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The Lord of the Harvest

Luke 10:2

He told them, The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.

In church life – there is a common statement that is very sad. It goes like this – 20% of the people do 80% of the work in the church. At times this might be because the 20% has a hard time sharing or delegating the work load. At times it might be a control issue on the part of the 20%. But most often it is because the 80% aren’t joining in the labors for Christ in the church. Are we part of the 20% or the 80%?

Think about this for a moment. Are we only attending worship in our church and doing nothing else? Are we only taking what the church offers – youth ministry – children’s ministry – family ministry – worship – fellowship events – etc. and not giving anything back? In essence are we takers without being a givers as well?

There is another saying we might be familiar with – it goes like this – you get out of something what you put into it. I wonder what a church would look like if everyone associated with that church were to serve God in some capacity in the life of that church? What if everyone in the church considered themselves workers in the harvest fields Christ has for us? I mean – we can all help somewhere! Right? Continue reading

March 14, 2017 Posted by | Build, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, From the Pastor, Leadership, Lenten Thought, Missions, Outreach, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Christmas Is A Short Time Away

Luke 12:34

For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

RayMcDChristmas is a short time away – just in case you haven’t been to any of the retail stores of late. I mean – some had Christmas stuff up this past summer – some before Thanksgiving  all have it up now! In worship we are singing Advent songs and Christmas songs (I know – liturgically they are not supposed to be sung yet – but – I love them so – as do our folks).

So what is on your list for Christmas? Would you like an iPad Pro – even if you have a workable iPad or other pad? How about the latest video game? We use to get loads of clothes for Christmas – at times we got them early so we could wear them before Christmas – like a winter coat if it got cold early. I remember marking things in the Sears Christmas catalog for my parents when it came out. Christmas is only a short time away.

If we were in Sunday School or at a beauty pageant – we might say our wish for everyone to receive Jesus or peace on earth. Thinking on a more spiritual level – what is it we would wish for this Christmas – if we could wish and it would come true? I mean – what do we treasure the most? The passage this morning says that where our treasure is, there our heart will be also.  So – what do we treasure? Continue reading

December 6, 2016 Posted by | Advent Thought, Build, Christmas, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Outreach, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Let The Holy Spirit Transform Us

Matthew 22:37-38

37 Jesus replied: Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and greatest commandment.

RayMcDI thought of this passage the other day. I heard a pastor once ask – the question isn’t the one we typically hear – how much of the Holy Spirit do we have? The question should be – how much of you have we allowed the Holy Spirit to have? He also reminded us that the Holy Spirit comes to transform us – to change us – to make us holy.

As I think about today’s passage I begin to think – how committed are we to God? We talk about being saved – but are we only after someone to save us from Hell? Isn’t Jesus also our Lord – our Master? If the Holy Spirit dwells in us through this salvation – what difference are we allowing Him to make in us – in our lives?

I know some Christians who have made radical changes in their lives. Some have stopped smoking when they came to Christ. Some have cleaned up their language – no longer sounding like sailors. Some have turned from drug addictions. Some have turned from pornography. Some have turned from same-sex relations or extra-marital relations. Some have made radical changes in their lives because of Christ in their lives – because of the Holy Spirit dwelling in them. Continue reading

November 21, 2016 Posted by | Build, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Faith Journey, From the Pastor, Leadership, Outreach, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Co-Laborers Are Needed! Now!

Luke 10:2

He told them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.”

112015 Ray McDonaldThere is a sad statement that is common knowledge in the church world! It goes like this – 20% of the people do 80% of the work in the church.  At times this might be because the 20% has a hard time sharing or delegating the work load.  At times it might be a control issue on the part of the 20%.  But most often it is because the 80% aren’t joining in the labors for Christ in the church.  Are we part of the 20% or the 80%?

Think about this for a moment.  Are we only attending worship in our church and doing nothing else?  Are we only taking what the church offers – youth ministry – children’s ministry – family ministry – worship – etc. and not giving anything back?  In essence are we takers without being a givers as well? Continue reading

January 25, 2016 Posted by | Build, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Lenten Thought, Outreach, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , | 2 Comments

What Are Our Limits?

Mark 2:11

“I tell you, get up, take your mat and go home.”

112015 Ray McDonaldHow convinced are we of the things that we believe?  I mean – where are our limits?  We all have limits to our faith?  For instance – few would argue that God calls us to pray – even continuously – yet how many minutes a day do we pray?  Is our limit 5 minutes or 10 minutes or even an hour?  If we wish to grow spiritually – we might need to push that limit some – and spend more time in prayer.  Christ’s example – He often prayed all night long!  He would pray – for long periods of time before making a decision or taking on a challenge.  When is the last time we spent significant time in prayer?  Luke 5:16 – But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed.

Few would argue that the Bible calls us to tithe (giving 10% of our income to the Lord’s work) or  sacrificially give to God’s work – yet – how much do we give?  Is the measure of our giving a limit we need to push back in order to grow spiritually? Tithing is the one are where God says test me.  Malachi 3:10 – Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,” says the Lord Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it. Continue reading

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