Recently, I participated in a Zoom conference call as a pastor taught the Scriptures. He made a statement that I cannot escape. He said there are times when God wounds us. We all love to think about how God will bless us, add to our lives, and make us more comfortable. Yes, God does strengthen… Continue reading When God Wounds Us
Job was told to curse God and die. Job lost it all, his children, his wealth, and his own health. Job's pain level went beyond a 10. He was long past the breaking point. And it all pushed Job to cursing. He cursed the day of his birth. He openly questioned why he should live… Continue reading Something Job Never Lost
A message for mothers who have had an abortion.
Have you ever heard the creed of U.S. mail carriers? It says, "Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds." We have been studying the book of Esther in the services of the church. Esther's story took place during the days of… Continue reading Saddle Up, and Ride!
Charles Spurgeon, the great pastor of the Metropolitan Tabernacle in London, was well-acquainted with depression. When he was 22 years old, preaching to thousands of people at the Surrey Gardens Music Hall, a prankster yelled, "FIRE!" which caused a great panic. In the mob rush, seven people were killed. The young preacher never recovered from… Continue reading When the Power of Depression is Upon You
I recently listened to a staff member from another church speak about the ways in which his pastor had helped the church through the pandemic. Those thoughts have captured my heart, and I want to make them my own. Please let me share them with you with a few comments or Scriptures after each principle.… Continue reading 5 Pastoral Goals for 2021
Face it. There are just matters beyond our control. The actions of others, the unforeseeable events of life, the weather, the past, and the list continues. There is something within our grasp, though. We can control what we do. Take a story from the book of Esther for example. Mordecai has been elevated to a… Continue reading Commit to the Sowing
There are moments in life that remind us of how much we are blessed by good family and friends in our lives. When a family member passes awayWhen a child is bornWhen that empty-nest feeling settles upon youWhen sickness comesWhen loneliness settles upon your heart The list can go on, but there are just times… Continue reading Now More than Ever, with my Church Family
It is a serious matter to be entrusted with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. One man said, "Because you have, you owe." Because I have Christ in my heart, I owe the Gospel unto others. Years ago, I had an unexpected encounter with a person. I was visiting at the home of another person, and… Continue reading I Am Ready: 7 Ways to Prepare for That Conversation about Jesus
We need preaching, but what does that mean? Is preaching a bunch of opinions clothed in religious garb? Is it funny stories, life lessons, or yelling with scratchy pitches? I submit that the preaching we need is Bible preaching. Look at what the apostle Paul said about his preaching: And I was with you in… Continue reading Preaching