Entries by Pastor Rob Smith

Calling Dr. Phil

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 […]

Wisdom

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, […]

Doing

Gen 20:1-22:24, Matt 7:15-29, Psalm 9:1-12, Prov 2:16-22 We continue to see division and consternation over orthodoxy.  It becomes a test over who is in and who is out over who believes the most correctly in a place where the narrow gate really becomes about narrow minds that open to a road called dogma.  Today’s […]

Be Perfect?

Gen 16:1-18:15, Matt 6:1-24, Psalm 7:1-17, Prov 2:1-15 I am going to cheat today, and go back to something I have been thinking about from yesterday.  (Today’s readings are loaded, so happy reading.) Included with the whole love your enemies thing is a conclusion that says, “Be perfect as your heavenly Father is perfect.”  Be […]

Beatitude Attitude, Loving Enemies (YOTB Day 6)

Today’s Readings Gen 13:5-15:21, Matt 5:27-48, Psalm 6:1-10, Prov 1:28-33 Loving enemies?  How’s that working for you? “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be children of your […]