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Working As Unto The Lord!

Colossians 3:23

Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters,

Life ChangeOK – most everyone is back to work today. January 2nd and a Wednesday – and the work force in America – except the portion of the government shutdown because the President and Congress can’t agree – is back to work. Even if you are retired – you’re probably back to your normal routine today. Our office will open at 9 am after being shut down since December 20th. Of course – a number of the staff at church – including me – has worked since the 20th – but not at the office. I only put in about 60 hours Christmas week – so it was a light load.

So – think for a moment about the new year and your work. Are you a teacher? Do you work in an office? Do you work for the government? Are you in law enforcement or the military? Are you in sales? Are you in the medical field? Do you work for a non-profit? Wherever you work – do you work as unto the Lord or do you work for a paycheck (and only do what is required)? Continue reading

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The Rest Of Our Lives

Colossians 3:23

Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters,

Today is the first day of the rest of our lives. I wonder – have we ever heard that before now? We cannot change anything about yesterday or the days – weeks – months – or years in the past. We might be able to make restitution for something that happened in the past. We might be able to correct something done in the past. We might be able to improve on something in the past. We might even be able to build upon something done in the past. But the past is just that – the past.

Today is the first day of the rest of our lives. Recently my wife and I had a conversation about what we’d like to do in the year and years ahead of us. We both have some hobbies we’d like to develop. We both have family that would require travel to visit. We both have ministries we would like to invest in and visit. The list continues. We cannot change what we have done – but we can focus on what we would like to do in the future. Continue reading

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When We Serve – We Serve The Lord!

1 Peter 4:11

If anyone serves, they should do so with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ.

Photo on 6-21-16 at 2.53 PMIn church life – there is always a discussion about paid persons and volunteers. I heard an SPRC chair recently say we’re all servants of God – some of us just do more serving and so some get paid for it – but we all serve our Lord (or something like that).

I know some volunteers who do more than some paid staff – but putting that aside – the real issue is how we view our service. Is our service different if we are paid verses being a volunteer? Should we serve differently when we are volunteers – since we are not being paid?

In church life – this debate often rages. I hear comments like – I’m only a volunteer or I’m not getting paid. For some – not getting paid means they can do it or not do it – since they are only a volunteer. Continue reading

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Today Is The First Day Of The Rest Of Our Lives!

Colossians 3:23

Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters,

112015 Ray McDonaldToday is the first day of the rest of our lives. Have you ever heard that before now? We cannot change anything about yesterday or the days – weeks – months – or years in the past. We might be able to make restitution for something that happened in the past. We might be able to correct something done in the past. We might be able to improve on something in the past. We might even be able to build upon something done in the past. But the past is just that – the past.

Today is the first day of the rest of our lives. Yesterday my wife and I had a conversation about what we’d like to do in the year and years ahead of us. We both have some hobbies we’d like to develop. We both have family that would require travel to visit. We both have ministries we would like to invest in and visit. The list continues. We cannot change what we have done – but we can focus on what we would like to do in the future. Continue reading

April 4, 2016 Posted by | Build, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Marriage, Outreach, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Working for Jesus!

Colossians 3:23

Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters,

82015 RayWorking for the almighty dollar. A song I remember from my childhood went something like this for the chorus – You load sixteen tons, what do you get? – Another day older and deeper in debt – Saint Peter don’t you call me ’cause I can’t go – I owe my soul to the company store. Tennessee Ernie Ford

Working for the almighty dollar. I remember my first job. I was a carrier for the Baltimore Sun – delivering the paper in my Annapolis community. It was a big responsibility for a young man with a bike. The rainy days – the cold days – were especially hard. Occasionally my parents would help me by driving me around – not often – after all – it wasn’t their job. I remember one early morning – as I was half asleep delivering the paper – a Great Dane came running out of the front door of a home on my route. It woke me up for sure – as he charged me and I jumped to the opposite side of my bike for a few houses (as if that was going to help). The money was nice – it helped me save for things I wanted that my parents weren’t willing or able to get me. Continue reading

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