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A Mulligan for Sin

Ephesians 1:7

In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace

IMG_0301Can any reader remember doing anything we were sorry for later? I really asked that question! Can any of us remember anything that we wish we hadn’t done? Anything we wish we could take back? Anything that we knew was a mistake the minute we did it or said it?

In golf – when someone hits a bad shot – mostly on tee-shots – they might ask their playing partners for a mulligan – some might just say they are taking a mulligan – a do over. In life – there are few places where do overs are allowed. Most often we have to sleep in the bed we’ve madedeal with the cards that we selected.

I’m sure that Russell Wilson would like a mulligan on that last throw in the Super Bowl. I would also imagine that Pete Carroll would like a mulligan on the play call – just saying! I know some Seahawk fans wish they could call for a mulligan for sure. Continue reading

February 6, 2015 Posted by | Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Outreach, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Our Refuge and Our Strength

Psalm 46:1

God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.

20140530-104833-38913743.jpgThe Pope was going to travel from one little town to another in the Midwest. The roads were long and with very few cars on them – so he asked his driver if he could drive some. How was the driver to say no – so he sat in the back with the tinted windows and the Pope began to drive. On one stretch of road the Pope wanted to see what the limo would do so he got it up to 100 and was cruising along until a siren caught him from behind and he pulled over. The officer was new on the beat so he reported to his superior that he had stopped a driver doing 100 and was going to approach the vehicle. As the police officer walked toward the driver’s seat – he couldn’t see into the rear of the vehicle. As the Pope lowered his window the officer was taken back. He got the Pope’s license and registration and went back to his vehicle. He called his superior again and asked what to do. The officer said – what do you mean? He said I just pulled over a VIP doing 100. The superior said – was it the Police Chief? No – said the officer. Was it the governor – asked the superior? No – said the officer. Was it a Senator or Congressman – asked the superior? No – the officer responded. I’m not sure who he is – but he has the Pope as a chauffeur. Continue reading

July 11, 2014 Posted by | Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Who Do You Say Jesus Is?

Matthew 16:15

 “But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?”

profileWhere you given a nickname when you were younger? Did you have a name that people had a hard time spelling or pronouncing?

I was named after my father – the first-born son. Instead of having two people in the same house answering to the same name – my parents gave me a nickname. In the hospital – according to the story I’ve heard – the nurse came in and heard my parents talking about nicknames. Because I was born with red hair – she suggested they call me Rusty – and so my nickname was born!

I also have one of those names that can be spelled and pronounced so many ways – Ramon (the right spelling) – RaymonRaymond – and Ramond. When people see the correct spelling of my name they often pronounce it Ra – Moan. Continue reading

April 17, 2014 Posted by | Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Lenten Thought, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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