you mean? He said I just pulled over a VIP doing 100. The superior said – was it the Police Chief? No – said the officer. Was it the governor – asked the superior? No – said the officer. Was it a Senator or Congressman – asked the superior? No – the officer responded. I’m not sure who he is – but he has the Pope as a chauffeur. Continue reading

July 11, 2014 Posted by | Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment


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