The Pastor’s Heart 10/14/2016

It’s gotten pretty crazy, and it doesn’t appear to be changing direction any time soon.  This election season has been something to see.  Rudeness, disrespect, division, excuse-making and even some raw language, among other things.  And by the way, I’m not talking about the candidates; that’s bad enough.  I’m referring to those who name the…

The Pastor’s Heart 10/7/2016

It would be much easier if it weren’t for one word. That. One. Word.  I’m talking about Paul’s exhortation to the church in Philippians 4:4, “Rejoice in the Lord alway; and again I say, Rejoice.”  The word “rejoice” here simply means to be “cheerful, calmly happy.”  That’s fine, because rejoicing is much more enjoyable than…

The Pastor’s Heart 9/9/2016

It’s been 15 years.  15 years since the event when, as many have said, “everything changed.”  September 11, 2001.  A business-as-usual day was shattered by sudden explosions, uncontrollable fires, frantic cries for help, last words with loved ones, falling bodies, collapsing towers, a burning Pentagon, and a debris-strewn crater in a Pennsylvania field.  And 2,996…

The Pastor’s Heart 9/2/2016

Today’s weather forecast is what led me to today’s thoughts.  Rain, rain, and more rain.  So, I imagine you’ve heard the expression “saving for a rainy day,” haven’t you?  The idea is to set aside some of your resources so they will be available when needed, especially in an emergency situation.  I’m not exactly sure…

The Pastor’s Heart 8/26/2016

“Even so, come, Lord Jesus.”  As the Patmos-bound Apostle John looked around at the corrupt days of his time and compared them to the glorious revelation of future events just shared with him, it’s easy to see why those words erupted from his heart.  As I look around today at the spiritual decay we face…

The Pastor’s Heart 8/12/2016

Have you ever felt like a change of scenery would be nice?  Perhaps the young shepherd, David, felt that way and was relieved to have the opportunity to leave his regular sheep-keeping duties for a trip to see his brothers who were serving in the army of Israel.  Even if it was just to be an errand boy.  His errand, as…

The Pastor’s Heart 8/5/2016

“I don’t know.”  I must admit that I have to say those words on a regular basis.  When there’s something I don’t know, sometimes I can resolve that by asking someone else or looking up the answer.  Sometimes by waiting, time provides the solution.  And then sometimes what I don’t know just stays that way…