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Confident Prayer: Mockingbirds and the Goodness of God

I’ve been the Pastor of a small Presbyterian church in rural Kentucky for over a year now. In my time here, I’ve developed a lot of wonderful relationships with beloved saints, preached through Paul’s epistle to the Ephesians and most of Ecclesiastes, taken part in numerous other ministries through the church and in the community, etc. In other words, by God’s grace, I’ve done a lot of what would be expected of a Pastor.

But, unbeknownst to many of my people, I’ve also been doing something else – I’ve become over time a casual ornithologist; that is to say, I’ve been considering the sparrows, or, to be more precise, the mockingbirds. Continue reading

God’s Bow

The ark had sat on Ararat,

When God had stopped the rains.

With happy song the wild throng

Marched down onto the plains.

The days rushed on from dawn to dawn;

No rain clouds could he see.

So, Noah prayed with thanks arrayed

To be alive and free.

The dark days flown, the sun now shone,

But on the edge of sky

A hint of gray soon hid the day

And over all did lie.

Bright lightning lashed and thunder crashed;

The earth did hold her breath.

Would now the rain begin again,

And flesh know nought but death?

But as twas sent, so thus it went,

And left a savor sweet.

Though all did hide, not one had died,

The rainstorm now complete.

Above the song of birds ere long,

A solid promise hung;

For there God’s bow did brightly glow,

No longer shot nor strung.

Order of Service 04/26/20

As we will not be having a regular service at our church building due to the coronavirus, I implore you to remain obedient in regular worship, both as families and as individuals, not only on the Lord’s Day, but also every other day. The people of God are a people who worship; and, though we may not be able to worship together at the church building, we are still joining all the saints on earth and in heaven and a myriad of holy angels in praising our glorious God! We worship not merely because it is our duty, but because God is our delight! While we are physically separated, we are still united in Christ; so, just as we do every Lord’s Day morning, let us lift our hearts unto Almighty God!

What follows is a recommended (that is, not mandatory) order of service for you and your family to utilize as you worship together this Lord’s Day:


Call to Worship     Psalm 46

After this, whoever is leading worship (regularly the father or grandfather of the family) should pray for himself and his family as they join together to worship the Lord, that their attention would be captivated by the glory of God, and that they would rejoice together in the Lord. Continue reading