“Reflections to Guide Us Down The Path…”, Pastor Doug’s Devotional, October 4, 2017

Below is the October 4, 2017 devotional from Pastor Doug. His weekly devotional can be received via email by contacting him at dgshada@gmail.com. His daily word of encouragement can be read by connecting with him on Facebook and with Living Faith fellowship on Facebook.

Dear Friends,

Recently I was asked to write an article using some of the Bible passages that have been most helpful in my life. I thought I would share these with you.

Since we are such self centered beings here are two texts that have been good for me:

Luke 9:23, “If anyone wishes to come after ME, let him deny himself, and take up his cross and follow me.”

Galatians 2:20, “I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now life in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me, and delivered Himself up for me.”

Selfishness destroys, selflessness builds.

If Jesus thought these were important so should I, as I walk down life’s path:

The two Great Commandment’s; “Mark 12:29-31, “Jesus answered, “The foremost is, Hear O Israel! The LORD our God is one Lord; and you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul, and with all your mind and with all your strength.” “The second is this, You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”

The Great Commission Matthew 28:18-20, “And Jesus came up and spoke to them saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the world.”

No explanation needed, other than world, means world! One of the great joys has been partnering with men and women from throughout this world in seeing souls saved, disciples made, homes strengthened and workers sent forth in His harvest field.

Early on in my ministry I gave myself to work with men or husband/wife teams, striving to help them be all God created them to be for His glory:

2 Timothy 2:2, & Colossians 1:27-29, you will see why, “And the things which you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses, these entrust to faithful me, who will be able to teach others also.”

Colossians 2:27-29, ” To whom God willed to make known what is the riches of the glory of the mystery among the Gentiles, which is Christ in you the hope of glory. And we proclaim Him, admonishing every man and teaching every m an with all wisdom, that we may present every man complete in Christ. And for this purpose also, I labor, striving according to His power, which mightily works within me.”

Staying consistent, not allowing burn out to impact our life is important. Here are the two texts that have been so good for me:

1 Corinthians 10:31, “Whether then you eat of drink or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.”

2 Corinthians 5:14a, “For the love of Christ compels me.”

Striving together for His glory,

Doug

“No Greater Protection”, Pastor Doug’s Devotional, September 27, 2017

Below is Pastor Doug’s weekly devotional that can be received via email by contacting him at dgshada@gmail.com. His daily inspirational thought can be read by connecting with him on Facebook and with Living Faith Fellowship on Facebook.

Dear Friends,

With all that is going on around us, the dangers from without and from within. Where does our true protection come from?

Read with me Isaiah 26:3,4, better yet, choose to hide these truths in your heart, so when the winds of change, trials, pain, suffering come your way we can stand secure, protected for all eternity. “The steadfast of mind, You will keep in perfect peace, because He trusts in You. Trust in the LORD forever, For the God the LORD, we have an everlasting Rock.”

Not in our health, not in any other human being, not in government, but in God alone comes perfect stability, significance and a firm foundation for each of us as we grow in our faith and trust in the most High God. Easy……no, not at all, but oh so very healthy for our being as we walk down life’s path….There’s no greater protection for our soul!

Striving together for His glory,

Doug

“Our Walk,” Pastor Doug’s Devotional, July 26, 2017

“Our Walk” is the title of Pastor Doug’s devotional for July 26, 2017, which can be read below. His weekly devotional can be received via email by contacting him at dgshada@gmail.com. His daily word of inspiration can be read by connecting with Pastor Doug on Facebook or with Living Faith Fellowship on Facebook. Each has a unique encouragement for the day.

Please join us for worship each Sunday at our church facility, 33rd and Avenue I, Kearney, Nebraska, beginning at 10:00 a.m. Sunday School for all ages begins at 9:00 a.m.

Our Walk
Dear Friends,

Many of us are going through one or more of life’s trials. As most of you know, we can’t choose the trials we are going through, the only thing we can choose is how we will respond to them.

I have learned over the years that “Our view of God will determine our walk with God or how we respond to trials.” If we have a weak, or low view of God, then fear, doubt, discouragement and even anger will overwhelm us. But the opposite can also be true.

A walk of stability, peace, assurance, hope and strength in the midst of adversity happens as we hold on to our “Anchor.” Christ Alone! I love the song, “My anchor holds, it firmly holds, my anchor holds.” Psalm 18 and verse 46 states, “The LORD lives, and blessed by my rock, And exalted be the God of my salvation.” What a great joy to be assured of, not only does God live, but He “reigns and rules and will so for all eternity.” “Because He lives we can face tomorrow, because He lives all fear is gone……”

Friends the greatest gift we have been given is Christ in us the hope of glory.

May your day be rich to overflowing with His grace, mercy, love and truth welling up within you.

Striving together for His glory,

Doug

“Let These ‘Mark’ Us…”, Pastor Doug’s Devotional, June 14, 2017

“Let These ‘Mark’ Us…” is the title of Pastor Doug’s devotional for June 14, 2017, which can be read below. His weekly devotional can be received via email by contacting him at dgshada@gmail.com. His daily word of encouragement can be read by connecting with him on Facebook and with Living Faith Fellowship on Facebook. Each has a unique inspiration for the day.

Please join us for worship each Sunday at our church facility, 33rd and Avenue I, in Kearney, Nebraska, beginning at 10:00 a.m. Sunday School for all ages begins at 9:00 a.m.

Dear Friends,

There are a number of things that distinguish us from one another. Male, Female, Democrat, Republican or Independent, Artist, Athlete, Musician, Young, Not so Young, you get the point.

