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Be Strong and Courageous

1 Chronicles 28:20

David also said to Solomon his son, “Be strong and courageous, and do the work. Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the Lord God, my God, is with you. He will not fail you or forsake you until all the work for the service of the temple of the Lord is finished.”

Life ChangeMemorial Weekend is a time in our family’s history – when we visit with family. In the past – pre-arson on our West Virginia home – we would go home to my mom’s home town – where mom and dad met. There is a family reunion – with mom’s side of the family. We haven’t gone the last two years because our home is missing – and it wouldn’t be the same.

I did spend a great deal of time thinking about my mom and dad and our family history. We spent time with our local family – over at my nephew’s home on Sunday afternoon and my daughter’s home on Monday afternoon. We spent time with family.

I also spent time yesterday and even all weekend – thinking about those who gave their all so that we could spend a weekend spending time with family. Phrases like freedom is not free and Home of the Free – Because of the Brave – reminded me of Memorial weekend. I also appreciated a meme that said – Stand for the flag and kneel for the Cross – and one that reminded me that Armed Forces Day is for those currently serving – Veteran’s Day is for those who once served – and Memorial Day is for those who served and never returned home. Too often folks get them mixed up. Continue reading

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Abortion Takes A Life

Psalm 139:14

I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.

Life ChangeLast Friday was an infamous date in our country’s history. Today’s devotional thought is taken from several previous posts about the fact that abortion takes a life.

In January 1973 – I was 17 – soon to be 18 and a graduate from Annapolis High School. I was preparing to enter Anne Arundel Community College (AACC or A2C2) for the summer semester to get a head start on college. I would raise my baseball officiating career to the college level by umpiring division one games at Navy that spring and be invited by Navy’s coach to go to Florida to umpiring school to become a professional umpire. Life was good – for me. But January 1973 – is an infamous month in the history of our country. 46 years ago (I can’t believe I’ve been out of High School that long) the courts passed Roe v. Wade – which legalized killing babies in the womb – called abortion.

I understand that this is a hot button topic still today. Maybe especially in these days with two more Supreme Court Justices nearing retirement or worse and the current POTUS – President Trump – sure to appoint conservative Justices to the high court Vice President Pence is very pro-life and so maybe for the first time in 46 years there is hope for the pro-life movement. Maybe changes will be made after all of these years to protect the unborn. The media screams over many things today – but the killing of thousands of babies a day doesn’t appear on their radar.

I’ve written about abortion on several occasions – one article was titled – An Article about Abortion – written in 2009. Another article was titled simply – Abortion – written in 2008. Still another article was titled – Does It Take Controversy – written in 2012.  In 2011 I mentioned abortion in an article about the upcoming resolutions before General Conference in 2012. In 2011 I wrote another article titled – When Will Our Nation Awaken to Such a Great Sin?  In 2010 I wrote about abortion and used the example of a dear child that doctors said should be aborted and about a woman who was aborted but lived. In 2010 I also shared The Manhattan Declaration In Total. Continue reading

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God’s Commandments on Our Hearts

Deuteronomy 6:6

These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts.

112015 Ray McDonaldHow’s your Prayer/Fast going? I would love to read what God is telling you through your increased time in prayer. Leave a comment or two! Or direct message me.

My father-in-law just passed and my father just three-plus years ago. These two men have taught be so much – one for 58 years of my life and one for 36 years of my life (I’m not discounting the impact of my two mothers folks – just talking about my fathers in this devotional – partly because they have passed).

My fathers taught me much – about being a man – about being a Christian – about being a husband – about being a father. They both taught me about golf and my father taught me about being competitive. He played high school sports and was in the Navy. They both had a great work ethic and I hope that I have modeled well both of them. Continue reading

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Abortion – Is As Evil As The Holocaust – If Not More Evil

Psalm 139:14

I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.

IMG_0301I pulled up an old post – with all of the discussion of late on Planned Parenthood and how they sell of body parts of aborted children for a buck.  With the outcry for the killing of a beloved Cecil the lion in Africa – I thought we should be made aware once more of the horror of abortion – which I believe to be as bad as if not worst than the horror of the Holocaust (IMHO).

January 1973 – I was 17 – soon to be 18 – and a graduate of Annapolis High School.  I was preparing to enter AACC for the summer semester to get a head start on college.  I would raise my baseball officiating career to the college level by umpiring division one games at Navy that spring and be invited by Navy’s coach to go to Florida to umpiring school to become a professional umpire.  I had a steady girl and life was good – for me.  But January 22nd – 1973 – is an infamous date in the history of our country.  42 years ago (and saying that reminds me that I have been out of High School for 42 years) the courts passed Roe v. Wade – which legalized killing babies in their mother’s womb. Continue reading

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I Desire God

Psalm 73:25

earth has nothing I desire besides you.

20140530-104833-38913743.jpgWhat do you desire? For instance – if you were going out to dinner – what would you desire to eat? Are you a meat and potatoes type of person? Would you rather have seafood? Are you a surf and turf kind of person? Do you not eat meat? Would rather have a delicious salad?

What do you desire? For instance – if you were going to go to a ball game this year – would it be football – basketball – hockey – or baseball? Would it be a local team like the Orioles – Ravens – Nationals – Redskins – Caps – Wizards? Are you a professional sport’s fan or college? Are you a fan of Navy – Maryland – Georgetown – Towson – Morgan State – or Bowie State?

What do you desire? For instance – if you had an afternoon off – how would you spend it – playing golf – taking a nap – playing with your children – reading – or spending time with your spouse? What type of music do you listen to these days – oldies – pop – rock – soul – jazz  – gospel – or country? Continue reading

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