Setbacks to Setups

on March 10, 2021

No, dear brothers and sisters, I have not achieved it, but I focus on this one thing; Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead. Philippians 3:13 (NLT) Setbacks happen. How we approach them can hold us back or move us forward. Setbacks offer us an opportunity to learn more about ourselves and… Read more

Love Never Ends

on January 28, 2021

Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. 2 Corinthians 4:16 NIV Every morning my mother, Claire Ray, faithfully drew close to the Lord. She often sat in her favorite wingback chair before breakfast to prepare her heart for prayer. Her routine… Read more

Trusting God in the New Year

on December 30, 2020

To trust God in the light is nothing, but trust him in the dark─that is faith. Charles Spurgeon Most of us would agree 2020 was a doozie of a year. Over the holidays, I have given a lot of thought to trusting God and keeping the flames of faith burning bright in 2021. Staying faithful… Read more

Walk In Peace

on December 7, 2020

The God of peace be with you all. Amen. Romans 15:33 (NIV) Do we ever stop longing for peace in our world, our choices, and our relationships? Not a peace that comes and goes, but a supernatural serenity that settles the wars in our minds. Maybe, such peace could be a road sign for our… Read more

A Handful of Reasons for Thankfulness

on November 11, 2020

Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever. Psalm 118:1 (NIV) Our world is changing right before our eyes. Thanksgiving 2020 is the optimal time to reflect on thankful thoughts and memories we can share during this holiday season instead of the emotional days behind us. To move through the… Read more

Blessings In The Waiting

on October 8, 2020

Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord.Psalm 27:14 (ESV) It’s hard to wait, isn’t it? In today’s time, it seems we are waiting on too many things: the presidential election results, a vaccine for COVID-19, getting people back to work. For me, I’m waiting to feel… Read more

A Giving Heart Brings Purpose

on September 2, 2020

Commit to the LORD whatever you do, and he will establish your plans. (Proverbs 16:3) There is a unique reason for your existence. God has a plan that he designed that only you can fulfill for a specific event. He wants us to listen and follow his purpose for our lives. Scripture tells us to… Read more

Catch a Vision

on July 14, 2020

Ask, Seek, Knock Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. (Matthew 7:7, NIV) In the 1920s, Fred R. Barnard coined the phrase, “A picture is worth a thousand words.” For many people, a picture, vision, or dream conveys a feeling… Read more

Uncharted Territory

on June 8, 2020

“When you pass through the waters, I will be with you.” (Isaiah 43:2) The world is in a state of change right now. What does it take to pass through uncharted territory? Returning to a new unpredictable world for one is not the same for another. When we suffer loss or a treasured hope, how… Read more

Upcoming Opportunities

on April 27, 2020

One of the main tasks of living a Christian life is to offer hope through the good news of Jesus. The disciples went before us and now it’s our turn to proclaim God’s message. In 2008, Oyster Bay Baptist Church offered a training class on how to tell what life was like before trusting Jesus,… Read more