Back Again!

Greg Strand – September 10, 2014 2 Comments

After a brief break, I reengage with writing for the blog. It is always good to step away from a routine for a time. But it is also always good to reengage, to step back into the routine. I find that is true for writing the blog.

While I did not post anything during this break, as I read materials and pondered matters, my mind often engaged in a way that processed for a blog post. (In fact, I saved some of those which will be posted at some point in the future.) It is quite amazing how habits and disciplines affect our thinking and our living. When I write that, I am, of course, thinking of the good habits and disciplines that become part of the routine of our lives that form and shape us. But because of the “power” of them, unhealthy habits and disciplines can and will hurt, affect and possibly harm oneself and others.

I am thankful for a break and change of pace. I am also thankful for routine. My desire in all of life is to live, think, love, serve, write, whatever I do, to do it all for the glory of God (1 Cor. 10:31; Col. 3:17, 23), with the strength he works in me (Col. 1:29), for the purpose of godliness (1 Tim. 4:7-8), desirous to use time and energy wisely (Eph. 5:15-17).

With fall ministries beginning, might you remember that it is not by might, nor by power but by the Spirit you live life and engage in ministry (Zech. 4:6), that it is his mighty power that works in you, not your own strength (Col. 1:29), and that ultimately you will find and experience the joy of the Lord being your strength (Neh. 8:10).  

Lord, may it be so.

 

Greg Strand

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Affectionately called “Walking Bible” by his youngest daughter, Greg Strand has a ministry history that goes back to 1982. Since that time, he has served in local church ministry in a variety of ministry capacities: youth pastor, associate pastor of adult ministries and senior pastor. He is currently the EFCA’s Executive Director of Theology and Credentialing. Greg reads voraciously and never stops learning — a passion reflected in the overflowing bookshelves that spill from his library to multiple offices. And he could tell you about each of those books! His hunger for learning pales in contrast to his great love for God and for teaching the Word of God.

2 responses to Back Again!

  1. Welcome back!

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