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Fishing For Men and Women

Matthew 4:19

“Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will send you out to fish for people.”

I have a number of friends who love to fish. I never really got into it – I get motion sick very easily – but wouldn’t mind sitting on a shoreline somewhere on a lazy summer day with a line in the water. My friends post pictures of some of their favorite fishing holes on Facebook. They really enjoy fishing. It must be very exciting and relaxing to them.

A friend of mine from a former church is really into fishing. He often posts pictures of fish he has caught on Facebook. He gets some big ones. He and another friend go deep water fishing at times. My friend’s youngest son has taken an interest in fishing as well and they are often together at their favorite fishing hole – as seen on his Facebook page! He brought a dozen or more rods to church one Sunday for a prop for a sermon series titled Gone Fishing or something like that. I miss this friend dearly! We both play golf and need to do more of it together this coming season. Continue reading

December 11, 2017 Posted by | Advent Thought, Build, Christmas, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Personal, Sermons, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

It’s All About Relationships

1 Peter 3:9

Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult, but with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing.

112015 Ray McDonaldIt’s all about relationships!  The older I get – the more years I have been in ministry (40 full years this summer) – the more life I live – the more I am convinced it is all about relationships.

It’s all about relationships!  Our relationship with Jesus is not about the dos and don’ts.  It is not about how often we attend worship.  It is not about what we give to the church.  It is not about how often we sin or how little we sin.  All of these are measurable things for sure and Christians will strive to lessen sin in their lives.  Christians will attend worship – as often as possible – to be in the fellowship of other believers and to praise God (and worship is not just done in the Sanctuary on Sundays).  Christians re called to tithe and give even more to the poor and the needy.

It’s all about relationships!  Our relationship with Jesus is just that – it is about our relationship.  Our prayer life is our lifeline – our communication with God.  Our devotional life is the foundation of our relationship with Jesus.  How much time we spend and the quality of that time is so important. Continue reading

April 13, 2016 Posted by | Build, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Daily Prayer, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, From the Pastor, Holy Spirit, Leadership, Outreach, Personal, Prayer, Send, Theology, Worship | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Being Present

Psalm 46:1

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

20140530-104833-38913743.jpgBeing present is more important than one might imagine. Our children have appreciated that their mother has been very present in their lives. They will talk to her about most anything – because she has proven faithful and always present. They have built a great relationship – because their mother has always been present.

I tried to be present – attending all of the school functions I could and their games and horse shows when possible. I tried to be present – but wasn’t always present – like their mom. Our relationship is good but not as good as the relationship they have with their mom.

You can say several things to try and explain this – like – one parent was able to be present because the other parent was off making a living so the other parent could stay at home while the children were young. You could say the girls – all three of our children are girls – bonded better with their mother because they’re all girls. You could say a number of things – but the bottom line is their mom was present – much more than I was present. Continue reading

June 27, 2014 Posted by | Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Holy Spirit, Leadership, Marriage, Personal | , , , , | 1 Comment

I Will Make You Fishers of People

Matthew 4:19

“Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will send you out to fish for people.”

20140530-104833-38913743.jpgOur Director of Contemporary Worship loves to fish. He has posted a number of pictures of some of his favorite fishing holes on Facebook – pictures that often include his fiancée as well. Luckily she appreciates fishing as well or at least isn’t repelled by the idea of being out on the water or by the water with pole in hand. They are getting married in a few weeks and I can almost bet that somewhere during their honeymoon – a pole will be in hand as they relax and fish. His vehicle even smells like fish (not in a bad way – but in an outdoorsy way!). (By the way – we really appreciate the work he has done with our contemporary worship.)

A friend of mine from a former church is really into fishing too. He often posts pictures of fish he has caught. He gets some big ones. His youngest son has taken an interest as well and they are often together at their favorite fishing hole – as seen on his Facebook page! He brought a dozen or more rods to church once for a prop for a sermon series titled Gone Fishing or something like that. I miss him so!

My golfing buddy just bought a nice boat (no – I won’t be going on it – I get motion sickness real easy). My fear was that he would be going fishing a lot on Saturdays (our normal golfing day) and we would not be golfing much anymore. So far we have golfed on Mondays mostly – he started taking Mondays off. It has worked out most Mondays – but not all (like I will have jury duty on this coming Monday). Continue reading

June 20, 2014 Posted by | Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Holy Spirit, Leadership, Outreach, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

   

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