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Something to Think About 10-25-20 Devotion

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By Rev. Keith E. Lawder, GUMF President/CEO

“One more thing–prepare a guest room for me …” - Philemon 1:22 (NRSV)

I love the old Moravian blessing. It begins, “Come, Lord Jesus, our Guest to be.” Hospitality was critical to Paul. Are we ready to offer gracious hospitality to all whom the Lord puts in our path?

Rev. Keith E. Lawder
President/CEO
770-449-6726
877-220-5664
404-906-1425 (Cell)
klawder@gumf.org
 
Dr. Laudis H. "Rick" Lanford
Regional Vice President
478-256-7130 (Cell)
rlanford@gumf.org


 

 

Posted: October 25th, 2020 | Permalink

Something to Think About 10-19-20 Devotion

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By Rev. Keith E. Lawder, GUMF President/CEO

“I, Paul, am writing you in my own hand …” - Philemon 1:19 (NRSV)

I rarely open mail addressed to me or current resident. On the other hand, I always open handwritten notes. Handwritten notes bring a feeling of warmth while suggesting the writer cares. Will you write a handwritten note today to someone who needs her or his spirits lifted?

Rev. Keith E. Lawder
President/CEO
770-449-6726
877-220-5664
404-906-1425 (Cell)
klawder@gumf.org
 
Dr. Laudis H. "Rick" Lanford
Regional Vice President
478-256-7130 (Cell)
rlanford@gumf.org


 

 

Posted: October 19th, 2020 | Permalink

Something to Think About 10-12-20 Devotion

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By Rev. Keith E. Lawder, GUMF President/CEO

“When I remember you in my prayers, I always thank my God …” - Philemon 1:4 (NRSV)

Who are you truly thankful for today? Have you thanked God for them? It is so easy to accept without thanksgiving. I try to keep an ever-expanding list. Thanking God for people by name takes a bit longer, but lifts our spirits and reminds us to be grateful.

Rev. Keith E. Lawder
President/CEO
770-449-6726
877-220-5664
404-906-1425 (Cell)
klawder@gumf.org
 
Dr. Laudis H. "Rick" Lanford
Regional Vice President
478-256-7130 (Cell)
rlanford@gumf.org


 

 

Posted: October 12th, 2020 | Permalink

Something to Think About 10-5-20 Devotion

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By Rev. Keith E. Lawder, GUMF President/CEO

“Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.” - Philemon 1:3 (NRSV)

Paul’s short letter asks his friend to give freedom to a slave named Onesimus. The reality is that the things we hold on to are often the things that hold us captive. Paul’s greeting, therefore, is a prayer for his friend. What would happen, if when each of us begins to pray, we prayed first for God’s grace and peace for others before lifting up our own petitions? Hmmm. Something to think about.

Rev. Keith E. Lawder
President/CEO
770-449-6726
877-220-5664
404-906-1425 (Cell)
klawder@gumf.org
 
Dr. Laudis H. "Rick" Lanford
Regional Vice President
478-256-7130 (Cell)
rlanford@gumf.org


 

 

Posted: October 5th, 2020 | Permalink

Something to Think About 9-28-20 Devotion

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By Dr. Laudis H. "Rick" Lanford, GUMF Regional Vice President

“The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.” – John 10:10 (KJV)

When I read the King James Version of this Scripture, it causes me to tremble to think that the devil, who is the thief, desires my very life. Yet we have an advocate, Jesus Christ, who offers to give us not only our life but to have it more abundantly. Wow! Is there really any hesitation with my decision as to who to follow? I choose Jesus every time. Forgive me, Lord, on those days that I don’t. Amen.

Rev. Keith E. Lawder
President/CEO
770-449-6726
877-220-5664
404-906-1425 (Cell)
klawder@gumf.org
 
Dr. Laudis H. "Rick" Lanford
Regional Vice President
478-256-7130 (Cell)
rlanford@gumf.org


 

 

Posted: September 28th, 2020 | Permalink