October 21, 2019

Pastoral Nuggets: Growing Into Your Destiny

On several occasions, I have mentioned to you readers that I was raised poor. And if the truth be known, I am glad I was. Why? Was it because I enjoyed not having things, or being forced to learn to “make do” with secondhand things, or even having to wear hand-me-down clothes? Of course not! I’m glad because being raised poor shaped me into the person I … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: Jigsaw Puzzles

When I was growing up, you know, back when dinosaurs roamed the earth, we were so poor at 38 Border Road in LaGrange, Georgia - we couldn’t even pay attention! Oh, I can tell you all kind of stories about just how poor we really were. We didn’t have indoor bathrooms until I was about thirteen years old. We certainly didn’t have any air conditioning. We … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: Stuff I Heard Somebody Else Say Along the Way

In his book, “The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People,” one of the habits Stephen Covey gives is this: “Seek first to understand, then to be understood.” What’s he saying? He’s saying that before we try to convince somebody else that we are right and they are wrong, just maybe, we need to understand their point of view first. We need to learn to listen … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: Getting the Corruption Out

My momma was a sage. She had a way of boiling her wisdom down to simple little sayings, that even as a child, I could understand. However, I later discovered that some of her sagely sayings were not grounded in as much scientific fact as she asserted. She was just manipulating my behavior! Sayings like: “Don’t cross your eyes; they’ll get stuck that way,” … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: Because You Are His

What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's … 1st Corinthians 6: 9 & 10. Leadership Magazine once published an article about the 1995 Disney Movie, Toy Story. The … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: It Happened – Just This Way

Proverbs 17:22(KJV) says, “A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones.” So, I think that from time-to-time it does all of us good to laugh – even if it is at somebody else’s expense! Speaking of laughter, I am convinced that sometimes the Lord looks down from heaven, sees me, and starts belly laughing! I have a vision … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: Old Friends

“Most of the time, a kid doesn’t think about what he’s doing or why.  This is the privilege of childhood.” ~ Robert Fulghum. As I read the quote above, my mind went back a couple of weeks to a Homecoming service that I was blessed to be asked to preach at my home church. One of my childhood friends attended the services that day. He’s one of those rare … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: Train Engines and Pastors

Have you ever been stopped at a railroad crossing and watched a train go by that had six or seven engines on the front and only fifteen to twenty cars behind? How about this one? Have you ever seen a really long train going by that had an engine stuck smack-dab in the middle? One more. Have you ever seen a train with an engine on the rear? Now, perhaps … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: Finding Your Spot

John Wooden was the Head Coach for the UCLA Men’s Basketball Team. He was one of the most successful coaches in the history of college basketball. At ninety-two years of age, he was voted as College Basketball’s Coach of the Century. John Wooden would take kids straight out of high school, and by the time they graduated UCLA, he would raise their scoring … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: Birds, Fires, and Earthquakes

(Note: I originally wrote this column sixteen years ago. I hope it blesses you today.  ~ Brother Aaron) Some really strange events have occurred in my life during the past few weeks, things I have never experienced before, and things I don’t want to experience again. The first event occurred about three weeks ago. The Mid-west Ministerial Association asked … [Read more...]