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Shine Like Stars in the Sky!

Philippians 2:15-16

15 Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky 16 as you hold firmly to the word of life.

20140530-104833-38913743.jpgHave you ever looked out into the night sky and watched the stars? If you live in an urban area – this might be a little hard – but if you live in a rural area like I do – it is a sight to behold. The stars shine brightly in the clear night sky. I use to love sitting on the roof top of a home we use to live in – watching the sky (my room have a window that opened onto the roof and I slipped out there some nights – my parents didn’t know – I think).

Let’s look at today’s passage in partial context. Philippians 2:12–18 – 12 Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed—not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence—continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, 13 for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose. 14 Do everything without grumbling or arguing, 15 so that you may become blameless and pure, “children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation.”  Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky 16 as you hold firmly to the word of life. And then I will be able to boast on the day of Christ that I did not run or labor in vain. 17 But even if I am being poured out like a drink offering on the sacrifice and service coming from your faith, I am glad and rejoice with all of you. 18 So you too should be glad and rejoice with me. Continue reading

November 11, 2014 Posted by | Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Outreach, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Walk to Emmaus

I just returned from the Southern Maryland Walk to Emmaus #35.  It was an amazing time.  I would like to offer others who have attended the walk an opportunity to express some testimonies about this experience (don’t let any of the special experiences out of the bag).  Use this space to encourage others to walk.

More information can be found on their website – http://www.upperroom.org/emmaus/.  The Maryland Camp’s website is http://www.carr.org/emmaus/ while the Southern Maryland Camp’s website is http://www.somdemmaus.org/.  Either camp is amazing and we have folks from both camps at Mt. Oak.

I will say that the experience of meeting new friends and developing a close relationship by spending three days with them was powerful for me.  I didn’t learn any new theological concepts – but I had one’s I knew supported.   I laughed, I cried, I was moved, I met with Jesus one on one and in group settings.  I will always remember my experience and will encourage others to walk as well.  It is an amazing time to strengthen your spiritual walk – your walk with Jesus.

OK – how about some testimonies?

May 3, 2010 Posted by | Discipleship, Encouragement, From the Pastor | , | 8 Comments


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