The Pastor’s Heart 11/3/2017

Several weeks ago, we began a Sunday morning journey through the book of Romans.  In the series, the coming chapters will show the overwhelming guilt and condemnation we all face as sinners.  As I’ve considered that, my thoughts were led to Psalm 130, where the Scripture says, “If thou, Lord, shouldest mark iniquities, O Lord,…

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The Pastor’s Heart 10/20/2017

Surprises.  They come in all shapes and sizes.  I’ve had my share; haven’t you?  A surprise birthday party.  A phone call from the shop where I’d left my car for a simple oil change that begins, “Mr. Bowker, we’ve found something….”  A $10 bill in the pocket of a coat I hadn’t worn in a…

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The Pastor’s Heart 10/13/2017

He wasn’t a young man anymore.  In his youth, he was an outdoorsman, a keeper of sheep, a musician, and one who trusted his God.  He grew into a skilled warrior and became the divinely chosen king of all Israel and a man after God’s own heart.  Now he’s up in years, and it seems…

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The Pastor’s Heart 10/6/2017

I was like you.  I got up early Monday morning and heard the news.  Las Vegas.  Shooting.  50+ killed.  500+ wounded/injured.  It took me a minute or two to actually process what I was seeing.  Even then, it was still hard to believe.  Even now, it’s still hard to digest.  Last night I mentioned to…

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The Pastor’s Heart 9/29/2017

I’ve heard it more than once over the last couple of weeks.  Maybe you have as well.  “God’s sure trying to get our attention!”  I understand why that statement or something similar to it is being tossed around.  The hurricanes, wildfires, and earthquakes of recent weeks have certainly been the center of many conversations.  As…

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The Pastor’s Heart 9/22/2017

Spain, India, Uganda, El Salvador, Israel, Togo, Philippines, Egypt, Hungary, Brazil, Ethiopia, Dominican Republic, Germany, Canada, Chile, South Korea, Taiwan, and Japan.  No, this isn’t a geography lesson, it’s simply a list of foreign countries where our church is privileged to have a part in the work of one or more missionary families laboring to…

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The Pastor’s Heart 9/8/2017

First Harvey.  Now Irma.  What’s next?  Whatever it is, God is in control now and will be then.  Stop right now and pray for those in the crosshairs.
Sometimes brief is better.

The Pastor’s Heart 9/1/2017

It always does me good, and I’m glad it happened this week.  From time to time I can sit in a service and be “preached at” instead of preaching myself.  We just wrapped up our missions conference on Wednesday, and I praise the Lord for the blessing it was to our church and to me…

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The Pastor’s Heart 8/25/2017

I can’t believe I missed it.  But I did.  So I’m glad someone else brought it up.  Yesterday morning at our Men of the Word study, we were in chapter 5 of a biography of Hudson Taylor, missionary to China.  As the discussion went around the table, one of the men mentioned a phrase from…

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The Pastor’s Heart 8/18/2017

Burdens.  We all have them.  There are times that we bear up well, and at other times we feel crushed by their weight.  You’ll find the word “burden” in Psalm 55:22, the only time that this particular Hebrew word is used in the Old Testament.  “Cast thy burden upon the Lord, and He shall sustain…

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The Pastor’s Heart 8/4/2017

38 years.  38 years, and there he still was.  38 years seeking the healing power of the waters, but he never seemed to be quick enough.  38 years of trying to make it on his own, because he had no one to help.  38 long, agonizing years.  But then one day someone stopped by and…

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The Pastor’s Heart 7/28/2017

“Heaviness.”  Not a pleasant sounding topic for today, is it?  But it’s a word found in 1 Peter 1:6.  In the New Testament it’s also translated “sorrow” and “grief.”  You can look at this week’s “Prayer Focus” list and see it.  Heart problems.  Back problems.  Unemployment.  Accidents.  Cancer.  Unsaved friends and family.  Bereavement.  More cancer. …

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