Discipline

“Fight the good fight of the faith” (1 Timothy 6:12) Dave’s diary – September 22nd, 2022. I was expecting a quieter day in what has been a tumultuous week. I attended the funeral of a friend yesterday. I have the funeral of another friend tomorrow, and I’m presiding at tomorrow’s event. Perhaps I’m just at …

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About Father Dave Smith

Preacher, Pugilist, Activist, Father of four

If I were a Rich Man

“No slave can serve two masters; for a slave will either hate the one and love the other, or be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.” (Luke 16:13) Hi Fighter, We often misread the verse quoted above. We read that we shouldn’t serve both God and …

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About Father Dave Smith

Preacher, Pugilist, Activist, Father of four

Are you ready to try something crazy?

“Or what woman, having ten silver coins, if she loses one of them, does not light a lamp, sweep the house, and search carefully until she finds it? When she has found it, she calls together her friends and neighbours, saying, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found the coin that I had lost.’” (Luke …

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Preacher, Pugilist, Activist, Father of four

What was I thinking?

Now large crowds were traveling with [Jesus]; and he turned and said to them, “Whoever comes to me and does not hate father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters, yes, and even life itself, cannot be my disciple” (Luke 14:25-26) Hi Fighter, It’s hard to understand how Jesus became so popular making statements …

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Preacher, Pugilist, Activist, Father of four

Turning Things Up Side Down

When [Jesus] noticed how the guests chose the places of honour, he told them a parable. “When you are invited by someone to a wedding banquet, do not sit down at the place of honour, in case someone more distinguished than you has been invited by your host; and the host who invited both of …

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Bad Religion

“And just then there appeared a woman with a spirit that had crippled her for eighteen years. She was bent over and was quite unable to stand up straight. When Jesus saw her, he called her over and said, “Woman, you are set free from your ailment.” When he laid his hands on her, immediately …

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The Price of Peace

“Do you think that I have come to bring peace to the earth? No, I tell you, but rather division!” (Luke 12:51) Did Jesus really say that? Are those really the words of the ‘Prince of Peace’? If you’ve been following our Gospel readings for the last few weeks, you’d be forgiven for thinking we …

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Preacher, Pugilist, Activist, Father of four

Where your treasure is

“Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has been pleased to give you the kingdom. Sell your possessions and give to the poor. Provide purses for yourselves that will not wear out, a treasure in heaven that will never fail, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys. For where your treasure …

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Preacher, Pugilist, Activist, Father of four

My Prayers aren’t being heard!

“Someone in the crowd said to [Jesus], “Teacher, tell my brother to divide the family inheritance with me.” But he said to him, “Friend, who set me to be a judge or arbitrator over you?” (Luke 12:13-14) Hi Fighter, I start today with these disconcerting words from Jesus – “who set me to be a …

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Preacher, Pugilist, Activist, Father of four

Ask, and it will be given

“So, I say to you, Ask, and it will be given you; search, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened for you. For everyone who asks receives, and everyone who searches finds, and for everyone who knocks, the door will be opened.” (Luke 11:9-10) Hi Fighter, I begin today with this …

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Preacher, Pugilist, Activist, Father of four

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