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As For Me And Mine!

Joshua 24:15

But if serving the Lord seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your forefathers served beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.

RayMcDFamily traditions – they create memories. In a few months my family will try to enjoy a family weekend without mom or dad. Our family traditionally returns to my mother’s home town for a family reunion. I have many memories – growing up – revolving around this annual trek. My children do as well. Other families have barbecues or go to a ball game or open the pool on this weekend. What are your memories for Memorial weekend?

Family traditions – they create memories. What memories can you remember? Special memories developed around what your family did/does on the 4th of July (cookout at my brother’s home) – Labor Day (wear work clothes to church) – Thanksgiving (serving meals) – Christmas (family night at our home) – and other special days. What about something special for your birthday or anniversary (some even celebrate the anniversary of their first date). I know someone who makes memories at Disney – not only annually but often each year! Continue reading

February 17, 2017 Posted by | Build, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Marriage, Personal, Prayer, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

We Will Serve the Lord!

Joshua 24:15

But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.

20140530-104833-38913743.jpgOne of my father’s sayings was – if you’re old enough to make your own rules – you’re old enough to find your own roof. I think he came up with that by reading today’s passage – where Joshua tells the people of Israel to follow the Lord or follow other gods from the land – but as for me – and my family – we’re going to follow the Lord.

If you are a Christian – when did you decide to follow Jesus? When did you decide that following the gods of the world wasn’t going to cut it? When did you decide that as for you – as far as it depended on you – you were going to obey and follow the Lord?

Joshua faced a time like this where he had to take a stand. Taking a stand is not always easy dear readers. A familiar statement goes like this – if you stand for nothing – you will fall for anything. I have added to this thought – if you take a stand for anything – you are going to make yourself a target for someone to disagree with you. When we take a stand – we are bound to have someone take offense to our stance. Continue reading

June 12, 2014 Posted by | Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Denomination, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Holy Spirit, Leadership, Personal, Prayer, Sermons, Theology | , , , , , | Leave a comment

As For Me And My Household

Joshua 24:15

But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.

profileAs a pastor – a pastor’s son – a pastor’s grandson – and one who has been in the church for my whole life – I have witnessed a number of families in their home setting. I have also talked to a number of parents during different seasons of their family life. What I have seen is a reluctance of some parents to take a stand on religious issues – even parents who are Christian.

I have friends whose parents made the decision when they would start to drive but wouldn’t decide that they needed to continue to go to youth group at church. Some parents will make a decision for their children about when they can spend the night at a friend’s house or begin to date but won’t decide whether their children will go to church. I have known children as young as 12 or 13 who are allowed to make a decision about going to church or not.

I’m at a loss. Some parents will make earthly decisions about – dating – driving – drinking – but will not make decisions that could have sway over their children’s eternal life. When I was a child – going to church or youth group or Sunday School was not up for debate. It wasn’t just that my father was a pastor – it was that important to him and I believe it would have been that important to him had he not been a pastor. It was important for him – as long as I was under his care – to give me every opportunity to hear about and receive Jesus. Continue reading

May 2, 2014 Posted by | Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Marriage, Theology | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

As For Me and My House

Joshua 24:15

But if serving the Lord seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your forefathers served beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.

RevRayFamily traditions – they create memories.  We’re in the midst of Memorial weekend and many families have traditions on this weekend – the official unofficial start to the summer.  Our family traditionally returns to my mother’s home town for a family reunion.  I have many memories – growing up – revolving around this annual trek.  My children do as well.  Other families have barbecues or go to a ball game or open the pool on this weekend.  What are your memories for Memorial weekend?

Family traditions – they create memories.  What memories can you remember?  Special memories developed around what your family did/does on the 4th of July (cookout at my brother’s home) – Labor Day (wear work clothes to church) – Thanksgiving (serving meals) – Christmas (family night) – and other special days.  What about something special for your birthday or anniversary (some celebrate the anniversary of their first date even).  I know someone who makes memories at Disney – not only annually but often each year! Continue reading

May 27, 2013 Posted by | Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor | , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Train a Child in the Way of the Lord

Proverbs 22:6

Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it.

RevRayWhat is it you learned as a child from your parents?  My parents taught me about Jesus (the most important thing they could have taught me).  More important than teaching me about Jesus – they showed me Jesus in the way they lived.  They taught me how to garden – although I don’t garden today.  They taught me how to camp – although my wife soon put an end to that endeavor.  My father taught me how to be a good husband and father – you’d have to ask my wife and children how well I followed his lessons.  They taught me loads of things.  What did your parents or someone else in your life teach you while you were growing up?  How significant is what you learned as a child today? Continue reading

April 4, 2013 Posted by | Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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