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We Are Chosen People!

Colossians 3:12

Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.

RayMcDI use a lot of athletic examples. Sorry if that doesn’t work for you. Most of us can remember recess in Elementary school. Do we remember when they would pick up teams for kickball or dodgeball? Do we remember being the last chosen or not being chosen at all? For those who have been chosen last or not at all – I assume it was not a good feeling for sure. We all like to be chosen – even if only for a kickball game.

It is a good feeling – being chosen. There were times I was the one picking up sides (in elementary school). At times I might be the first or second player picked by someone else. Either way it felt good to know your services were wanted on someone’s team. I remember the same feeling when picked for teams in the classroom too – like for a spelling bee or a math competition. When picked – we were expected to give our very best to the team effort. That would mean playing hard at whatever sport or coming up with the answer to the math problem before the other team. I rarely got picked for the spelling bee teams but did get picked for the math competition or the debate team. Continue reading

August 30, 2016 Posted by | Build, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Outreach, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

21-Day Prayer/Fast – Day 13

1 Peter 2:9

But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.

01032015 RayMy wife and I spend much of our time – Carolyn more than me – counseling people.  We have found that many people have self-esteem issues.  Maybe they were raised by parents who beat them down or never complimented them – you know – spending more time complaining about the B or C their child received rather than praising them for the A’s or for doing their best.  Maybe their spouse made them feel inferior or dumb – constantly putting them down.  Maybe someone in their life spent more time tearing them down rather than building them up.  If a person hears negativity things enough – they tend to believe it and live it out.

Satan has a way of trying to beat us up as well.  Satan loves to attack believers.  Satan tends to leave his own alone – have you noticed that fact?  When believers sin and fall short – Satan is quick to remind us that we are no good – that we have fallen – yet again.  Satan is quick to remind us that we are not worthy.  He reminds us that we are not very good disciples.  See how he uses truth?  We are not worthy (on our own).  But we are made worthy through the blood of Jesus (someone shout glory)! Continue reading

January 17, 2015 Posted by | Community, Daily Devotion, Daily Prayer, Discipleship, Encouragement, Faith Journey, Family, Fast, From the Pastor, Holy Spirit, Leadership, Outreach, Personal, Prayer, Theology, Vision | , , , , | Leave a comment

   

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