This week I am encouraging my congregation to pray the following prayer of peace that is most commonly attributed to St. Francis of Assisi... Lord, make me an instrument of your peace: where there is hatred, let me sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; … Continue reading Pray & Work for Peace
This week, news broke of another well-known Christian minister committing suicide. In the wake of this news, there has been a lot of talk about mental illness and of the absurd expectations and burdens that are put on ministers. Both of these topics are very appropriate. As Ed Stetzer wrote, "The reality is that pastors … Continue reading A Prayer for My Teammates
I have challenged the members at Alameda Church of Christ to spend 5 minutes a day in God's Word and to pray the following prayer every day for the next two months as I preach a sermon series on the fruit of the Spirit: Heavenly Father, I pray that this day I may live in … Continue reading A Prayer for Growth
"You have promised to be with us in tribulation. Lord, my soul is troubled, and my body is weak, and my hope is in you, and my enemies are busy and mighty; now make good your holy promise. Now, O holy Jesus, now let your hand of grace be upon me; restrain my spiritual enemies, … Continue reading A Prayer When You’re Anxious
Empty. That's how I feel. Like a car that spurts and sputters while running on fumes, I know my tank is empty but I have to keep moving. The question is, "Can I?" People are counting on me. People are calling on me. People are leaning on me. People are relying on me. People are … Continue reading Empty (An Easter Prayer)
In the past few weeks, I have had two people - one woman, one man - come to my office at different times to meet with me. When they entered my office, each person said, "Rusty, I want to pray for you." And they did. And each time was an incredibly moving experience. I was … Continue reading “I Want to Pray for You”
This past Sunday during the Shepherd's Prayer in our worship service, one of our congregation's spiritual shepherds prayed an incredible prayer over us and for us. The line in his prayer that really stood out to me was when he asked God to put people in our lives "who would rebuke us when we make … Continue reading Can You Pray This?