Musings on Spiritual Matters

by Matthew Morine

Some Random Thoughts

2833490928.jpgThis morning my brother emailed me that mother was in the hospital. She is having some heart problems and the doctors were going to run some tests. Recently, mother has dealt with some high blood pressure issues. The ironic part of this story is that I cannot visit my mother. I visit people in the hospital on behalf of Christ and the congregation, but in regards to my own mother, the door is shut. She is in Nova Scotia and I in Tennessee. The verse “He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me; and he who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me” (Matt. 10:37), has never been slammed down my throat in such a powerful manner before.

A Minister and a Congregation are friends. C.S. Lewis states that true friends are honored by one another’s friendship because each party believes the other is better than themselves. Congregation and minister develop problems when either the minister or the congregation feels superior to the other party in the relationship. When the congregation arrogantly exalts above the minister or the minister stands on a two legged chair looking down on the congregation. When this begins to happen, soon the friendship will be over.

In the good news section. It seems to appear the Nashville Predators will be staying in Tennessee.

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About The Author

Matthew is originally from Nova Scotia, Canada. He has a beautiful wife named Charity and a precious baby named Gabrielle. He has graduated from the Brown Trail School of Preaching, Heritage Christian University with his Bachelors of Arts in Biblical Studies, Lipscomb University with his Master’s of Arts in Biblical Studies and his Master’s of Divinity at Freed-Hardeman University. He is presently working towards his Doctorate of Ministry at Harding Graduate School of Religion. His articles have appeared in the World Evangelist, the Highway to Holiness, The West Virginia Christian, The Christian Echo, The Firm Foundation, Church Growth, and the Gospel Advocate. He enjoys hockey, golf, boxing, and chess. In his spare time he enjoys reading numerous genres of books. Also, he is working on climbing all of the 14ers in Colorado. Matthew is the Pulpit Minister for the Castle Rock church of Christ.

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