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God Has A Plan For Each Of Us!

Philippians 1:6

being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.

Thanks to all who responded to yesterday’s first devotional thought – since coming back from my staycation. I felt like something was missing from my daily walk with Jesus without writing them and I’m glad to be back. I’m also glad that they help some in their walk with Jesus.

There are so many thoughts running thru my head these days. Father’s Day has become hard for me – with the passing a number of years ago of my earthly father. Mother’s Day too with the passing of my mother. I have so many memories of my mom and dad. Days like Mother’s Day and Father’s Day bring them to the forefront. Tears ran down my cheeks often this weekend.

So – in the last few weeks – I have celebrated to life of a couple of 80+ individuals – a 90+ individual – and a 24 and 30-year-old. Life is not guaranteed – for any number of years. We never know when our life will end. What we do know is we have the here and now and need to use each moment to draw near to God and to serve Him. Continue reading

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June 19, 2018 Posted by | Build, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Denomination, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Serving the Lord – Paid or Unpaid

Philippians 1:6

And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.

profileA job worth doing is a job worth doing well (an ancient proverb attributed to no one in particular).  My dad use to tell me this while I was growing up.  He believed in it.  Have you heard it before?

One day – dad gave me the job of moving a pile of gravel from one place to another.  It was a huge pile of gravel but apparently where the truck dumped it wasn’t where my dad wanted it.  So there I was with a shovel and a wheel barrel and the heat of the summer!  To his credit he didn’t ask me to move it all in one day – just over the course of a week or so.  It was a hard task.  I have never liked working alone so I tried to imagine I had help (that didn’t get the job done any quicker – but I had my imaginary friends to help me pass the time).  Before you have me committed – I knew they weren’t there – it just helped pass the time!  It was sort of like playing basketball alone and imagining you had teammates playing with you (and Wes Unseld rebounds and passes to Earl Monroe who passes the ball to Ray McDonald who hits the game winner as the buzzer sounds). Continue reading

March 18, 2014 Posted by | Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Lenten Thought, Outreach, Personal, Theology, Vision | , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

   

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