October 31, 2014

Pastoral Nuggets: Learning How to Lose

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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...]

Pastoral Nuggets: Planned Neglect

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Vance Havner said, “Patrick Henry asked, ‘Give me liberty or give me death,’ but modern Americans simply say, ‘Gimme!’”  How true! As Christians, we often deal with people who expect, no, demand something from us. On at least two separate occasions this week I have counselled with people who have been emotionally drained by the ministries and people they … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: Speak Them Forward

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Acts 1:8, “But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.” For the past several years this passage of scripture has been a buzzword among Southern Baptists. We have used it to articulate our mandate for … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: Desperate Times

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“The times are desperate - but we are not …” is a quote from Pastor Anthony Hovey’s Sunday morning sermon that he preached September 7, 2014 at Shoal Creek Baptist Church in LaGrange, Georgia.  If Pastor Hovey never gets anything else right in his life - he got this one right! As I have watched the news of late I have heard about the deadly Ebola virus … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: All I Want to Do is Serve You

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It was a long time ago.  I was experiencing some very turbulent times in my Spiritual walk with the Lord.  I had finished my second pastorate and had been at my third pastorate for about six months. However, I never experienced the full peace that a pastor should experience at a pastorate.  Now, I’m not saying I missed God.  I didn’t.  I am as certain now … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: Change

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In his book, Transformational Groups, author Ed Stetzer says, “…Change never happens until the pain of ‘staying the same’ exceeds the pain of ‘change.’”  Wow!  Reread that last statement and meditate upon it for a while! What a truth! I am writing this Pastor’s Column on Sunday night August 10th, 2014.  I preached both services today at the Harrisonville … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: Going on Alone

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“And he saw him no more.”… 2nd Kings 2: 12 (KJV) In the passage of scripture above we see a very exciting, challenging, yet sad time for Elisha.  For quite some time Elisha had been in training to take Elijah’s place.  Now, Elijah is carried away in the Chariot of God, and the Bible records that Elisha, “… saw him no more.”  The time had come for Elisha to … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: Conviction Versus Preference

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In 1972 the Supreme Court of the United States made a landmark ruling in the case: Wisconsin vs. Yoder. In this case, an Amish man named Yoder challenged Wisconsin’s law requiring children to attend Public School until the age of sixteen. He challenged it on the grounds that it violated his religious convictions. While he had no qualms allowing his children … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: It’s Not Okay

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Three words:  “It’s not okay.”  On the surface these don’t seem like very powerful words, do they?  But are they powerful words?  Yes!  When spoken and meant they are extremely powerful words.  But note what I said, “‘When spoken’ – ‘and meant’ they are extremely powerful words.” I submit to you today that somehow America seems to have lost her moral voice … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: Which Team Are You On?

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In his book “Autopsy of a Deceased Church – Twelve Ways to Keep Yours Alive,” author Thom Rainer tells the following story regarding the 1980 United States Olympic hockey team:  “The United States hockey team was not supposed to have a chance in 1980. The Soviet Union seemed invincible and unbeatable. Their team included elite professionals who had played … [Read more...]