God’s Promises

October 28, 2008

Here’s a quick pic taken from my truck via the iPhone…just a great reminder of how awesome God truly is!


Blogging with the iPhone

October 28, 2008

One of the great things that a person can do with their iPhone is blog while on the road…sort of like using this as a mini-laptop.

Well, I thought that I would give it a go and we how it works; it’s not too bad in a pinch!

Spinning Out of Control

October 8, 2008

That’s what it seems like with the world of today.

Banks failing; mortgage companies collapsing; CEO’s of giant corporations taking the money and running…Families being split apart by strife; fuel costs soaring; many lives at a crossroads.

Sounds like it IS time for a change…but what kind of change? And at what cost?

Folks, I’m not here to tell you how to cast your vote for President of the U.S. this next month; but what I am here to tell you is to look at both with a careful eye; it almost seems that there are no “lesser of two evils” this time…and that is truly frightening. Because whichever way this nation decides, it will be for the next four years; and that is a lifetime in the political, as well as the real, world.

With the stock market heading almost straight down, and more and more companies declaring bankruptcy, there is a word that people are whispering with increasing frequency; a word that sends shudders down a person’s spine and conjures up images of a terrible past that helped to redefine our nation.

That word is “Depression.”

Are we headed there? Will we have another “Dust Bowl” in this country? No one knows except for God. All I know is that numerous signs are pointing towards a great event that will do one of two things: turn our nation back towards the Lord, or send up screaming and spinning wildly into the abyss. It is up to all of us, as a collective nation, to decide which way we will turn.

It begins with the right choice for leadership at the top of our government. Leadership that calls on the Creator for decision making, and turns to Him in times of need.

Folks, we’re in that time now. So when we all go to the polls in less than a month, may we pray diligently before we cast our vote. And may we pray for God to have mercy on us, the United States of America.

What Is Up With This Blog?

October 7, 2008

Well, nothing really…just been busy with life, with church charge conference, with church events, with revival, with foster kiddos, with the family, with some life-changing news from up north, with just…everything.

Things will slow down soon and I’ll be able to keep up with more happenings from north Missouri.

I promise.   🙂

One good bit o’ news….the three-church charge is now 1/2 time, versus 1/4 time. So that means a tad bit more salary, more responsibilities, and more time to do God’s work on this earth.

That is a blessing! Praise God!!

October 2008 Linn County Leader Column – “What This World Needs”

October 7, 2008

You know, time sure does fly anymore.

I can remember when I was first asked to write a monthly column for the Linn County Leader back in February of 2005; I felt humbled and privileged to be able to share my life with you, the loyal reader, as I mused about the past and present, and perhaps get a look ahead at where life would take me into the 21st century.

And, my, what a ride it has been for 45 months! (for those keeping score, that is almost, but not quite, four years of ramblings). I never thought that I would have that much to say, but I am thankful that God continues to pour out His blessings as this servant writes..and writes…and writes. As I tell the congregations that I serve at as pastor, “You would think that after a while this loudmouth would run out of things to say!”

The past few months of this column have been all about the fantastic journey my family and I went on, through numerous states and back via Route 66. An amazing trip that came to an end too soon; yet a pretty eye-opening experience to the forgotten places of our past. Plus, to reconnect with my wife and kids and to take a few weeks away from the ministry to recharge and regroup was very encouraging.

So now, back from our trip; and after a five-day revival area revival; and after our churches annual business meetings (which will happen on Sunday, right before this column is published), I am back, more renewed and hopeful for our congregations but at the same time troubled with our nation and the perilous path we find ourselves on: with a presidential race coming up quickly, the time is ripe for a change for the better…spiritually, that is. We must either turn back to our calling as one nation founded under God, or we risk veering off-course completely towards a future of “Sodom and Gomorrah” mentality.

You might recall that the first book of the Bible talks about what happened to those haughty and proud inhabitants of these two “Cities of the Plains”; because of their wickedness and sexual immorality they were completely destroyed by brimstone and fire from heaven. And this devastation came about only after Abraham had pleaded with God to spare them, over and over again. Yet, to no avail, because only one righteous man could be found there.

This factual account reminds me of the crumbling state of our nation today; we, too, are giving in more and more to evil deeds and thoughts, trying to please our own selves with whatever we can find; and in the meantime, the United States is spiraling downward into a congealed mess of boundaries crossed, promises unkept, and spiritual, ethical, and moral compromises made for the sake of “just getting along with each other.”

Folks, we can learn to get along with each other without the need to skew us past the point of no return; we should remember that this nation still has a Creator who was (and still is) the foundation of our government and justice system. We need to turn to Him instead of what the world says; we need to trust in the Lord instead of ourselves or another two-bit politician peddling lies. In short, what this world needs are people who will stand upon the Truth and not be swayed by “feel-good” stories or promises that no one can deliver.

Some might say that I sound mad, or discouraged, or even bitter. No, my friends. It is the exact opposite. This servant has a heavy burden that he carries continually…I am saddened for this nation, and this world, that we live in today. We need a Savior; one who will rescue those who are lost; a Spirit to guide us in these tumultuous times, instead of the three-ring circus our government has become; most of all, we need a Father who will love us gently back into the fold from where we have so foolishly strayed.

Remember…it’s our choice to lead responsibly; or be led carelessly.

Blessings to you and yours!

Richard is a regular monthly columnist for the Linn County Leader, and is also pastor at Bear Branch, Purdin, and Pleasant Grove UMC’s in north Missouri. You may reach him via his blog at https://sliceofhome.wordpress.com or e-mail at sliceofhome@gmail.com.