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Showing Love to the Unlovable

Philippians 1:23

I am torn between the two: I desire to depart and be with Christ, which is better by far

IMG_0435-0Have you ever been torn between two choices? Let me add – and both choices are good. Like what to eat – when they are offering seafood or steak (I didn’t say and – no surf and turf)? When the seasons cross – and you are faced with the choice of watching a Ravens game verses and Orioles game – for me that is a tough choice? I guess it would depend on if the Orioles are in the hunt for the playoffs and what team the Ravens play. Some solve this problem with a split screen TV or two TVs in the same room.

What if you’d rather make one choice but another choice is what is before you? That is what Paul faced in today’s passage. Both choices were good choices – stay with God’s people and serve God on earth – even under pain and persecution – and going to be with Christ in death. He desired to part with this world and go to be with Jesus – yet the choice that was before him was to remain and at times suffer – for the sake of the early church. Continue reading

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June 8, 2016 Posted by | Build, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Outreach, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

I Desire God

Psalm 73:25

earth has nothing I desire besides you.

20140530-104833-38913743.jpgWhat do you desire? For instance – if you were going out to dinner – what would you desire to eat? Are you a meat and potatoes type of person? Would you rather have seafood? Are you a surf and turf kind of person? Do you not eat meat? Would rather have a delicious salad?

What do you desire? For instance – if you were going to go to a ball game this year – would it be football – basketball – hockey – or baseball? Would it be a local team like the Orioles – Ravens – Nationals – Redskins – Caps – Wizards? Are you a professional sport’s fan or college? Are you a fan of Navy – Maryland – Georgetown – Towson – Morgan State – or Bowie State?

What do you desire? For instance – if you had an afternoon off – how would you spend it – playing golf – taking a nap – playing with your children – reading – or spending time with your spouse? What type of music do you listen to these days – oldies – pop – rock – soul – jazz  – gospel – or country? Continue reading

June 9, 2014 Posted by | Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Personal, Prayer, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

   

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