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I Wish This Rain Were Snow

Isaiah 55:10-11

10 As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, 11 so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.

Ray 2019Rain falls at different rates than snow. Back in 2016 – we had 30 inches of snow during a (#snowmaggedon2016). When it rains that hard – the ground has a hard time soaking it in and much runs off. As this snow melted – the hope was that much of it would soak into the earth and replenish the land and underground reserves. It has been raining for a few days now and tomorrow the sun might shine. I wish all of this rain had been snow. No matter how fast or light the rain/snow falls – water is good for the ground – the crops – the flowers – the grass  and our wells. As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater.

At times – when there is very little rain – we will hear reports about how far under normal we are in the rain fall. We will hear that water supplies are low and how much we need the rain. I imagine we do well when there is much snow and it slowly melts. The creek bed in back of my property will probably be flowing soon from all of the rain fall! Continue reading

December 18, 2019 Posted by | Advent Thought, Build, Christmas, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Outreach, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

What Is On The Inside?

2 Corinthians 4:7

But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us.

I loved Twinkies when I was a kid. The marshmallow center was always a treat. I didn’t know at the time how bad they were for me – all I knew was that they were sweet and good to the taste. I could eat several in a setting.

Most of us have probably heard the phrase – beauty is only skin deep – meaning the outer shell can be pretty but if the inner self is not – the outer shell is all you get. Outer beauty fades – fast! It is the inner beauty that will last. If you married a person that is beautiful inside and out you really have something – but if you had to choose one – go for the inside! Continue reading

January 12, 2018 Posted by | Build, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Marriage, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Witnessing Our Faith

1 Timothy 4:12

Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith and in purity.

Today I wanted to write about setting an witnessing our faith. Witnessing our faith is not about the words we say but the life we live. Actions often speak louder than words – you’ve heard that before – right?

Timothy was a young pastor – a product of Paul’s ministry. Paul was writing to him and those Timothy was leading to give him encouragement and teaching. Part of what Paul wrote we are using as our base passage in this morning’s devotional.

As Paul was telling Timothy to not let anyone look down on you because you are young – he also encouraged him to be a good witness. Think about these words for a moment this morning – set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith and in purity. How do these words speak to us this morning? Continue reading

September 7, 2017 Posted by | Build, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Daily Prayer, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, From the Pastor, Leadership, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Let The Rain Fall

Isaiah 55:10-11

10 As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, 11 so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.

IMG_0301Rain falls at different rates. The other evening we had a storm at home. The rain came down so hard the ground couldn’t absorb it all – there was a river running down the side yard. Another time last week it merely sprinkled – barely got the ground wet/damp. We’ve also gotten some significant snow falls the last few winters – as the snow mounted and slowly melted into the ground. No matter how fast or light the rain/snow falls – rain is good for the ground – the crops – the flowers – the grass – our wells.  As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater.

Of course – at times there is much too much rain – just ask folks in Texas this week.  Rivers are overflowing and towns have been put underwater.  At times -on the other hand – when there is very little rain – you will hear reports about how far under normal we are in the rain fall. We will hear that water supplies are low and how much we need the rain.  When we have drought conditions – we asked to preserve our use of water. Continue reading

June 18, 2015 Posted by | Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Daily Prayer, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Marriage, Outreach, Personal, Prayer, Theology | , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Come, Follow Me

Matthew 4:19

“Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will send you out to fish for people.”

20140530-104833-38913743.jpgJesus went around calling His Disciples. He called them from the routine – everyday – work they were doing – to the extraordinary – spiritual work of following Him.

Today’s passage gives us an example of His calling on His Disciples. “Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will send you out to fish for people.”

Have we answered the call by Jesus to come and follow Him? Are we His disciples? Do we follow Jesus? If we heard the call – how did we respond? Are we still responding today? Have we given Him our all? Are we still struggling with the call? Continue reading

November 13, 2014 Posted by | Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Outreach, Personal, Theology | , , | Leave a comment

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