March 4, 2015

Pastoral Nuggets: Politically Incorrect Ramblings (Less and Less About More and More)


I was having lunch the other day with Danny Watters, one of our Georgia Baptist Convention State Missionaries. Danny mentioned having breakfast with an old college professor of his. He said that as they were waxing eloquent about some political problem that neither of them understood, the professor leaned back and said, “Danny, the older I get and the more … [Read more...]

Heard Welsey UMC Family and Friends Day


(Franklin) -- You are cordially invited to attend our Annual Family & Friends Day Celebration, at Heard Wesley UMC, Franklin, GA, Sunday March 8, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. Our guest speaker will be Rev. DeNorris Brinkley  - Mt. Avery Baptist Church, Whitesburg. We plan to have a great time serving the Lord. Lunch will be served at 2:00 p.m.  See you there! … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: Second Chances


In his book, Second Chances, Max Lucado tells the following story of a Brazilian woman Maria and her daughter, Christina.  Maria’s husband died when Christina was an infant. The young mother, stubbornly refusing opportunities to remarry, got a job and set out to raise her young daughter. The small house, with a pallet on either side of the room, a … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: Free Stars


More years ago now than I care to remember, we had a Labor Day Camp Meeting at the church I was pastoring in West Point, Georgia - Roper Heights Baptist Church. During the Saturday morning session, Rev. Michael Stiggers of Mount Pisgah Baptist Church in West Point, Georgia shared the following story about his then five-year-old son, who is now a grown young … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: Life


To say that life is fickle and can change in a moment would be a huge understatement. In fact, as I sit at my computer writing this Pastor’s Column, I have just learned that a life-long friend, her husband, daughter, granddaughter, and a friend of the family were murdered. It’s surreal. I don’t remember a time that I didn’t know this family. My siblings … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: Old Houses


Recently, Marianne and I purchased the property where I was raised. Our goal is to remodel it and use it for either rental income for our retirement years or maybe live in it ourselves and rent the house where we currently live. Who knows? Anyway, when my father built this house, for whatever the reason, he didn’t put any insulation in it - period! … [Read more...]

Alcoholics Anonymous Meeting

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(Franklin) -- If you want to drink, that's your business. If you want to stop, we can help. Come to a meeting of Alcoholics Anonymous to hear a solution.  Every Monday starting February 9, 2015 from 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. an open discussion meeting of AA will be held at the Franklin Church of God located at 12002 GA Hwy 100 in Franklin, GA.  … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: Decisions, Choices, and Consequences


Everything we do in life is based upon the decisions and choices we make. It is not our parents, our past relationships, our job, the economy, the weather, an argument, or our age that is to blame. We alone are responsible for every decision and choice we make.  And rest assured, there are consequences for every decision and choice we make. I think that … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: The ABC’s of Life


In 2004 a student named Tim Lee gave the Hampton University Commencement Speech. It was a rousing challenge to all those graduating students. And I believe it is a rousing challenge to us as we enter the New Year. As you read what Tim said, I believe that this may be one of those articles that you tear out of the paper and tuck away in your Bible, stick on … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: God Doesn’t Always Close His Accounts in October


There once was a Christian newspaper editor who made it a point to use the format the newspaper afforded him to uplift Christianity and the good things associated with it. He once wrote an article telling his readers how much “richer” they would be if they followed the way of Jesus. A cotton farmer, who hated anything associated with Christianity, read the … [Read more...]