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God Shows No Favorites

Acts 10:34

I now realize how true it is that God does not show favoritism

Life ChangeAs a father of three daughters – the oldest and the twins – I have learned to not show favorites – although two of them will say the oldest twin is the golden child. They are not accurate of course – in their assumptions. They are all my golden children – I love them with all my heart. All three have been a blessing – almost entirely! They are all my favorites.

As a grandfather of five granddaughters – one is six – one soon to be six – one is four – one soon to be four – and one is two – I have learned to not show favorites (I must confess that the three younger girls tend to hug Pop more often and for longer – so I am drawn to them of course). All five have Pop’s heart for sure. They are all my favorites. Continue reading

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January 15, 2019 Posted by | Build, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Denomination, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Outreach, Personal, Prayer, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

God Has Our Back – He Will Rescue Us!

Jeremiah 1:8

Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you and will rescue you,” declares the Lord.

RayMcDWhen I was in High School – during the early 70’s – there was much unrest in our nation and in Annapolis where I lived. It was mostly racial – and it was a scary time for all involved. I remember the late 60’s while living in Seat Pleasant – this was a stressful time – a time when you wondered who might have your back if there was trouble.

I was on the football team and the basketball team at Annapolis High in the 70’s and I had friends from every hue – every shade – every color. I saw people as people (I can’t say I was perfect at it but I tried for sure). I remember a time when I could have been hurt badly by a group of students – while walking through the old cafeteria area in one of our older buildings. I was about to have my clock cleaned when a friend stepped forward and said – Ray’s OK – let him pass. I will forever remember this experience and am thankful for my friend who spoke up for me. He had my back in a troubled time. Continue reading

November 2, 2016 Posted by | Build, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Outreach, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Would You Abort These?

Jeremiah 1:5

“Before I formed you in the womb I knew  you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.”

IMG_0301With Planned Parenthood in the news – for reportedly selling the body parts of aborted children – abortion is once again in the news.  I wish it were in the news because it was no longer a means of birth control – but only used when the very life of the mother was in danger (like tubal pregnancies).  I found these in an old blog post on this blog page and thought I would bring these questions back for your consideration.

Would you consider abortion in any of the following four situations (if you considered abortion at all)? Often the argument is made by society that quality of life or the threat of a lessened quality of life is a reason to abort. Would you consider abortion or suggest abortion in any of these circumstances?  I will list who each person was at the end of today’s blog post.

1. There’s a preacher and his wife who are very, very, poor. They already have 14 kids. Now she finds out she’s pregnant with her 15th. They’re living in tremendous poverty. Considering their extreme poverty and the excessive world population, would you consider recommending she get an abortion? Continue reading

August 7, 2015 Posted by | Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Outreach, Personal, Prayer, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

   

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