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God Has A Plan For Us

Ephesians 2:10

For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.

OK – I must admit it – I’m writing this devotion during the halftime of this year’s Super Bowl – and into the 3rd quarter. My team isn’t in the game – as a mater of fact – no team I care about is in the Super Bowl. I would love to watch the Ravens or the Redskins – but that didn’t happen this year. I might enjoy watching some other teams – but the Eagles and the Patriots just doesn’t interest me much. Carol – a member of our church is a diehard Patriot’s fan and Bev – also from the church – is the same for the Eagles – so I watch for them (LOL).

I thought about not watching the game. I haven’t watch many games this year. But it is the Super Bowl and they have great commercials. My wife is a big football fan so we watch together (1st half and the rest of the second half once I put this devotional to bed.

If I had to say who I was pulling for – and of course the game will be over before this devotional comes out – I would say I’m pulling for the Eagles – if pushed to make a decision. I think Tom Brady is the best quarterback of his era. I also think that the Patriots have won enough – let others feel the thrill. Continue reading

February 5, 2018 Posted by | Build, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

A Great Gift

Ephesians 2:8

For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God

So – what are you getting me for Christmas – LOL? What great gift have you picked out for me? Ask me and I will give you some great ideas.

So what are you getting your children? What are you getting your spouse or special someone? What is on your wish list? Have you shared your wish list with anyone?

I saw on Amazon that vintage Hot Wheels are making a comeback. LEGOs are still a hot item. Robots seem to be selling well. Other electronics like pads for children – the latest cell phone or pad – and virtual viewers are selling well. Clothes are always a welcome gift. Cash or gift cards are always in style (although some call them lazy gifts – I love them). Continue reading

December 12, 2017 Posted by | Advent Thought, Build, Christmas, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

God Has a Plan!

Ephesians 2:10

For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.

IMG_0301OK – I admit it – I’m writing this devotion during the halftime of the Super Bowl – and into the 3rd quarter. My team isn’t in the game – as a mater of fact – not team I care about is in the Super Bowl. If not the Ravens or the Redskins – I would be excited to watch Peyton Manning and the Broncos – Andrew Luck and the Colts – or Aaron Rogers and the Packers. Maybe I would watch a few other teams – but the Seahawks and the Patriots – not a game I care to watch – although I have watched the first half and will probably keep an eye on the game – it is the Super Bowl after all.

If I had to say who I was pulling for – and of course the game will be over before this devotional comes out – I would say I’m pulling for the Seahawks – if pushed to make a decision. Deflategate and other such happenings turned me against the Patriots – along with the team arrogance.

Both teams – I assume – have come in with a game plan. They have players ready to make key plays – and a game plan to try and defeat the other team. The Seahawks are trying to run the ball and throw enough big plays to keep the defense honest so they can run the ball. The Patriots are trying to put the ball in their quarterback’s hand and allowing this future Hall of Famer to do what he does best. By the way – the 3rd quarter just started – the TV in my office is on but I am listening to my James Taylor channel on Pandora with the sound off on the TV (I turn up the sound when the commercials come on). Continue reading

February 2, 2015 Posted by | Community, Daily Devotion, Daily Prayer, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Outreach, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments

God’s Will – God’s Plan

Ephesians 2:10

For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.

20140530-104833-38913743.jpgI remember – as a child – building sand castles at the beach. They wouldn’t be the fancy ones you often see – with detail. They would be piles of wet sand – with a trench or moat around it to allow the water to avoid the castle and fill in my own personal pool behind the castle or wall of wet sand. Sometimes my brother or cousin or someone would join in and we would make it really big and actually – when we were smaller – lie in the pool and be completely covered with water. I know TMI (too much information).

I remember – as a youth – taking shop in Junior High School – and making a pencil box (I wasn’t very creative). I think I still have that pencil box somewhere! I bent the metal – smoothed the edges – soldered the ends and it looked pretty good – but it was only a pencil box – nothing fancy. I have never been very good with my hands – not like my brother who got all of the tool man gifts.

Around our house – whenever I do a tool related fix – it is a big deal and my wife hoots and hollers – LOL – really! I create things with my mind and computer – but with tools – like hammers and nails or anything else – it is a struggle. I hung shelves 18 years ago in my basement and they are still up – but – the parcel board I used has warped and needs to be replaced. You get the picture. Continue reading

November 6, 2014 Posted by | Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Outreach, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

A Gift from God

Ephesians 2:8

For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith — and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—

RayBlogToday is my birthday – I turn 58 today.  I can’t believe I’m as old as I am.  My oldest daughter was out with us Friday night for dinner and thought I was in my young 50’s – she even called me old!  It seems just like yesterday that I received Jesus as my Lord and Savior (46 years this August).  It seems just like yesterday I was in High School (40 year reunion this spring).  It seems just like yesterday that I entered the ministry (36 years this summer).  It seems just like yesterday I was married (33 years this August).  It seems just like yesterday that our first child was born (30 later this month).  It seems just like yesterday that – well – you get the picture.

Now that we have run through a review of my past – let’s write something about the gifts we receive when we have a birthday or some other special occasion.  This year I left nothing to chance when it comes to my birthday presents.  When the Baltimore Ravens won the AFC Championship I bought a hat to remember it by!  When they won the Super Bowl I bought a hat to remember it by!  I also bought a jersey – the jersey of the highest paid player in the NFL as of today when he signs his contract – Joe Flacco.  So my daughters only need to chip in for the hats and my mother and others can buy me the jersey.  I won’t be taking these gifts back to exchange! Can you remember a special gift you received for a birthday or other special occasion?  I remember my first new bike at Christmas – I got a red one and my sister got a blue one.

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March 4, 2013 Posted by | Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, From the Pastor, Lenten Thought, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

   

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