The Pastor’s Heart 2/12/2016

Today, a history lesson that goes back 283 years.  Years of planning led up to it, and on February 12, 1733, Gen. James Oglethorpe and his group of colonists climbed up the Yamacraw Bluff from the Savannah River to establish a colony they would call Georgia.  But it’s not the founding, as interesting as it…

The Pastor’s Heart 2/5/2016

It’s Friday, and here I sit.  The blank screen mockingly stares at me, daring me to come up with something to fill it.  Plenty of topics come to mind.  But there’s nothing there.  Guess that’s what they call writer’s block.  Do you ever feel like that when it comes to your problems?  You seem to…

The Pastor’s Heart 1/29/2016

At our Men of the Word Bible study, we’re wrapping up our reading and discussion of Jungle Pilot, the biography of missionary Nate Saint.  The five month (so far) journey through his life story has blessed, encouraged, challenged, and even sometimes convicted me.  This week, a line from a letter he wrote to his parents…

The Pastor’s Heart 1/22/2016

It happens every day.  On average, it could only cost about $490 to get it done.  The vast majority do it to cut down on an unwanted interference in their lives or to avoid complicating already difficult situations.  Many also say it creates a burden on an already tight budget.  So they take the life…

The Pastor’s Heart 1/15/2016

2016.  A presidential election year.  Things are about to go into political high gear as candidates campaign and jockey for favor in the eyes of the voters.  Have you been watching the debates?  Listening to the candidates?  Don’t worry, I’m not going to get too political with this note, but I would like to make…

The Pastor’s Heart 1/8/2016

King Jehoshaphat had led his nation in a return to God, spiritual reform, and revival.  He sought the Lord and was blessed by Him.  But now he faced a problem.  A huge problem.  The combined armies of Moab, Ammon, and others were forming to do battle with the people of Judah.  You can find the…

The Pastor’s Heart 12/31/2015

Today is the end.  Tomorrow is the beginning.  Today the book closes on 2015, and tomorrow 2016 opens its first chapter.  Life seems to be made up of beginnings and endings, doesn’t it?  School begins and ends.  Vacations begin and end.  Seasons begin and end.  Our children’s time at home begins and ends (and how…

The Pastor’s Heart 12/11/2015

Now it’s Joseph’s turn.  You know the story.  It’s there in Matthew 1:18-25.  Mary, trusting in the God of the impossible, accepts her role as the mother of the Messiah.  Suddenly, Joseph’s world is turned upside down.  His happy betrothal to Mary takes a shocking and disconcerting turn: she’s expecting, and he doesn’t quite know…

The Pastor’s Heart 12/4/2015

When you think of the Christmas season, what words come to mind?  “Joy”?  “Peace”?  “Good will”?  How about “fear”?  As you read the story of Christ’s birth in Scripture, you can see it. You actually see fear.  That’s why you also see the words “Fear not” throughout the story.  Think about it.  For example, when…