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Why Can’t We Just Get Along?

Philippians 2:10

that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth

Life ChangeIt seems that it is getting harder and harder to live at peace with folks. From politics to religion to sports to how we raise our children – people differ in their opinion and seem to have a hard time expressing themselves without anger and attitudes. On top of that – some people seem to have a hard time dealing with a differing opinion. We’ve lost the art of debate and disagreement. It seems many among us cannot disagree without being disagreeable. Why can’t we just get along?

This seems to be the case in the political world for sure. After eight years of a President popular with one segment of the country and hearing the other side complain – I can’t remember the same venom I am hearing today with the current President. The previous President could do no wrong – it seemed – with the media. This President cannot seem to do anything right – according to the reports in the media (most of the media). I have witnessed families and friends have issues because of which way they voted in the 2016 Presidential elections. The country is very divided – red and blue – right and left – ideologically. We’ll see what 2020 brings. Why can’t we just get along?

This same thing is happening in our denomination – with some not being able to accept a differing view (I understand that at times the differences are so great it is hard if not impossible to harmonize the differences – but we shouldn’t be angry or hateful toward those that hold a differing view). The far left has one theology and the far right has another – and not only can they not agree on their theology – we’re having a hard time agreeing on pastoral ministry. We’ll see what 2020 brings. Why can’t we just get along? Continue reading

October 31, 2019 Posted by | Bring, Build, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Denomination, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Marriage, Outreach, Personal, Prayer, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Life Keeps Changing

Hebrews 13:8

Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.

RayBlogLife keeps changing!  A number of things in my own life have changed.  I’ve been married longer than I wasn’t married (33 years this summer verses 25 years).  I will celebrate 40 years this spring of my High School graduation.  I saw a picture of me in High School and I do not look the same today.  My children – my babies – are grown and married and one has a child herself (the apple of my eye I’ll tell you what).  I’ve been in ministry for over 35 years and have never thought about not being in ministry (retirement) until this last year.

Life keeps changing!  This past summer the Nationals and the Orioles both made the playoffs in baseball – and I can’t remember the last time both Washington and Baltimore had baseball teams in the playoffs the same year.  The Ravens have almost always been a good team (except for those early years) and yet it had been 12 years since they had been to the Super Bowl (and they won both times).

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March 12, 2013 Posted by | Community, Daily Devotion, Denomination, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, From the Pastor, Lenten Thought | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment


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