It all started on a rainy day...

July 18, 2007 was a rainy day and for me - a day off.  Having mused for some time about starting a blog I took the occasion of the weather and my free time to poke around online to see how one begins to blog.  I followed the directions I found and, to my amazement, within a few hours I had a blog online and I wrote my first post:
I have often thought of starting a blog and this rainy afternoon has provided an opportunity for me to give it a try. I don't know if I have or can make the time to keep this fresh but I do know that if it becomes stale, it will disappear. (I'm not even sure I'll be able to set this thing up and get it online!)
So, let's see how this goes...
Well, 8 years have passed and I've posted at least once every day for a total of 6,181 posts.  Yes, this takes time but writing this page is one of the joys of my life and ministry: I always look forward to it and it never feels like work. I thank God for the opportunity to do this, for the Holy Spirit's help and for all of you who come here to pause for prayer in your daily lives.  If reading this blog is as much a help in your prayer life as writing this page is in mine, then I am very grateful, indeed.

Many of you come directly to my blog and many arrive here through FaceBook and Twitter.  Readers often write and ask if it's all right to forward or share my posts with others.  My answer is always the same: YES!  If you find something here worth sharing with others, please do!  I'm always grateful for your help in this regard.

So, trusting that I've kept this page fresh, please keep me in your prayers as I begin the 9th year of A Concord Pastor Comments.


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  1. Congratulations on the 8th year of your blog, a spiritual treasure for me.


  2. Your blog was recommended to me by someone in my bible study group. What a blessing it has been in my life this past year. You are an amazing prayer-writer! I get excited every day to read what you have posted, and apply it to my faith life! I can't wait to see what you will post in your 9th year! Congrats!

  3. You write well, and soulfully. You rpvoke and comfort. You cause me to think and reflect. It is a wonderful extension of you r ministry. Thanks so much for doing this. I am a new subscriber...but I feel like a [art of your congregation!


  4. Dear Risier Family,
    Praise God for whatever grace and blessing you've found here on my blog - I hope and pray every day that what I write has its source in the Lord and it's a blessing for me to hear from someone the Lord has reached and touched through my words.

  5. Welcome aboard, Mike - so glad that you have joined us here. It's always a blessing and a joy to discover how the Lord is touching someone through my words - words which I hope and pray are his to begin with!


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