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What Did It Take To Convince You?

Mark 15:39

And when the centurion, who stood there in front of Jesus, saw how he died, he said, “Surely this man was the Son of God!”

Some people take a lot of convincing. If we are to be convinced about something – without doubt – we often require certain proofs. For instance – if someone cheats on us – in marriage or in business – it might take quit a bit of time on good behavior to convince us that someone has changed their ways. For some of us – nothing would convince us. Broken trust is not easy to heal.

If someone hurts us – how much time or effort needs to go into an apology and forgiveness? For some of us – there is no turning back. For some – we forgive – depending on the offense – quickly. For others it all depends on the hurt. Some say – hurt me once – shame on you – hurt me twice – shame on me. Continue reading

April 18, 2017 Posted by | Build, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Marriage, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Where Do We Place Our Trust?

Psalm 20:7

Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God.

Photo on 7-6-16 at 3.42 PMWhere do we place our trust? As I age I’m starting to get more and more info on retirement (and senior discounts – sweet). I was talking to someone the other day about retirement and they said they hadn’t thought much about it yet (and they were nearly my age). I have been planning for retirement (even though I hope it is 5-10 years off) since I was 25 and first married. I wouldn’t say I put my trust in my retirement plan – but I have one.

Where do we place our trust? In the NFL – my favorite team (the Baltimore Ravens) – has a general manager named Ozzie Newsome. General managers are very important to NFL teams. General managers draft players – sign players – and work out contracts for players. They have others who work with them – but the saying around Baltimore is – in Ozzie we trust. Even when we as fans do not see the merit in a trade or a signing – someone will post in Ozzie we trust. The same can be said about the Baltimore Orioles – I often see in Buck we trust – when he makes a managerial move that we may not understand. Continue reading

July 19, 2016 Posted by | Build, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Outreach, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Who Do We Trust – Completely?

Jeremiah 17:7

“But blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him.”

112015 Ray McDonaldAs I was growing up – I could always rely on and trust my father.  I had the best (I’m biased) father any son could ever desire.  I could always talk to him – it didn’t matter what the subject.  He taught me how to hunt and to do other manly things.  He was a very busy man but when he had or made the time – he was all mine and I grew to trust his wisdom over the years.

As I grew and answered the call into ministry – I often went to him with my problems and with my joys.  He was a great sounding board – he often had been through what I was facing and had great advice to share.  We loved sharing Christmas Eve Communion together in ministry and that will be hard for me this year – as it has been for the last three years now. Continue reading

December 22, 2015 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

In Whom Do You Trust?

Psalm 56:3

When I am afraid, I put my trust in you.

IMG_0301It is rare to find a large number of people you can trust. At times it is hard to find even one. I know a number of people who thought they had found someone to trust – only to have the person or persons break their trust.

One of my granddaughters spent the night last night (her parents too). Mom and dad were out visiting another daughter and my granddaughter woke. I was in my office and heard her crying and coughing. She was calling for her mommy and not very happy. Not sure if her cough woke her or maybe she was afraid in a different bed. Anyway – Pop went in and picked her up and rocked her and patted her back and soothed her and she settled down.

I love being trusted by my daughters to care for the ones they love the most – their children. I pray I never do anything to destroy that trust – cause Pop loves him some grandchildren (my fourth is due in April)! I’m teaching my grandchildren a song I made up – it goes like this – I love Pop – Pop loves me – and that’s the way it’s going to be! I know corny – but I want them to always know their Pop loves them. I pray they grow to trust their Pop. Continue reading

March 26, 2015 Posted by | Community, Daily Devotion, Daily Prayer, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Lenten Thought, Outreach, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Hope In The Lord!

Lamentations 3:25

The Lord is good to those whose hope is in him…

20140530-104833-38913743.jpgWhat do you hope in – where do you place your hope? Do you hope RGIII will learn to be an NFL quarterback and lead the Redskins to a winning season – maybe even the playoffs – in some season this decade? Don’t hold your breath – it doesn’t seem likely – but maybe – we can always hope.

What do you hope in – where do you place your hope? Do you hope that Christmas would hurry up – or be especially nice this year? Do you hope for some time off from work to spend with your family and friends during the holidays? I hope that your Christmas is special this year – but for some of us – we will be missing loved ones or not have enough to purchase gifts for our children. Continue reading

November 19, 2014 Posted by | Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Outreach, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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