Russ Ray

Trying to become more like Jesus

Isn’t it ironic, don’t you think?

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Google says one of the definitions of irony is “a state of affairs or an event that seems deliberately contrary to what one expects and is often amusing as a result.”


I got ready to write this morning and my last post was entitled, When your church doesn’t love you.

And then, this post is about how our church fired our family two weeks ago.

It’s probably too early to share details or disect what happened. If you feel led to pray for our family, pray for my wife to be healed of thoughts of self-doubt, for my kids that their Christian walk would not be harmed and that they won’t mistrust the church, and for me to just not be angry about the whole thing anymore.

Thankfully, God blessed us right away the next day, and has continued to do so every day since, and really, irony is just another way to describe how God works according to what He has planned for us and not by any human way of thinking.

  • The mighty warrior Samson killed more Philistines at his death than during his life. Judges 16:30
  • God opposes the proud but favors the humble. Proverbs 3:34 (repeated in James and 1 Peter)
  • A rich man is wise in his own eyes, but a poor man who has understanding will find him out. Proverbs 28:11
  • The last will be first, and the first last. Matthew 20:16
  • When I am weak, I am strong. 2 Corinthians 12:10

I have no doubt that God is teaching us these things throughout this experience and is encouraging us every day to move beyond in His strength and preparing us for whatever our next ministry will be.


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