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Where Are We Weak? Let’s Seek God’s Help!

Romans 8:26

In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans.

fullsizeoutput_ffeYesterday I began my month-long prayer/fast. Am I alone or has someone joined me? I want company!!

Two things so far in my fast department. First – I am fasting from negativity on social media. During a heated mid-term election’s last week – this is not easy. Even after the election – it will not be easy. I’m sure all of my preferred candidates will not get elected – and someone will post something negative. Second – I am fasting from any food not on my health plan. Being on a health journey is not easy to begin with – but holding fast to the plan is even harder. I’m trying to coach and encourage others – so I MUST walk the walk and not just talk the talk. Yes – I have lost 37 pounds in less than 4 months – but how much healthier might I be if I had walked the walk 100%? We’ll see what November brings. Pray for me please! Continue reading

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November 2, 2018 Posted by | Build, Christmas, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Daily Prayer, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, Fast, From the Pastor, Holy Spirit, Leadership, Outreach, Personal, Prayer, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

In the Morning, Lord

Psalm 5:3

In the morning, Lord, you hear my voice

profileWhen are you at your best? Not everyone on earth is a morning person. My wife doesn’t like to get up and doesn’t like to be awakened. If there were a time of the day when she was less than perfect – it would be first thing in the morning (but only slightly less than perfect).

I’m not what you would call a morning person either. In my younger days I would have considered myself an evening person. Some of my best work would be after Carolyn and the girls went to sleep. I would get my second wind and churn out a sermon or a paper for school. I might be up till 2 or 3 in the morning and it was nothing for me to sleep until 7 or 8 am. Nowadays I seem to be ready for bed around 9 or 10 pm and seem to be wide-awake – many mornings – by 4 or 5 am. Some mornings I can roll over and catch a few more winks or simply stay in bed thinking. Continue reading

April 10, 2014 Posted by | Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Holy Spirit, Leadership, Lenten Thought, Outreach, Personal, Prayer, Sermons, Theology | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Husbands – Love Your Wives

Ephesians 5:25

Husbands, go all out in your love for your wives, exactly as Christ did for the church – a love marked by giving, not getting. The Message

profileToday is the one week warning to all men – whether you have a wife – a girlfriend – or a daughter.  Valentine’s Day is one week from today – February 14th.  From a man that has lived the last 33 plus years of my life in a home filled with only women – I’m suggesting – I’m warning – I’m giving insight – don’t forget Valentine’s Day.

A card would be nice – a nice start – for all of the women in your life (see above).  After the card you might want to think of the main woman in your life (wife/girlfriend) and what she might appreciate.  Some might like to go out to dinner (not McDonald’s or even Panera Bread).  Some place nice – maybe a place where you have to make a reservation (which shows you had to do more than show up for the evening).  If you go out for dinner – try to dress up some – like if you were meeting someone important at work.  Know your wife/girlfriend.  Take the time to plan ahead and show them how important they are to you.  Know their love language and talk to them in it! Continue reading

February 7, 2014 Posted by | Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Marriage, Outreach, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

   

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