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Quiet Time Is Essential

Mark 6:31

Then, because so many people were coming and going that they did not even have a chance to eat, he said to them, “Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.”

OK – we prayed for our children and grandchildren to come home – two grandchildren and parents were living in New Jersey while three grandchildren with parents were living in California. We are so glad to have them back home. It is good to have family close. It was special having almost the whole family together for the 4th of July celebration at my brother’s home.

Having said that – quiet times around the McDonald home are few and far between these days. Three of the grandchildren are staying with us as the family prepares their home. Being so close to the other two grandchildren – you know they are over often. They love each other – yet like siblings and cousins – there are times they battle as well. I am not complaining – but finding a quiet moment is not as easy as it was when it was just the wife and I. Yet we realize how important – even essential – quiet time can be for us. Continue reading

July 10, 2017 Posted by | Build, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Christmas Songs

Psalm 100:1–2 (KJV)

Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all ye lands.  Serve the Lord with gladness: Come before his presence with singing.

RayMcDAre you enjoying some Christmas music some Christmas songs this year? I’m listening to Pandora Radio as I type – a channel called Pentatonix (Holiday). I also listen to Frank Sinatra (Holiday). On my XM radio in the car I listen to Channel 18 (Holiday Traditions) and Channel 58 (Country Christmas). On the regular radio I listen to FM 97.1 because they are playing Christmas music 24 x 7.

With Christmas coming – I was curious – are you listening to any favorite channels? If so – how about sharing them with our readers. What are your favorite Christmas Carols? Name your top five if you would. It might be interesting to read what others appreciate.

Not in any particular order – but I would name these hymns as my favorite.
—- Noel
—- O Holy Night
—- Away in a Manger
—- Silent Night
—- O Little Town of Bethlehem Continue reading

December 15, 2016 Posted by | Advent Thought, Build, Christmas, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Outreach, Personal, Worship | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

November Fast – Week Four

Matthew 4:1-2

1 Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the desert to be tempted by the devil. 2 After fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry.

profileWell – here we are at week four. So far I have tried to fast from snacks and candies during week one.  During week two I tried fasted from fast foods.  That wasn’t easy as I travel a lot and often during meal time.  During week three I tried to fast from negative people and negative situations.  That wasn’t as easy as it sounded when I typed it a week ago.

During those three weeks I have tried to spend more time before the Lord in prayer and devotion.  It has been a time of reflection and growth.  I have discerned a number of things in my life that need to change during this past week. Without revealing them – let me simply say that God has had more access to my heart and mind these past three weeks than most any time I can remember.

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November 22, 2013 Posted by | Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Faith Journey, Family, Fast, From the Pastor, Holy Spirit, Outreach, Personal, Prayer, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Training Our Children

Deuteronomy 6:6-7

6 These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. 7 Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.

RevRayAs I put this daily thought to bed – I am in my home office listening to some Third Day – as they sing Revelation – on Pandora Radio.  I spend a lot of time listening to music as I work on sermons and devotional thoughts.  Basically I like to listen to music while I do most anything.  I spent much of the morning (up since 4:15 am) seeking His face, while desiring His grace while listening to music.  I have always listened to music while I work.  My dad could never understand how listening to Steppenwolf or Stevie Wonder for example could help me study – but music has always helped me focus.

I’ve mentioned a few times recently that I have two granddaughters.  They are a new joy in my life – Justice most recently but Vyrie was born during a very tough time in my life with the death of my father among other things.  Her smile and joyous spirit have comforted me during a time when I needed it.  I know Justice will as well as she grows into her personality.

This passage came to mind as I was thinking of my granddaughters – These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Continue reading

June 18, 2013 Posted by | Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

   

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