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He Himself Suffered

Hebrews 2:18

Because he himself suffered when he was tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted.

Growing up – I always appreciated working for a boss who started at the bottom – one who suffered along with the common man so to speak. If he or she didn’t start at the bottom – it was appreciated when they would roll up their sleeves and helps those of us on the bottom of the employee list.

I work for a young man now at a local golf course that embodies this approach. He may or may not have started at the bottom long ago – but after he was hired as the director of golf for the private club where I work – he has always been willing to serve others and help whenever needed doing whatever is needed. It really makes me appreciate him all the more!

I worked as a teen and in my early 20’s for another man who first managed the company where I worked and later owned the company – and yet he would join in the most basic of tasks if needed. He would go on jobs with us and would model for us how leaders were supposed to lead. I appreciate this man and he was in my wedding! Continue reading

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August 16, 2017 Posted by | Build, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Sin Gives Birth to Death

James 1:13-15

13 When tempted, no one should say, “God is tempting me.” For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone; 14 but each one is tempted when, by his own evil desire, he is dragged away and enticed. 15 Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death.

20140530-104833-38913743.jpgWe have all heard or read the following passage many times I bet – Romans 6:23a – For the wages of sin is death. We earn death when we sin.  Pour sin earns the wage of death. That smacks me hard – because I have been working since I was very young – cutting grass – officiating sports – working as a Soda Jerk (no puns) – etc. – earning a wage.  Apparently – I have been working since before I can remember – to earn death – through my sin!  I was born with a sin nature and that nature has been working overtime – and the wage for my sin – is death.  To read it as James puts it – sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death.

Today’s main passage is James 1:13-15 and ends with – then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death. Continue reading

August 21, 2014 Posted by | Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Outreach, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

He Was Hungry

Matthew 4:1-2

1 Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the desert to be tempted by the devil. 2 After fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry.

RayBlogI remember as a child running in from outside playing and telling my mom I was starved. Of course I received the typical parent’s response – you’re not starving – you’re just hungry. Of course I wasn’t starving – I was merely – ever so slightly mind you – hungry. It might have been a few hours – even several hours – since my last meal and I had been playing and was running low on fuel.

This past year I visited Haiti on a mission trip. It wasn’t the first time I had seen starving people – having taken several mission trips to Appalachia – but it reminded me of the times I told my mom I was starving. It made me feel bad for ever thinking I was starving.

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March 11, 2013 Posted by | Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Faith Journey, Fast, From the Pastor | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

   

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