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Our First Love

Revelation 2:4

Yet I hold this against you: You have forsaken the love you had at first.

82015 RayCan you remember your first love? Maybe you remember your song – and when it plays – you remember days gone by. Maybe like the Garth Brooks’ song – Unanswered Prayers – you’re kind of glad you didn’t stay with your first love. He or she didn’t turn out the way you thought they would – so many years ago. Maybe – your first love broke your heart – maybe your first love has spoiled you for all that follow. Our first loves impact us for sure.  Maybe you ended up in marriage with your first love – and it is great or not so great.

Are there songs that remind you of your first love? Does a certain car remind you of your first love? How about a certain place – does a place remind you of your first love? When you go by the old High School – do you remember that first love? When you drive through the old community – do you remember that first love? Or have you blocked your first love out of your memory banks? Continue reading

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August 26, 2015 Posted by | Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Marriage, Outreach, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

I Desire God

Psalm 73:25

earth has nothing I desire besides you.

20140530-104833-38913743.jpgWhat do you desire? For instance – if you were going out to dinner – what would you desire to eat? Are you a meat and potatoes type of person? Would you rather have seafood? Are you a surf and turf kind of person? Do you not eat meat? Would rather have a delicious salad?

What do you desire? For instance – if you were going to go to a ball game this year – would it be football – basketball – hockey – or baseball? Would it be a local team like the Orioles – Ravens – Nationals – Redskins – Caps – Wizards? Are you a professional sport’s fan or college? Are you a fan of Navy – Maryland – Georgetown – Towson – Morgan State – or Bowie State?

What do you desire? For instance – if you had an afternoon off – how would you spend it – playing golf – taking a nap – playing with your children – reading – or spending time with your spouse? What type of music do you listen to these days – oldies – pop – rock – soul – jazz  – gospel – or country? Continue reading

June 9, 2014 Posted by | Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Personal, Prayer, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

   

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