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…

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…

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,…

The Pastor’s Heart 6/9/2017

Paul had it right.  In 1 Corinthians 3, he was addressing the divided and strife-filled church about their professed allegiances to different leaders.  Some claimed Paul, some Apollos, some Peter.  Some even claimed Christ, but in a way that they believed made them superior to the rest.  In verses 5-9 Paul, penning the inspired word…

The Pastor’s Heart 5/26/2017

He’d been teaching school for two years when the war began. He was only twenty-one, a little above average height, with fair skin, blue eyes, and light hair.  The young Continental Army was facing the enemy across the East River, not knowing what their plans might be.  Fearing surprise more than anything, General Washington wanted…

The Pastor’s Heart 5/12/2017

Paul’s time was short.  His earthly pilgrimage was almost over.  He took a look back over his life and said with certainty, “I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith.”  In all that the Lord accomplished through this great servant, the one victory that seemed to be…

The Pastor’s Heart 4/21/2017

About three weeks ago, I spoke at a funeral for one of our church members.  Today I do the same.  There’s no doubt that death is real.  We see it all around us every day, and with good reason the Apostle Paul called death an “enemy” (1 Corinthians 15:26).  But that’s not the topic for…