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The Time Is Coming

2 Timothy 4:3

For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine.

RayMcDHave you ever been warned about something that was pending – something that was going to happen in the future? I had a teacher who would often say – mark my word – and then tell us something that was going to happen – like – mark my word – this will be on the next test. It wasn’t always so – but it did make us study more.

Maybe as a parent you have said something like this or your parents did – mark my word – if you do that again you will get punished. Maybe it was like this – if you don’t stop fighting – if you make me get out of my chair – if you don’t get up now – if you don’t eat all your food – than “whatever” was going to happen. This too didn’t always happen (for some of us) but it probably – for a few times – change our behavior.

Paul gives us warning in today’s passage – 2 Timothy 4:3 – For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear.
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August 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

MLK Jr. Day

Martin Luther King Jr.Martin Luther King, Jr., (January 15, 1929-April 4, 1968).

In 1954, Martin Luther King became pastor of the Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in Montgomery, Alabama.

In December, 1955, King accepted the leadership of the first great Negro nonviolent demonstration of contemporary times in the United States, the bus boycott described by Gunnar Jahn in his presentation speech in honor of the laureate. The boycott lasted 382 days. On December 21, 1956, after the Supreme Court of the United States had declared unconstitutional the laws requiring segregation on buses, Negroes and whites rode the buses as equals.

In 1957 he was elected president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, an organization formed to provide new leadership for the now burgeoning civil rights movement. Continue reading

January 18, 2016 Posted by | Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Encouragement, Faith Journey, From the Pastor, Leadership | , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Peace on Earth – Can it Be?

Romans 12:18

If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.

Pic of Ray 11302014I was born in the 50′s and remember a lot about the 60′s and 70′s.  I remember the peace movement surrounding the Vietnam War and the Civil Rights movement.  I remember the protests on college campuses all over America about the war and the assassination of Rev. Martin Luther King.  Unfortunately – some of those asking for peace didn’t give much peace when the veterans from Vietnam came home.  These veterans faced anger and hatred that shouldn’t have been aimed at them.  These young people – men and women – many who wanted nothing but peace so they could come home – were not welcomed home with much peace – respect or dignity!  It seems that peace is not as easy as we might think – nor is it as easy as a protest march.

Think for a moment.  Is there someone we have a hard time dealing with these days?  Someone we have a hard time being at peace with these days?  Is someone giving us a hard time?  Has someone hurt us?  Maybe it is our ex-spouse who is giving us trouble with our divorce settlement or with their child support?  Maybe it is someone at school who seems to enjoy being a bull?  Maybe it is someone at work who always seems to pick on us or take credit for something we have done?  Maybe it is someone who just won’t leave well enough alone?  Is there anyone like that in your life today?  Reading today’s passage we might say/ask – and God wants us to live at peace with these persons? Continue reading

December 23, 2014 Posted by | Advent Thought, Christmas, Church, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Marriage, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

For The Time Will Come

2 Timothy 4:3

For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine.

profileHave you ever been warned about something that was pending – something that was going to happen in the future? I had a teacher who would often say – mark my word – and then tell us something that was going to happen – like – mark my word – this will be on the next test.

Maybe as a parent you have said something like this or your parents did – mark my word – if you do that again you will get punished. Maybe it was like this – if you don’t stop fighting – if you make me get out of my chair – if you don’t get up now – if you don’t eat all your food – than “whatever” was going to happen.

Paul gives us warning in today’s passage – 2 Timothy 4:3 – For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. Continue reading

May 16, 2014 Posted by | Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Denomination, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Outreach, Personal, Sermons, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Living at Peace With Everyone

Romans 12:18

If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.

RevRaypeaceI was born in the 50′s and remember a lot about the 60′s and 70′s.  I remember the peace movement surrounding the Vietnam War and the Civil Rights movement.  I remember the protests on college campuses all over America about the war and the assassination of Rev. Martin Luther King.  Unfortunately – some of those asking for peace didn’t give it very well as veterans from Vietnam came home to anger and hatred that shouldn’t have been aimed at them.  These young people – many who wanted nothing but peace so they could come home – were not welcomed home with much peace!  It seems that peace is not as easy as we might think.

Think for a moment.  Is there someone you have a hard time dealing with these days?  Someone you have a hard time being at peace with these days?  Is someone giving you a hard time?  Maybe it is your ex-spouse who is giving you trouble with your divorce settlement or with their child support.  Maybe it is someone at school who seems to enjoy being a bully.  Maybe it is someone at work who always seems to pick on you.  Maybe it is someone who just won’t leave well enough alone.  Is there anyone like that in your life?  Reading today’s passage you might say/ask – and God wants us to live at peace with these persons? Continue reading

May 1, 2013 Posted by | Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

   

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