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Attitude: It Can Hinder Us

Hebrews 12:1a

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles.

RayMcDAll week I have written about attitude. One of my favorite sayings – which I have used a couple of times this week – is this – Christianity boils down to attitude. I often add to that saying – the position and condition of one’s heart.

On Monday I wrote – Attitude: In General. In this post we wrote about Christ being after the heart. If God has our heart – our actions will follow. We wrote about how important a good and godly attitude can be – in general. We listed several Scriptures dealing with the heart – the attitude.

On Tuesday I wrote – Attitude: In Worship. In this post we wrote about the need to focus on God in worship – because worship is not for us or about us. Let me repeat that – worship is not for us. Too often we want worship to suit us rather than to be designed to draw others to Christ. For those of us in Christ – we should do all we can in worship to draw others to Christ. Continue reading

January 6, 2017 Posted by | Build, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, From the Pastor, Leadership, Outreach, Personal, Theology, Worship | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

What Hinders Our Walk of Faith?

Hebrews 12:1

…let us throw off everything that hinders

82015 RayThis is a common thought for me.  I have written many devotional thoughts around this passage.  It is a question I often ask – my readers – myself – and those in the church I serve.  What hinders our walk with Jesus? What hinders our walk of faith? What is it that keeps us from walking out the mission statement of our church – to bring – build – and send?

We really should search for the things that hinder us.  Whatever our goals might be – we should strive to remove the things that war against us.  We should identify and remove the things that hinder our walk with Jesus.

Swimmers these days – when competing – wear the least amount of clothes and the tightest fitting suits possible it seems.  They want nothing that will drag them down – even the slightest.  When races are won or lost by the fraction of a second – every advantage helps – and eliminating anything that hinders – might just be that edge.
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September 10, 2015 Posted by | Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, From the Pastor, Leadership, Outreach, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

   

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