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The Lord Willing

Proverbs 16:9

In his heart a man plans his course, but the Lord determines his steps. NIV84

profileI’ve used a phrase most of my life – when I’ve told someone I would be somewhere or do a certain thing.  That phrase goes like this – I will see you Sunday – the Lord willing and the creek don’t rise.   Being a lad from West Virginia and Southern Anne Arundel County, Maryland most of my life I often took the last part of the phrase to mean – when the creek (small river or stream) doesn’t rise and take out or block the road.  Certainly the creeks rise and fall with the rains and with the winter snows melting and they can block the roads for sure.  Someone recently told me that the original meaning of the last part of that phrase meant – and the Creek Indians don’t rise.  Either way – it is an acknowledgement that something could get in the way – the creek rising and taking out the road or the Creek rising and on the warpath.

The first part of that phrase is where we want to send most of our time today – the Lord willing.  Today’s proverb reads – In his heart a man plans his course, but the Lord determines his steps NIV84.  Basically we’re saying – if the Lord has other plans – I won’t be able to do what I am stating I will do – the Lord willing and the creek don’t rise. Continue reading

October 7, 2013 Posted by | Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Personal, Prayer, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Whom Shall We Fear?

Psalm 27:1

The Lord is my light and my salvation — whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life — of whom shall I be afraid?

RevRayI sure hope that today’s devotional thought will uplift us and not bring us down!  Remembering the past can bring us down but thinking about the present and the future can lift our spirits.

If you are up on the news and have been alive for the last decade plus – see if you can pick out these dates.

Do you remember what happened on April 15, 2013?  I bet most of our readers do.

Do you remember what happened on December 14, 2012?  Just over a year ago.

Do you remember what happened on April 16, 2007?  Just 6 years ago.

Do you remember what happened in October 2002?

Do you remember what happened on September 11, 2001?

Do you remember what happened on April 20, 1999?

How many do you think you have remembered?  Try to remember without looking at the rest of this post.  Here goes… Continue reading

April 22, 2013 Posted by | Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Faith Journey, From the Pastor | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

   

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