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God Will Not Allow Us To Face Life Alone

Isaiah 43:2

When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze.

God’s promise in today’s passage is not just for Israel – it is for all of God’s followers. No matter what we face God has promised to be with us. God has promised to go thru the thick and thin times – the good and bad times – of life.

The older I get the more I believe we all go thru tough times. Lean years or even decades – where life doesn’t line up the way we might think or dream. Our marriages – as perfect as they may seem to others – have tough seasons. Our children – even the ones that seem to have it all together – cause us pain and suffering. Even the person that seems to have it all together – has periods in their life when they face difficult times. Continue reading

April 20, 2018 Posted by | Build, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Marriage, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Day 47 of Lent 2018

John 20:1

Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene went to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the entrance.

Today is day 47 of the 47 Days of Lent reading plan (Sundays don’t count in the 40 days of Lent). I hope you have stayed with us during our reading plan this Lenten Season. We’re there – Easter morning. It is the day we celebrate the risen Lord! The day we thanks God for defeating the grave. The day we read the story about the stone being rolled away and the tomb being empty! The day we remember He arose!

Lent is typically a time to give something up – to stop a bad habit – to deny self – to dig deeper into our walk with Jesus. How have you been doing? Today we continue to look at a passage that will lead us to the cross and later to the resurrection. Let us focus on Jesus this week – more than usual. For those of us who have received Jesus as Lord and Savior – we have been baptized into Christ and into His suffering – into His death. We share with Him and He shares with us. Continue reading

April 1, 2018 Posted by | Build, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, From the Pastor, Leadership, Lenten Thought, Personal, Theology, Worship | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Day 46 of Lent 2018

Romans 6:3

Or don’t you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death?

Today is day 46 of the 47 Days of Lent reading plan (Sundays don’t count in the 40 days of Lent). I hope you have stayed with us during our reading plan this Lenten Season. We’re coming close to Easter and the end of Holy Week. Tomorrow is Easter. But today is silent Saturday. It is the full day that Jesus was in the grave (partial day on Friday and partial day on Sunday).

Lent is typically a time to give something up – to stop a bad habit – to deny self – to dig deeper into our walk with Jesus. How have you been doing? Today we continue to look at a passage that will lead us to the cross and later to the resurrection. Let us focus on Jesus this week – more than usual. For those of us who have received Jesus as Lord and Savior – we have been baptized into Christ and into His suffering – into His death. We share with Him and He shares with us. Continue reading

March 31, 2018 Posted by | Build, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, From the Pastor, Leadership, Lenten Thought, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Always Be Prepared

1 Peter 3:15

But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect,

RayMcDWell – just a few more days till Christmas. I hope you are ready. If not – well – you have 3 days – counting today. As Christmas approaches – I’ve noticed more people saying Merry Christmas this year – have you? It used to be Happy Holidays – but this year I hear more Merry Christmas greetings.

I imagine there are also opportunities to talk with people about Christmas – about our faith – questions surrounding our beliefs and our practices. Maybe the questions come from the little ones in our family – curious about why we celebrate Christmas or the true meaning of Christmas. Maybe the questions come when we make that trip to grandma’s home – over the hill and thru the dale. Maybe the questions come from co-workers or neighbors. Maybe when we talk about going to Christmas Eve services or even this year Christmas Day services – someone will ask us – why? – and we will be faced with a moment in time to witness. Continue reading

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