The Most Risky Profession - A Church Pastor

It's refreshing news to hear of pastors taking a leave of absence not over sexual or financial misconduct, but over pride. Such was the case with John Piper last year, and this week with C. J. Mahaney...


I am immortal until the will of God for me is accomplished. David Livingston

In the midst of finitude to be at one with the Infinite and in every moment to be eternal is the immortality of religion.  Friedrich Schleiermacher

We cannot resist the conviction that this world is for us only the porch of another and
more magnificent temple of the Creator's majesty.  Frederick William Faber

Pride is the ground in which all other sins grow, and the parent from which all the other sins come. William Barclay

Pride, not only withdraws the heart from God, but lifts it up against God. Thomas Manton

The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much. James 5:16

Do not let us fail one another in interest, care, and practical help; but supremely we must not fail one another in prayer.  Michael Baughen

So Close - Jeremy Riddle


This song can be found on Jeremy Riddle's "Beautiful Jesus" album.
May I be so close to Jesus. the Eternal One, that I can feel His breath on my cheek.
Forgive me when I don't pay heed to my salvation. 

Psalm 103
1 Praise the LORD, my soul;
all my inmost being,
praise his holy name.
2 Praise the LORD, my soul,
and forget not all his benefits—
3 who forgives all your sins
and heals all your diseases,
4 who redeems your life from the pit
and crowns you with love and compassion,
5 who satisfies your desires with good things
so that your youth is renewed like the eagle's.

6 The LORD works righteousness
and justice for all the oppressed.

7 He made known his ways to Moses,
his deeds to the people of Israel:
8 The LORD is compassionate and gracious,
slow to anger, abounding in love.
9 He will not always accuse,
nor will he harbor his anger forever;
10 he does not treat us as our sins deserve
or repay us according to our iniquities.
11 For as high as the heavens are above the earth,
so great is his love for those who fear him;
12 as far as the east is from the west,
so far has he removed our transgressions from us.

13 As a father has compassion on his children,
so the LORD has compassion on those who fear him;
14 for he knows how we are formed,
he remembers that we are dust.
15 The life of mortals is like grass,
they flourish like a flower of the field;
16 the wind blows over it and it is gone,
and its place remembers it no more.
17 But from everlasting to everlasting
the LORD's love is with those who fear him,
and his righteousness with their children's children—
18 with those who keep his covenant
and remember to obey his precepts.

19 The LORD has established his throne in heaven,
and his kingdom rules over all.

20 Praise the LORD,
you his angels,
you mighty ones who do his bidding,
who obey his word.
21 Praise the LORD,
all his heavenly hosts,
you his servants who do his will.
22 Praise the LORD,
all his works everywhere in his dominion.
Praise the LORD, my soul.

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