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Those With Us Are More Than Those Against Us

2 Kings 6:16

“Don’t be afraid,” the prophet answered. “Those who are with us are more than those who are with them.”

Rays HaircutHere we are – in the midst of a pandemic that threatens the entire world. Many haven’t been to work in nearly two months. Many states are rebelling against the closures. The medical professionals say we should open slowly in some areas and not at all – yet – in other areas. Some governors have opened their states – and some are holding off. The questions remain – if we stay closed much longer – will there be anything to come back to – Or – if we open too early – will we spike the pandemic again? What a terrible situation we are facing.

Here we are – in the midst of a pandemic that threatens our health and our livelihood. If we live through it – which most of us will – will we lose everything waiting to be safe? When is the threat of illness – even death – worth going back to work? We all take risks everyday traveling the roads and dealing with other ills. What a terrible situation we are facing.

Today’s passage is from a story in the Bible – where a man of God and his servant were surrounding on all sides by the enemy. Death seemed imminent. Let’s read the story to get a better idea what they were facing. Continue reading

April 27, 2020 Posted by | Build, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Daily Prayer, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Outreach, Personal, Prayer, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Being Content – Is It Possible?

Philippians 4:11

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

Photo on 9-10-18 at 11.09 AMThink about this question for a moment. Have you ever been content? Have you ever had enough? Have you ever been satisfied? When is enough – enough? How much do we need? Are we storing up more than we need?

Have we ever been content? At times – being content might take away our drive – our desire – to accomplish more. But the contentment that Paul is writing about in today’s passage has to do with things – learning to be content with the things we have or don’t have.

One church I served went to Appalachia each summer. We sent teams to ASP (Appalachia Service Project). We learned just how much we had and how much we take for granted. It really helped us think about things in a different way. We had way more than almost everyone we served – and yet they were happy and often content. Continue reading

October 9, 2018 Posted by | Build, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Missions, Outreach, Personal, Prayer, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Keep Our Eyes on Jesus!

Matthew 22:21

“Give to Caesar what is Caesar’s, and to God what is God’s.”

82015 RayAt a church I pastored years ago – someone came to me with a concern.  The concern was that our church – at that time – wasn’t as welcoming to people of differing political views with the majority.  This got me thinking and I met with this person over lunch.  We talked – mostly I listened.  The majority/minority issue was concerning politics – political parties.  I was puzzled because I was raised in one party and am now in another – yet my Christianity is greater than my political leanings.  So I listened some more.  The person I was talking to said that at times – they do not feel welcome at church because their political views are not found in the majority at our church (no poll, simply their experience).

I have prayed about this subject and then looked at it in light of our vision and mission as a church.  I found that most of us have very similar views Biblically – which is very much what a church family should focus on.  Yet we have differing social views – which are not always Biblical – yet deal with Biblical subjects.  For instance – dealing with social subjects like abortion – human sexuality – poverty – health care – capital punishment – social justice – and more – can and often must touch our faith as well as our citizenship.  Often – we do not do a good job of splitting the two. Continue reading

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