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God’s Great Love

1 John 3:1

See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him.

112015 Ray McDonaldI have four fantastic grandchildren. I mentioned them a couple of days ago in my devotional thought and I have mentioned them before. All four of my grandchildren live out-of-state. Two live in New Jersey and two live in California. Let me tell you – FaceTime is one of the best inventions ever. Also free long distance on our cells to talk to our daughters and sons in far off places! It has made the distance seem less.

Two of my grandchildren are visiting with us this weekend. It is amazing how fast they grow. It hasn’t been that long since they visited last – but they are doing more and growing. At times I wish I were retired so I could visit with them more and spend more time with them when they visit – but that is another story all together.

The reason I mention them again today is the title and base Scripture of today’s devotional. I find myself feeling a great love for them. They are blood of our blood – children of our children – and we love them with a great love. I cannot explain how I feel when I see them or when I get to hold them and cuddle with them. I feel warm inside and cherish being with them. It is an amazing love for sure. Continue reading

March 5, 2016 Posted by | Build, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Lenten Thought, Outreach, Personal, Prayer, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

A Heart for Others

Philippians 2:3-4

Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.

IMG_0301Yesterday – I went to Sandtown in Baltimore City with a couple of other pastors (Pastors Sonia King and Selena Johnson – both pastors from Laurel). We were taking health kits and baby kits to Ames United Methodist Church on Baker Street to distribute to those in need following a season of unrest in that area. The need is great and our small donation of items will help but will hardly make a dent. The need goes well beyond the health and baby kits that we brought with us.

The pastor of Ames UMC is Pastor Rodney Hudson. I’ve known Rodney for a number of years. There was a gym at a former church and clergy regularly gathered to play ball and talk to one another – and Rodney would attend from time to time. On Tuesday – I got to see a different side of Rodney for sure.

We unloaded our supplies when we arrived and later we sat and talked some in the Sanctuary of Ames. A spacious sanctuary I had seen several times before when watching some of Rodney’s sermons online. We talked about pastor things – like the placement of the altar table and our mutual desire to walk when we preach and to be close to the people rather than distanced from them in the pulpits of our Sanctuaries. Continue reading

May 6, 2015 Posted by | Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Denomination, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Holy Spirit, Leadership, Outreach, Personal, Prayer, Theology, Vision | , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment


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