Ray McDonald's Blog

Thoughts and Reflections

God, Have Mercy On Me, A Sinner

Luke 18:13

‘God, have mercy on me, a sinner.’

It seems so easy for some – maybe even for most – to point out the sins or wrongs performed by others. Little children learn to tattle on their siblings to mom and dad at a young age. It is easy to point a finger at someone else and report their mistakes.

I remember being told as a child that when I point a finger at someone – I have three fingers pointing back at me. I also remember this passage of Scripture. Matthew 7:3–5 – 3 “Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? 4 How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? 5 You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.

In the news these days are report after report from media sources of perceived wrongs of the current administration while at the same time reports are being made that previous administrations did the very same things. Wrong is wrong – whether someone else did it before us or not – just saying. But when we have a penchant toward picking out the mistakes of others before correcting our own mistakes – we leave ourselves open for ridicule and judgment. Continue reading

May 30, 2017 Posted by | Build, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Let Our Actions Match Our Words

James 2:17

In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.

20140530-104833-38913743.jpgWords are cheap! Have you ever heard that phrase? It often comes from wives to their husbands (or the other way around) when they say I love you but don’t show it with their actions – when they say one thing and do another. It can become frustrating for sure. It can cause folks to see us – when we say one thing and do another – as hypocrites.

No one likes a hypocrite – a person who says something different than his or her actions. Actions speak louder than words – is another popular saying.  Our words need to be matched with our actions.  We need to be men and women of integrity – not changing with the wind – depending on when it helps us or not. Continue reading

November 21, 2014 Posted by | Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Outreach, Personal, Theology | , , , , , | 1 Comment

   

%d bloggers like this: