The Pastor’s Heart 1/5/2018

“Sometimes the days just seem like a whirlwind.”  Have you ever said that or at least thought its equivalent?  Do you feel as if you’ve simply been swept from 2017 into 2018, barely slowing down at all for the holidays?  I actually made that “whirlwind” comment to Tina once, and heard her sleepily reply, “I…

The Pastor’s Heart 12/22/2017

“I think I’d rather not.”  I heard this line last night as we attended a performance of the Dickens’ classic, A Christmas Carol.  In fact it’s one of my favorite lines in the whole story.  Ebenezer Scrooge has just been put on notice by Marley’s ghost that he would be visited by three spirits and…

The Pastor’s Heart 12/15/2017

The Christmas story hasn’t changed a bit.  Every year as I go to the Scriptures to read, study, and meditate on the passages, the words are the same.  Once I start reading them, I could almost quote the story without looking.  Over and over, year after year, it’s the exact same thing.  But it’s God’s…

The Pastor’s Heart 12/1/2017

People probably wondered, “What was he thinking?”  His friends more than likely tried to talk him out of it.  His family that had adopted him perhaps saw their dreams for him crushed in that moment.  In their minds they were watching the one in whom they had invested so much throw it all away for…

The Pastor’s Heart 11/17/2017

He had a blessed ministry.  Multitudes came to Christ, great numbers of churches were planted, and hundreds surrendered to serve on the mission field.  There is no doubt that Hudson Taylor, missionary to China, was a man mightily used by God.  However, as I’ve once again read his story, there’s something else that is just…

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,…

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…