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All Mankind Will Come And Bow Down Before God

Isaiah 66:23

“all mankind will come and bow down before me,” says the Lord.

I grew up the son and grandson of Methodist pastors. I was raised on Wesleyan theology – which is not Calvinist or Arminian exactly – but for me a mixture of the two (the best parts of each). I was raised during a time when we were told to date within our denomination – because it would be easier raising the children – better for a unified home. I didn’t always follow that path – dating a Catholic girl – a Baptist girl – an Episcopal girl – a non-denominational girl and a few others. I also dated a few Methodist girls. I eventually married a Methodist girl (young woman) – who would love to be non-denominational I think. All were Christian – just from different branches of the faith.

I raised my daughters to marry boys who were Christian – the denomination was secondary. I told them they should look for three things in the young men they dated – 1) a strong Christian faith – 2) a strong love for them – and 3) a strong work ethic. Although I was still biased toward those who thought Wesleyan theology was on the right path – I believed that most Christian faiths could have the core beliefs that would create a strong marriage and family. Continue reading

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May 16, 2018 Posted by | Build, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Denomination, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Marriage, Outreach, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Marriage: A Little Something About Marriage

John 3:3

“I tell you the truth, no one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again.”

IMG_0301Yesterday was a sweet time of worship.  I’m always on a high for Easter – aren’t you?  Yesterday was something special – better than the normal Easter – whatever that measures out to be.  I hope you felt that way too.  I’d love to hear from you about how Easter worship blessed you.  I was sick all week – but the prayers of the people of God got me through a wonderful week.

We mentioned that Easter is different if you walk to the cross first – if you take a deep look at the Cross of Calvary and the love of Christ in sacrificing His life for us.  I hope you were able to do that this year – and if you did – maybe that is why Easter was special this year.  If you attended our Good Friday service and experienced the cross – I imagine Easter will never be the same for you.  I would love to hear what you thought of Friday’s service.

Today I wanted to add something – unless we are born again – a follower of Christ – a Christian – Easter is merely a nice holiday with bunnies – chocolate – eggs – spiral ham – maybe attendance in church and possibly some family gatherings.  Jesus makes it very clear – in several places in the Bible – that being His follower is required for eternity in heaven – eternity in His presence. Continue reading

April 6, 2015 Posted by | Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Daily Prayer, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Outreach, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Work as Unto the Lord

Colossians 3:23

Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men,

profileI was talking to someone the other day and we were talking about folks who feel entitled.  Some people – young and old – have a sense of entitlement.  We were talking about a work ethic and working with or using another person’s stuff.  We were talking about people not taking responsibility for their mistakes and expecting someone else to bail them out (parents are often the ones but also society and others).

I remember working for a company and a fellow employee didn’t seem to care how he drove the company vehicle.  He would hit pot holes at a high-speed and shift hard or ride the clutch.  He would often speed up and hit the brakes hard.  He drove in a way that he wouldn’t and didn’t drive his own vehicle.

I remember working for a company and a fellow employee would sit down and even nap when the boss wasn’t around – jumping to his feet when the boss came around.  And he expected a raise too when those of us who worked hard all or most of the time got ours. Continue reading

August 2, 2013 Posted by | Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor | , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Whatever We Do – Do It for the Lord!

Colossians 3:23-24

23 Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men, 24 since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.

RayBlogA job worth doing is a job worth doing well.  That is a phrase I heard often from my dad and I’m sure some might have heard it from their dad or mom as well.  As an employer – if you are – I would imagine that you would seek persons to work for you that had a good work ethic.  Self-starters – people who can see the work that needs to be done before it is even mentioned.  Persons who have a desire to do their very best – no matter what the job at hand – and no job is beneath them.

My children grew up watching a show called Colby’s Playhouse and they loved the song whatever you do – do it with all your heart.  Here is a terrible copy of that song – it was the only one I could find on the internet.

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February 28, 2013 Posted by | Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, From the Pastor, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

   

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