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To Live is Christ, to Die is Gain

Philippians 1:21

For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.

Life ChangeSo – does anyone but me think about death? Maybe it comes from living by a cemetery as a child or from being a pastor for 42 plus years. I wouldn’t say I think about it all the time – but I certainly do think about dying – from time to time. Like recently – going to sleep – I was counting the number of years I have left if I live to be my father’s age (the answer is just over 20 years). A few nights ago – I dreamed I died. I had informed my wife before dying to bury me with my Apple Watch in case I wake up and need to get someone to come get me (now that was a scary dream). OK – two such thoughts the same week – that is a bit much – and not my norm.

Have you thought about dying? I believe the early Christians thought about it – maybe a lot. They faced life and death situations all the time. They were being crucified in mass – they were being thrown to wild animals – they were forced to do battle with gladiators – all in arenas for the sport of the Roman people. Much like the Christians that were beheaded – or burned in cages – or drowned – by terrorists in the middle east. In the Western world we often are so protected – especially those of us who do not live in the crowded urban areas of our country. Law enforcement can only do so much – and I thank our law enforcement officers for all they do while I condemn those bad eggs that shouldn’t be in uniform. Continue reading

November 30, 2018 Posted by | Build, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Outreach, Personal, Prayer, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Encouragement – the Goldy Thing to Do

1 Thessalonians 5:11

Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.

RevRayEncouragement – have you ever given it or received it?  I mean – really – and if so – how did it feel?  Recently one of my daughters was going through a tough experience – and the family encouraged her to hang in and she did and she accomplished her goals.  I imagine the encouragement helped.  At times we just need to be encouraged – we need others to believe in us and to help us see the possibilities that we might not be able to see during tough times.

Can you remember the last time you gave someone encouragement?  Can you remember the last time someone gave you encouragement?  How did they make you feel?  Share in the comments section if you will.

Today’ passage speaks about encouragement – Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing. Encouragement is very helpful. Continue reading

June 6, 2013 Posted by | Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, From the Pastor, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment


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