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Meeting God Face-To-Face

Exodus 33:22

When my glory passes by, I will put you in a cleft in the rock and cover you with my hand until I have passed by.

photo on 6-11-19 at 10.52 amHave you ever met someone that put you into awe mode? I’ve met some famous people over the years – and I’ve felt honored to meet them. I personally met several ball players over the years. I’ll name a few – and some of our younger readers might not know some of them – Johnny Unitas – Jim Palmer – Boog Powell – Eddie Murray (I remember him standing in the rain to give me an autograph) – Brooks Robinson – Harmon Killebrew – Frank Howard – Raymond Berry – Frank Robinson – Wes Unseld – Earl Monroe – Paul Blair – Don Buford – Al Bumbry – Justin Tucker – Matt Stover – and others. I once refereed a basketball game at old Andover High School where the visiting team was made up of Oriole ball players and others. I remember giving a technical foul before the game began – to Al Bumbry – for dunking in warmups – yes – I was a sticker for the rules back in the day.

Have you ever met someone that put you into awe mode? Maybe – with how close we are to Washington – you have met some politicians – like Presidents or others. Maybe – some of my friends who work with FCA have met some current players. I know I attended a dinner recently and met Coach Harbaugh along with some players. Continue reading

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21-Day Prayer/Fast – Day 21

Ezekiel 47:5

He measured off another thousand, but now it was a river that I could not cross, because the water had risen and was deep enough to swim in — a river that no one could cross.

01032015 RayI know some will call me old – but one of my favorite praise/worship songs is sung by Steven Curtis Chapman – titled Dive.  It came out in the 90’s I think – so it isn’t considered contemporary anymore by some – but I love it!  You can find it by clicking the word Dive or by going to this link.

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As we finish our 21-Day Prayer/Fast today – I want to challenge us to dive in!  We might wonder – why are we being challenged to dive in now – why not on day one or even before the prayer/fast began?  I’m challenging us to dive in today because it is not about what we have done but what we will do that counts moving forward.  Of course I’m not talking about works righteousness – God’s grace covers our sins – but as witnesses to the world – how we live our lives says so much about the Jesus we proclaim. Continue reading

January 25, 2015 Posted by | Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Daily Prayer, Discipleship, Encouragement, Faith Journey, Family, Fast, From the Pastor, Holy Spirit, Leadership, Outreach, Personal, Prayer, Theology, Vision | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Self Examination Time – Are We on Fire for Jesus?

Revelation 3:14-16

14 “To the angel of the church in Laodicea write: These are the words of the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the ruler of God’s creation. 15 I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other! 16 So, because you are lukewarm — neither hot nor cold — I am about to spit you out of my mouth.

RevRayIn thinking about our spiritual journey – our day-to-day relationship with Jesus – how would we grade it?  Would we grade our walk with Jesus as useful or useless for the kingdom?   Do we feel like we are sold out for Jesus – partially involved with our faith – or even unconnected with Jesus?  How serious are we when it comes to our faith journey?  Our relationship with Jesus?  These are good questions in light of today’s passage from Revelation 3.

Today’s passage speaks volumes about what God expects of His followers – His disciples.  God expects us to be on useful for Him – hot or cold – sold out – no holds barred – ready to dive into each day to serve Him and glorify His name – to be a good witness for His glory.  My fear or rather concern is that too many in the church today are lukewarm – riding the fence – trying to stay somewhat connected but not really sold out.  I fear some are trying to cover their bases – not wanting to go to hell but not really sold out for heaven either.  Our wants and desires run us more than our love of God.  We will serve God – as long as it fits into our plans – into our schedule – into our lives.  We will give offerings of time – talent – and money – until it becomes inconvenient for us – until it costs us something we want or desire.  Many church goers tend to draw the line somewhere in the lukewarm arena I fear. Continue reading

May 2, 2013 Posted by | Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, From the Pastor, Leadership | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

   

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