October 23, 2018

Pastoral Nuggets: What the Bible Doesn’t Say

During my forty plus years of pastoral ministry, I have often told my parishioners that sometimes it is just as important to hear what the Bible doesn’t say as it is to hear what it does say. The main truth of the column today will be about something the Bible doesn’t tell us. In Matthew 14: 22-34 you will find the story of the Apostle Peter walking on the … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: Pink Unicorns

I don’t believe pink unicorns exist on Mars. In fact, I don’t believe pink unicorns exist on earth. And if you really want to get down to it, I don’t believe they exist – period! The natural consequence of my unbelief in pink unicorns is that my mind is not preoccupied with the thoughts of them. If you want to believe in pink unicorns, then that’s your … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: Nobody Cared

In 2nd Chronicles 21:20, (KJV) we find one of the strangest verses in the Bible. It is in regards to King Jeroboam of Judah. It says, “Thirty and two years old was he when he began to reign, and he reigned in Jerusalem eight years, and departed without being desired. Howbeit they buried him in the city of David, but not in the sepulchres of the … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: 3 Truths About God’s Silence

When reading through the Bible you will come to the last verse in the Old Testament, Malachi 4: 6. You then turn a page, two at the most, and start reading at Matthew 1:1, which is the start of the New Testament. What you will miss, if you aren’t careful, is the fact that four hundred years have transpired between Malachi 4:6 and Matthew 1:1. For four … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: Principals to Overcome Our Fortified Walls

It is Monday evening as I sit at my computer writing this Pastor’s Column. Yesterday I preached a sermon about the Children of Israel encountering the fortified walls at Jericho. In it I made several observations that I want to share with you today that I believe will help you overcome the fortified walls you will encounter on your Christian … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: Second Opinions

We live in a world today where second opinions have become the accepted norm. And I am convinced that in the medical field and certain other arenas of life that getting a second opinion is a very good thing. However, I am concerned today at the number of Christians that always want a second opinion when God reveals His will for their personal lives. Mark … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: Random Thoughts from a Wandering Mind

A long time ago I heard the story of a little boy sitting on a park bench. The lad was squirming, grimacing, and yelling, “Ow! Ow! Ouch!” An older gentleman observed the boy and asked, “Son, what are you doing?”  Through clenched teeth he replied, “Sitting on a bumblebee.” The older gentleman asked, “Then why don’t you get up?” The lad replied, “Cause I … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: Discipline

“Percentage of Americans who own running shoes but don't run: 87%.”  Source: What Counts: The Complete Harper's Index, edited by Charis Conn. The above statistic validates the old saying that, “The road to hell is paved with good intentions.” Just like those who purchase running shoes with the intention of becoming healthier, only to store the shoes in the … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: Existing Structural Problems

(Author's Note: I wrote the column you are reading today on January 21, 2000.  The truth it contains is just as relevant today, if not more so, than it was some eighteen years ago. – Brother Aaron) The other day I had the privilege of hearing Dr. Bailey Smith preach. During his sermon Dr. Smith told of an engineering firm that had been conducting … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: Dealing With the Consequences of Sin

One of the hardest lessons in life to learn is that every action has a consequence. Trust me; I'm still a student regarding this one!  I haven't mastered it yet! I remember a story a pastor friend told me years ago. One of his teenage members was crying. He took the young girl into his office. There she informed him that she was pregnant. After counseling … [Read more...]