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Being Youthful and Mature!

1 Timothy 4:12

Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity.

Life ChangeHolidays are times when many of us will spend more than usual time with family. Can we remember when we were young? I had a dream one night not too long ago about when my wife and I first met – back when we were dating. That following Sunday – we sang a song that we sang in the Soul Searchers at Eastport UMC – back in the day. I’m pretty nostalgic so the memory brought nice feelings – even some tears in my sleep.

Can we remember when we were young? As we age – memories from our younger days can bring back good or not so good memories. If we had a good childhood or young adult years – our memories might be good. I remember being in great shape when I was younger. I officiated sports year round and all of that activity kept me in good if not great shape. If I could return to the 1970’s – that would be one thing I would tell myself – to keep officiating sports or at least to remain active. That activity burned lots of calories. I even had a chance to be a profession baseball umpire.

Can we remember when we were young? Can we remember when we started working? I was 13 I believe when I had my first real job. I was a Soda Jerk at a local pharmacy. I was able to purchase my first stereo with my earnings at Hecht Company when it was on West Street in Annapolis. It felt really nice to have something I earned myself. Continue reading

November 26, 2019 Posted by | Build, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Outreach, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Loving God and Family Time

Matthew 10:37-39

37 Anyone who loves his father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; anyone who loves his son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me; 38 and anyone who does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me. 39 Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.

20140530-104833-38913743.jpgThanksgiving is prime family time and it is sneaking up on us folks!  How would you like to have been the Harbaugh family a few years ago when they coached the Harbaugh Bowl (49’ers and Ravens football game with brother’s Jim and John Harbaugh as head coaches) or in the Super Bowl most recently?  Family time in a battle for football supremacy.

In our home – the time between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day is always a special time for family gatherings and time spent together.  We gather as a whole family several times (we have missed dad the last two years!).  What are you planning for the holidays to come?  Better start your plans now.  I hope you and yours have great family time throughout the fall and into the holidays (and in the little bit of summer yet to go).  Don’t forget to keep Christ in Christmas when it comes – and don’t go into debt to buy gifts for the children – they will end up playing with the box anyway and then you have to pay the bills in January (or throughout the year). Continue reading

August 18, 2014 Posted by | Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Father’s Day

Proverbs 1:8

Listen, my son, to your father’s instruction and do not forsake your mother’s teaching.

My DadThis will be a tough Father’s Day for me.  My father and mentor passed last fall and it is the first year without him.  I have often told folks that the first year – the first holidays – without your loved one will be the toughest.  We already experienced some of that when we went to Moorefield for our annual family vacation – without dad.

Recently I viewed my father’s funeral for the first time since the actual funeral.  The grieving process is still ongoing – I have not arrived on the other side of grief yet.  It may be a long process.  Everyone grieves at a different pace and in different ways.

As Father’s Day arrives Sunday – things I will always try to remember are the lessons my father taught me.  Centering on Fathers for a moment – today’s passage says – Listen, my son, to your father’s instruction… Continue reading

June 14, 2013 Posted by | Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor | , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

What are your favorite Christmas Carols/Songs?

What are your favorite Christmas Carols? Name the top five if you can.

Not in this order – but I would name these hymns
–O Come, All Ye Faithful
–Joy to the World
–Away in a Manger
–Silent Night
–O Little Town of Bethlehem

How about some non-hymn Christmas Songs?

And, not in order I would say:
–Mary Did you Know
–Grandma got run over by a reindeer
–I’ll be home for Christmas
–Silver Bells
–I’m Dreaming of a White Christmas

December 2, 2009 Posted by | From the Pastor | , , | 6 Comments

Veteran’s Day

Wednesday is Veteran’s Day – Share some stories about how you feel toward those who have laid their life on the line for our safety and freedoms.

November 9, 2009 Posted by | Community | | 11 Comments


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