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May We Only Boast in the Cross

Galatians 6:14

May I never boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.

Life ChangeDid your team win the National Championship in Division 1 basketball? Virginia won for the men. My cousin Mac went to Virginia and he was very happy. Did your team even make the dance? If so – how far did they go? My team – Maryland – made the dance and made it to the second round – but fizzled out. Did any of us boast on social media about our team? How about at work or in other conversations?

Did our team win their opening game in Major League Baseball this week? The Orioles usually do but didn’t this year. Which team will win their division this year – the league championship – the World Series? If our team is playing well – will we compare them to other teams and boast a little in our circles? The Orioles started out real well and had a few good games – but are losing as of late.

I saw some parents posting on Facebook about their children’s spring teams and some about their children’s scholastic achievements. I’m so proud of our youth and the youth I know. Some High School seniors I know are busy preparing for college or careers. Our new favorite college team might just be where our child attends – even if we never saw ourselves rooting for them before! Continue reading

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April 12, 2019 Posted by | Build, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Lenten Thought, Outreach, Personal, Theology, Worship | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

We Can Take Nothing With Us!

1 Timothy 6:7

For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it.

RayMcDI you ever heard the phrase – you can’t take it with you? This is usually a response to someone being tight or conservative with money. They are usually being encouraged to spend more – or to spend at all – because – you can’t take it with you!

In all of the years as a pastor and all of the funerals (40 years now) I’ve celebrated – I’ve never once seen a Brink’s truck or a U-Haul following the hearse to the cemetery. I know in the olden days – when Pharaohs or Kings would die – they would be buried with their riches. This was partly because they believed the Pharaoh or King would need their wealth in the afterlife or the next life.

King Tutankhamen (King Tut) for instance had a massive amount of wealth buried with him. On February 16 – 1923 – his sealed tomb was opened. Ancient Egyptians saw their pharaohs or kings as gods. They preserved their bodies after death. Many tombs were found and robbed. Continue reading

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

Boasting In The Cross

Galatians 6:14

May I never boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.

112015 Ray McDonaldDid our team win the National Championship in Division 1 basketball? Villanova won for the men and Connecticut won – again (4th time in a row) – for the women. Did our team even make the dance? If so – how far did they go? My team – Maryland – made the dance and made it to the Sweet 16 – but fizzled out.  Did we boasted on social media about our team?  How about at work or in other conversations?

Did our team win their opening game in Major League Baseball this week – this season? The Orioles and Nationals both won I believe. Which team will win their divisions this year – the league championship – the World Series?  If our team is playing well – will we compare them to other teams and boast a little in our circles?

I saw some parents posting on Facebook about their children’s spring teams and some about their children’s scholastic achievements. I’m so proud of our youth and the youth I know.  Some High School seniors I know are busy preparing for college or careers. Our new favorite college team might just be where our child attends – even if we never saw ourselves rooting for them before! Continue reading

April 7, 2016 Posted by | Build, Church, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Outreach, Personal, Prayer, Sermons, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

   

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