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Mountain Top Experiences

Isaiah 6:3

And they were calling to one another: “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord Almighty; the whole earth is full of his glory.

Have you ever had a mountain top experience? As a child I remember going camping with the family. We often went to Skyline Drive. At times we used a tent. After a few years dad and mom bought a Shasta trailer. We enjoyed the great outdoors. We had many mountain top experiences.

When we drove to our campgrounds along Skyline Drive we would often pull over at some of the overlooks – where we could get a glimpse of the beautiful mountains. The mountains – God’s creation – are real treasures to me. Being from West Virginia – I can remember many mountain top experiences as we traveled the roads back home. The glory of God is seen in nature – for me – more than anywhere else I think! Continue reading

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October 9, 2017 Posted by | Build, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Full of His Glory

Isaiah 6:3

And they were calling to one another: “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord Almighty; the whole earth is full of his glory.

profileAs a child I remember going camping with the family.  We often went to Skyline Drive.  While driving to the campgrounds we often would pull over at some of the overlooks – where we could get a glimpse of the beautiful mountains – God’s creation.  Being from West Virginia – I can remember many mountain top experiences as we’ve traveled the roads.  The glory of God is seen in nature – for me – more than anywhere else I think!

I remember another mountain top experience.  It was the day of my salvation in the summer of 1967.  My father held and revival and I felt so moved that I came forward to receive Jesus Christ as my personal Lord and Savior.  I remember another time during 1968 when we held a 24 hour month long prayer vigil at our church.  I remember taking a half hour every day for a month.  It was a moving experience and I often felt the presence of God as I sat in the church’s chapel and prayed and read Scripture – I was 13.  There were other times in my life I have experienced the fullness of God’s glory – how about you? Continue reading

September 19, 2013 Posted by | Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Family, From the Pastor, Prayer, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Lighting the Path

Psalm 119:105

Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path.

RevRayRecently during one of the many storms that have hit this spring the threat was for widespread power failure – or at least the potential for power outages because of the expected high winds and heavy rains.  We scrambled to find our flashlights before we went to bed that night just to be prepared.  A flashlight can be a very helpful tool when all of the lights go out and you need to get up in the dark for any reason.

Have you ever been in the dark?  Have you ever needed a little light?  I remember camping in the woods on Skyline Drive as a child and wondering off from camp before dark only to be caught away from camp in the dark without a flashlight (I was a boy scout but wasn’t prepared).  As it got dark dad lit a lamp in camp and I followed the light of that lamp back to camp. Continue reading

June 25, 2013 Posted by | Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Faith Journey, From the Pastor | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

   

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