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Family and Friends – We All Need Them

1 Corinthians 12:26

If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it.

IMG_0301I’ve been spending some time lately reading several things like – the Bible – some books (like Nick Vujicic’s Unstoppable) – some sports news as we enter the new baseball season (Go O’s and Nat’s) – and the Facebook entries of some of my friends. One thing I’ve noticed in many of these venues is the importance of family – connections – and teamwork. One of my Facebook friends puts pictures and posts up – almost hourly it seems – thanking God for their children – their spouse and where they work. I believe that our family and close friends impact our lives – for the better or for the worst.

Family and other connections are so very important to our health and our well-being. One only needs to read the stories of some who have gone astray to realize that many of them had a giant fail in their family connections. Nick Vujicic – born without arms or legs – praises his parents for showing him unconditional love and attention. He credits this support for much of his ability to struggle through the challenges of life he faced and become a motivational speaker and evangelist. Continue reading

April 16, 2015 Posted by | Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

The Word of God Will Never Pass Away

Matthew 24:35

Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.

profileOK – so we’re getting ready for the Final Four and Major League Baseball is underway.  As I’m writing this devotional thought the Maryland Lady Terps are in the Elite Eight. Is your favorite team still playing in college basketball?

I don’t believe anyone is going to win the Billion Dollar prize Warren Buffett offered for a perfect bracket for the Men’s tournament.  Some of my friends say they still have 3 of their 4 left in the final four for the men.  Interesting!

I just read ESPN’s predictions for this year’s baseball season and only one or two had my team making the playoffs. Oh well – someone had to be right even though the rest are wrong.  I will keep up with my team this year by reading School of Roch – the blog page of Roch Kubatko – all season to keep up with the O’s.  I’ve predicted 92 wins and the playoffs for the Baltimore Orioles – just saying. Continue reading

March 31, 2014 Posted by | Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, From the Pastor, Leadership, Lenten Thought, Personal | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

   

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