The Pastor’s Heart 3/8/2019

I read the phrase a little over a week ago, and it has stuck.  I hope I can make sense of it to you today.  Three simple words that have surfaced over and over again in my heart.  “Truth trumps survival.”  It was written in a discussion concerning the early church and their commitment to stand…

The Pastor’s Heart 3/1/2019

It’s true because it’s in the Bible.  It’s true because we live it.  It’s true, undeniably true.  It’s the phrase found in Proverbs 27:1 that says, “thou knowest not what a day may bring forth.”  When we consider that phrase, we usually think of something negative, but it’s not always that way.  A day can…

The Pastor’s Heart 2/22/2019

“Christian.”  What does that mean?  Our Men of the Word group recently began a new study, and the first chapter of the book presented the idea of how the term “Christian” has been hijacked in today’s America.  And what the author discussed has stuck with me.  It’s also challenged me.  There are 2 or 3 possible…

The Pastor’s Heart 2/8/2019

Bad news.  It seems to come from anywhere, and sometimes it comes from everywhere.  From a child’s disappointing test result in school to a devastating test result in a doctor’s office.  From a family conflict to a full-blown family meltdown.  From a few unexpected bills to complete financial reversal.  And then there’s what’s going on in the world around…

The Pastor’s Heart 1/18/2019

I’d rather write about something else.  But this is what’s on this pastor’s heart today.  Lord willing, on this Sunday morning I will hold a precious little life in my arms and pray a prayer of dedication for that baby and the baby’s parents.  The parents’ simple desire is to commit themselves to bring their child up…

The Pastor’s Heart 1/11/2019

Tina and I finally took our Christmas tree down last night.  Really, “finally” isn’t a good word.  “Grudgingly” would be better.  I know, I know – it’s almost the middle of January, but we enjoy our tree.  The lights, the smell, and the many old decorations that spark good memories are things we love about it each…

The Pastor’s Heart 12/21/2018

When we read the Christmas story, we usually go to the gospels of Luke and Matthew, don’t we?  We do that because that’s where we find the details God has given us concerning the announcement and birth of the Savior.  And I enjoy reading those passages over and over, year after year.  I don’t know about…

The Pastor’s Heart 12/14/2018

Christmas shopping.  It can be fun; it can be frustrating.  And if you wait until the last minute…well, you know.  One of the challenges of choosing the right gift is simple: what is the right gift?  What do they want?  What size?  What color?  What?  If you aren’t sure about what to give, it often just leads to something that’s…