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What Excites Us?

1 Corinthians 7:12-14

If any brother has a wife who is not a believer and she is willing to live with him, he must not divorce her. And if a woman has a husband who is not a believer and he is willing to live with her, she must not divorce him. For the unbelieving husband has been sanctified through his wife, and the unbelieving wife has been sanctified through her believing husband.

What excites us? Did we get excited during the NBA or Hockey playoffs – even if our team didn’t go far? My favorite teams made it to the playoffs but didn’t go far. Did watching the NBA Finals excite us? Did watching the Stanley Cup Finals excite us?

If sports don’t excite us – what does? Did the elections last year excite us? Did our candidate win? Whenever we vote we should not take our party into the booth with us – but rather – after careful consideration and prayer – vote for the candidate(s) we think will do the best for the people. Which candidate has the Christian values we support? Who would support abortion or who is for the life of the unborn child for instance? Who is out to protect the environment that God gave us dominion over? There are so many issues that as Christians we should be concerned about and we should search for the candidate who thinks as we do. Were we excited about the elections just past? How excited are we about the outcome? Continue reading

June 30, 2017 Posted by | Build, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Marriage, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Winning Team

Galatians 3:28

for you are all one in Christ Jesus

20140530-104833-38913743.jpgIn team sports – it is often the team that plays well together that wins over the team with more star players. The NBA Finals was a good example of this idea. Although the Spurs’ Tim Duncan will become a Hall-of-Famer – his supporting cast are simply good players that play like a team – and Tim is well beyond his peak years. They beat a team with future Hall-of-Famers LeBron James (in his prime) and Dwayne Wade (just past his prime). The stars lost and the team won.

The Orioles are a good team. They have some good players – maybe even some future Hall-of-Famers – time will tell. They are leading their division by 3.5 games and are tied for the 3rd best record in the AL – 62-48 (Detroit is at 61-47). They just played some of the teams that have star players – pitchers with better pedigrees and hitters too – two of those teams have better records than the Orioles. But they play great defense – rose to the occasion pitching and hit just enough to win 6 of 10 on a West Coast trip and 4 of 2 on a recent home stand against some of the same teams. Continue reading

August 4, 2014 Posted by | Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Personal | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment


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