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Attitude: Leadership

Philippians 4:8

Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable — if anything is excellent or praiseworthy — think about such things.

RayMcDAs a pastor with several decades of ministry under my belt – I believe I can say without fear of contradiction that the attitude of leaders in a church is essential. As a pastor I have witnessed some terrible attitudes among some of the leaders in the church (mine hasn’t been great all the time either – just saying).

Are we a glass half-full or a glass half-empty type of person? Do we see the good in things or the bad in things first? Are we a complainer or an encourager? Do we tend to think the worst of people and situations or the best? Come on now – let’s be honest.

We all know people who are half-empty types. We all know people who see the bad in every situation – first. We all know people who are complainers – who tend to see the worst in every situation (at times ignoring the good). At times we might all have that tendency! And – if we were honest – we would acknowledge that we don’t enjoy being around those type of people. If these people are leaders in a church – they can block the church from growing – they can block the Spirit’s work at times. They can stifle the Spirit with a bad attitude. Continue reading

January 4, 2017 Posted by | Build, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Missions, Outreach, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Election Is Over – Jesus Is King!

James 1:2

Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds,

RayMcDWell – when you read this devotional thought – the election will be over – or at least it should be (unless there are some more hanging chads or someone calls for a recount). I hope you voted dear readers. Some of us will be happy. Some of us will be sad. Some of us will be confused. Some of us will shake our heads. Some of us will be dancing in the streets. Some of us will feel downtrodden. Some of us will feel uplifted.

As I write this devotional thought I’m watching the early news as the polls are getting ready to close – starting with the East Coast and moving westward. How would you like to live in Hawaii – OK – most would say I’d love to live in Hawaii – except for Election Day – when the race is usually decided before you even get to vote – LOL (the West Coast also feels this way at times). Continue reading

November 9, 2016 Posted by | Build, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Outreach, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Think About Such Things – Things That Matter

Philippians 4:8

Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.

IMG_0435-0What do we spend our time thinking about these days? As a sports nut – I’ve been thinking about the Orioles and the Nationals – both are in first place. As I write this post – the NBA game 7 of the finals is just a few hours away. The U.S. Open is nearing the end of their championship! These things matter little in the scope of things – but my focus has been on them some today.

If you’re not a fan of sports – as I read my Facebook feed – I noticed some have been focused all day with family – specifically with their fathers – now there is something that matters – but it might still be less than an eternal endeavor. Some have been trying to figure out their pets – how to get them to obey them – a worthy cause – but less than eternal as well. Some have gone out to dinner – one of my daughters FaceTimed me heading to dinner – another worthy effort – but not of eternal value. And so on goes our list… Continue reading

June 20, 2016 Posted by | Build, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Outreach, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Time to Check Our Attitudes

Philippians 4:8

Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable — if anything is excellent or praiseworthy — think about such things.

112015 Ray McDonaldDo people see us as a glass half-full or a glass half-empty type of person?  Do we see the good in things or the bad in things first?  Are we a complainer or an encourager?  Do we tend to think the worst of people and situations or the best?  Come on now – let’s be honest.

We all know people who are half-empty types.  We all know people who see the bad in every situation – first.  We all know people who are complainers – who tend to see the worst in every situation (at times ignoring the good).  At times we might all have that tendency!  And – if we were honest – we would acknowledge that we don’t enjoy being around those type of people.

As a pastor I run into these folks occasionally (when I’m not battling these issues in myself).  You know the type – I’ve had them in every church I have served.  Worship can just be over – most everyone is on a spiritual high – and they come to you with a complaint.  Complaints or concerns are not bad and we all need to hear them to improve – but at times the timing is the issue.  Like when we just get home from a long day at work and we are greeted by our family and the first thing we do is complain about something rather than spend time with our family (this makes them cringe when we walk through the door). Continue reading

November 25, 2015 Posted by | Build, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Personal, Theology | , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Peace of God

Philippians 4:7

And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

20140530-104833-38913743.jpgI woke up this morning with a chest cold – or – at the very least – some congestion in my chest that has me coughing a blue streak. I would appreciate prayers for my lungs to clear up ASAP. I have a funeral this afternoon and a full day before me. I’m trying to get some down time to help the recovery – but there is so much to do.

As I was doing my morning devotions I ran across this passage – Philippians 4:7 – And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.  It made me stop and think.  It made me spend time in prayer for the church – the Body of Christ. Continue reading

July 8, 2014 Posted by | Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Denomination, Discipleship, Encouragement, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Personal, Sermons, Theology | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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