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Clothe Yourself In Christ

Colossians 3:12

Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.

Dear readers – did we have a favorite piece of clothing growing up? I apparently – according to old photos – had a favorite cowboy shirt and a red baseball hat. In many of my childhood pictures – from a certain age – that was what I had on. I still have favorite clothes – enjoying the more casual look over anything dressy. When I was a teen I had a favorite hat that was always on my head it seems. I remember when I finally had to give it up – it was old – torn and smelled from years of sweating in it. I remember buying it with my own money at Ocean City one year. I know my girlfriends probably didn’t like it much – but it was a favorite!

As a pastor – I know there are proper times to wear certain clothes. For instance – I when I have a funeral – I will bring my collar and my suit jacket to work with me – so I can change before the service. I will return to the office for meetings after the funeral and put on my church shirt – a polo shirt with my name and the church’s name on it. I hardly ever wear a tie anymore – using the clergy collar shirt when I need to dress up. Continue reading

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Keep In Step With The Spirit

Galatians 5:25

Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit.

I remember growing up – trying to keep in step with my dad. One time I remember going out in the snow to get wood for the fire. I tried to step where he stepped (the snow was deep). I tried to make his strides but because the snow was so deep I fell over trying to make his huge strides. But I got up and tried again and again.

I was cutting the grass over the weekend and one of my granddaughters wanted to come out and ride the tractor with Pop. She apparently made a fuss to do so because on one pass I saw Carolyn holding her and her holding out her arms to Pop. I couldn’t resist and pulled over. She helped me cut the remainder of the front yard – at one point clinging to her Pop because she was so tired. She wanted to help Pop. Continue reading

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Let Us Clothe Ourselves With Christ

Colossians 3:12

Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.

Dear readers – did you have any favorite clothes growing up? I apparently – according to old photos – had a favorite cowboy shirt and a red baseball hat. In my of my childhood pictures from a certain age – that was what I had on. I still have favorite clothes – enjoying the more casual look over anything dressy. When I was a teen I had a favorite hat that was always on my head it seems. I remember when I finally had to give it up – it was old – torn and smelled from years of sweating in it. I remember buying it with my own money at Ocean City one year. I know my girlfriends probably didn’t like it much – but it was a favorite!

As a pastor – I know there are proper times to wear certain clothes. For instance – I have a funeral this afternoon (this was written on Wednesday) and I have my collar and dress jacket to put on before I go. I will return to the office for meetings this evening and will put on my church shirt – a polo shirt with my name and the church’s name on it. I hardly ever wear a tie anymore – using the clergy collar shirt when I need to dress up. Continue reading

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We Are Chosen People!

Colossians 3:12

Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.

RayMcDI use a lot of athletic examples. Sorry if that doesn’t work for you. Most of us can remember recess in Elementary school. Do we remember when they would pick up teams for kickball or dodgeball? Do we remember being the last chosen or not being chosen at all? For those who have been chosen last or not at all – I assume it was not a good feeling for sure. We all like to be chosen – even if only for a kickball game.

It is a good feeling – being chosen. There were times I was the one picking up sides (in elementary school). At times I might be the first or second player picked by someone else. Either way it felt good to know your services were wanted on someone’s team. I remember the same feeling when picked for teams in the classroom too – like for a spelling bee or a math competition. When picked – we were expected to give our very best to the team effort. That would mean playing hard at whatever sport or coming up with the answer to the math problem before the other team. I rarely got picked for the spelling bee teams but did get picked for the math competition or the debate team. Continue reading

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Gentleness – A Godly Character Trait We All Need to Practice

Colossians 3:12

12Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.

As people of God – the chosen people – we are called to holy and to cloth ourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. As you start your day today – think on this passage and the call to live the godly traits of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.

Where in your day could you show more gentleness?  According to Merriam-Webster’s online dictionary – to be gentle is to be free from harshness, sternness, or violence. Examples might include – when we tell our young children to be gentle with their infant sibling.  Another example might be the way we approach a wild animal – as softly and gently as possible – as to not arouse them.  To be gentle is a godly character trait we should all practice more often.  I bet it might even keep us out of trouble at times – and it might keep some situations from escalating.

I read somewhere that many police officers try to approach traffic stops with gentleness – awareness for sure because they do not know who they are stopping – but nonetheless – they are waiting to see how we might react and react to our demeanor.  The article I read said the best thing for us to do when stopped is to remain calm and do not argue with the officer who is just trying to do their job.

How can you show gentleness to those around you today?  What are those around you going through where a gentle spirit might help them?  If we approach more situations with gentleness – we might be surprised at how they end up.  Look around you today and seek places where you could show the gentleness of God.

Just something to think about today as you go on your way.

Tomorrow we will look at showing humility.


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Colossians 3:12

12Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.

As people of God – the chosen people – we are called to holy and to cloth ourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. As you start your day today – think on this passage and the call to live the godly traits of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.

Where in your day could you show more gentleness?  According to Merriam-Webster’s online dictionary – to be gentle is to be free from harshness, sternness, or violence. Examples might include – when we tell our young children to be gentle with their infant sibling.  Another example might be the way we approach a wild animal – as softly and gently as possible – as to not arouse them.  To be gentle is a godly character trait we should all practice more often.  I bet it might even keep us out of trouble at times – and it might keep some situations from escalating.

I read somewhere that many police officers try to approach traffic stops with gentleness – awareness for sure because they do not know who they are stopping – but nonetheless – they are waiting to see how we might react and react to our demeanor.  The article I read said the best thing for us to do when stopped is to remain calm and do not argue with the officer who is just trying to do their job.

How can you show gentleness to those around you today?  What are those around you going through where a gentle spirit might help them?  If we approach more situations with gentleness – we might be surprised at how they end up.  Look around you today and seek places where you could show the gentleness of God.

Just something to think about today as you go on your way.

Tomorrow we will look at showing patience.


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Colossians 3:12

12Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.

As people of God – the chosen people – we are called to holy and to cloth ourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. As you start your day today – think on this passage and the call to live the godly traits of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.

Where in your day could you show more gentleness?  According to Merriam-Webster’s online dictionary – to be gentle is to be free from harshness, sternness, or violence. Examples might include – when we tell our young children to be gentle with their infant sibling.  Another example might be the way we approach a wild animal – as softly and gently as possible – as to not arouse them.  To be gentle is a godly character trait we should all practice more often.  I bet it might even keep us out of trouble at times – and it might keep some situations from escalating.

I read somewhere that many police officers try to approach traffic stops with gentleness – awareness for sure because they do not know who they are stopping – but nonetheless – they are waiting to see how we might react and react to our demeanor.  The article I read said the best thing for us to do when stopped is to remain calm and do not argue with the officer who is just trying to do their job.

How can you show gentleness to those around you today?  What are those around you going through where a gentle spirit might help them?  If we approach more situations with gentleness – we might be surprised at how they end up.  Look around you today and seek places where you could show the gentleness of God.

Just something to think about today as you go on your way.

Tomorrow we will look at showing patience.

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