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What Are We Feeding Our Spiritual Bodies?

John 6:35

Then Jesus declared, I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.

RayMcDSix guys from our church have joined together to lose weight. We support one another. We text and e-mail one another. We weigh in on Sunday mornings at church. It is working. As of our last weigh in the six of us have lost a combined 69 pounds. One brother has lost 17 pounds. Two others are in double digits. And reports from home scales indicate we will have a new combined total this Sunday – well into 70+ pounds.

We set goals of losing 5% of our body weight by Labor Day (we began on July 15th). We have additional goals of 8% by Thanksgiving and 10% by Christmas (for a man weighing 280 pounds that would be a 28 pound lose by Christmas). Two brothers have already met their 5% goals – and another is very close – they are working toward their 8% goal already with a couple of weeks to go on Labor Day. We may need to adjust the goals. Continue reading

August 16, 2018 Posted by | Build, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Holy Spirit, Leadership, Outreach, Personal, Prayer, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Waking Early With Jesus!

Psalm 119:147

I rise before dawn and cry for help; I have put my hope in your word.

112015 Ray McDonaldEaster morning is less than two weeks away.  I usually rise earlier on Easter than most mornings.  This past year I rose up at 4:00 am.  I know that for some men and women – even some of my friends – waking up that early or earlier is a regular practice.  Some of my children often get up that early on a regular basis to head to work.

Getting up at 4 am is not my usual time to rise.  As a matter of fact – there have been nights I haven’t gone to sleep until that time!  My normal time to rise is between 5:45 and 6 am.  By that time on Easter we will already be at church and getting ready for our 6:30 am Sunrise service.  The sun will rise and we will celebrate the Son rising. Continue reading

March 15, 2016 Posted by | Build, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Daily Prayer, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, From the Pastor, Holy Spirit, Leadership, Lenten Thought, Outreach, Personal, Prayer, Theology | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

   

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