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Do Not Worry About Tomorrow

Matthew 6:34

Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

Life ChangeThe 2020 Presidential Elections will happen in less than a year from now. Your candidate will either win or lose – your opinions will either be in the majority or the minority. You may agree or disagree that our nation is headed in the right or wrong direction. Many in the news and on Facebook will try to project the future. They will have mixed projections – and mixed results.

Let’s look at a few things. The stock market has hit all time highs for the last 3 years – yesterday was a new record closing. Are your finances better off now than they were 3 years ago? Some say that people vote according to their personal pocketbook. Will you?

Several of us who are closing in on retirement – say in the next 5-10 years – naturally peek into the future to see what the climate will be as that day approaches. We look at things like the housing market – our debt – the Dow Jones – our savings – the cost of living – and on and on the list might go. Looking to the future is not a bad thing – it is actually a wise thing. Dave Ramsey has many suggestions about savings and retirement. Look up some of his ideas here. The Presidential elections usually have a major impact on the market – on our finances.

We’re told that many if not most of Americans are better off now than ever before. The jobless numbers are down to record lows. The average wage is higher than ever before – and rising in record amounts. But – is it all about our finances?

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November 14, 2019 Posted by | Build, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Please – Don’t Worry About Tomorrow

Matthew 6:34

Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

fullsizeoutput_ffeThe 2016 elections are over (even though some are still talking about it). The 2018 mid-term elections have almost concluded (the are still counting in Florida and in other places). Your candidate either won or lost – your opinion was either in the majority or the minority on the questions on the ballot. You may agree or disagree that our nation is headed in the right or wrong direction. Many in the news and on Facebook have tried to project the future – with mixed projections. The market dropped dramatically right after the 2016 elections and has been on a roll for two years – reaching heights never before reached. It has been bumpy the last month or quarter – but we are still higher than anyone could have imagined. Some have predicted – or tried to predict the elections impact on the market. Some make a living looking into the future and trying to gauge how the elections impact the market.

Several of us who are closing in on retirement – say in the next 10 years or so – naturally peek into the future to see what the climate will be as that day approaches. We look at things like the housing market – our debt – the Dow Jones – our savings – the cost of living – and on and on the list might go. Looking to the future is not a bad thing – it is actually a wise thing. Dave Ramsey has many suggestions about savings and retirement. Look up some of his ideas here. Continue reading

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Some Thoughts From the 2012 Election

Matthew 6:34

Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

RayMcDToday’s devotional thought is refreshed from a post of mine on November 8, 2012. The truth still holds today and this year’s election.

(11/8/12) The election is over and the results are mostly in by now. Your candidate either won or lost – your opinion was either in the majority or the minority on the questions on the ballot. You may agree or disagree that our nation is headed in the right or wrong direction. Many in the news and on Facebook have tried to project the future – with mixed projections. The market dropped dramatically yesterday and some speculate about the elections impact on it – and where it is headed. Some make a living looking into the future and trying to gauge how today will impact tomorrow.

Several of us who are closing in on retirement – say in the next 10-20 years – naturally peek into the future to see what the climate will be as that day approaches. We look at things like the housing market – our debt – the Dow Jones – our savings – the cost of living – and on and on the list might go. Looking to the future is not a bad thing – it is actually a wise thing. David Ramsey has many suggestions about savings and retirement. Continue reading

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The World of Needs and Wants

Philippians 4:11

I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances.

profileChristmas is coming.  In a recent sermon I mentioned that many of us have trouble with the concepts of need and want.  We tend to blend the want items with the need items.  In doing so we can often live beyond our means – adding wants to what we conceive to be needs.  For example – spending $40,000 and up on an auto may not be the best allocation of funds for a person that makes the average income.  Yet some of us do it.  We rationalize it in a variety of ways.  Yet a $20,000 to $25,000 vehicle – and there are many reliable vehicles in that price range – could get us from point A to point B quite well and get us 200,000 plus miles to boot.  Just think of what an additional $20,000 to $15,000 – plus interest – could do for your savings in a 5-6 year period.

Using big-ticket items as examples – what about the home we live in?  Does it meet our needs or is it mixed in with our wants?  Mortgage brokers often try to fit us into the house we can afford rather than the house we need.  Think about the money invested in our home and what need we might meet with the excess?  For some of us it might be upwards of $100,000 or more beyond our need. Continue reading

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I Will Trust in You

Psalm 56:3

When I am afraid, I will trust in you.

When I was younger – I had a cousin that needed a night light to sleep.  He was afraid of the dark.  When he spent the night we had to have a night light on all through the night.  I always thought the night light made the night scarier – you know – the shadows on things – and the imagination of a child.

As we get older – other things can scare us.  Like sickness – the economy – the lack of job security – marriages under attack – unexpected pregnancies – unplanned happenings – and on goes the list.  Does anything scare you today?  Do you try to plan out your life and get befuddled when something doesn’t go as you planned?

If the church provides nothing else – and it provides so much more – it can and tries to provide the truth that when we fear we can trust in God!  God is ALWAYS there for us – He has promised to never leave us or forsake us (Hebrews 13:5).  Here are some other places in the Bible that give us such hope concerning God’s presence in our lives.

Psalms 56:3-4 – 3 When I am afraid, I will trust in you. 4 In God, whose word I praise, in God I trust; I will not be afraid. What can mortal man do to me?

2 Corinthians 1:8-11 – 8 We do not want you to be uninformed, brothers, about the hardships we suffered in the province of Asia. We were under great pressure, far beyond our ability to endure, so that we despaired even of life. 9 Indeed, in our hearts we felt the sentence of death. But this happened that we might not rely on ourselves but on God, who raises the dead. 10 He has delivered us from such a deadly peril, and he will deliver us. On him we have set our hope that he will continue to deliver us, 11 as you help us by your prayers. Then many will give thanks on our behalf for the gracious favor granted us in answer to the prayers of many.

2 Corinthians 7:5-7 – 5 For when we came into Macedonia, this body of ours had no rest, but we were harassed at every turn — conflicts on the outside, fears within. 6 But God, who comforts the downcast, comforted us by the coming of Titus, 7 and not only by his coming but also by the comfort you had given him. He told us about your longing for me, your deep sorrow, your ardent concern for me, so that my joy was greater than ever.

Philippians 4:10-13 – 10 I rejoice greatly in the Lord that at last you have renewed your concern for me. Indeed, you have been concerned, but you had no opportunity to show it. 11 I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. 12 I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. 13 I can do everything through him who gives me strength.

Fear not sisters and brothers – if God is for us – who can stand against us? (Romans 8:31)

Just something to think about today as you go on your way.

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November 30, 2012 Posted by | Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Faith Journey, From the Pastor | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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