May 29, 2017

Pastoral Nuggets: The Leaven of Life

In 1 Corinthians 5:6(b) (KJV) Paul, speaking about cooking bread, asks the believers at Corinth, “Know ye not that a little leaven leaveneth the whole lump?” Now, for those who may not know what leaven is, just think of it as yeast or self-rising flour. So, in essence, Paul is teaching them that as believers, just like leaven, sometimes small doses of the … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: The Dark Moments

Sometimes God uses the most difficult situations, the dark moments of our lives, to produce the most poignant, significant, and beautiful moments of ministry. Charles F. Weigle is a good point-in-case of what I am talking about.  He was an itinerant evangelist and songwriter. One day he returned home after preaching an evangelistic meeting and found a note … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: The Landfill Harmonics

In his book, “The End of Me,” author Kyle Idleman tells about a town in Paraguay, South America, which is built around a garbage dump. Every day 1,500 tons of trash is added to this dump. The people of the town make their living by scavenging through the dump seeking things they can recycle and sell. Sadly, the living conditions in the town are as you … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: Hope is not a Strategy

God has blessed me with opportunities to share and interact with people through many different venues. The Pastor’s Column that you are reading is one of those venues. I also have the venues of a weekly radio broadcast, that is aired on several stations, a Facebook Page, and of course, there’s a web site. However, one of my favorite venues is working with … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: Focus

Have you ever noticed that, regarding instructions for our walk with the Lord, the Bible is filled with short lists and concise statements? The Lord knows how to condense! For example, He only gave us Ten Commandments. Man! Aren’t we glad? We have enough problems just keeping them. What if He had given us a hundred? Regarding the Great Commandment, He kept … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: He Keeps Me Singing

The following excerpts are from an article posted to www.digginghistory.com. It was written by Sharon Hall: "Luther Burgess Bridgers was born in North Carolina on February 14, 1884 … After receiving his ordination as a Methodist Episcopal minister; Luther served as a pastor and evangelist. In March of 1911, he received an invitation to preach a two-week … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: Our History Reveals Jesus’ Impact Upon Our Lives

“Lord, my history reveals how personally Your truth impacts my life.” That’s a sobering statement, isn’t it?  You see, we can say whatever we want about our faith in Jesus Christ. However, our history reveals how personally His truth impacts our lives. And by the way, belief, or faith if you will, is a verb. It doesn’t simply describe an act of the mind. … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: Change

In his book, Transformational Groups, author Ed Stetzer says, “…Change never happens until the pain of ‘staying the same’ exceeds the pain of ‘change.’”  Wow! As I was preaching recently, I asked the congregation a question. I asked, “Do y’all know why I’m fat – uh – ‘fluffy?’”  (Fluffy is a much nicer word. FAT is a cold, hard, insulting word!) I then … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: ‘Till My Change Come

Job 1:6(KJV) says, “Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the LORD, and satan came also among them.” I submit that if satan shows up among the sons of God as they are presenting themselves before the Lord, then it is no stretch of the imagination to believe that he will show up in the affairs of mankind. As the story of … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: Not Everything in Life Needs Fixing

In life, one of the greatest struggles we face is learning how to determine what needs to be fixed and what doesn’t. Not everything in life needs to be fixed. (Reread that last sentence!) As a preacher, leader, and a man, (or male of the species) I struggle with that last statement. Men are fixers by design.  Tell us what’s wrong; we’ll fix it! Women (and … [Read more...]