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May 22, 2013, 1:30 PM

May 22, 2013

This blog comes to you on the heels of the devestating tornado that passed through our beautiful state.  I know men and women everywhere are wondering what they could do to help in a time like this.  Scripture says, "Pure and undefiled religion in the sight of our God and Father is this:  to visit orphans and widows in their distress, and to keep oneself unstained by the world." (James 1:27)  We all want to respond, and that is great.  This is our job as children of God.  We should have a desire to help all those who are in distress.  During a time as this, it doesn't matter race, financial status, or religion.  We have a duty to help.  I believe God has instilled this into all of us.  So, how can I help?  The first and most important thing is prayer.  Everyone that has been affected by this tragedy in some way, whether they are victims, volunteers, survivors, families, or whomever, these folks need our prayers.  Ultimately, it is God's healing hands that will give closure to these folks.

Second, we can help by giving items.  There are many ministries involved in relief efforts right now in Moore and surrounding areas.  Three of those ministries that are personal to us here at Folsom are Bridge Builders for the Cross, 1040i, and Arms of Compassion.  These are not ministries that you need to wonder how much of your money is actually going to the affected areas.  John Hewett, director of Arms of Compassion, said earlier that it costs in the neighborhood of $40 per day do run a generator.  I have no idea of the number generators that are on the ground right now, but I do know it is hundreds.  Money is the best thing to give.  The relief workers need supplies.  Refugees need essentials for living.  Churches and organizations throughout the metro area are spending hundreds of dollars per day feeding all of the above.  It is critical you find what is needed and give.  These people who have lost everything do not need the added stress of trying to figure out what they will eat.  I pray as we move through these next several days that we can all become involved in helping God's creation in their time of distress.  May God bless you!

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May 1, 2013, 10:24 AM

May 1, 2013

Many times in life, we are faced with a choice to make.  Sometimes this choice in a minor decision.  Sometimes the decision could change your life forever.  I had to make one of those huge choices a couple of months ago.  Even though this decision was big to me, I think about all of those "minor" decisions.  Think about this for a second.  Have you ever thought about the impact that each choice could make on this world?  I am talking about something as small as where to go to eat.  This reminds me of Back To The Future.  Doc Brown was always worried about interrupting the space-time continuum.  What is our decisions would do just that?  Would this make us more likely to follow the guidance of the Holy Spirit dwelling inside of us?  I will tell you this.  That very moment, as a child of God, you choose to act in a way contrary to God, you run the risk of someone possibly spending eternity in hell.  Those 1,000,000 things you have done right for God will be forgotten about when this world sees you slip up that one time.  My prayer for you is that you will always be let by God's Spirit.  Have a great day!

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April 1, 2013, 1:35 PM

April 1, 2013

Hello everyone.  We had a wonderful Easter service at Folsom yesterday morning.  Kris Brown preached God's Word with authority and did an awesome job.  Easter would have to be the most important day of the year for Christians; however, we have turned this day into a family day with eating and egg hunting.  This stuff is good and should be celebrated on this day but not at the expense of the Almighty.  As we move forward into the next few months, I pray that each one of you come to know the Father in a way that was meant to be when His Son came out of that grave.  Have a great week, and may God bless each of your endeavors. 

Pastor Rayden

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February 15, 2013, 12:41 PM

February 15, 2013

Well yesterday was Valentine's Day.  I was able this year to get to spend the evening with my Valentine, Shilah.  That is thanks to Dave Thornburg, who graciously volunteered to run the clock for me at the basketball game.  God has definitely placed some great people in my life.  We had our Valentine Banquet last Sunday night.  We had a great turnout.  Many folks that do not attend our church normally.  As we strive to perform the way God wants us to, I ask you to pray for our church.  We are staying steady, but I know that God has more in store for our little church.  I pray that he moves and uses us in mighty ways.  I want to grow the kingdom of God in ways never heard of before, and I believe that we have some tools at Folsom that make it possible.  May God bless your life.  If you are looking for a church please consider ours.

God bless

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January 15, 2013, 12:45 PM

January 15, 2013

John 15:18-19

18 “If the world hates you, you know that it has hated Me before it hated you. 19 If you were of the world, the world would love its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, because of this the world hates you.

Romans 12:2

2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.

Hello.  I started off with a few verses today.  Lately, I have been blown away by the thought processes or lack there of, the actions, and the words of people that I assocate with through school.  I can't believe the way some people think, if you want to call it that.  Usually, I am aggravated by irrational thinking, but God showed me these two verses from His Word.  The closer I get to God, the more different I will see these people.  What is hard to deal with sometimes in life is actually a blessing from God.  God does constantly remind me that I AM different than those folks because I have been washed by the blood of the Lamb.  As you go through your life today, remind yourself that you will never understand those irrational people out there.  That is God just telling you that you are different.  Quit trying to understand the world and start trying to understand the Word.  Have a blessed day.



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