As a Christ follower who desires to make a “difference” for His glory there are three thoughts that I need to distinguish us:

1. Men & Women of the Word. His truth, guides, gives wisdom to, directs, inspires, convicts, bring comfort and encouragement and most significantly His Word gives life to all who believe.

2. Men & Women of Prayer. Our dependence on Him to do great and mighty things that we can’t imagine is totally dependent on our prayer life.

3. Men & Women of Faith. Trusting that He is much more interested in our children walking with the Lord than we are. Believing that God wants to use little ole us to do beyond we ask or think if we will just believe Him by faith. Faith, is the “Assurance of things hoped for and the evidence of things not seen.” Faith, separates so many Christ followers from just existing to being and doing what He has set for us to do.

In the OT David had his “Mighty men of valor” (1 Chronicles 12). In the New Testament we as Christ followers are marked as “Men and Women of Valor” by the Word of God in us that is lived through us, the Prayer of our heart and the Faith to accomplish His will for His glory for our life.

No greater honor than to be a part of His Family in this day and age.

Striving together for His glory,

Doug

“The Vow…”, Pastor Doug’s Devotional, May 24, 2017

“The Vow”, posted below, is the title of Pastor Doug’s devotional for May 24, 2017. His devotional can be received via email by contacting him at dgshada@gmail.com. His daily word of encouragement can be read by connecting with him and Living Faith Fellowship on Facebook. Each has a unique inspirational thought for the day.

Please join us for worship each Sunday at our church facility, 33rd and Avenue I, Kearney, Nebraska, beginning at 10:00 a.m. Sunday School for all ages begins at 9:00 a.m.

“Dear Friends,

I want to start off this note by saying “I am in no way a nurse.” I have the highest admiration for them, growing higher by the day by the way, but….please be clear, I could never be a nurse.

But, in 1969 I made a “Vow” to Farrol to “Love and to cherish her, for richer for poorer, in sickness and in health,”….regardless (I added the word regardless, but you get the point).

As many of you know she had rotator cuff surgery this past Monday. It was pretty major according to the surgeon, but it is over with and he felt he was able to repair the damage she incurred because of a fall on the Thursday before Easter.

I am honored to be married to such a godly woman, and privileged to take care of her (she has taken care of me through three major cancer surgeries, my three siblings coming to live with us, one year into our marriage because of the death of my grandma Yanney, and the list could go on and on of how Farrol has sacrificed and cared for me and my family and many others).

So with that said, I made a vow to the one I deeply love and care for and will not break it just because I am not comfortable to do some of the things that she needs to have done.

Strong marriages are built on “selflessness” and destroyed because of “selfishness.” I choose being selfless out of love for my God and my wife.

I made a vow and am honored to keep it!”

Doug

“So Easy To Slip Into….”, Pastor Doug’s Devotional, May 17, 2017

So Easy To Slip Into…” is the title of Pastor Doug’s devotional for May 17, 2017, which can be read below. His daily devotional can be received via email by contacting him at dgshada@gmail.com. His daily word of encouragement can be ready by connecting with him on Facebook and with Living Faith Fellowship on Facebook. Each has a unique daily inspiration. Please join us each Sunday for worship at our church facility, 33rd and Avenue I, Kearney, Nebraska, beginning at 10:00 a.m. Sunday School for all ages begins at 9:00 a.m.

Dear Friends,

It is so easy to start taking things for granted and begin to think we are entitled to this or that. You know, “we are trying to do the right things, live in a manner that is right in the eyes of others, keep our yard looking nice, helping as we can with community things and at church, you know be the good citizen we’re supposed to be, I deserve……..”

We get so busy “doing” we don’t take much time to sit back and be thankful for what God has done for us and what we have as a result of just living in America. One wisely said “ingratitude is one of the greatest sins amongst God’s people.” It is so easy to slip into the habit of wanting our comforts met, our desires to be accomplished that we fail to “Give thanks to the Lord for who He is and what He has done for our life.”

It is good for me to sit back on this beautiful rainy morning and not allow this slippage to hit my life. Instead join me in taking a little time to say “Thank You Lord for all you have done for us, and the glory that awaits each of us for all eternity.”

May we live with a “Grateful” heart and not slip down into ingratitude as is so easy to do.

Striving together for His glory,

Doug

“Labeling”, Pastor Doug’s Devotional, May 12, 2017

Dear Friends,

We often get caught up in labeling people. Democrat or Republican, Progressive or Conservative, Rich or Poor, Have’s and Have not’s, Gay or straight or….And the list could go on and on.

Friends, we as Christ followers must see, as we are taught, there are really only two kinds of people, “Saved & Unsaved.” Those who know Christ and those who don’t. Those who are heading for an eternity in Heaven and those who are headed for an eternal separation from God in hell.

We get “No place” with those who are without Christ by labeling them any other way than understanding their eternal destiny and knowing that we have the greatest message of love & hope for all who are lost and headed for a Christ less eternity. We have the Good News of Jesus Christ coming to this earth to be the perfect, spotless sacrifice for man kinds sins. We cannot keep that to ourselves.

I want to be labeled, for certain, as someone who cares for those who are perishing, whether they are here in my hometown or around the World. Caring enough to do what it takes to get the gospel message to mankind.

I like that kind of label!

Doug

Pastor Doug’s email can be received via email by contacting him at dgshada@gmail.com. His daily word of encouragement can be read by connecting with him on Facebook and with Living Faith Fellowship on Facebook. Each has a unique inspirational thought for the day.