December 22, 2014

Pastoral Nuggets: The Journey of Discovery


Certain portions of the Christmas Story reveal tremendous truths about mankind’s journey of discovery as it relates to our desire to come to terms with Who this Jesus really is. I suppose we are all on this journey together. All of must decide for ourselves what we really believe about this Babe in the Manger, Who would grow up to become our Sacrificial … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: A Paw-paw Day


I come to you in honest confession today. This past Saturday my wife, Marianne, recruited our two daughters, Heather and Stephanie, plus Shannon Cruz, to go with her and help her do the shopping for the upcoming Association Pastor & Wife Christmas Party. Stephanie sent me a text message Friday morning asking me if I wanted to keep Jacob & Caitlyn … [Read more...]

Tomahawk Talk (12/16/14)

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(Franklin) -- After a short break, I am back with the another edition of Tomahawk Talk. We have had a great start to out winter sports seasons. Basketball and wrestling are now going full speed with games and matches going on each week. Our teams have been working hard and playing even harder. Our boy’s basketball team has gotten off to a hot start. They … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: Saving the Saved


I had lunch last week with my friend, Todd Pruitt.  Todd heads up the area chapter of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.  (And by the way, he’s doing a fine job!) As we were conversing and enjoying our lunch, Todd lamented that too much of his time was devoted to trying to save saved people instead of lost people. Now, I know by now you think Todd and I … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: More Beyond


“You cannot experience a dream come true – without a dream.”  I heard myself say that yesterday on the Fresh Fire Ministries Radio Broadcast. Hey, it’s bad when a preacher starts quoting himself, isn’t it? However, I’m sure it wasn’t original.  I just forgot who I heard say it first! As I have journeyed for almost sixty years through this thing called life … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: The Power of Saying No


Saying no is one of the most liberating things an individual learns to do.  Simultaneously, saying no is one of the most difficult things an individual learns to do. Today I want to talk about a woman in the Bible who had the intestinal fortitude to say no - and the blessings it caused for others. For thirty plus years I have been preaching the Gospel of … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: The Coming Tsunami of Judgment


I am neither a prophet nor the son of a prophet.  I don’t even play a prophet on TV. And it is certainly not my desire to sound like a Prophet of Doom with this column today. However, I probably will. One only needs to open his eyes to the things transpiring in the world today to see prophecy fulfilling at an exponential rate. As a result, I dare to say … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: Living Life Out of Season


Whether it be hunting or fishing, sportsmen (or women) realize that the hunting or fishing seasons assigned to their particular passion is there for a reason. The season allows the animals and the fish to repopulate and keeps the herds or particular species of fish well regulated. And as long as everybody respects and abides by these assigned seasons, … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: Defining Moments


Have you ever read a passage of scripture for years and then read it again one day only to see something you have never seen before? Such is the case with me and the passage of scripture that I am writing about today. I read John 6:69(KJV) the other day. Peter speaking to Jesus says, “And we believe and are sure that thou art that Christ, the Son of the … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: Learning How to Lose


The things that matter most in life are today’s successes and victories - not yesterday’s failures and defeats. And if there is to be any joy in our lives, it will come as a result of disciplining ourselves to focus more on our victories and successes than upon our failures and defeats. As with a magnifying glass, what we choose to focus upon is what will … [Read more...]