December 14, 2018

Pastoral Nuggets: Dancing in Your Hurricane

A portion of the lyrics to the song, “The Eye,” by Brandi Carlisle, state, “You can dance in a hurricane, but only if you’re standing in the eye.” That lyric is a poignant reminder that even in the fiercest of storms, there is usually an eye – a respite, if you will. Regrettably, I fear that we expend exorbitant amounts of time, energy, and resources … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: Getting Off the Wrong Bus

(Writer’s note: This column was originally written to a group of pastors I mentor regarding leadership. Hopefully, it will help somebody today. And Happy Thanksgiving! – Bro. Aaron) Have you ever been traveling somewhere and suddenly discovered that you were on the wrong bus, the wrong plane, the wrong train, or even the wrong road - traveling in the … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: Courage and Cowardice

“Courage and cowardice – both are contagious!” That’s a powerful statement, isn’t it? I don’t have a clue who said it. I found it written in some notes that I have in my iPhone. I’m bad about doing that. As I’m out and about and hear something that catches my ear I’ll whip out my iPhone and make a note. The only problem with that is, thinking I will … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: The Show of Life

“Sometimes I feel like sunshine must…shining on everything else that it never was.” ~ Laurie Beth Jones. It is Human Nature for us to want our accomplishments to be in the spotlight of the show of life. It is Christian Nature for us to place the accomplishments of others in the spotlight of life. One comes naturally. The other requires great Spiritual … [Read more...]

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...]