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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The Pastor’s Heart 7/21/2017

The conversation was going well.  The two men were developing quite a bond about a mutual passion – basketball.  But then it happened….  The other night I was watching one of my favorite movies about a small-town basketball team that rises up from nothing to play for and win (of course!) a state championship.  The…

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The Pastor’s Heart 7/14/2017

Do you enjoy history?  I do, and so does Tina.  So, on vacation last week the two of us took some time to visit a few historical sites on our way up to and back from the Creation Museum and Ark Encounter in northern Kentucky.  Wow, was I reminded of how much things have progressed…

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The Pastor’s Heart 6/30/2017

The Fourth of July.  Fireworks, flags, family, and fun.  Burned burgers, burned backs and burned-out bottle rockets.  Beans, barbeque, and Boston Pops.  Water sports, water slides, and watermelons.  What a great day!  We simply call it “The Fourth,” and everyone knows exactly what we’re talking about.  With all that going on, it’s easy to forget…

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The Pastor’s Heart 6/23/2017

“This do in remembrance of Me.”  These words form the foundation of the ordinance Christ established for His church, what we call Communion or the Lord’s Supper, and here at Berean we will observe this blessed time on Sunday morning.  Jesus said that it is a time to remember.  In other words, it’s a time…

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The Pastor’s Heart 6/16/2017

Last Sunday we spent time in both the morning and evening services considering the exhortation to “be not weary in well doing.”  Towards the end of the Sunday evening study, we looked at Hebrews 12:1-3, emphasizing the supremely-important first three words of Hebrews 12:2, “Looking unto Jesus….”  While thinking back on that verse this week,…

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