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Showing Love At A Time Like This

Romans 8:37

No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.

RayMcDSome of us – the older persons for sure – grew up in an era when men had a hard time showing their emotions.  Even in today’s society it is not unusual for some men to have a hard time saying I love you to their spouse – their children – family – or others. Some women have a hard time as well – but it seems to come more naturally for them. Expressing our feelings – our love and our emotions – shouldn’t be so hard.

Along the lines of some men having a hard time saying they love the ones they do love – it is not uncommon to hear at a funeral for a dad – he may not have said it very often if at all – but I knew my father loved me.

At funerals I often remind people to not wait to say I love you to those they love – because the opportunities might be short – and the end can come unexpectedly. A clergy friend of mine – four years my junior – died suddenly of a heart attack – here one moment and gone the next.  We all know of people who died suddenly – and maybe we had some regrets about not saying we loved them enough – if at all. Same thing for people holding grudges against those they love. It is often heard at funerals – the last time we spoke we had an argument – and then I find out that the argument was months – even years ago at times. Continue reading

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Northing Can Separate Us From God

Romans 8:38-39

38 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

RayMcDNothing – and I mean nothing – can separate us from God. I love the blessed assurance of this passage. Paul was convinced that NOTHING could come between him and the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. I love having that sweet blessed assurance.  At times it may be all we have to cling to in our lives.

Storms will come in our lives – this is a fact.  As the East Coast braces other storms that may follow the most recent one – some changes will happen. Like life has changed for those in West Virginia – in Ellicott City – in New Jersey – and in other places. If the change is merely working from home (because power at work is out) or maybe the children are home from school – there will be some changes in our lives because of the storms that come. Some will face major changes like our first responders – who may be asked to go out into the storm in life threatening situations. Whatever the change – we will all be impacted by the storms that come our way.

As part of my calling as a pastor I have been talking with people over the last few months with some major life situations facing them.  Some are battling cancer – some have marriages on the rocks – some have children who are making extreme decisions – some are still battling events from the past in their lives – some are battling addictions – while others are faced with economic struggles in these times. I’m sure I could continue with the list – and still not hit every storm that we all are facing – outside the weather. Some are even facing demonic attacks – I believe that Satan and his demons are busy at work – trying to steal our joy in Christ – I know this firsthand – and others do as well. Continue reading

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Showing Love During A Season Like This!

Romans 8:37

No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.

112015 Ray McDonaldSome of us grew up in a time when men had a hard time showing their emotions.  Even in today’s society it is not unusual for some men to have a hard time saying I love you to their spouse – their children – family – or others.  Some women have a hard time as well – but it seems to come more naturally for them.

Along the lines of some men having a hard time saying they love the ones they do love – it is not uncommon to hear at a funeral for a dad – he may not have said it very often if at all – but I knew my father loved me.

At funerals I often remind people to not wait to say I love you to those they love – because the opportunities might be short – and the end can come unexpectedly.  A clergy friend of mine – four years my junior – died suddenly of a heart attack – here one moment and gone the next.  We all know of people who died suddenly – and maybe we had some regrets about not saying we loved them enough – if at all.  Same thing for people holding grudges against those they love.  It is often heard at funerals – the last time we spoke we had an argument – and then I find out that the argument was months – even years ago at times. Continue reading

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Showing Love Should be Easier!

Romans 8:37

No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.

RevRaySome of us grew up in a time when men had a hard time showing their emotions.  Even in today’s society it is not unusual for some men to have a hard time saying I love you to their spouse – their children – or others.  Some women have a hard time as well – but it seems to come more naturally for them.

Along the lines of some men having a hard time saying they love the ones they do love – it is not uncommon to hear at a funeral for a dad – he may not have said it very often if at all – but I knew my father loved me.

At funerals I often remind people to not wait to say I love you to those they love – because the opportunities might be short.  A clergy friend of mine – four years my minor – died suddenly this past week of a heart attack – here one moment and gone the next.  We all know of people who died suddenly – and maybe we had some regrets about noting saying we loved them enough if at all.  Same thing for people holding grudges against those they love.  It is often heard at funerals – the last time we spoke we had an argument and then I find out that the argument was months – even years ago at times. Continue reading

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Showing Love to Others Should Be More Natural!

Romans 8:37

No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.

It is not unusual for some men to have a hard time saying I love you to their spouse – their children – or others they love.  Some women have a hard time as well – but it seems to come more naturally for them.

Along the lines of some men having a hard time saying they love the ones they do love, it not uncommon to hear at a funeral for a dad – he may not have said it very often if at all – but I knew my father loved me.

At funerals I often remind people to not wait to say I love you to those they love – because the opportunities might be short.  We all know of people who died suddenly – and maybe we had some regrets about noting saying we loved them.  Same thing for people holding grudges against those they love.  It is often heard at funerals – the last time we spoke we had an argument and then I find out that the argument was months – even years ago at times.

Why is it so hard to say I love you for some?  God says it over and over again throughout Scriptures – with words and actions.

John 3:16 – “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”

Romans 5:8 – But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

1 John 4:9-10 – 9 This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. 10 This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.

So how do you show your love to others?  How do you tell them you love them?  Don’t be embarrassed – it is the most natural thing in the world –  to love others!  Don’t let another moment go by – text them – call them – go downstairs and tell them – you love them.  It doesn’t have to be a special event or day!

We know that in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.  We can overcome our lack of comfort– and tell others we love them!  Try it and see what happens.

Just something to think about today as you go on your way.

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