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Light In The Darkness

Psalm 119:105

Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.

Life ChangeHave you ever been in the dark? Have you ever tried to walk thru your living room or another room in the dark? Do your toes scream to turn on the lights? Have you ever tried to climb the steps from the basement with the lights out because the switch was not in the right condition (you know: the switch is up when the lights are off and you have to change it – LOL)? OK – that last one was just me – I guess.

Next week is Thanksgiving. What are you thankful for in your life? Are you in a relationship with someone? If so – are you thankful for that relationship? Have you ever been without a meaningful relationship in your life? Have you ever been in the dark in a relationship? Wondering if he or she liked you? Wondering if this was the one – your life partner? Have you been burned several times and you’re tired of walking in the darkness? Have you sought a way to throw a little light on your relationships? Maybe even trying to figure out a relationship?

Have you ever wondered about life in general? Have you ever experienced dark moments when you felt depressed? Have you searched for the meaning of life only to come up empty? I imagine a lot of people struggle with understanding life – especially when it doesn’t seem to go as we planned. Continue reading

November 19, 2019 Posted by | Build, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Daily Prayer, Denomination, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Holy Spirit, Leadership, Marriage, Outreach, Personal, Prayer, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Let Your Light So Shine

Matthew 5:16

In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.

Photo on 9-10-18 at 11.09 AMI remember as a child – camping as a family. I remember the dark nights and how my father’s lantern on the picnic table would shine and lead us home when we were out and about. Dad kept the globe on the lamp clean and the wick new and it burnt bright. He kept a good supply of fuel in the lamp and in storage. The light would shine in the darkness – and the darkness could not overcome it.

I remember one of my siblings – my brother I believe – needed a night-light early in his life. A little light plugged into a wall outlet – that gave off a dim light. Even in the darkness of the night in the bedroom – this little light was enough to give peace to him as he woke in the night. Continue reading

September 18, 2018 Posted by | Build, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Daily Prayer, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Missions, Outreach, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Lord Is Our Lamp

2 Samuel 22:29

You, Lord, are my lamp; the Lord turns my darkness into light.

112015 Ray McDonaldI have a thing about light switches. If the lights are off – the switch needs to be down – even if there are two or three switches that run the same light – they all need to be in the right position. I know – I have issues. I will walk through a dark room in order to hit the switch on the other side of the room or to keep the switches in the right position. I will turn our kitchen light on and go to the other side of the room to turn it off (to get the switches in the right position) – and then walk through the dark kitchen. It is a wonder I like Sheldon Cooper on The Big Bang Theory?

I’m so glad my cell phone has a flashlight on it. It has helped me many times coming through the basement – with very little natural light and few switches! At least the upstairs has lots of natural light sources and unless it is night – I can see where I am going. Continue reading

April 26, 2016 Posted by | Build, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Denomination, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Outreach, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Lighting the Path

Psalm 119:105

Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path.

RevRayRecently during one of the many storms that have hit this spring the threat was for widespread power failure – or at least the potential for power outages because of the expected high winds and heavy rains.  We scrambled to find our flashlights before we went to bed that night just to be prepared.  A flashlight can be a very helpful tool when all of the lights go out and you need to get up in the dark for any reason.

Have you ever been in the dark?  Have you ever needed a little light?  I remember camping in the woods on Skyline Drive as a child and wondering off from camp before dark only to be caught away from camp in the dark without a flashlight (I was a boy scout but wasn’t prepared).  As it got dark dad lit a lamp in camp and I followed the light of that lamp back to camp. Continue reading

June 25, 2013 Posted by | Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Faith Journey, From the Pastor | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

   

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