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Thanksgiving Day Is Coming!

Romans 8:32

He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all — how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?

fullsizeoutput_ffeThanksgiving comes once a year – as does Christmas – and Easter. Yet we don’t have to limit our thankfulness to one day – do we? If your family is like mine – when we gather to give thanks over the bounty on Thanksgiving – we pause to give thanks for something specific – everyone at the table. It is a touching time – and watching our family age before our eyes – year after year – brings a nostalgic note too. Listening to what the girls have shared over the years and now what the grandchildren will share has been and is a blessing. We are always thankful for the way God touches our lives.

I’m the crier in the family. An example of my inability to hold back my tears can be seen in most any family gathering. I remember at a special birthday for my wife – as others were sharing – I tried to share my heart and the tears flowed. Tears will flow for most any reason from my eyes. With the holidays coming I will shed tears when I watch It’s a Wonderful Life for the 200th time – and even while watching Charlie Brown Christmas – tears will flow.

Thanksgiving is a family time for our family and we will gather once again – the Lord willing. Holidays are especially hard for me now that mom and dad have gone to be with Jesus. Dad loved Christmas so much – that holiday is especially difficult for me these days. Continue reading

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Happy Thanksgiving 2016

Romans 8:32

He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all — how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?

RayMcDThanksgiving comes once a year – as does Christmas – Easter – Pentecost – etc. Yet we don’t have to limit our thankfulness to one day – do we? If your family is like mine – when we gather to give thanks over the bounty on Thanksgiving – we pause to give thanks for something specific – everyone at the table. It is a touching time – and watching our family age before our eyes – year after year – brings a nostalgic note too. Listening to what the girls (and soon the grandchildren) are thankful for always touches my heart.

I’m the crier in the family. An example was when I totally lost it at my wife’s 50th birthday party some years ago. I’m not sure why – other than we were honoring her for the awesome woman of God she has always been. Tears will flow for most any reason from my eyes. With the holidays coming I will shed tears when I watch It’s a Wonderful Life for the 200th time – and even while watching Charlie Brown Christmas – tears will flow. Continue reading

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Thanksgiving Day 2015

Romans 8:32

He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all — how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?

112015 Ray McDonaldThanksgiving comes once a year – as does Christmas – Easter – Pentecost – etc.  Yet we don’t have to limit our thankfulness to one day – do we?  If your family is like mine – when we gather to give thanks over the bounty on Thanksgiving – we pause to give thanks for something specific – everyone at the table.  It is a touching time – and watching our family age before our eyes – year after year – brings a nostalgic note too.

I’m the crier in the family.  An example was nearly six years ago when I totally lost it at my wife’s 50th birthday party – not sure why – other than just honoring her for the awesome woman of God she has always been.  Tears will flow for most any reason from my eyes.  With the holidays coming I will shed tears when I watch It’s a Wonderful Life for the 100th time – and even watching Charlie Brown Christmas will bring tears. Continue reading

November 26, 2015 Posted by | Build, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Marriage, Outreach, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

God’s Everlasting Love

Romans 8:32

He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things?

profileWhat have you given up for something or someone you appreciate or love?  Are you giving up anything to watch the Super Bowl Sunday night?  Would you have given something up if you had to do so?  What if your team was in the game – would that make a difference?

We hear stories all the time about parents who give up things for their children.  At times giving up something for themselves so that their children might have something they need or want.  Or attending an event because it is important to the children to see you there when you really had a work meeting you should have been attending.  Giving up for our children is part of the deal when we have them! Continue reading

January 31, 2014 Posted by | Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Marriage, Outreach, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Loving God More Than Anything

Romans 8:32

He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all — how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?

What is your weakness?  What is it that you hang onto or can’t do without?  Do you have a keepsake that reminds you of years gone by?  Is there a piece of furniture handed down through the generations you couldn’t think of giving to someone else?  What is it you love?

What about your family?  Do you love them?  I hope the answer is yes.  I have three daughters that I love very much.  Because of them I now have three sons as well – I love them too.  Of course my partner for life is the one I love the most.  I also love my parents – my siblings – my nieces and nephews and others.  Family is so important and we have a special place for in our heart for our love for them.

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