Category Archives: Discernment

Who’s In Charge, Government or God?

For most of this past year, Americans have been exposed to the candidates who have been running for president and other government offices. We have heard their slogans and assurances that if elected, they will make some great changes in … Continue reading

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Some Good Thimgs About Moving

Special notice to our readers!  Please accept my apology for not posting on our Ray of Hope Ministries web-sites for the past few months. This was the result of the combination of serious health issues experienced by my wife Joan … Continue reading

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Whatever You’re Age, God Always Has A Plan And Purpose For Your Life

Jack Benny was a famous and beloved comedian whose radio and TV career  lasted well into the 1960s. By the time I was old enough to hear and watch him on radio and TV, he was in his 60s. On … Continue reading

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What Makes Life Worth Living?

Most of the time the news the TV newscasts are mostly about bad news. Although the station I usually watch tries to balance the bad news with some good news. However, this past week the news, both close to home … 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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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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What God Wants To Be Done, Will Be Done – In God’s time And God’s Way

When I was ordained and began serving as a fulltime United Methodist pastor I was advised that United Methodist pastors are expected to take an annual week for a personal spiritual renewal retreat. At first I used that time to … Continue reading

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Another Personal Example of Hope Fulfilled – Part 2

Here’s another Hope Fulfilled story from my personal journal. This was written 15 years ago, a few days after my second Easter Sunday worship service at the church I was then serving as pastor. This journal entry is about that service. … Continue reading

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A Personal Example Of Hope Fulfilled

If you are a regular reader of our Today’s Enlightenment blog, you know that our theme is HOPE. I believe that if you are hoping for  something to happen, and if it is in accordance with God’s will, God will assure … Continue reading

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