"When you offer blind animals in sacrifice, is that not evil? And when you offer those that are lame or sick, is that not evil? Present that to your governor; will he accept you or show you favor? says the Lord of hosts.” (Malachi 1:8) On the pantry cupboard in our church’s kitchen is the … Continue reading Blind and Crippled Lambs
"And give us this day our daily bread…” Matthew 6:11 What is it to be In a place of frightful dependance Peace born of desperation Closeness born of need All I have is Christ All I need is Christ But all I want is everything but And yet… Forsaken not Forgotten never And though I … Continue reading Give us this day…
The May 22nd Episode of the Rainer on Leadership podcast is titled "Six Reasons to Love the Established Church." There was a time in my ministry when I did not love the established church. Even now, it's sometimes a struggle. I was raised in the established church. My great-grandfather, Matthew Bunyan Smith, was the pastor … Continue reading To Love the Established Church
Most of us have, at some time, heard someone say something like, “Never pray for patience because then you’ll have it tested.” I’m not sure where that originated, but it’s a pretty stupid statement. Of course, when I hear someone say something like that I never say, “That’s stupid!” That would be very unpastoral of … Continue reading Dear Lord, give me strength…
"He killed James the brother of John with the sword..." Acts 12:2 We love the story of how God miraculously delivered Peter from the Herod's jail. Peter had been chained between two soldiers, guarded by four squads of soldiers. I have, in my bible, highlighted verse 5, "but earnest prayer for him was made to … Continue reading Are we willing to suffer for Jesus?
You shall not sacrifice to the LORD your God an ox or a sheep in which is a blemish, any defect whatever, for that is an abomination to the LORD your God. Deuteronomy 17:1 How often do we give God our leftovers? Not merely "tithing" after taxes or what is left over at the end … Continue reading Are we giving God our best, or what’s left over?
The Boy Scout motto is, "Be prepared!" In Colorado, particularly during the late spring and through the summer, the weather can suddenly turn. It's not uncommon to experience almost daily thunder showers which come on quickly, drench everything in sight, and move on just as fast. Autumn as a teenager was a time of sweatshirts … Continue reading Being prepared to give account for our hope