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Thoughts and Reflections

Do Not Love The World

1 John 2:15

Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in them.

It’s summer and there are many summer activities. My Facebook page is exploding with people on vacations for example. Some of them are at the beach – some in the mountains – some at the lake – some playing golf – some are spending time with the family in staycations. Others are enjoying being poolside or eating crabs or swimming in the river or creek near their home. Others are boating or going to a baseball game or barbecuing in the backyard.

Most people look forward to the summer – the children are off school – vacations are usually taken – trips to see family or special places. Summers make us feel like getting out and doing things. Some of us actually love doing yard work and spending time in gardens and outdoors.

What is your favorite hobby? Where do you like to spend your spare time? If you had a week or two in the summer – what would you do with it? What is it that you love in life? What is it in this world you love? Continue reading

June 26, 2017 Posted by | Build, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Marriage, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Be Still, And Know That I Am God

Psalm 46:10

He says, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”

RayMcDI took a day off Monday and did some yard work. I must have needed the time alone with God and my thoughts. During one of my breaks I sat and was enjoying the quiet around me. I began to think of my dad (who died 4 years ago a week ago last Sunday) – remembering the many times we worked together in the yard at home and in the gardens we had. I began to cry (real men cry – right?) – I am an emotional person. It was a cleansing cry – I felt drained and relaxed afterward. I continued in my sorrow to feel the peace and quiet God offers even in troubled times.

I haven’t been deer hunting in several years – mainly because of my busy schedule and a lack of a location to hunt. But some of the best moments of my falls past were sitting in a deer stand long before morning broke – sitting in the still and quiet of the pre-dawn darkness – thinking and praying and spending time with God. In my mind I often thought of today’s passage – be still – and know that I am God. Whether the noise or quiet of the day are upon us – God can give us stillness and quiet. Continue reading

September 27, 2016 Posted by | Build, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Outreach, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

A New Thing

Isaiah 43:19

See, I am doing a new thing!

profileSpring is finally here – after a long and cold winter in these parts (look out tonight). Someone tried to say there might be snow Tuesday – but I don’t think so – we’ll see. I’m going to try something new this spring. I’m not going to seed my yard or fertilize it (lots of $$ savings for sure). I may do some patching in places but I am going to let what is there be and see what happens (I didn’t seed in the fall either). I’ll see what the yard can do on its own.  That is a major change for me.

So what new thing are you doing this spring? If we do the same thing – over and over – expecting a different result – they call that insanity. As humans – there is some comfort in sameness – but there is little growing when we do the same thing over and over again.

If you want to build physical muscle you need to stretch your muscles – tax it and even tear it down – allowing it to heal and build up stronger. Doing the same exercise routine over and over will not grow muscle. We will plateau and not grow if we do the same thing over and over. Continue reading

April 15, 2014 Posted by | Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Faith Journey, From the Pastor, Leadership, Lenten Thought, Personal, Prayer, Theology | , , , , , | Leave a comment


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