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!
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
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
Happy New Year! The new year is one of my favorite times of the year. It is a new beginning and a fresh start. It is a time of reflection upon the last year and rededication for the next year. Plans are made, goals are established, and we purpose that this year will be better… Continue reading For Such a Time as This
Psalms 108:1 O God, my heart is fixed; I will sing and give praise, even with my glory.
A fixed heart results in praise. A fixed heart gives the believer an inner joy that is not affected by exterior influences. Surrounding our lives each day are perversions, wickedness, and destruction. There are those that want to pull us into the same degradation that they themselves have fallen into. While surrounded by external hardships and difficulty we must be willing to fixate our heart on the Lord. It is one of direction and determination. A fixed heart is a heart that has directionally turned itself to the Lord. It has consciously decided to turn in the direction of Jesus. A fixed heart says “I have decided to follow Jesus. With the world behind me and the cross before me, I have decided to turn toward Jesus. A fixed heart is determined…
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