Articles by Timothy R. Butler

Timothy R. Butler is Editor-in-Chief of Open for Business. He also serves as a pastor at Little Hills Church and FaithTree Christian Fellowship.

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Mercy Not Strained (November 1, 2021)

As we conclude our exploration of Solomon’s prayer of dedication for the temple, we’ve returned multiple times to our failures and need for forgiveness. Solomon also speaks of justice. How do we balance justice and mercy?

O Christmas FaithTree 2021

O Christmas (Faith)Tree is something very special: a celebratory service at 7:00 p.m. that interweaves favorite Christmas carols and songs — both old and new and in a range of styles — with the story of Christmas that runs from Genesis through Revelation.

No "Ist," "And" or "Buts." (Octobert 25, 2021)

As we continue to explore the prayer dedicating the temple, what does that prayer reveal about its purpose? Was the temple merely a way to encourage Israel’s worship of the Lord or did God direct them (and us) towards something more?

52 Verses, 52 Books, 52 Weeks (Week 43: Jonah)

This week, Pastor Tim takes us to the book of Jonah for a consideration of God’s vision of ministry.

The Mirage of Victory (October 18, 2021)

Solomon prayed for victory, but does his prayer mean whatever “victories” we want are just a prayer away?

What's Old is New Again (October 11, 2021)

Failure and forgiveness. It’s in the center of Solomon’s temple prayer and it is in the center of our actions and God’s response to them.

52 Verses, 52 Books, 52 Weeks (Week 41: 1 Chronicles)

This week, Pastor Tim turns one book back to 1 Chronicles to think about our failures, the call to repentance and the promise of God’s forgiveness.

The Family Photo Album (October 4, 2021)

As the Temple built to worship God was dedicated, King Solomon stopped and prayed to the Lord. In the king’s prayer, we are pointed to truths about God is, what He does for us and how we can come before Him today.

52 Verses, 52 Books, 52 Weeks (Week 40: 2 Chronicles)

This week, Pastor Tim turns to 2 Chronicles to think about what we learn from Kings David and Solomon on where we should put our confidence.

If Only I Had (Blank) (September 27, 2021)

Can we experience God’s peace even in the midst of discouragement? David contemplates this in the last part of Psalm 4.

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