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Pornography – Conform Not!

Romans 12:2

Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.

Sexuality drives the secular world it seems. One area of our lives where we are called to NOT conform to the pattern of this world is Sexuality and Pornography.

Pornography is very damaging to marriage and to all of human sexuality. Filling one’s mind with unnatural and fictitious scenarios can lead to expectations and demands that are not healthy or natural. It can lead to fantasies that are sinful and damage not only marriage but relationships with other men and women in your life. You will find yourself thinking thoughts about strangers and even close friends you would never have thought without the use of or involvement with pornography.

Pornography is addictive. It is easy to access today through the internet. It is sin and WILL damage your marriage. As a single person, it will damage your thinking about sexuality and when you marry it will cause expectations that will lead to difficulties in your marriage, guaranteed. Continue reading

March 17, 2017 Posted by | Build, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Lenten Thought, Marriage, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Bone Of Our Bones

Genesis 2:23-24

23 The man said, “This is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called ‘woman,’ for she was taken out of man.” 24 For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and they will become one flesh.

RayMcDGod has a plan for marriage. This is one of the plans found in the Bible. When God was creating the universe He created man and woman. When the woman (Eve) was created and brought to man (Adam) – Adam exclaimed this is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh.

One of the things I get from this passage is that a husband should see his wife as part of him – bone of his bones. The wedding vows talk about the two becoming one and that nothing is to divide them. Husbands should consider their wives to be part of them – part of their very self.

You know – I was once very fit. I was lean and mean. I could run all day – I could bench press more than I weighed. But part of me – my hunger – and my lack of will power in this area – began to eat away at the shape I had and gave me the shape I have now. It is part of me that created in me something I do not desire. I cannot just get rid of me – I need to work on me to make me better. I need to overcome that part of me that has ruined my shape (although round is a shape). Continue reading

October 25, 2016 Posted by | Build, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Outreach, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Marriage And The Family Are Under Attack

Genesis 2:24

For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and they will become one flesh.

IMG_0301The problem – as I see it – is that the family is under attack.  The Capital Newspaper had an article written on 11/18/10 titled – Is Marriage Becoming Obsolete?  I will use this article today as we examine marriage in our current culture – less than five years later and it seems to be getting worse rather than better.

Here is a statistic – nearly one in three American children is living with a parent who is divorced, separated or never-married.  The article suggests that more people are starting to accept that marriage is not needed to have a family.

I spoke with a schoolteacher. I was told that in their class they were astounded by the number of students that came from a home with divorced parents.  It was sad – they said – to see so many from broken homes. Continue reading

May 21, 2015 Posted by | Community, Daily Devotion, Denomination, Discipleship, Encouragement, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Marriage, Outreach, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Marriage: What is God’s Plan for Marriage?

Genesis 2:23-24

23 The man said, “This is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called ‘woman,’ for she was taken out of man.” 24 For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and they will become one flesh.

IMG_0301God has a plan for marriage.  Today we begin a series – again – not consecutive blog posts in a row – but a series on marriage.  We need to study what God says about marriage.  Especially is this day and age when some are trying to redefine marriage.  God’s plan for marriage can be found in the Bible – not in the laws of the land.  When God was creating the universe He created man and woman.  When the woman (Eve) was created and brought to man (Adam) – he exclaimed this is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh.

One of the things I get from this passage is that a husband should see his wife as part of him – bone of his bone – flesh of his flesh.  The wedding vows talk about the two becoming one and that nothing is to divide them.  Husbands should consider their wives to be part of them – part of their very self.  They are partners and connected in ways that God has designed.

Continue reading

March 23, 2015 Posted by | Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Lenten Thought, Marriage, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

God’s Design for Marriage – One Man and One Woman

Matthew 19:4-5

4 “Haven’t you read,” he replied, “that at the beginning the Creator ‘made them male and female,’  5 and said, ‘For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh’?

profileYesterday we wrote about the authority of Scripture – how Scripture was primary in our understanding of God and God’s will.  You can read yesterday’s post here.  We had to build the groundwork of Scripture in order to move forward in an orderly fashion.  Too many people seem to have a low regard for Scripture while others of us see it as inspired – inerrant – and infallible.

Today’s subject – as seen through Scripture – is marriage.  We live in a world that has a variety of ideas about marriage and a variety of ideas pertaining to who can get married.  The secular definition of marriage is contrary to the orthodox view of marriage.  Divorce – for instance – seems to be all the rage in some circles with a divorce rate around 50% of current marriages.  This – in my humble reading of the Bible – is not God’s plan for marriage.  God hates divorce we’re told in Malachi 2:16. Continue reading

November 12, 2013 Posted by | Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Denomination, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Holy Spirit, Marriage, Personal, Prayer, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

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