The Pastor’s Heart 9/25/2020

We sit and look at what’s going on around us.  Coronavirus (still), deeply divided politics, lawlessness and disrespect for civil authority, and the disturbing spiritual casualties of some believers brought on by not being in church for so long.  And the list could go on, not even counting the normal trials and ups and downs…

The Pastor’s Heart 9/4/2020

It was written almost 60 years ago, but it sure was a blessing yesterday.  Our Men of the Word Bible study has been going through the book The Knowledge of the Holy by A.W. Tozer.  It’s been a great study.  But it’s been quite humbling as well as we have considered the indescribable greatness of our God. …

The Pastor’s Heart 8/28/2020

Equality.  It’s right there if we’ll see it.  There in the Bible.  All over the place.  It’s called the Gospel, and if we could grasp it, it would change everything.  God’s word says we are all equally sinners (Romans 3:23).  We’re all equally condemned by our sin and deserving of eternal torment (John 3:18).  We’re…

The Pastor’s Heart 8/21/20

I was busy getting ready for a committee meeting, and my cell phone rang.  As I answered, it was Bill Patterson, one of our missionaries and a long-time friend.  It was a blessing to speak with him, but then the blessing went through the roof.  “I’m here in Tepoztlan with Luis Rojas, and he would…

The Pastor’s Heart 7/31/2020

Sometimes it’s not “what,” it’s “which one?”  As I approach this note each Friday, I admit that there are times I have to find that “what do I write this week?”  There are other times that the right topic is right there and there’s no doubt.  And then there are the times like today.  Over…

The Pastor’s Heart 7/17/20

In a conversation the other night, we talked about decisions for the Lord that we’ve made.  Some are made at camp, some in a revival or even a regular service, and others during a personal time with God.  The decisions are genuine, wrought in the heart by the Holy Spirit and confirmed by God’s holy…

The Pastor’s Heart 7/10/2020

I believe it’s worth sharing again.  While going through some older files this week, I came across a “Pastor’s Heart” from this month 5 years ago.  It was written about a week after the Supreme Court sadly ruled favorably on same-sex marriage.  As I read through it again and in light of the recent and ongoing…

The Pastor’s Heart 6/26/20

My wife shared it with me the other day, and it really caught my attention.  It was a simple statement – “The Christian life is not a constant high.  I have my moments of deep discouragement.  I have to go to God in prayer with tears in my eyes and say, ‘Help me’” (Billy Graham). …