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Men – Look at the Calendar! NOW!

Ephesians 5:25

Husbands, go all out in your love for your wives, exactly as Christ did for the church—a love marked by giving, not getting. The Message

img_0063-2Valentine’s Day is just 1 day away. This is a warning devotional for men who might need the reminder. After 40 plus years with my wife I write with some experience. What do we plan to do this year men? By the time this devotional goes out – I will have already taken my sweetie to dinner with some treats presented at dinner.

Traditionally – Valentine’s Day is a holiday where men are supposed to show their love and affection for the women in their lives. So men – what do we have planned? If nothing is planned yet – this is our last warning to get something planned – ASAP. The following are some thoughts. If you are a woman reading this – you might want to print it for the man in your life!

In The Message – we read from Paul’s Epistle today’s passage: Husbands, go all out in your love for your wives, exactly as Christ did for the church—a love marked by giving, not getting. Continue reading

February 13, 2020 Posted by | Build, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Marriage, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Thoughts On Christian Marriage

Genesis 2:24

For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and they will become one flesh.

RayMcDIt is not unusual for me to teach or preach on marriage – Christian marriage. In our society – there is much confusion surrounding marriage these days – like who should be able to get married. We can find God’s intent for marriage in the second chapter of the Bible. In the very first book of the Bible – Genesis – we read God’s intent for marriage – a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and they will become one flesh. God’s design – from the beginning of time – was for one man and one woman to marry and become a family.

A number of times over the years in counseling I have run into men and women who have not allowed the new family – the two becoming one – to become primary in their lives. It is OK to love mom – it is OK to love pop – but in order for the new bond – the new family to work – it must become primary. We must in a significant way – leave our mother and father and cleave to one another. Continue reading

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

Christmas Is A Short Time Away

Luke 12:34

For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

RayMcDChristmas is a short time away – just in case you haven’t been to any of the retail stores of late. I mean – some had Christmas stuff up this past summer – some before Thanksgiving  all have it up now! In worship we are singing Advent songs and Christmas songs (I know – liturgically they are not supposed to be sung yet – but – I love them so – as do our folks).

So what is on your list for Christmas? Would you like an iPad Pro – even if you have a workable iPad or other pad? How about the latest video game? We use to get loads of clothes for Christmas – at times we got them early so we could wear them before Christmas – like a winter coat if it got cold early. I remember marking things in the Sears Christmas catalog for my parents when it came out. Christmas is only a short time away.

If we were in Sunday School or at a beauty pageant – we might say our wish for everyone to receive Jesus or peace on earth. Thinking on a more spiritual level – what is it we would wish for this Christmas – if we could wish and it would come true? I mean – what do we treasure the most? The passage this morning says that where our treasure is, there our heart will be also.  So – what do we treasure? Continue reading

December 6, 2016 Posted by | Advent Thought, Build, Christmas, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Outreach, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Today Is The First Day Of The Rest Of Our Lives!

Colossians 3:23

Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters,

112015 Ray McDonaldToday is the first day of the rest of our lives. Have you ever heard that before now? We cannot change anything about yesterday or the days – weeks – months – or years in the past. We might be able to make restitution for something that happened in the past. We might be able to correct something done in the past. We might be able to improve on something in the past. We might even be able to build upon something done in the past. But the past is just that – the past.

Today is the first day of the rest of our lives. Yesterday my wife and I had a conversation about what we’d like to do in the year and years ahead of us. We both have some hobbies we’d like to develop. We both have family that would require travel to visit. We both have ministries we would like to invest in and visit. The list continues. We cannot change what we have done – but we can focus on what we would like to do in the future. Continue reading

April 4, 2016 Posted by | Build, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Marriage, Outreach, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Marriage – A Biblical Definition

Genesis 2:24

For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and they will become one flesh.

82015 RayThe Pope is in town.  The United Methodist Church and the Roman Catholic church are part of a short list of denominations that have held to the orthodox view of marriage.  With all of the confusion surrounding marriage – we can find God’s intent in the second chapter of the Bible.  In the first book of the Bible – Genesis – we read God’s intent for marriage – a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and they will become one flesh. God’s design, from the beginning of time was for one man and one woman to become one family.  It seems pretty clear!

A number of times over the years in counseling I have run into men and women who have not allowed the new family – the two becoming one – to become primary in their lives.  It is OK to love momma – it is OK to love poppa – but in order for the new bond – the new family to work – the love between husband and wife must be primary. Continue reading

September 23, 2015 Posted by | Build, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Denomination, Discipleship, Encouragement, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Marriage, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

   

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