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Be Careful

Ephesians 5:15

Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise…

I have five granddaughters. All five were over last night and one of the phrases I used a number of times – as they played out back with us on the patio was – be careful. They were running around – playing with each other – and at times they did not think about the consequences of their actions – after all – they are 4 – 4 – 2 – 2 – and the baby is 4 months. They are just excited to see each other and to build on their memory banks of fun.

Our patio has a drop off and rocks too. They will come close to the edge – aware and at times unaware of the danger. They will stand on the big rocks – boulders really – and be queen of the hill. Pop – the oldest family member present – knows the dangers and constantly reminds them to be careful – don’t fall. At times I would get up (other adults too) and walk them away from the edge of the patio or sit so that we could stop them – or at least try to – from falling.

We made it thru the evening without incident. We even got one granddaughter – previously scared of Pop’s lawnmower – to ride with him as he cut some of the yard. For most of the evening – she would stand on the edge of the patio and watch me cutting the backyard. She wanted to ride – like her older sister and cousin had the day before – but when she was placed on the mower – she panicked a little. It took several tries before she would stay on and once we started she was fine the whole time. As she was getting on the mower and off the mower (blades off of course) – Pop could be heard saying – be careful. Continue reading

May 9, 2017 Posted by | Build, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

21-Day Prayer/Fast – Day 6

Isaiah 58:6

“Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen: to loose the chains of injustice and untie the cords of the yoke, to set the oppressed free and break every yoke?

01032015 RayWe’re well into our 21-Day Prayer/Fast and I am hearing some remarkable stories.  I will try to share some of them along the way. What story do you have to share?

During our Prayer/Fast have we asked ourselves any questions about why we are fasting?  The last few days we have laid out some of the basics of our prayer/fast.  Let’s ask some more questions today.

Are we in the prayer/fast merely because the pastor asked us to join him (motivated by the ask is OK but there needs to be something deeper than the ask/challenge)?  Are we doing the prayer/fast mainly to lose weight?  Is it somehow to show our spiritual maturity to someone?  Is it to try and get God to do something for us?  Our spirituality needs to be greater than cruise control or auto pilot.  We need a real and vibrant relationship with and faith in Jesus!

Isaiah suggests some things about fasting to us today.  We should take a read and strive to discern why we are fasting!  It is a long lesson so let us spend some time and let it sink into our hearts.  Seek insight into why you are fasting as you read this passage. Continue reading

January 10, 2015 Posted by | Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Daily Prayer, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, Fast, From the Pastor, Holy Spirit, Leadership, Outreach, Personal, Prayer, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

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