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Pastor Ray

Reflect: Luke 6:38 “Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” Dr. Karl Menninger, founder of the famed psychiatric clinic in Topeka, […]

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“Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” That’s what the Apostle Paul wrote in I Thessalonians 5:16-18. Be joyful—always! Be prayerful—always! Be grateful—always! That’s quite a challenge, wouldn’t you agree? In fact, I would say it is […]

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Reflect: James 1:1-2:26 “What good is it, my brothers, if a man claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save him? … Faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.” (James 2:14,17) Let me offer my translation what James is saying: “Prove […]

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Essential 100—Read: I Peter 1:1-2:12 “Do you realize how fortunate you are? Angels would have given anything to be in on this!” (I Peter 1:12) Even before the Good News was announced at Bethlehem’s manger and authenticated at Calvary’s cross, rumors were spreading in heaven’s court that something big was […]

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Reflect: Colossians 3:23-24 “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.” What if you did everything for […]

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Reflect: II Corinthians 4:1-6:2 “God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” (II Corinthians 5:21) What an amazing exchange that took place when Jesus hung on the cross as the sacrifice for sin! Jesus became […]

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Reflect: I Corinthians 13:1-13 “Now the greatest of these is love.” (I Corinthians 13:13) Love is… Love is the beginning, the end, and everything in between. Love is the motive, the fuel and the goal of life. Love is the thing, and there is really nothing else. God is love. […]

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