Monday Missive

Life is Complicated

“Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to it! How often have I desired to gather your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you were not willing!” (Luke 13:34) Hi Fighter, We begin today with Jesus grieving for His people – more …

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About Father Dave Smith

Preacher, Pugilist, Activist, Father of four

Glimpses of Light

“And while he was praying, the appearance of his face changed, and his clothes became dazzling white.” (Luke 9:29) Hi Fighter, Last Sunday was the Feast of the Transfiguration. It’s a day of great significance in the Orthodox church – even more important than Christmas! In the Western church, we never really know what to …

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About Father Dave Smith

Preacher, Pugilist, Activist, Father of four

Be Merciful

“Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful” (Luke 6:36) Hi Fighter, How do you urge a fighter to be merciful? You don’t win fights by being merciful! I still remember the final words given to me before I climbed into the ring for my first fight. My cornerman urged me to put aside any …

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About Father Dave Smith

Preacher, Pugilist, Activist, Father of four

A Very Unique Birthday

Then he looked up at his disciples and said: “Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the kingdom of God. Blessed are you who are hungry now, for you will be filled. Blessed are you who weep now, for you will laugh.” (Luke 6:20-21) Hi Fighter, Those words ring true for me today. …

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About Father Dave Smith

Preacher, Pugilist, Activist, Father of four

See you at the Barricades!

“[Jesus] said to Simon, “Put out into the deep water and let down your nets for a catch.” Simon answered, “Master, we have worked all night long but have caught nothing. Yet if you say so, I will let down the nets.”. (Luke 5:4-5) Hi Fighter, I love this scene on the beach where Jesus …

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About Father Dave Smith

Preacher, Pugilist, Activist, Father of four

Proclaiming Liberty

The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, Because He has anointed Me To preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the broken-hearted, To proclaim liberty to the captives And recovery of sight to the blind, To set at liberty those who are oppressed; To proclaim the acceptable year of …

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About Father Dave Smith

Preacher, Pugilist, Activist, Father of four

Let’s Get This Party Started

“And [the steward] said to [the bridegroom], “Everyone serves the good wine first, and then the inferior wine after the guests have become drunk. But you have kept the good wine until now.” (John 2:10) Hi Fighter, I’m opening this week with a joke about getting drunk at a wedding. What’s more, it’s a joke about …

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About Father Dave Smith

Preacher, Pugilist, Activist, Father of four

Mixing Religion and Politics?

On entering the house, they saw the child with Mary, his mother; and they knelt down and paid him homage. Then, opening their treasure chests, they offered him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. (Matthew 2:11) Hi Fighter, Do you recognise the story? Yes, it’s the saga of the three wise men, visiting the infant Jesus. …

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About Father Dave Smith

Preacher, Pugilist, Activist, Father of four

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