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Humility Is Not Easy!

Philippians 2:8

And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death – even death on a cross!

RayMcDHumility is not easy! Humility is something many lack. I recently wrote that selfishness was the norm among many of us. Many of us think of ourselves first and others – of at all – last. We see this among many leaders today as well – from both sides of the political aisle and in other areas of leadership too.

Humility is not easy! Today’s passage reminds us that Jesus – the Lord eternal – humbled Himself for our sake. He thought not of Himself – but rather – He thought of us. Philippians 2:8 – And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death – even death on a cross!

Humility is not easy! Valuing others above ourselves is what we are called to do as Christians – as followers of Christ. We are to model Christ’s humility. Paul wrote in Philippians 2:3 – Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves. Continue reading

January 31, 2017 Posted by | Build, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Missions, Outreach, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Humility

Philippians 2:3

Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves,

RayMcDOK – today is Election Day. Have you voted? I will have voted by the time this devotional thought hits the airways. I’m not sure at the time of this writing who will win – it depends on what news agency you listen to for sure. Some have Trump winning – some have Clinton winning. Remember – whoever is elected President – Jesus is still King!

So – on this Election Day – I want to remind us to be humble. We should not gloat if our candidate wins – we should pray for the unity of the country – we should think not of ourselves – but about others.

Paul had every right to boast in himself – he was an awesome person by the standards of his day. Paul consistently calls his readers to a standard of humility. Today’s passage is one of those where Paul calls us to be humble. Continue reading

November 8, 2016 Posted by | Build, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Faith Journey, From the Pastor, Leadership, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Thinking of Others

Philippians 2:3

Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves.

IMG_0435-0In our western society – it is not normal to think of others. Most people are very myopic – thinking singularly about themselves. Thinking about numero uno – number one – is where most people focus.  We’ve heard the phrase – the me generation I’m sure – and it can be used to label many generations for sure. Some of us are often focused on what makes us feel good or better.

Today’s passage gives us a different view.  Here it is in partial context.  Philippians 2:1-11 – 1 If you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any fellowship with the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, 2 then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and purpose. 3 Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. 4 Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others. 5 Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus: 6 Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, 7 but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. 8 And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death — even death on a cross! 9 Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, 10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. Continue reading

June 9, 2016 Posted by | Build, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, From the Pastor, Leadership, Outreach, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

So What Does Your Flesh Desire?

Galatians 5:17

For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are in conflict with each other, so that you are not to do whatever you want.

112015 Ray McDonaldSo what does your flesh desire? Sleep is one of the things my flesh desires. I remember being told I fought taking a nap as a child – how foolish was that of me! Now I long for a 15-20 minute nap each day – even twice a day!

So what does your flesh desire? Food is another thing my flesh desires. At times – it seems – not for fuel but for enjoyment. The old saying goes like this – eat to live don’t live to eat – yet there are times I seem to live to eat. I mean – if I have paid for all you can eat – why stop when you’ve had all you should have I say! Thus I sin when I am a glutton – when I eat more than I should.

So what does your flesh desire? Most of us have desires. Most of us seem to fulfill our desires – at least most of them – if we want – we get. But in today’s passage we are told that the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit. Here is today’s passage in partial context. Galatians 5:13–26 – 13 You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love. 14 For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” 15 If you bite and devour each other, watch out or you will be destroyed by each other. 16 So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. 17 For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are in conflict with each other, so that you are not to do whatever you want. 18 But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law. 19 The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; 20 idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions 21 and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God. 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. 24 Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. 25 Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. 26 Let us not become conceited, provoking and envying each other. Continue reading

May 5, 2016 Posted by | Build, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Holy Spirit, Leadership, Outreach, Personal, Prayer, Sermons, Theology | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Attitude of Christ

Philippians 2:3

Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves.

profileIt is not normal to think of others – for most people.  Thinking about numero uno – number one – is where most people focus.  They are focused on what makes them feel better or good.

Today’s passage gives us a different view.  Here it is in partial context.  Philippians 2:1-11 – 1 If you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any fellowship with the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, 2 then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and purpose. 3 Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. 4 Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others. 5 Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus: 6 Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, 7 but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. 8 And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death — even death on a cross! 9 Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, 10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. Continue reading

September 3, 2013 Posted by | Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Faith Journey, From the Pastor, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

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