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Looking For A Little Shade?

Psalm 121:5

The Lord watches over you—the Lord is your shade at your right hand…

RayMcDIt has been a hot summer. Not extremely hot – but hot none-the-less. We’ve only had one day over 100 in our area – but a number of days in the upper 90’s for sure. I’ve had to work in the heat some (nothing like those who work in the heat every day or on roofs in this heat) and it can get to you after a while [I’ve also played some golf in the heat in the afternoon and that is hard too :)]. Finding shade is usually a relief in heat like this summer has produced. Finding a tree or a tall building or even an umbrella seems to bring some relief – a break from the scorching sun. Even wearing a hat with a nice brim brings some relief.

Life at times is hard. I know – for some that is an understatement and for some – even most of us in the Western Hemisphere of our world – we don’t fully understand just how hard life can be at times. But I repeat myself – life is hard at times. We all need rest and peace. We all need down time – shade from the heat of a hard day if I might go there. Some of us take power naps (a good 15 minutes and I’m good for the rest of the day). Some of us take numerous coffee breaks (and drink lots of coffee to help us get through hard days). Some of us live for the clock to strike the end of a hard day at work. Our shade is often returning home – while some have it hard at home as well. Continue reading

August 11, 2016 Posted by | Build, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Denomination, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Marriage, Outreach, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

No Electricity

Romans 5:6
You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly.

We’re back from Haiti – where there was no electricity – unless we ran a generator – and when it got dark – it was dark! Being powerless was something that hit us quickly. I for one went to bed as soon as it got dark. Darkness brings with it the things people do in the dark that they would not do in the light. I decided – I felt powerless enough – and wasn’t going to give darkness anymore power over me. I went to bed at 8 – 8:30 pm each night and rose around 4:30-5 am each day – just before the dawn. I spent the last hour of darkness in prayer and reading as I awaited the dawn.

Without power – without electricity – there wasn’t much we could do at night. We wore these little headlamps so we could see to walk to the bathroom or to get some more water – but they were limited in scope and were only good for brief moments.

We also realized quickly that the only lasting power was the power that God gave us through the work of the Holy Spirit – in us – through us – and in spite of us. If you are without power still today – don’t blame it all on Pepco or BGE – seek your power from the One who has all power! Seek after the Holy Spirit power that comes to those who seek after Jesus! You see – at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly – that is you and me!

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

July 2, 2012 Posted by | Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Faith Journey, From the Pastor, Holy Spirit | , , | 1 Comment


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