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…

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…

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…

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…

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. …

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…