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The Root of All Kinds of Evil

1 Timothy 6:10

For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.

Pic of Ray 11302014We’re into the Christmas season (contrary to those who liturgically insist we are in Advent and thus speaking about Christmas – other than to say it is coming – is incorrect). Our people are shopping – decorating homes – putting out the nativity scenes in their yards – etc.

Some folks have already finished all of the above – and will now sit back and enjoy the holidays and all of the parties and gatherings. Somewhere along the way – some – not all – have lost some of what Christmas is all about. Some say happy Xmas – and some see that as taking Christ out of Christmas (even as some say the X is an ancient symbol for Christ). There are other ways to take Christ out of Christmas. One could merely follow the politically acceptable path of wishing people a happy holiday or some other generic phrase.

Another way to take Christ out of Christmas is to focus our time on the gifts given and the gifts received (and I’m not talking about the greatest gift of all – Jesus). We can get caught up in the money and the gifts very easily. Continue reading

December 2, 2014 Posted by | Advent Thought, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Denomination, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Outreach, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Dependency on God

Psalm 62:8

Trust in him at all times, you people; pour out your hearts to him, for God is our refuge.

profileA question was asked Tuesday morning in the co-ed Bible Study at our church. The question was something along the lines of – why don’t we see God’s work and action in our churches like in Biblical days? It was a very good question – I thought. One I hope I answered in a way that made sense and in a way that would challenge us to think. I thought I would share some of my thoughts along this line today. I would love your thoughts in the comments section.

The first thought was that Jesus – while on earth – did nothing that He wasn’t told and empowered to do by the Father. All that Jesus did while on earth was at the command of the Father. John 5:30 – By myself I can do nothing; I judge only as I hear, and my judgment is just, for I seek not to please myself but him who sent me.

Jesus emptied Himself of His equality with the Father when He came to earth – that old fully human – fully divine thing. This is how Paul described it in one of his Epistles/letters. Philippians 2:5–8 – 5 In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. 8 And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death— even death on a cross! Continue reading

April 16, 2014 Posted by | Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Holy Spirit, Leadership, Lenten Thought, Outreach, Personal, Sermons, Theology | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

   

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