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Being Amazed!

Mark 4:41

They were terrified and asked each other, “Who is this? Even the wind and the waves obey him!”

I’ve been amazed a few times in my life. The first time was when I realized that Jesus loved me enough to die for me and to cover my sins. That just amazed me because I’m not worthy of such love.

Another time had to do with amazing love as well. It was when my wife said she would marry me. I was so amazed that a woman of her qualities would marry a man like me and – after 37 years – still stayed married to me.

Another time I was amazed was when my three daughters were born. To watch them come into the world and know that Carolyn and I had just given birth to three amazing girls – now that was amazing.

Another time I was amazed in my life was when Eddie Murray stood out in the rain in his expensive leather jacket to sign an autograph for me at old Memorial Stadium (after a game was canceled because of the rain). Continue reading

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A Great Crowd

Hebrews 12:1

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us,

IMG_0301Have you ever been in a large crowd? I have some friends that won’t attend baseball games with me anymore because the Orioles draw too many people these days. I remember when it was like a ghost town at games at old Memorial Stadium. Some of my friends just don’t like to be in large crowds. I know some people who attend small attendance churches just because they don’t like to be in a large crowd. Some people just don’t like a lot of people around them.

I’m OK with crowds – but would rather be around a few good friends – even in a crowd. I’m not one for being alone – although I can handle it! The last few weeks – attendance has been down in our worship service(s) – because of the weather (I hope) – but I still felt the presence of God – for sure! Continue reading

February 26, 2015 Posted by | Church, 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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