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He Himself Suffered

Hebrews 2:18

Because he himself suffered when he was tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted.

Growing up – I always appreciated working for a boss who started at the bottom – one who suffered along with the common man so to speak. If he or she didn’t start at the bottom – it was appreciated when they would roll up their sleeves and helps those of us on the bottom of the employee list.

I work for a young man now at a local golf course that embodies this approach. He may or may not have started at the bottom long ago – but after he was hired as the director of golf for the private club where I work – he has always been willing to serve others and help whenever needed doing whatever is needed. It really makes me appreciate him all the more!

I worked as a teen and in my early 20’s for another man who first managed the company where I worked and later owned the company – and yet he would join in the most basic of tasks if needed. He would go on jobs with us and would model for us how leaders were supposed to lead. I appreciate this man and he was in my wedding! Continue reading

August 16, 2017 Posted by | Build, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Love Never Fails

1 Corinthians 13:7-8

7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. 8 Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away.

This summer my wife and I will celebrate 37 years of marriage. How she has stayed with me this long is only a blessing from God for sure. Her love never seems to fail. There is a standard joke among the women in our family. With the passing of my mom – it came out at her funeral. We would often say – Nan loves her man. My mother loved my father something fierce. Nothing could come between her and her man! (I’m not saying they never had disagreements because they did).

Growing up I had such a good example of a mom and dad – a husband and wife. They had an endearing love that held them together – as the saying goes – through thick and thin. They are finally back together in heaven – without the old bodies that hindered their last years. Continue reading

March 9, 2017 Posted by | Build, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Lenten Thought, Marriage, Outreach, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Our Place Of Worship

Matthew 18:20

For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.

RayMcDDo we remember the childhood hand song about church? The children’s rhyme went like this – Here’s the church, and here’s the steeple, Open the door and see all the people. With our hands we interlocked our fingers and put our pointer fingers up to signify the steeple. Our thumbs made up the doors and when we opened the doors (move out thumbs) – we could see all the other fingers and we wiggled them to show all the people.

In this simple rhyme we might think that church is a building and has a steeple (and many did in the days of this nursery rhyme). But we know (at least I hope we do) that the church is the people – not the building. We often say we are going to church (a location) to worship God – when we actually might be more accurate saying – we are going to join with the church and worship God. The people are the church. Continue reading

October 7, 2016 Posted by | Build, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Outreach, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Wipe Every Tear From Their Eyes

Revelation 21:4

He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.

112015 Ray McDonaldIf you know me – you know that I am an emotional person.  Growing up I found out early that I was an emotional person.  It didn’t take much to make me cry.  It also didn’t take much to make me angry.  I could get hot in a second – but thankfully – I could also release my emotions and level off quickly.

As I aged – I grew to control my anger – most times – but my tears came to flow more freely it seems.  I remember my maternal grandmother passing and how I cried at the family viewing time.  My cousin – same age – laughed at me for crying and his father took him by the scruff of the neck out of the room.  He came back in and told me – look – I’m crying too.  I guess it takes more to make some cry than others – lol. Continue reading

April 14, 2016 Posted by | Build, Daily Devotion, Daily Prayer, Discipleship, Encouragement, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Outreach, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Bride of Christ

Revelation 19:7

Let us rejoice and be glad and give him glory! For the wedding of the Lamb has come, and his bride has made herself ready.

IMG_0301As a pastor I have performed my share of weddings – not as many as some pastors – because I normally require that the couple be part of the church I am serving or have a family relationship. I also require counseling – four to six sessions – and that normally has folks from outside the church running for a pastor without that requirement.

When I counsel couples – young or older – whatever the living arrangements might be – I encourage them both to take steps to prepare for their wedding day. Preparation usually includes planning the wedding together – each taking a part and responsibility. Preparation usually includes talking about things like finances – families – their future – their careers – their family plans. Preparation also talks about being sexually pure (even if they haven’t up to that point) from the start of our counseling until the wedding night. I include many things in their prep time – as they prepare for the wedding. Continue reading

May 5, 2015 Posted by | Church, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Marriage, Outreach, Personal, Questions, Theology, Worship | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

   

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