Ray McDonald's Blog

Thoughts and Reflections

Day 33 of Lent 2020

1 Peter 5:6

Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time.

Ray 2020Today is day 33 of the 40 Days of our Lenten reading plan. I hope you have stayed with us. I veered off of the online plan and am finishing the plan myself. Today’s passage is about humbling ourselves. This is not easy for many – if not most of us. It is what we as Christians are called to do. Being humble is being Christ like – who humbled Himself and was a servant to us all.

Lent is typically a time to give something up – to stop a bad habit – to deny self – to dig deeper into our walk with Jesus. Today we want to read what Peter had to say about humbling ourselves before God. As I mentioned previously – humbling ourselves is not easy for many. Peter also gives us instructions about other parts of our Christian walk in today’s larger passage.

Keep up with the readings and also the video devotionals found here. We hope these devotionals will help us all during this pandemic and our isolation. Continue reading

April 3, 2020 Posted by | Build, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Daily Prayer, Denomination, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, From the Pastor, Leadership, Lenten Thought, Outreach, Personal, Prayer, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Day 12 of Lent 2020

Matthew 23:12

For whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted.

Ray 2020Today is day 12 of the 40 Days of Lent reading plan (not counting Sundays). I hope you are enjoying the reading plan as it walks us through some of the events in Jesus’ life as He walked toward the cross. I know I am enjoying the readings. Lent is the 40 days leading up to the cross (not counting Sundays). May we walk closer to Jesus as we read about His life and ministry.

Today’s reading reminds us to be humble – for sure. If we are followers of Christ – we need to walk as He did – with humility. For whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted.

How are we walking in humility this Lenten season? How are we reflecting Christ to those we meet along life’s journey?

Let’s dig deeper today – as we read about humility. Jesus teaches and reflects humility. We should strive to walk with Christ and as Christ walked. We should walk the walk as well as we talk the talk – unlike the teachers of the law in Jesus’ day. Continue reading

March 10, 2020 Posted by | Build, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Daily Prayer, Denomination, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, From the Pastor, Holy Spirit, Leadership, Lenten Thought, Outreach, Personal, Prayer, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Our Clothing Matters

Colossians 3:12

Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.

photo on 6-11-19 at 10.52 amDear readers – did we have a favorite piece of clothing growing up? I apparently – according to old photos – had a favorite cowboy shirt and a favorite red baseball hat. In many of my childhood pictures – from a certain age – that was what I had on.

I still have favorite clothes – enjoying the more casual look over anything too dressy. When I was a teen I had a favorite hat that was always on my head it seems. I remember when I finally had to give it up – it was old – torn and smelled from years of sweating in it. I remember buying it with my own money at Ocean City as a young teen. I know my girlfriends probably didn’t like it much – but it was a favorite!

As a pastor – I know there are proper times to wear certain clothes. For instance – I when I have a funeral – I will bring my collar and my suit jacket to work with me – so I can change before the service. I will return to the office for meetings after the funeral and put on my church shirt – a polo shirt with my name and the church’s name on it or a regular polo shirt. I hardly ever wear a tie anymore – using the clergy collar shirt when I need to dress up. Continue reading

October 22, 2019 Posted by | Build, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Outreach, Personal, Prayer, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Being Humble Is Christ Like

Philippians 2:3-4

3 Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, 4 not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.

photo on 6-11-19 at 10.52 amI was talking to someone the other day – and the term narcissistic came up when referring to someone we both know. Narcissistic persons have an excessive or erotic interest in themselves and their physical appearance. Other terms used to describe a narcissistic person might be vain – self-loving – self-centered – self-admiring – self-absorbed – self-obsessed – conceited – egotistic – and more. These certainly aren’t the terms one would use to describe Jesus nor should they be terms that describe followers of Jesus.

According to today’s passage – followers of Christ should be humble. Humility can be defined as being modest or having a low view of one’s own importance. Humility in great people is so rare we often think highly of persons who have accomplished much but are very humble. Continue reading

September 10, 2019 Posted by | Build, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, From the Pastor, Leadership, Outreach, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Humbled In Life

Matthew 23:12

For whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted.

Life ChangeI imagine most of us have been humbled in life. Whether it was in sports – or relationships – or work – or some other way – most of us have been humbled. Being humbled is being Christ like – by the way!

Today’s passage reminds us to be humble for sure. If we are followers of Christ – we need to walk as He did – with humility. For whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted. How are we walking in humility this Lenten season? How are we reflecting Christ to those we meet along life’s journey? How are we walking in the light of Christ so that folks see Jesus rather than us? Continue reading

March 8, 2019 Posted by | Build, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Denomination, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Lenten Thought, Outreach, Personal, Prayer, Theology | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

%d bloggers like this: