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Day 9 of Lent 2020

Luke 20:27-33

27 Then some of the Sadducees, who deny that there is a resurrection, came to Him and asked Him, 28 saying: “Teacher, Moses wrote to us that if a man’s brother dies, having a wife, and he dies without children, his brother should take his wife and raise up offspring for his brother. 29 Now there were seven brothers. And the first took a wife, and died without children. 30 And the second took her as wife, and he died childless. 31 Then the third took her, and in like manner the seven also; and they left no children and died. 32 Last of all the woman died also. 33 Therefore, in the resurrection, whose wife does she become? For all seven had her as wife.” NKJV

Ray 2020Today is day 9 of the 40 Days of Lent reading plan. I hope that we are enjoying the reading plan as it walks us through some of the life and ministry of Christ as we walk these 40 days of Lent. Sunday is another catch up date with no additional reading plan. Try to keep up and read along as we walk to the cross.

Today’s reading is about how the Sadducees would go to any length to try to trick Jesus – trying to trap Him. They deny that there is a resurrection yet they brought a question about the resurrection to Jesus to try to trick and trap Him. To what extent do we go to rationalize our sins? That is a question that might hit some of us square between the eyes! God bless you as we walk with Jesus to the Cross of Calvary!

How are you doing during Lent? Did you deny yourself of anything? Are you doing anything more to be drawn closer to Jesus during Lent? How’s your prayer life? How’s your devotional life? Continue reading

March 6, 2020 Posted by | Build, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Daily Prayer, Denomination, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Lenten Thought, Marriage, Outreach, Personal, Prayer, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Day 10 of Lent 2018

Luke 20:27-33

27 Then some of the Sadducees, who deny that there is a resurrection, came to Him and asked Him, 28 saying: “Teacher, Moses wrote to us that if a man’s brother dies, having a wife, and he dies without children, his brother should take his wife and raise up offspring for his brother. 29 Now there were seven brothers. And the first took a wife, and died without children. 30 And the second took her as wife, and he died childless. 31 Then the third took her, and in like manner the seven also; and they left no children and died. 32 Last of all the woman died also. 33 Therefore, in the resurrection, whose wife does she become? For all seven had her as wife.” NKJV

Today is day 10 of the 40 Days of Lent reading plan on www.youversion.com. I hope that we are enjoying the reading plan as it walks us through some of the life and ministry of Christ as we walk these 40 days of Lent.

Today’s reading is about how the Sadducees would go to any length to try to trick Jesus – trying to trap Him. They deny that there is a resurrection yet they brought a question about the resurrection to Jesus to try to trick and trap Him. To what extent do we go to rationalize our sins? That is a question that might hit some of us square between the eyes! God bless you as we walk with Jesus to the Cross of Calvary! Continue reading

February 23, 2018 Posted by | Build, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, From the Pastor, Leadership, Lenten Thought, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

This Is The Day The Lord Has Made

Psalm 118:24

This is the day the Lord has made; We will rejoice and be glad in it. (NLJV)

Hurricane Harvey hit the Gulf Coast and caused a lot of damage. Loss of some lives and a lot of property damage has been the result. Hurricane Irma is hitting the Caribbean and will soon hit the Florida Keys and the US mainland. Already Irma has taken life and has caused and will cause much damage.

President Trump has been president for 7 plus months and for some this is the worst thing that our country has ever faced. For some this is the best thing that could have happened.

We recently lost the oldest member of our church family – a woman nearly 102 years of age. In the weeks just past I have celebrated the funeral for folks in their 30’s – 40’s – 50’s and this weekend – in their 60’s (born just days after me). Continue reading

September 8, 2017 Posted by | Build, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Daily Prayer, Denomination, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Marriage, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

What Is Your Favorite Bible Translation?

2 Timothy 3:16

All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness,

112015 Ray McDonaldAs Christmas arrives (in just 2 weeks from today) – I’m often asked what would be a great gift to give or receive.  I’d like to suggest that an appropriate gift for young and old alike would be a new Bible.  It might be a person’s first Bible or it might be a study Bible for deeper thought and study. What is your favorite?  What would you suggest?  What translation has really helped you grow in your knowledge and understanding of Christ?

Please take the following survey – https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ZT59YMG.  I will share the results in the comments section in a week or so (in time to buy that special Christmas gift). Continue reading

December 11, 2015 Posted by | Advent Thought, Build, Christmas, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Outreach, Personal, Recent Poll, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Why Are We So Privileged?

Luke 12:48b

From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked. NIV

82015 RayI have a question for us to ponder today.  I have never been able to answer it – maybe you can help me.  This is a deep question and I would love some prayerful consideration and some answers.

Here it is – Why were we born where we were born? Is it completely random that I was born into the majority race – to lower middle class – educated – moral – and Christian parents?

Israel was called from among the nations – beginning with Abram – as God’s chosen nation. They were chosen for service – not for privilege. They were called to tell the nations about God – yet they began to call the other nations pagan – godless. They withheld the knowledge of God from the world – in many cases. Even the Disciples had a hard time with Paul taking the Gospel to the Gentile world.

Continue reading

September 1, 2015 Posted by | Community, Daily Devotion, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Outreach, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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