The Pastor’s Heart 11/18/2022

Leading up to Thanksgiving each year, I look for a Scripture to chew on that presents the topic of gratitude or praise.  Instead of rushing headlong into Christmas mode (as seems to be the prevailing tendency now), I enjoy reflecting on the goodness of God and the praise He is due.  This year Psalm 146:2…

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The Pastor’s Heart 11/11/2022

It’s a rainy day here in Macon, but it’s still a red, white, and blue day today.  Veterans Day.  A day to remember, honor, and thank those who have served in the different branches of our country’s military.  From the colonial minutemen with their muskets at Lexington and Concord to those in uniform today, so…

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The Pastor’s Heart 10/21/2022

It’s true.  I knew it was true before and wasn’t doubting at all.  But it’s still good to be reminded.  And when God reminds us, it’s something, isn’t it?  Here’s what I mean.  Our theme for this year’s missions conference back in September was “Not in Vain.”  In fact, this has been a point of…

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The Pastor’s Heart 10/7/2022

It’s part of a pastor’s ministry.  I’m honored to do it, yet at the same time I wish I didn’t have to.  I officiated another funeral this week.  A funeral of a faithful member of the Berean family.  It was a mixture of grief for the family’s and our church’s loss as well as joy…

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The Pastor’s Heart 9/30/2022

“Look at that sunset!”  Tina pointed it out to me last night, and what a pretty sight it was!  The Lord paints absolute beauty when it comes to sunrises and sunsets, doesn’t He?  But His divine artistry is more than just something to admire; there’s a lesson there as well.  Listen to the Psalmist in…

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The Pastor’s Heart 9/23/2022

He was forthright.  He was quick to judge.  He was adamant about silencing others who didn’t walk with him and his crowd.  He was ambitious.  His personality was such that his Teacher gave him and his brother a very telling nickname: “Sons of Thunder.”  I’m talking about the Apostle John.  He, along with his brother,…

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The Pastor’s Heart 9/16/2022

Do you believe the Bible is true?  Really true?  All the time true?  Under any and all circumstances true?  I would imagine your answer would be, “Yes!”  And if we believe as we say we do, then it should be a given that we live that way, right?  Ahhh…there’s the problem sometimes.  I was thinking…

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The Pastor’s Heart 9/2/2022

It’s encouraging.  It’s challenging.  It’s motivating.  It’s comforting.  And it can be convicting.  But most of all, according to King David, it’s mind-boggling.  He says so as he describes the truth of Psalm 139:1-5.  Here’s how it goes: “O Lord, Thou hast searched me, and known me.  Thou knowest my downsitting and mine uprising, Thou understandest…

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The Pastor’s Heart 8/26/2022

The Bible is clear, but the United States Congress doesn’t seem to understand.  Neither does the current administration in the White House.  God in His word defines marriage as the union of one biological man and one biological woman with the purpose of being together for life.  Period.  Yet, our federal government is now promoting…

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The Pastor’s Heart 8/19/2022

I have to write about this because it won’t leave me alone.  It has come up in conversations I’ve had 2 or 3 times over the last week.  In that same time frame, I’ve heard it discussed on a couple of occasions by someone I was listening to.  It’s a statement made by the 6th…

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The Pastor’s Heart 8/5/2022

The “dog days of summer.”  I thought about it as I stood outside talking with someone for a while this morning.  Ever heard that term?  I imagine you have, but if not, you’re in them right now.  Hot.  Humid.  Dry.  Maybe some torrential rain.  Repeat.  Day after dog day.  But did you know there are…

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The Pastor’s Heart 7/29/2022

“It ain’t bragging if you can do it.”  So said the Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher Dizzy Dean.  Bragging.  We all tend to do it to some extent, some more than others.  Some about the old days and the faintly, slightly (and sometimes greatly) embellished high school sports career.  Some about bargains on a car,…

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