The Pastor’s Heart 4/21/2017

About three weeks ago, I spoke at a funeral for one of our church members.  Today I do the same.  There’s no doubt that death is real.  We see it all around us every day, and with good reason the Apostle Paul called death an “enemy” (1 Corinthians 15:26).  But that’s not the topic for…

The Pastor’s Heart 4/14/2017

It was a footrace.  The anxious excitement probably lent extra speed to their sandaled feet.  Mary Magdalene’s news of the missing body startled them and shook them out of their grief-induced stupor that saw them huddled with the other disciples in a closed room.  So Peter and John just had to see for themselves.  John…

The Pastor’s Heart 3/24/2017

Brutal.  Not usually a pleasant word.  Its definition includes words like “cruel,” “violent,” “ruthless,” and “harsh.”  Definitely not a character trait you’d want to instill in your children.  But having said all that, let me say that there is a time to be brutal.  Brutally brutal.  In reading for our Men of the Word Bible…

The Pastor’s Heart 3/17/2017

Remember the children’s song, “The B-I-B-L-E”?  I was looking through some VBS curriculum for this summer a couple of days ago, and one of the lessons referenced that song.  I don’t know how much it’s sung any more in children’s ministries, but it wouldn’t be a bad idea to be sure it’s incorporated in the…

The Pastor’s Heart 3/10/2017

Here we go again.  It’s started, and you can run, but you can’t hide.  It happens about this time every year.  You can’t escape it, no matter how much you try.  It leaves its yellow tint on everything it touches, and as soon as you wash it off, more comes and takes its place.  I’ve…

The Pastor’s Heart 3/3/2017

In doing some recent reading and personal study in the Psalms, I once again considered a powerful passage that always challenges me.  It is Asaph’s dilemma in Psalm 73 as he despaired about the prosperity of the wicked compared to the struggle of God’s servants.  The writer of this Psalm was ready to throw in…

The Pastor’s Heart 2/24/2017

It’s amazing how the Lord works and weaves things together to speak to us, sometimes from a completely unexpected direction.  Here’s a case in point.  This past Wednesday night, we looked at a specific topic as we wrapped up our study of God’s prophetic calendar in Scripture with a look at our Heavenly home, the…

The Pastor’s Heart 2/10/2017

I have a friend who will often reply to the question, “How are you?” with this response: “Wide open.”  I know what he means, and I’m sure you do too.  Life today throws a schedule at us that often requires full throttle to get through.  For the most part, the activities that crowd our schedules…