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Meeting God Face-To-Face

Exodus 33:22

When my glory passes by, I will put you in a cleft in the rock and cover you with my hand until I have passed by.

photo on 6-11-19 at 10.52 amHave you ever met someone that put you into awe mode? I’ve met some famous people over the years – and I’ve felt honored to meet them. I personally met several ball players over the years. I’ll name a few – and some of our younger readers might not know some of them – Johnny Unitas – Jim Palmer – Boog Powell – Eddie Murray (I remember him standing in the rain to give me an autograph) – Brooks Robinson – Harmon Killebrew – Frank Howard – Raymond Berry – Frank Robinson – Wes Unseld – Earl Monroe – Paul Blair – Don Buford – Al Bumbry – Justin Tucker – Matt Stover – and others. I once refereed a basketball game at old Andover High School where the visiting team was made up of Oriole ball players and others. I remember giving a technical foul before the game began – to Al Bumbry – for dunking in warmups – yes – I was a sticker for the rules back in the day.

Have you ever met someone that put you into awe mode? Maybe – with how close we are to Washington – you have met some politicians – like Presidents or others. Maybe – some of my friends who work with FCA have met some current players. I know I attended a dinner recently and met Coach Harbaugh along with some players. Continue reading

October 9, 2019 Posted by | Build, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Daily Prayer, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Outreach, Personal, Prayer, Theology, Worship | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

A Living Sacrifice

Romans 12:1

Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship.

IMG_0301As the Baltimore riot has unfolded the last few days – the media has made a point of focusing – it seems – on those who were doing destruction. Burning buildings – burning vehicles – vandalized businesses – rock and bottle throwing crowds. As the police commander said – when asked about using force – did folks want 14-15-16 year old bodies lining the streets?

Some officers were injured for sure – broken bones and other injuries. Probably millions of dollars worth of damage was done. The restraint of the officers was amazing – they should be commended. The mother caught on film dragging her son home – went viral – and she has become a national hero – an example I wish other parents had followed.

Several young men and women placed their safety on the line as they fought fires and tried to contain those who would do them harm. I knew several police officers that were on the scene. I know of several pastors who walked the streets – trying to calm folks down. I so wanted to be there – walking with them. I’m a bit disappointed I didn’t go. Not sure if I would have been a help – but I knew some brothers on the line and I would have loved to have supported them. Continue reading

April 29, 2015 Posted by | Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Daily Prayer, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Outreach, Personal, Prayer, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

God Will Not Forget Us (Baltimore)

Isaiah 44:21

Pay attention, O Jacob, for you are my servant, O Israel. I, the Lord, made you, and I will not forget you.

IMG_0301I am a child of a parent who is battling with full-blown dementia. At times she seems to know me. At times she has no clue. I have been called every name in the family and outside the family – at times she hits on my name. At times she thinks I am her husband. At times I am her father. At times I am a stranger. Rarely am I her son. At times my mother’s behavior is far from the women I have known all my life. It is frustrating and painful and brings tears to my eyes and breaks my heart.

Believe me it is very painful watching someone who has always been strong – decay right before your eyes. My sister and brother-in-law have taken the brunt of mom’s care – and I know it is taking a toll on their quality of life for sure. My brother and I help some – but it is very hard! My nieces help some as well.

Losing dad 2½ years ago was rough – one of the hardest things I have faced in my life – but losing mom – even though she is still here – is tougher – IMHO. My heart goes out to anyone who is dealing with a parent or parents or anyone battling memory issues like dementia – Alzheimer’s – or other such diseases. Continue reading

April 28, 2015 Posted by | Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Daily Prayer, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Outreach, Personal, Prayer, Sermons, Theology | , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Is Worship About Us Too?

Psalm 100:1-2

1 Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth. 2 Worship the Lord with gladness; come before him with joyful songs.

RevRayOn Friday – February 10th and on Monday – February 13th – I wrote the following posts on my blog pageWhat is Our Attitude When We Come to Worship?/What Style of Worship Is Right? Today’s devotional thought is the last in the three part series on worship.  I hope you have been blessed reading them.  I have been blessed writing them.

On Friday we wrote about our attitudes when we come to worship.  Here’s one quote from that post – this may be a new thought to some but worship isn’t about us – at least not primarily. Worship is mostly about God – coming before God to give God glory – honor and praise.  We wrote that worship should be about coming into God’s presence and glorifying God.  Worship is not primarily about what suits us or our desires/tastes. Continue reading

February 14, 2012 Posted by | Daily Devotion, Denomination, Discipleship, Encouragement, Faith Journey, Worship | , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

   

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