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God Works For Good

Romans 8:28

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.

RayMcDAt times things seem to stack up against us. I remember when I was much younger and dating – I had two long-term girlfriends – one for a year and one for two years. When the relationships ended – I remember thinking my life is coming to an end and why would God allow such pain in my life – among other things. It was hard to see beyond the pain of the breakup. It was hard to see beyond the moment. Yet somehow God helped me push forward.

At times things seem to stack up against us. I remember when I was in college changing my major more times than I wished – never feeling comfortable with what I chose. At times I was lost – yet I still pushed forward. God helped me stay focused.

At times things seem to stack up against us. Four years ago my father – whom I thought was the greatest man in the world – passed. A year or two earlier my mother fell into dementia and we lost her – mentally – too. She is still with us physically but we haven’t had her for nearly six years now. Losing my father and mother has been harder than I expected. I fight negative feelings more often than I thought I would at losing them. God keeps me going. Continue reading

January 12, 2017 Posted by | Build, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Outreach, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Finding Our Rest in the Lord!

Psalm 37:7

Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him; do not fret when men succeed in their ways, when they carry out their wicked schemes.

IMG_0301Where NIV84 says – be still before the Lord – NKJV says – rest in the Lord.  I like both.  When our children were growing up – I often told them to be still and what I meant was settle down – give it a rest – or in today’s lingo – chill out.  I wonder if that is what God says to us at times – be still before Me – and trust Me!

Today I want to look at this passage – Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him; do not fret when men succeed in their ways, when they carry out their wicked schemes.  Some things come to my mind when I read it and I hope they are helpful in our daily walk today.

When I think of waiting patiently before the Lord – I am drawn toward the story of Abram and Sarai.  God had promised them many descendants and instead of patiently waiting for God’s fulfillment of His promise – instead of being still before the Lord – they took things into their own hands.  Here is part of the story.  Genesis 16:1-5 – 1 Now Sarai, Abram’s wife, had borne him no children. But she had an Egyptian maidservant named Hagar; 2 so she said to Abram, “The Lord has kept me from having children. Go, sleep with my maidservant; perhaps I can build a family through her.” Abram agreed to what Sarai said. 3 So after Abram had been living in Canaan ten years, Sarai his wife took her Egyptian maidservant Hagar and gave her to her husband to be his wife. 4 He slept with Hagar, and she conceived. When she knew she was pregnant, she began to despise her mistress. 5 Then Sarai said to Abram, “You are responsible for the wrong I am suffering. I put my servant in your arms, and now that she knows she is pregnant, she despises me. May the Lord judge between you and me.” Continue reading

April 27, 2015 Posted by | Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Holy Spirit, Leadership, Outreach, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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