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Doing Good – A Good Thing

Galatians 6:9

Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.

Life ChangeLet us not become weary in doing good. When I first read this passage I thought – who would ever tire of doing good – lol. Isn’t doing good what we all want to do I thought. Doing good is not natural – as a matter of fact – it is just the opposite. So – what is God trying to tell us in today’s passage?

I looked around it and read it in partial context. I saw a glimpse of the lesson that God was trying to present to us. Galatians 6:7-10 – 7 Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. 8 The one who sows to please his sinful nature, from that nature will reap destruction; the one who sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life. 9 Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. 10 Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers. Continue reading

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April 9, 2019 Posted by | Build, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Lenten Thought, Outreach, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

God Works For Good

Romans 8:28

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.

RayMcDAt times things seem to stack up against us. I remember when I was much younger and dating – I had two long-term girlfriends – one for a year and one for two years. When the relationships ended – I remember thinking my life is coming to an end and why would God allow such pain in my life – among other things. It was hard to see beyond the pain of the breakup. It was hard to see beyond the moment. Yet somehow God helped me push forward.

At times things seem to stack up against us. I remember when I was in college changing my major more times than I wished – never feeling comfortable with what I chose. At times I was lost – yet I still pushed forward. God helped me stay focused.

At times things seem to stack up against us. Four years ago my father – whom I thought was the greatest man in the world – passed. A year or two earlier my mother fell into dementia and we lost her – mentally – too. She is still with us physically but we haven’t had her for nearly six years now. Losing my father and mother has been harder than I expected. I fight negative feelings more often than I thought I would at losing them. God keeps me going. Continue reading

January 12, 2017 Posted by | Build, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Outreach, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

   

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