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Junk Food

1 Peter 2:2

Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation,

RayMcDJunk Food is not good for us! There – I said it! Junk food is simply that – junk – and I have been trying to stay away from it. Yet it usually tastes so good – or at least we think so. What is your favorite junk food? I love most anything with chocolate and peanuts or peanut butter. At Easter I am a sucker for peanut butter covered chocolate eggs. Junk food is usually sweet – or salty and flavored like barbecue potato chips. If you’re really lucky with your junk food you can get something that is sweet & salty!

But I digress. I’m also craving something sweet or salty – right now! Even after eating a bunch of carrots and hummus.

Junk food usually satisfies for the moment but not for the long-term. It usually has lots of empty calories and is not ultimately good for you. Why are we drawn to it – because it soothes for the moment – but it is not good for us? Continue reading

February 23, 2017 Posted by | Build, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Denomination, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Outreach, Personal, Sermons, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

God’s Word Is A Light For Our Path

Psalm 119:105

Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.

RayMcDOK – yesterday was a day when some really expressed themselves on Facebook (and I imagine it will continue). I thought about closing my account several times during the election process. I came even closer on Wednesday as people complained about the election results. It wasn’t that they were complaining but how they were complaining. Some – even clergy colleagues – were super upset with those who elected the other candidate from their choice. I haven’t heard such name calling in some time (at least not since the pre-election process from both candidates).

We could write for days about the shortcomings of both main candidates. But the time for this is past (if there ever was a time). The time now is to come together and support the candidate(s) elected (I’m not happy – for instance – with several persons elected in Maryland and in the country) – IMHO.

My prayer yesterday and today and moving forward is that God will show us the path to take. As Christians and as Americans we need a path forward. We need a plan if we agree and if we disagree with the path we are currently on as a nation. We need a path to walk where we can be faithful to God and country (if and when possible). Continue reading

November 10, 2016 Posted by | Build, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Outreach, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Submit to God

Proverbs 3:6

…in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.

112015 Ray McDonaldThis weekend I’m serving on a team on an Emmaus weekend. An Emmaus weekend or walk to Emmaus is defined like this on the Southern Maryland Emmaus websiteThe Walk to Emmaus is a spiritual renewal program intended to strengthen the local church through the development of Christian disciples and leaders. The program’s approach seriously considers the model of Christ’s servanthood and encourages Christ’s disciples to act in ways appropriate to being “a servant of all.”

When I walked – I found persons who submitted to God in awesome ways. I was already a pastor when I walked – so I knew what was being shared and taught (although it was a good refresher for sure). What stood out to me was the number of people who were serving through the weekend – submitting to God for the whole weekend. It was amazing and I encourage others to consider walking. Our church has a history of supporting and encouraging people to walk. Continue reading

April 8, 2016 Posted by | Build, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, From the Pastor, Leadership, Outreach, Personal, Sermons, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Where Do You Find Truth?

Colossians 2:8

See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world rather than on Christ.

IMG_0301Where do you go for truth?  Do you seek truth in the history of men and women?  Do you search for truth among the stories of our country or of the world?  What about the shared history of a people of faith?  I have heard people say – this must be truth because so many people have believed it and died for it!

Where do you go for truth?  Do you seek truth in your own experience?  Has your life unfolded in such a way as to mold truth for you?  I have heard people say – this is what I believe because it is real to me.

Where do you go for truth?  Do you seek truth in your mind?  I mean – if we can think of it – it must be true – right?  I have heard people say – if my mind can conceive of it – it must be true! Continue reading

June 4, 2015 Posted by | Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Lenten Thought, Outreach, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Build Your Faith on Sound Doctrine

1 Peter 2:2

Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation,

IMG_0301Junk food is not good for us – believe me!  There – I said it!  Junk food is simply that – junk.  Yet it usually tastes so good – at least we think it does (I like salty things and peanut butter/chocolate things).  What is your favorite?  Like I wrote – I love most anything with chocolate and peanuts or peanut butter.  At Easter I am a sucker for the peanut butter covered chocolate eggs.  Junk food is usually sweet – or salty like barbecue potato chips.  If you’re really lucky with your junk food you can get something that is sweet & salty!

But I digress.  I’m also craving something sweet or salty right now!

Junk food usually satisfies for the moment but not for the long-term.  It usually has lots of empty calories and is not ultimately good for you. Continue reading

May 20, 2015 Posted by | Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, From the Pastor, Leadership, Outreach, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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