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You Have Heard Is Said…

Matthew 5:21

You have heard that it was said to the people long ago

You’ve heard it said… This past weekend I stirred up a little discussion between a colleague of mine in ministry and a young student of the Bible (not that the colleague isn’t). I posted a meme that said – God is not going to rewrite the Bible for your generation. Stop trying to change Scripture when it’s written to change you.

A discussion or debate or argument ensued. The colleague proposed that Jesus rewrote the Bible – and that we can – through God’s leading I assume – rewrite and/or re-interpret the Bible today – to meet our current circumstance. The young student of the Bible believed the Bible was whole and what Jesus did was draw the people who heard Him back to the original meaning – rather that what they had come to believe. He believed the Bible was inspired by God – and God’s Word for us today and always. (either can correct me if I have express your views wrongly.)

I believe one either believes that the Bible is the inspired Word of God or simply a good collection of books and letters that we can interpret as we see fit. Here’s what the Apostle Paul felt about the Old Testament or as some call it – the old covenant.

2 Timothy 3:16–17 – 16 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, 17 so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work. I – personally believe that God meant this for the New Testament/Covenant as well – but that is my take. Continue reading

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Where Is Our Heart?

Luke 12:34

For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

RayMcDWhere is our heart? Of course I’m not talking about the organ that pumps our blood. I’m talking about our inner being – our heart – our spiritual self. Jesus says – where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. So a question might be – what do we treasure? What holds the top spot in our lives or the top five spots?

Where is our heart? Who were we rooting for in the presidential debate Monday night? How do we think our candidate did in the debate? Are we even open to hearing the other side or are our hearts closed toward the other candidate? Are we so certain our candidate of choice is the best? I’ve heard some say – and I’m one of them – that neither candidate should become our next POTUS. I try to be open but both turn me off for some of the same and yet some different reasons too. Continue reading

September 28, 2016 Posted by | Build, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, From the Pastor, Leadership, Outreach, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Next POTUS

Proverbs 15:14

The discerning heart seeks knowledge, but the mouth of a fool feeds on folly.

112015 Ray McDonaldIt is an election year. In a few months we will elect the next President of the United States (the POTUS). I have mentioned several times that I wish there was a none-of-the-above button. I’m starting to narrow my choice – but my choice may not be the two that are put up by their parties. I keep praying.

It is hard to watch the debates – for both parties. It seems that all are pretty adept at not answering the questions they are being asked. The avoid answering the question and move onto whatever they wish to say. Something like – I hear your question but let me say this about such and such. They never return to the question.

At times the candidates are name-calling. Most do not have respect for their fellow candidates – interrupting them and speaking over them – even when it is not their turn to speak. Basic manners and things most of us learned in grade school are lost on them it seems (not all of them). Continue reading

March 8, 2016 Posted by | Build, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Lenten Thought, Outreach, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment


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