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Following God’s Example

Ephesians 5:1-2

1 Follow God’s example, therefore, as dearly loved children 2 and walk in the way of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.

So who stands out in our lives as an example we follow? As a child and a youth – I had favorite ballplayers I followed. Boog Powell – Brooks Robinson – Frank Robinson – were players I liked in my youth. They played for my home team Baltimore Orioles. Eddie Murray – Cal Ripken – and others were baseball players I followed later in my life. In basketball some of my favorites were Wes Unseld – Earl “the Pearl” Monroe and Walt Frazier (from the Baltimore Bullets). In football I liked Johnny Unitas – Raymond Berry – Tom Matte. They were football players – Baltimore Colts – that I followed.

In school I had my favorite teachers – did you? I had my favorite singing groups I followed as well like James Taylor – Cat Stevens – Stevie Wonder – 3 Dog Night – Diana Ross and the Supremes and more. I had men and women who I looked up to in church and in other circles. I looked up to my dad the most. Continue reading

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Life Is Ever-Changing – But God Remains Constant

Matthew 24:35

Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.

112015 Ray McDonaldLife is ever-changing. I have played basketball all my life but the last 5 years or so the knees have been acting up. I went back to playing after losing some weight and getting cortisone shot into my one knee – but even still they acted up. I’ve taken a few weeks off from basketball and they are actually feeling pretty good. A few years ago my doctor told me to stop playing. Maybe he knew what he was talking about? Go figure! Life is ever-changing.

Life is ever-changing. My children now have children! My babies have babies. Two of my babies live out-of-state! Other than a few months in West Virginia – I have lived my whole life in Maryland! Life is ever-changing.

Life is ever-changing. I have never seen a political scene like the one we have this year. One candidate is under FBI investigation. Another candidate is a self-proclaimed socialist. Another spouts hatred and insults while using foul language. Some have very little charisma – while others are so self-centered I wonder if they could think outside themselves to care about our country. Life is ever-changing. Continue reading

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