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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

The Lord Reigns

Exodus 15:18

“The Lord reigns for ever and ever.”

IMG_0301Recently I tweeted that a dear friend was fighting for his life. While he is fighting for his life – his wife passed. These are fairly active and not too radically old people who suddenly have had their life changed in a flash. It has rocked the world of many.

The wife who died was a well-loved teacher at a local High School. She had retired but was still sub teaching at the local High School and many students – including my own children – knew her and loved her dearly. Several of her former colleagues from the school have reached out to me and on Facebook. Many are in shock.

The husband is still fighting for his life and we will know more in the next day or two. He too was very active in teaching and in the Board of Education. He was my J.V. basketball coach in High School and they were both members of one of my home churches. Continue reading

May 26, 2015 Posted by | Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, 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

   

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