The Pastor’s Heart 1/22/2021

62,502,904.  Let that number sink in for a second.  Let it sink deep.  That’s the reported number of preborn children’s lives taken by abortion in our country since the Roe v. Wade decision was handed down by the Supreme Court 48 years ago today.  62,502,904.  I really don’t know what else to say.  All those…

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The Pastor’s Heart 1/8/2021

“The Pastor’s Heart.”  That’s what I call this note I send to you on a regular basis, and that’s what I try to share.  Let me tell you about my heart this week: it’s broken.  Aching.  Even a little frustrated and downtrodden.  But the best word would be broken.  After Tuesday’s outcome of the Senate…

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The Pastor’s Heart 12/18/2020

It’s the Christmas story according to the Gospel of John.  Just one verse.  But what a verse!  “And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth” (John 1:14).  There is so much to be…

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The Pastor’s Heart 12/11/2020

I love deer stand meditation.  I’ve written many a sermon outline or Pastor’s Heart in one.  Like this week.  While sitting there and reading through some Psalms, I came to Psalm 71, and the first half of verse 3 really caught my attention.  The unknown writer of this Psalm is crying out to his God…

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The Pastor’s Heart 12/4/2020

Well, we’ve arrived.  The last month of 2020.  Is that a collective sigh of relief I hear?  In a few days, it’ll be over.  But will it?  Yes, 2020 will draw to a close, but I’m seeing a carryover.  Encouraging, isn’t it? (Sarcasm, of course.)  Thinking of this, I read a statement in an article…

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The Pastor’s Heart 11/20/2020

You sit staring at the blank, and it just doesn’t come.  You thought you were ready, but you weren’t ready for that one.  That question on the test that stumps you, and you don’t have a clue about the answer.  Remember that feeling?  It happened this week to one of my wife’s students.  Last night…

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The Pastor’s Heart 11/6/2020

What. A. Week.  Could we have expected anything different from the 2020 election?  Uncertainty.  Ups and downs.  Head-scratching.  Confusion.  Information and misinformation.  And a whole lot more with some anger thrown in here and there.  So what are we to do?  I don’t know.  But Scripture does.  For that reason, I think we need to…

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The Pastor’s Heart 10/30/20

I was determined to avoid it for this “Pastor’s Heart.”  Ignore it.  Not say anything about it.  Anything but that.  But here I am turning right back to it and writing about it: Tuesday’s election.  As I read the Scriptures this morning, the Lord reminded me of something I’ve tended to forget from time to…

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The Pastor’s Heart 10/16/2020

This popped up in my FB Memories this week. When I read it, I believe it’s even more appropriate for this election season! So, I thought I’d post it again. Here you go:  The Pastor’s Heart 10/14/2016  It’s gotten pretty crazy, and it doesn’t appear to be changing direction any time soon. This election season…

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The Pastor’s Heart 10/9/2020

At our men’s Bible study early yesterday morning, we discussed the Apostle Paul’s salvation experience – from what he was to what God did for him and ultimately through him.  What a stark difference between Saul the persecutor and Paul the preacher!  But as we learned, his salvation experience is no more miraculous, no more…

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The Pastor’s Heart 10/2/2020

I took it as long as I could.  35 or 40 minutes in, I couldn’t stand it any longer, and I walked away.  I was done.  I’m talking about my experience with last Tuesday night’s presidential debate.  From the start, the interruptions and the talking over each other made it painful for me to watch. …

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The Pastor’s Heart 9/25/2020

We sit and look at what’s going on around us.  Coronavirus (still), deeply divided politics, lawlessness and disrespect for civil authority, and the disturbing spiritual casualties of some believers brought on by not being in church for so long.  And the list could go on, not even counting the normal trials and ups and downs…

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