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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

October 23, 2017 Posted by | Build, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Daily Prayer, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Trust Is Something We Desire

Jeremiah 29:11

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

Trust is something we desire. We want to trust people. We strive to be trustworthy.

Have any of us ever had someone tell us they had our best interest at heart? Did we believe them? Is it only me or do others have trouble believing someone who says they have your best interest at heart? I tried to convince my granddaughter the other day that I had her best interest at heart – and I really do – but I’m not sure she bought it!

I was talking to a salesperson the other day – and they used the line – if it were me. If I trust someone – I might ask them – what would you do if you were me? That line doesn’t work with me from a total stranger. How about you?

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August 24, 2017 Posted by | Build, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Marriage, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

We’re Free – Free Indeed

John 8:36

So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.

RayMcDI remember playing games as a child. We played games like Freeze Tag. In freeze tag there are usually two sides or teams. The idea of the game is to freeze all of the players on the other team by tagging them. They can be unfrozen by being tagged by a member of their own team. You can tag and freeze a player by tagging them when they are not on their home base. When they are on their home base they are immune from being frozen – they are home free so to speak.

When we played regular tag there might be two or more free spaces or bases. The idea in tag was the person who was it tried to tag someone else who became it. If you made it to a safe base – you were safe and free from being tagged. This game had no real end – we stopped when folks got tired of running around chasing each other. Recently I watched a game of tag where my 3-year-old granddaughter was playing with 10-14 year olds or even older. My granddaughter – try as she might – couldn’t catch the older girls and they were not going to let her catch them either. My pregnant daughter – the 3-year-old’s mother – got upset that they were not letting the granddaughter catch them so she started playing – first letting the 3-year-old catch her and then chasing down (yes several months pregnant – no competitive juices flowing in our family) the teens and pre-teens. Watching her run around the playground – I was just hoping she wouldn’t fall and hurt herself and my next grand baby!

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September 1, 2016 Posted by | Build, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Daily Prayer, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Marriage, Outreach, Personal, Prayer, Sermons, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Are We Weary and Burdened?

Matthew 11:28

Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.

112015 Ray McDonaldWhen my oldest granddaughter was four-months-old – she entered a stage where she fought sleep (I’m at the age where I love taking a nap and going to bed at night).  She was the best baby I have ever known (all of my grandchildren are for sure).  She didn’t fuss about much of anything – yet she began to fight going to sleep.  I remember babysitting with her and having a hard time getting her to go down for bedtime.

I remember when I was a child my mom would force me to rest – to take an afternoon nap – after hours of playing and lunch.  I’m not sure it was for my good or hers – lol.  But if I laid on my bed long enough – usually about five minutes – I would be sound asleep.  Even today – if I sit still for five minutes I can doze off.  If I’m not in motion – I will become very docile.  I find myself falling asleep most anywhere.

The body needs rest.  I remember my college and seminary days – sleep was something that I did when I really needed it – or I crashed – because there was so much to do and so little time.  Late night study sessions – mainly because I didn’t keep up in my readings like I should – were commonplace.  All-nighters were just the way I rolled back then.  Up until about a two years ago – 4-6 hours of sleep was all I needed – with a 15-20 minute nap mid-day.  At 61 I am starting to need a little more rest to recoup from the day!  Now I find myself needing 7-8 hours a night – still with the 15-20 minute nap during the day. Continue reading

March 21, 2016 Posted by | Bring, Build, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, From the Pastor, Holy Spirit, Leadership, Lenten Thought, Marriage, Outreach, Personal, Prayer, Theology, Worship | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

   

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