The Pastor’s Heart 9/4/2015

Ever heard the phrase, “That made my day!”?  Or, “You just made my day!”?  When spoken truthfully, i.e. non-sarcastically, that means something said or done turned a day into a positive one.  But have you ever had a day when everything just seemed to go wrong?  I recently read about a man who was having…

The Pastor’s Heart 8/28/2015

A story about a stump.  And how appropriate it’s been this week!  Our Thursday morning Men of the Word study started a new book yesterday, a biography of missionary Nate Saint.  The book opens with a story of the struggle to overcome a large stump that hindered the clearing of a key landing strip in…

The Pastor’s Heart 8/14/2015

“Daddy, carry me.”  It’s been a long, long time since I heard those words from my children, but how well I remember them!  I’ve heard them at the zoo, the shopping mall, the beach, and the playground.  And I carried them.  Then there were the rainy days, the muddy paths, the slippery steps, and the…

The Pastor’s Heart 8/7/2015

“Amazing grace, how sweet the sound….”  “In the Book ‘tis written, ‘Saved by grace’”….  “Sing the wondrous love of Jesus; sing His mercy and His grace….”  “Wonderful grace of Jesus, greater than all my sin….”  “Marvelous grace of our loving Lord; grace that exceeds our sin and our guilt….”  “He giveth more grace when the…

The Pastor’s Heart 7/31/2015

Ever felt like quitting?  Giving up?  Throwing in the proverbial towel?  You’re not alone.  Asaph, Elijah, Jeremiah, and Demas, just to name a few, felt the same way.  Asaph (Psalm 73) looked at the prosperous lifestyle of the wicked and essentially thought to himself, “It’s not fair; I’ve wasted my time following Jehovah.”  Elijah (1…

The Pastor’s Heart 7/24/2015

It was good, very good.  God Himself said so.  There is no doubt that the beauty of the newly-created and sinless world surpassed anything we would see today.  The crowning achievement of creation, man in the image of God, stood ready to live in fellowship with Him and serve in caring for that perfect place…

The Pastor’s Heart 7/10/2015

It’s still there.  I checked just this morning.  And it’s still relevant.  After seeing all the reaction to the last couple of weeks, I felt the need to see if it was still true (obviously, I say that tongue-in-cheek).  I’ve seen a lot of negativity, a lot of “woe is me,” and even a lot…

The Pastor’s Heart 7/3/2015

Lord, my emotions of the last week have covered just about everything.  You know that.  I’ve been exasperated; I’ve been heartsick; I’ve been bewildered; I’ve even been somewhat angry.  But I guess most of all I’ve been burdened.  That Supreme Court decision on marriage….  Well, it got to me.  I can’t imagine how You must…

The Pastor’s Heart 6/26/2015

If you’ve been involved in missions emphasis for any length of time, you’ve probably heard of the 10/40 Window.  This is an area of the world, mostly in the eastern hemisphere, between 10 and 40 degrees north of the equator, and it is believed to contain the largest concentration of unreached people in the world.…