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Making a Plan

Acts 20:24

However, I consider my life worth nothing to me; my only aim is to finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me—the task of testifying to the good news of God’s grace.

112015 Ray McDonaldMuch is said at this time of the year about staying physically fit – making New Year’s resolutions.  Gym memberships are pushed – as are diets – and exercise equipment.  Many have made New Year’s resolutions concerning their physical shape.  But what about our spiritual shape?

Do we have an ideal weight for our physical body?  Are we taking steps to reach that ideal weight?  Are we exercising – dieting – working to draw closer to that ideal?

Are there things we would like to be able to do in the physical world?  Would we like to run a marathon?  Would we like to ride in a 100-mile bike ride?  Would we like to hike up a mountain?  If so – folks would usually work up to such an event. Continue reading

December 29, 2015 Posted by | Build, Community, Daily Devotion, Daily Prayer, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, From the Pastor, Leadership, Outreach, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Being One – Unified in Christ – Part 3

John 17:21a

…that all of them may be one,

RevRayYesterday we shared – in part 2 – the story of the life saving station.  It has been used to open the eyes of many Christians and churches over the years.  In this series we have been focused on Jesus’ prayer for the church – for the sisters and brothers that make up the Body of Christ.  Here is our main passage for this series of devotional thoughts – John 17:20-23 – 20 “My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, 21 that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. 22 I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one: 23 I in them and you in me. May they be brought to complete unity to let the world know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.

We’ve mentioned in this series that the them in verse 20 relates to the Disciples and the those in the same verse relates to us – to followers of Christ after the Disciples.  I want to dig a little deeper today into this passage and into the church.  Let’s look at the prayer again – a little further today.

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March 28, 2013 Posted by | Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Denomination, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Holy Spirit, Lenten Thought, Outreach, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment


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