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Ephesians 6:1-4

1 Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. 2 “Honor your father and mother” – which is the first commandment with a promise – 3 “that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth.” Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord.

Today is the last day of our VBS (Vacation Bible School) for 2017. I posted this on Facebook this morning early. Up early to thank God for the awesome folks at First United Methodist Church of Laurel. Today is the last day of VBS. This ministry is such an expression of love for Jesus, the community, and for the memory of Linda Ryan. I’m honored to serve those who serve for Jesus. They are all heroes to me!

As we finish another year of VBS – I’m taking a look at today’s passage – especially the final part of today’s passage that say – Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord. VBS is part of the final part of that 4th verse – bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord. I have marveled at the number of persons who have given of themselves all week to help train our children and the children of the community in the ways of Jesus! Continue reading

July 27, 2017 Posted by | Build, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Missions, Outreach, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Are We Passing Our Faith On?

2 Timothy 1:5

I have been reminded of your sincere faith, which first lived in your grandmother Lois and in your mother Eunice and, I am persuaded, now lives in you also.

82015 RayIf we are people of faith – can we remember who first reached out to us about Jesus?  Was it a parent?  Was it a Sunday School teacher – a Children’s Church worker – a youth group leader?  When did we get our first Bible?  Who are the people in our life that impacted us – positively – for Christ?

In today’s passage Paul – an Apostle – is writing to Timothy – a young pastor.  He is recalling the faith of Timothy’s grandmother and mother – and acknowledging that he sees this faith in Timothy now.  Can we remember who was instrumental in our spiritual journey?  Listen to this song – Thank you for giving to the Lord! Continue reading

October 21, 2015 Posted by | Bring, Build, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Outreach, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Passing It On

2 Timothy 1:5

I have been reminded of your sincere faith, which first lived in your grandmother Lois and in your mother Eunice and, I am persuaded, now lives in you also.

IMG_0301If you are a person of faith – can you remember who first reached out to you with the truth of the Gospel – the story of Jesus’ love?  Was it a parent?  Was it a Sunday School teacher – a Children’s Church worker – a youth group leader – a pastor?  When did you get your first Bible?  Who are the people in your life that impacted you – positively – toward Christ?

In this passage Paul – the Apostle – is writing to Timothy – the young pastor.  He is recalling the faith of Timothy’s grandmother and mother – and acknowledging that he sees this faith in Timothy now.  Can you remember who was instrumental in your spiritual journey?  Listen to this song – Thank you for giving to the Lord! Continue reading

May 19, 2015 Posted by | Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Outreach, Personal, Theology | , , , , , | Leave a comment

   

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