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Where Do We Place Our Trust – I Place Mine In Jesus

Psalm 20:7

Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God.

Where do we place our trust? Planning ahead is something some do and some do not. I’m a planner myself. As I age – I’m starting to get more and more info on retirement (and senior discounts – sweet). I was talking to someone the other day about retirement and they said they hadn’t thought much about it yet (and they were older too). I have been planning for retirement (even though I hope it is 3-10 years off) since I was 25 and first married. I wouldn’t say I put my trust in my retirement plan – but I have one. I am a planner.

Where do we place our trust? In the NFL – my favorite team (the Baltimore Ravens) – has a general manager named Ozzie Newsome. General managers are very important to NFL teams. General managers draft players – sign players – and work out contracts for players. They have others who work with them – but the saying around Baltimore is – in Ozzie we trust. Ozzie is a planner. Even when we as fans do not see the merit in a trade or a signing – someone will post in Ozzie we trust. The same can be said about the Baltimore Orioles – I often see in Buck we trust – when he makes a managerial move that we may not understand. Both Buck and Ozzie are planners too. Continue reading


August 10, 2017 Posted by | Build, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, From the Pastor, Leadership, Personal, Prayer, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

We Are Blessed Because Our Sins Are Covered

Psalm 32:1

Blessed is the one whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered.

RayMcDI was going through the service lane at Chick-fil-A the other day and the young person in the window said the person ahead of me had paid for my order. I waved at them to say thank you and promptly paid for the order behind me. Has this ever happened to you? Have you ever paid it forward? It is a nice feeling to give – especially when you know there is no way of ever getting a thank you.

A mission team from our church has been doing some basic repairs to a senior’s home. They went for the second time this past Saturday. They may have one more trip to finish what they want to accomplish. Serving others – especially when you don’t expect anything in return – is a good feeling. I commend those in our church that give of themselves and their time to serve others. Continue reading

January 16, 2017 Posted by | Build, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Faith Journey, From the Pastor, Leadership, Missions, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , | Leave a comment


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