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Gratitude

Luke 17:17

Jesus asked, Were not all ten cleansed? Where are the other nine?

I imagine every generation has their issues with the previous generation. One area that seems to come up in conversations quite often is a lack of gratitude. Gratitude is defined as – the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness.

A nation was grateful to the military when they returned from World War II – even calling the men and women who fought to defeat evil in Europe and the Pacific theatre – the greatest generation. But I remember soldiers returning from Vietnam receiving protests and ridicule. A nation – not solidly behind the war efforts in Vietnam – didn’t rally around the returning soldiers – showing them with gratitude. Most of those soldiers had nothing to do with the political unrest surrounding this conflict. Most – like their counterparts in WWII – were merely following orders from those up the command chain. They too deserved our gratitude as a nation. They fought for freedom – they fought instead of many of us – they should have been welcomed home with open arms and gratitude. Continue reading

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Peace on Earth – Can it Be?

Romans 12:18

If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.

Pic of Ray 11302014I was born in the 50′s and remember a lot about the 60′s and 70′s.  I remember the peace movement surrounding the Vietnam War and the Civil Rights movement.  I remember the protests on college campuses all over America about the war and the assassination of Rev. Martin Luther King.  Unfortunately – some of those asking for peace didn’t give much peace when the veterans from Vietnam came home.  These veterans faced anger and hatred that shouldn’t have been aimed at them.  These young people – men and women – many who wanted nothing but peace so they could come home – were not welcomed home with much peace – respect or dignity!  It seems that peace is not as easy as we might think – nor is it as easy as a protest march.

Think for a moment.  Is there someone we have a hard time dealing with these days?  Someone we have a hard time being at peace with these days?  Is someone giving us a hard time?  Has someone hurt us?  Maybe it is our ex-spouse who is giving us trouble with our divorce settlement or with their child support?  Maybe it is someone at school who seems to enjoy being a bull?  Maybe it is someone at work who always seems to pick on us or take credit for something we have done?  Maybe it is someone who just won’t leave well enough alone?  Is there anyone like that in your life today?  Reading today’s passage we might say/ask – and God wants us to live at peace with these persons? Continue reading

December 23, 2014 Posted by | Advent Thought, Christmas, Church, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Marriage, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Living at Peace With Everyone

Romans 12:18

If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.

RevRaypeaceI was born in the 50′s and remember a lot about the 60′s and 70′s.  I remember the peace movement surrounding the Vietnam War and the Civil Rights movement.  I remember the protests on college campuses all over America about the war and the assassination of Rev. Martin Luther King.  Unfortunately – some of those asking for peace didn’t give it very well as veterans from Vietnam came home to anger and hatred that shouldn’t have been aimed at them.  These young people – many who wanted nothing but peace so they could come home – were not welcomed home with much peace!  It seems that peace is not as easy as we might think.

Think for a moment.  Is there someone you have a hard time dealing with these days?  Someone you have a hard time being at peace with these days?  Is someone giving you a hard time?  Maybe it is your ex-spouse who is giving you trouble with your divorce settlement or with their child support.  Maybe it is someone at school who seems to enjoy being a bully.  Maybe it is someone at work who always seems to pick on you.  Maybe it is someone who just won’t leave well enough alone.  Is there anyone like that in your life?  Reading today’s passage you might say/ask – and God wants us to live at peace with these persons? Continue reading

May 1, 2013 Posted by | Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

   

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