The Pastor’s Heart 11/19/2021

Sometimes I am part of the 9.  The 9 that Jesus called out in Luke 17.  You see, the Lord was traveling one day and encountered some lepers, men ostracized from society and living as outcasts because of their frightful condition.  There were 10 of them, and they cried out for mercy and healing.  And…

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The Pastor’s Heart 11/12/2021

He was a career soldier.  Once he enlisted, he was all in.  Yes, there were times of R&R, but mostly he was on the front lines, face to face with the enemy.  I’m sure that he had moments of weariness, doubt, and struggle, but as you look at what is written about him, you simply…

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The Pastor’s Heart 11/5/2021

I have to admit that I was nervous.  It was looking good, very good, but still….  You never can tell.  Yes, they were up 3 games to 2.  Yes, they were winning 7-0 late in the game.  Yes, I know how solid they were playing.  But even knowing all that, I was still nervous.  Nervous…

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The Pastor’s Heart 10/29/2021

We know the verse.  We know the truth.  We’d never deny it, yet we often fail to live it.  And when we don’t, we may fear, give up, stray, or wallow in discouragement and self-pity.  It’s from Psalm 23 – a passage you could probably quote from memory.  It’s in verse 4, and it’s a…

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The Pastor’s Heart 10/15/2021

I guess it’s time to go ahead and go on record:  I am for the mandate.  My reasons?  Lives are at stake.  It definitely makes a difference.  It shows we truly care.  There is an incredible amount of false information being spread about it.  Last, but not least, we have been directed by authority, and…

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The Pastor’s Heart 10/8/2021

John Thomas was through.  He was qualified, well-liked, a leader of men, and a true patriot.  Yet he was passed over for an important promotion in the newly formed Continental Army, so he decided to resign his position.  It was July of 1775, and things weren’t looking good for the colonies’ cause of independence from…

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The Pastor’s Heart 10/1/2021

Have you ever considered giving up?  Ever let discouragement pull you down, down, down to the point of despair?  Felt the weight of life’s burdens bringing you to the point of collapse?  Maybe even that God had turned a deaf ear to your cry?  Ever wondered if staying true to the Lord and His word…

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The Pastor’s Heart 9/24/2021

At first, he didn’t even want to go.  Then, he made excuses.  He certainly didn’t feel qualified.  When he consented, he had the rug pulled out from under him and found himself seriously short-staffed (to use a term you hear a lot right now).  Gideon faced an enemy numbering at least 120,000 soldiers, and he…

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The Pastor’s Heart 9/10/2021

“I can remember exactly where I was when….”  Each year approaching the 9/11 remembrance you hear that phrase, and perhaps more so this year with it being the 20th observance of the events of that horrible day.  It is fitting and proper to remember and honor those who lost their lives, those who gave their…

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The Pastor’s Heart 9/3/2021

“Things are crazy right now.”  Heard that lately?  Maybe you’ve even said it; I know I have.  I look around and see fear because of what’s happening.  I see fretting because we can’t do much about it.  I see frustration because it keeps happening over and over.  I see these things around me, and sometimes…

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The Pastor’s Heart 8/20/2021

Forgiven!  What a beautiful word!  When was the last time you considered the blessed truth that, as a child of God, you are forgiven?  Think about what the Scripture says.  “The blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanseth us from all sin” (1 John 1:7).  “For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their…

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The Pastor’s Heart 8/13/2021

I guess you could call this Adoniram Judson, Part 2.  Last week I shared part of Judson’s testimony of how he “fled to Jesus” in times of trial and discouragement.  What I didn’t include was what he wrote later on in that same letter.  It’s not so much a comfort as last week’s thought as…

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