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Renew Our Strength

Isaiah 40:31

…but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength.

This is vacation season for many people. My social media feeds are filled with people heading to the mountains or to the beach or out of town to a vacation destination somewhere. Often people see vacation time as a time to renew their strength – to relax and not be controlled by the day-to-day work schedule. It often allows for more family time than a typical workweek as well. What do we do to relax? What do we do to renew our strength?

An interesting discussion might include these questions and more. What do we do to relax or t be rejuvenated? Time off from work is not always relaxing as many people say they need a vacation to recuperate from their vacation. What relaxes us? What renews our strength?

I’m relaxed when I play golf or cut my grass. These times also renew my strength to face the difficulties of the day. These are times away from the troubles and drama of the world. I also relax watching mindless TV (usually old shows with morals and values that match mine). What brings us renewed strength? Continue reading

August 1, 2017 Posted by | Build, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Outreach, Personal, Theology | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Life’s Drama

James 1:19

My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry,

82015 RayDrama: (one definition from dictionary.com) – any situation or series of events having vivid – emotional – conflicting – or striking interest or results. We often call scenes in our life drama when they escalate – seemingly beyond their place.  Events or moments in our lives that seem to be mole hills turned into mountains – often by quick tempers – quick responses – and with very little listening to each other.

In school – drama might center on who likes whom – and who was walking with whom in the hallways – or who was seen with whom. It might center on a number of things – drama is alive and well in our school systems. Drama was alive and well when I went to school – it was when my children attended school – and I imagine it still is and always will be. Continue reading

October 23, 2015 Posted by | Bring, Build, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Outreach, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment


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