Pastor's Blog

by Rev Robert Griffith

Pastor's Blog

by Rev Robert Griffith

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The Declining Church

I was talking to some fellow Pastors this past week and the prevailing feeling was one of discouragement as they reflected on the diminishing numbers of people who are committing to Church in recent times. Shrinking or inconsistent attendance can certainly...

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Such is Life

When one door closes and another door opens, you are probably in prison. My luck is like a bald guy who just won a comb. Age 60 might be the new 40, but 9:00 pm is the new midnight and 4:00pm is a great time for dinner! It's the start of a brand new day, and I’m off...

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The Paradox of our Time

We have taller buildings, but shorter tempers; wider freeways, but narrower viewpoints; we spend more, but have less; we buy more, but enjoy less. We have bigger houses and smaller families; more conveniences, but less time; we have more degrees, but less common...

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Meeting God

A little boy wanted to meet God. He knew it was a long trip to where God lived, so he packed his suitcase with Tim Tams and a six-pack of apple juice and he started his journey. When he had gone about three blocks, he met an old man. He was sitting in the park just...

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Lessons from the Pit of Betrayal

Betrayal in any context is painful. Betrayal in the Church is even more painful because we assume that a certain level of trust, loyalty, transparency and honesty exists among the disciples of Christ. But of course almost every pastor or Church leader I have known in...

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Imponderables

If you work in a hospital, can you call in sick? - Why do you need a driver's license to buy grog when you can't drink and drive? - Why isn't phonetic spelled the way it sounds? - Why are there interstate highways in Hawaii? - Why are there flotation devices under...

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Donkey in the Well

One day, a farmer's donkey fell down into a well. The animal cried piteously for hours as the farmer tried to figure out what to do. Finally, he decided the animal was old, and the well needed to be covered up anyway. It just wasn't worth it to retrieve the donkey. -...

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Be the Church or move aside!

Why does the Church exist? It’s not to get people together for meetings. Or to keep our theology pure. Or to defend our traditions. Or to look cool and appealing to the unchurched. But it’s so easy to fall into one or more of those traps if we are not constantly...

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Parable of the River

Jesus shared a number of parables about the Kingdom of God. Today I want to give you one of my own. May the Spirit of God give you the insight to understand and the courage to respond. - The Kingdom of God is like a river – a magnificent, ever flowing, ever changing...

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Our Job – God’s Job

As I looked over my book shelves this week I noticed how many 'Church Growth' books I have bought and read over the last four decades in ministry. I then reflected on the number of conferences I have invested time and money in during that period in pursuit of the same...

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