Author Archives: Ray

God Offers Us An Eternal Inheritance

Before I retired from serving as a full-time United Methodist pastor, I made a list of major projects I wanted to pursue in retirement. One of these major projects was the geneology of my wife (Joan) and myself. My brother and some of … Continue reading

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God Is Never Too Busy To Hear And Answer Our Prayers

Over the years I have heard it said, and I have believed, that God answers prayers about the big things in life (careers, marriage, health, etc.) but does not get involved with the small routine things in life. For example, if … Continue reading

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Thoughts On Praying About The Weather

Just over a week ago we had a snow storm along the east coast states of the USA, including New Jersey, where I live. The weather reports were forecasting this for at least two days before the storm was due. … Continue reading

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Turn Your Anxieties Over To God

Yesterday (Sunday), the sermon I heard at my church service had to do with anxiety. The fear and worry that often arises when we are faced with difficult and unpleasant issues, problems, and concerns in our lives. The Biblical recommendation … Continue reading

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Thank God For Hopes Fulfilled In The Past, Present And Future

As we start a new year, I’ve been thinking about how quickly time is moving. That’s not unusual. I have heard that said by a lot of people over the past few years, from close fiends and family members to famous people … Continue reading

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Participate With God In Bringing The Peace, Love, And Joy Of Jesus To The World

Recently, my son, Rev. Raymond A. Gough, pastor of New Limerick Baptist Church in Maine, wrote the following paragraph on Facebook: As I was vacuuming today I was reminded of James 2:26 says, “As the body without the spirit is dead, … Continue reading

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Big Hopes And Small Hopes, God Can And Will Fulfill Them All

If you are a regular reader of this post, you know that our themeiwsHOPE. We believe that if you are hoping for something, and if that hope is in accordance with God’s will, then that hope will be fulfilled, in God’s time … Continue reading

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