January 16, 2018

Pastoral Nuggets: Million Dollar Answers to Fifty-cent Prayers

Somewhere along the way I heard a person ask another if they knew the difference between an amateur and a professional. He went on to explain that an amateur is one who strives to get something right while a professional is one who strives to not get it wrong. The difference is perception. One is striving to become successful while the other is striving to … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: Atmospheric Dirt and Dust

Not long ago, while on vacation in Pigeon Forge Tennessee, I was in service with my good friend, Pastor Church Simpson of Williamsburg Baptist Church. Like me, Chuck wears glasses. He took off his glasses, held them in his hand and said, “Occasionally, in order to continue to see well, I have to clean these.” He continued, “It’s not because I have done … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: Four Truths I Want You To Grab Hold Of

Picture in your mind a church sanctuary with stained glass windows. Now picture that you are inside that sanctuary at night. One of the first things you probably noticed is that the windows are dark, or at a minimum, their beauty is muted. The simple truth is that it takes the light of the sun to reveal the beauty of the stained glass. Now, here’s a truth … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: Choosing Not To Be Offended

Proverbs 19:11(KJV) states, “The discretion of a man deferreth his anger; and it is his glory to pass over a transgression.” The Aaron McCollough translation of that verse is: Smart people have learned both how to hold their tongue and the virtue of being able to forgive and forget. In short, they’ve learned to make the choice not to be … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: Where Spectacular is Born

1 Corinthians 1:27: “But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty; 28 And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are.” In his book, “Xealots,” … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: What Then?

I do not know the number of my days nor do I know the number of your days. Neither do you. But one thing I do know - at the end of today, each of us will have one less day. In is our natural tendency to discount death. However, whether we want to think about it or not, the truth remains that we are living our lives on a deadline. And each day we draw one … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: Give Your Fire a Proper Place to Burn

Recently, Marianne and I attended a fundraising banquet for Safe Families for Children. (A Christian alternative to Foster Care) The keynote speaker for the evening was the founder of Safe Families. During his speech he used a phrase that caught my attention. He said, “Give your fire a place to burn.” It resonated with me and I couldn’t shake it. I’ve been … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: The Natural Order of Things

In Ecclesiastes 3:1, Solomon said, “To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven.” In this passage, Solomon was trying to convey to us that God created everything for a specific purpose and time. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that everything in God’s creation is based upon order. There is a natural order … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: What We Focus On

A lady shook the preacher’s hand one Sunday as she was leaving church and told him this would be her last service; she was leaving. The pastor asked her if she would tell him why. She said something to the effect of too much gossip, too many rumors, etc. The pastor asked her to hang around for a few minutes. He wanted to speak more with her. After … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: When the Conditions Get Right

Isaiah 64:2(a) (KJV) states, “As when the melting fire burneth, the fire causeth the waters to boil …” Note what the writer says, “…the fire causeth the waters to boil …” There is an underlying truth here that I don’t want you to miss: When the conditions are right, the water has no choice but to boil. A physical change occurs. Let me say it again: When … [Read more...]