August 5, 2020

Pastoral Nuggets: For What Have You Sold Your Soul?

“For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?” Mark 8:36-37 (KJV) I was seated in a hospital room today visiting the mother of one of my church members when her boss entered to visit with her. He is the principal of one of our local high schools and she is the … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: Well, It Is Better Than It Was

In his book, “Real Evangelism,” the author, the late Dr. Bailey Smith, states, “In a small town where I once was pastor, there was a man who had a strange reply to people who complained how he might have repaired something at his fix-it shop. His oft heard response was, ‘Well, it’s better than it was.’” The only problem is, merely making something better … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: Focusing on the Wrong Thing

In the Olympics, there is a shooting sport that I really enjoy watching. It is the 50-meter three-position air-rifle shooting event. By the title, you can ascertain that the shooters have to shoot their targets from three different positions at a range of 50-meters. Those shooters are so good that it is not good enough to simply score a 10; (or a … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: When You Don’t Know

One of the toughest assignments any Christian faces is remaining faithful and obedient to God when you don’t understand what He is doing or, perhaps better stated, when you don’t understand why He is allowing what He is allowing in your life. The most difficult room to occupy in a hospital is not the patient’s room, emergency room, operating room, or … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: Hate Crimes Legislation

June 15, 2020, Pastor Dennis Farr preached for the Troup Baptist Association’s Monday Morning Pastors’ Prayer Fellowship. I got a takeaway line from his sermon as he spoke about the condition of America today. He said, “The problem is, we have wicked men trying to tell other wicked men how to live a righteous life!” He continued, “We don’t have a race … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: Look for the Helpers

“When I was a boy and would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.’” … Mister Rogers. In Luke 10:25-37 we find the Biblical story of The Good Samaritan. In a nutshell, the story is about a man who was a Samaritan … a half-breed. He was half Jew and half Gentile. And he … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: The Runt of the Litter

(Personal Note: Today’s Pastor’s Column marks a personal milestone for me. This is the 400th article I have written since I resumed writing them. It is an honor for me to be your Newspaper Pastor! ~ Brother Aaron) One of the greatest obstacles we face as Christians is … learning to see ourselves as God sees us. In other words, knowing our true … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: When the Building Becomes a Burden

During part of the verbal exchange between Jesus and the Samaritan Woman, (The Woman at the Well) a question arose regarding the correct place to worship God. Take a moment to read the exchange between them: “The woman saith unto him, Sir, I perceive that thou art a prophet." "Our fathers worshipped in this mountain; and ye say, that in Jerusalem is the … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: Something Horrific to Something Good

In Matthew 16:18(KJV), Jesus told Peter, “And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.” And the good news for us today is: Neither shall the Coronavirus prevail against Jesus’ church! When this virus is nothing more than a fleeting memory, His church will still … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: The Pressure is On – Rise to the Occasion

I'm not smart enough to know what the Coronavirus is. However, I am smart enough to know what it is not. It is not male or female, rich or poor, tall or short, fat or skinny, black or white, gay or straight, American or another nationality, Jewish, Muslim, Christian, or atheist, or Republican or Democratic. Neither is it a respecter of … [Read more...]