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Connecting With People – Try It!

Romans 12:15

Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep.

Ray 2019Christian are often called upon to connect with people. As a pastor – I am often called upon to be empathetic with people and their needs/situations. At times I must be sympathetic or compassionate. Are we empathetic with others? Are we sympathetic at times? Are we compassionate as well? Do we feel the pain of others?

I was moved by a report on Facebook not too long ago about a police officer who pulled over and saved the life of a lifeless infant. His mother was in panic mode and this officer calmly proceeded to give life support to the infant and rush him to the hospital in his patrol car. I could feel for the mom – and I could feel for the officer and his professionalism.

I remember 9-11 – and I know you do as well. I was called upon by the High School to come and help students and teachers deal with the unknown. Some had parents and other family members at the Pentagon and in Washington – DC. Continue reading

December 6, 2019 Posted by | Build, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Outreach, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Do We Connect with People?

Romans 12:15

Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep.

RayMcDChristian are often called upon to connect with people. As a pastor – I am often called upon to be empathetic with people and their needs/situations. At times I must be sympathetic or compassionate. Are we empathetic with others? Are we sympathetic at times? Are we compassionate too? Do we feel the pain of others?

I was moved by a report on Facebook yesterday of a police officers who pulled over and saved the life of a lifeless infant. His mother was panic mode and this officer calmly proceeded to give life support to the infant and rush him to the hospital in his patrol car. I could feel for the mom – and I could feel for the officer and his professionalism. Continue reading

August 15, 2018 Posted by | Build, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Outreach, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

In case you didn’t know it – I’m very emotional.

Romans 12:15

Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn.

In case you didn’t know it – or didn’t know me well – I’m very emotional. I’m the kind of guy that cries at shows on the TV. I cry when certain songs are played. I’ve yet to watch It’s a Wonderful Life without crying. I cry at most movies that talk about the death of a parent. I can be found crying while watching The Andy Griffith Show or MASH.

In case you didn’t know it – or didn’t know me well – I’m very emotional. I like a good belly laugh – hearing jokes or telling them. I like to be around funny people. I have numerous golf jokes and pastor’s jokes if you’d like to hear them.

In case you didn’t know it – or didn’t know me well – I’m very emotional. I enjoy expressing my love for my wife – for my children – and for my grandchildren. I love hugs and my granddaughters give the best hugs. I drive my brother crazy when I tell him I love him.

In case you didn’t know it – or didn’t know me well – I’m very emotional. I have a hard time at funerals – often shedding tears right along with the family. I remember doing the funeral of my brother’s future (that week) father-in-law and losing it in the midst of the service. I had known that man my whole life and knowing the emotions of that week got to me. Continue reading

July 30, 2018 Posted by | Build, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Marriage, Outreach, Personal, Prayer, Theology, Worship | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Mourn With Those Who Mourn

Romans 12:15

mourn with those who mourn

Photo on 7-6-16 at 3.42 PMThe last two days have been hard for our nation. The pain of so many has cried out all over the news and social media. We have all felt the pain of loss – if we haven’t – we have no heart.

I have read much the last few days on social media and have watched hours upon hours of news reports. I’m not going to try to give my opinion in this space. I’m not going to point any fingers and put the blame on anyone – although there is plenty of blame to go around.

Today – I simply want to call our nation to mourn with those who mourn. Don’t try to get your point across. Don’t feel the need to respond to someone or one up someone on social media or in a conversation. Don’t try to defend your position or your peeps. Continue reading

July 8, 2016 Posted by | Build, Community, Daily Devotion, Encouragement, Faith Journey, From the Pastor, Leadership, Personal, Prayer | , , , | Leave a comment

Rejoice and Weep with Others

Romans 12:15

Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep.

profileAre you empathetic?  Are you sympathetic?  Are you compassionate?  Do you feel other people’s pain?  When I mentioned the reaction of a member of our church to the report of shootings at the Columbia Mall this past weekend to my wife – she fully understood her attitude and said she would have done the same thing (her daughter was at the Mall and she sped to the Mall to retrieve her and became excited when security delayed her).

I think most of us had some emotions watching the scene unfold on TV or if we were at the Mall ourselves.  One member was on the other floor from the shooting but at the same section.  Another member reported being 50 yards away from the shooting. Continue reading

January 27, 2014 Posted by | Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Outreach, Personal | , , , | 1 Comment

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