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What Are Our Limits?

Mark 2:11

“I tell you, get up, take your mat and go home.”

112015 Ray McDonaldHow convinced are we of the things that we believe?  I mean – where are our limits?  We all have limits to our faith?  For instance – few would argue that God calls us to pray – even continuously – yet how many minutes a day do we pray?  Is our limit 5 minutes or 10 minutes or even an hour?  If we wish to grow spiritually – we might need to push that limit some – and spend more time in prayer.  Christ’s example – He often prayed all night long!  He would pray – for long periods of time before making a decision or taking on a challenge.  When is the last time we spent significant time in prayer?  Luke 5:16 – But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed.

Few would argue that the Bible calls us to tithe (giving 10% of our income to the Lord’s work) or  sacrificially give to God’s work – yet – how much do we give?  Is the measure of our giving a limit we need to push back in order to grow spiritually? Tithing is the one are where God says test me.  Malachi 3:10 – Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,” says the Lord Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it. Continue reading

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December 23, 2015 Posted by | Advent Thought, Build, Community, Daily Devotion, Daily Prayer, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Outreach, Personal, Sermons, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

How convinced are you in the things that you believe?

Mark 2:11

“I tell you, get up, take your mat and go home.”

RevRayHow convinced are you in the things that you believe?  I mean – you don’t have to have a lot of faith to believe that the Baltimore Ravens won the Super Bowl for the 2012-13 season – because they did and it is history (sorry Steelers’ fans – I believe the last time you won was the 2008-09 season – not so long ago that you can’t remember or believe in your Steelers) (can you tell that the football season is just around the corner).

How convinced are you in the things that you believe?  Men tend to have more faith in their sense of direction than they should.  I mean – some men won’t even stop and ask directions – even though the family is getting restless and needing a break and they’ve been searching for what seems like hours.  They just know they know where this place is and it will just be around the corner (the same corner that have gone around before). Continue reading

July 26, 2013 Posted by | Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

   

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