Posts by Pastor Rob Smith

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Forward

by Pastor Rob Smith

Gen 48:1-49:33, Matt 15:29-16:12, Psalm 20:1-9, Prov 4:20-27 Let your eyes look directly forward,     and your gaze be straight before you.  Keep straight the path of your feet,     and all your ways will be sure. (Prov 4:25-26) How often do we find looking back, trying to hold on to the comforts of what we know?  Forward […]

Humanity

by Pastor Rob Smith

Gen 46:1-47:31, Matt 15:1-28, Psalm 19:1-14, Prov 4:14-19  “I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.” But she came and knelt before him, saying, “Lord, help me.”  He answered, “It is not fair to take the children’s food and throw it to the dogs.”  She said, “Yes, Lord, yet even the […]

Stepping Out of the Boat

by Pastor Rob Smith

Gen 44:1-45:28, Matt 14:13-36, Psalm 18:37-50, Prov. 4:11-13 Our Proverb today is encouraging. “When you walk, your step will not be hampered; and if you run, you will not stumble.”  When we keep hold of instruction, we can run free.  We know from experience that this does not mean there will not be challenges or obstacles in our […]

Dreams and Preparation

by Pastor Rob Smith

Today’s Readings: Gen 41:17-42:17, Matt 13:24-46, Psalm 18:1-15, Prov 4:1-6 Joseph shared many gifts.  Of all his talents of intelligence, interpersonal skills, hard work, and determination, I admire most the character of his integrity.  When all around him are cheating, cutting corners, seeking self gain, Joseph is able to see the bigger picture.  I believe […]

Where Might We Find God’s Face?

by Pastor Rob Smith

Gen 32:13-34:31, Matt 11:7-30, Psalm 14:1-7, Prov 3:19-20 “But Esau ran to meet him, and embraced him, and fell on his neck and kissed him, and they wept.” What parallel story comes to mind when you read how Esau greets Jacob? Consider who steals the birthright, who connives the blessing, and who continues to deceive […]

Perspective?

by Pastor Rob Smith

Gen 31:17-32:12, Matt 10:24-11:6, Psalm 13:1-6, Prov 3: 16-18   For our session meeting tonight, we reflected on these words from Matthew:  “Do not think that I have come to bring peace to the earth; I have not come to bring peace, but a sword.  For I have come to set a man against his […]

Calling Dr. Phil

by Pastor Rob Smith

Gen 30:1-31:16, Matt 10:1-23, Psalm 12:1-8, Prov 3:13-15 Envy, jealousy, and deception, sounds fitting for the son of Isaac who stole the birthright and blessing.  Rachel is jealous of Leah, offers her maid servant, and Leah connives her way back into seeking Jacob’s favor.  Meanwhile, Laban continues his cheating and dishonesty for his own self-gain […]

Wholeness

by Pastor Rob Smith

Gen 28:1-29:35, Matt 9:18-38, Psalm 11:1-7, Prov 3:11-12 I write today as I sit in the family waiting room in the hospital for a sister in our church family undergoing major surgery today.  I pray today that we reach out and touch the hem of Jesus’ garment, and may we listen for his voice, “Take heart, […]

Wisdom

by Pastor Rob Smith

Gen 24:52-26:16, Matt 8: 18-34, Psalm 10:1-15, Prov 3:7-8 Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord and shun evil. This will bring health to your body and nourishment to your bones. Our Proverbs reading fits well with today’s sermon on Luke 4.  Like Jesus, we know the wilderness.  Yet our outcomes include responding, […]

Great Faith

by Pastor Rob Smith

Gen 23:1-24:51, Matt 8:1-17, Psalm 9:13-20, Prov 3:1-6  “When Jesus heard this, he was amazed and said to those following him, “Truly I tell you, I have not found anyone in Israel with such great faith. I say to you that many will come from the east and the west, and will take their places at the […]