August 21, 2019

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...]

Pastoral Nuggets: You are a part of their story

The first part of this column is from an end of the school year article I wrote to the teachers and staff at Berta Weathersbee Elementary School in LaGrange, Georgia. (Berta is the Troup Baptist Association’s Partner in Education.) “‘Don’t let people who don’t know your story stop you from going after what you know God has promised.’ – Desperate Prayers for … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: In It for the Long Haul

2 Samuel 3:1(KJV) states, “Now there was long war between the house of Saul and the house of David: but David waxed stronger and stronger, and the house of Saul waxed weaker and weaker.” None of us like war, much less a long war. We want to address an issue, solve it immediately, and move on. Unfortunately, that is not always the case. Change, if it comes … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: Chance Encounters

I heard a story the other day about an entry level account manager who, years ago, took a job with a huge advertising and marketing firm. As I said, this was an entry level job. The advertising firm received a request from a small mom & pop store in Arkansas that was seeking to retain their advertising and marketing expertise. Seeing as the account … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: Things I Heard While on My Way Somewhere Else

(Writer's Note: Preaching, and writing these columns each week, means that I am constantly in acquisition mode regarding material that I can use. Sometimes, as with the column today, I just go back to the notes I’ve taken and let them speak. I make no claim of originality to anything you’re about to read.  These are just some things I heard on my way … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: The Pinnacle of Near Perfect Ignorance

When I am driving, I often listen to Fox News on my Sirius XM Radio. The other day one of the hosts was interviewing his guest. The subject was the alleged Russian interference in the 2018 election. The host mentioned something that somebody else had said about it and then asked his guest to respond. The guest responded by stating that the other person was … [Read more...]