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We Are All A Part Of The Whole

1 Corinthians 12:27

Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it.

When I was in school – grade school – Junior & Senior High – I was in the school band. I played trumpet (or in some of our music it was called a cornet). In High School I played in the Orchestra – the Pep Band – the Concert Band and the Marching Band. These bands were a conglomeration of different persons with different talents. When the director got us all on the same page and the same beat – we made some pretty good music. We won awards even for some of our efforts.

The same can be said about the sport teams I played on in High School. A group of different people – working toward a common goal – and we had a measure of success. I’m sure if you’ve been on any team or group – you may have experienced the same.

Churches are like this as well. Churches are made up of a collection of different people trying to make great music together – trying to achieve goals together. Continue reading


March 20, 2017 Posted by | Build, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Holy Spirit, Leadership, Lenten Thought, Outreach, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment


Hebrews 13:5

“Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.”

112015 Ray McDonaldDo any of us have longtime friends?  Friends we have had like for forever it seems? On Facebook – some folks call long time friends BFFs – Best Friends Forever.  They have even started ranking BBFs by calling them BFF1 or BFF2 (I kid you not).

My children were blessed more than most pastor’s children – because we were at one church for such a long time (24 years).  They were able to start school (pre-school) and end High School with some of the same friends throughout.  It was amazing for them.  Some of their friends have been there for them for all that time – even as they finished college – married – and started families.  We have had their friends in and out of our home for so long we feel like they are part of our family. Continue reading

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

God’s Will – God’s Plan

Ephesians 2:10

For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.

20140530-104833-38913743.jpgI remember – as a child – building sand castles at the beach. They wouldn’t be the fancy ones you often see – with detail. They would be piles of wet sand – with a trench or moat around it to allow the water to avoid the castle and fill in my own personal pool behind the castle or wall of wet sand. Sometimes my brother or cousin or someone would join in and we would make it really big and actually – when we were smaller – lie in the pool and be completely covered with water. I know TMI (too much information).

I remember – as a youth – taking shop in Junior High School – and making a pencil box (I wasn’t very creative). I think I still have that pencil box somewhere! I bent the metal – smoothed the edges – soldered the ends and it looked pretty good – but it was only a pencil box – nothing fancy. I have never been very good with my hands – not like my brother who got all of the tool man gifts.

Around our house – whenever I do a tool related fix – it is a big deal and my wife hoots and hollers – LOL – really! I create things with my mind and computer – but with tools – like hammers and nails or anything else – it is a struggle. I hung shelves 18 years ago in my basement and they are still up – but – the parcel board I used has warped and needs to be replaced. You get the picture. Continue reading

November 6, 2014 Posted by | Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Outreach, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Know That I Am God (God says)

Psalm 46:10

“Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”

profileI remember in elementary school – there were some boys and girls who must have been held back a few years.  They were more mature than the rest of us – biologically.  They did the craziest thing during recess.  They would walk hand-in-hand around the playground.  I mean they would form a line and would parade around the playground – hand-in-hand.  This was back in the days when elementary school was 1st through 6th and they must have been old enough – the ring leaders to be in Junior High School (7th through 9th).

As the ring leaders led – many of the other 5th and 6th graders (our recess group) who were paired off (going with someone – lol) would join them.  The line got pretty long if I remember correctly.  Somehow during the school year a girl and I started to like each other – as much as any 6th grader can like another I guess.  She wanted to join the line at recess – I wanted to play ball.  You can see where I’m headed – no – I didn’t join the line – I lost a girlfriend – lol.  She was very dramatic and threw my 10 cent ring across the room after school one day when she broke up with me.  Strangely – it didn’t seem to impact me much. Continue reading

November 6, 2013 Posted by | Church, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Outreach, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment


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