July 28, 2015

Pastoral Nuggets: Gay Marriage

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There is nobody more opposed to "Gay Marriage" than me.  I believe it tears at the very core of the Biblical and moral fabric upon which my Conservative Christian values and beliefs are based. I further believe that it tears apart the Biblical and moral values and beliefs our great nation was founded upon. I have fought it on every front I could. I have … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: Me

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The greatest detriment to my personal testimony - is me. The person who stands in the greatest need of forgiveness, both from you, others, and God - is me. The person I know who fails God more than anybody else - is me. And the most undeserving person of God’s salvation, grace, mercy, and anointing upon their life - is me. In fact, I believe that had I … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: The Wisdom of Athena

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“Happiness depends upon ourselves. Maybe it's not about the happy ending, maybe it's about the story. The purpose of life is a life of purpose. The difference between ordinary and extraordinary is that little extra. Happiness is a direction not a destination. Thank you for existing. Be happy, be free, believe, forever young. You know my name, not my story. … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: 4 Very Powerful Statements

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The eyes of many in the congregation were moistened this past Sunday night, and the presence of the Holy Spirit was palpable as she shared her testimony. It was easy to see and understand that her words were coming from a place of darkness and deep hurt in her life. Even after twenty plus years the pain was still very real. And if the truth were known, … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: Baseball and Life

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Life (and Christianity) is much like the game of baseball. I read a quote from Rick Dempsey about baseball that both resonated with and encouraged me. Hopefully, it will encourage you as well. Regarding being effective at the game of baseball, Dempsey said, "You've got to take it one game at a time, one hitter at a time. You've got to go on doing the things … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: The Rest in the Symphony of Life

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Being raised at 38 Borders Road meant a lot of things. One thing it meant was you were going to learn to play a musical instrument. My whole family is musically inclined. Momma played the piano. Daddy played anything with strings on it. Billy plays the piano. Frank plays the guitar. Judy plays the piano. And I play the dickens! (Guitar) I vividly remember … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: Passing Thoughts on Busyness and Relationships

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As Christians and as human beings, busyness is something we all struggle with. I'm sure you're like me and have realized there just aren't enough hours in the day anymore. So, I would not be so foolish as to tell you not to be busy. Busyness is a part of life. However, my encouragement to you today is to make sure you're busy doing the right things and that … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: Random Thoughts

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A Thought on Doing Your Job: Somewhere along the way I ran across the following story regarding Coach Lou Holtz.  I don’t remember where, or I would give proper credit. The story says, “In his first year as football coach at North Carolina State, Lou Holtz accepted (earned) an invitation to the Peach Bowl. He went to the university’s athletic director and … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: Our Actions Affect Others

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In his book, “Mastering Life Before It’s Too Late,” Robert J. Morgan tells a story about his friend, George Westover, who was stationed on the USS Tennessee, as it was anchored in Pearl Harbor in December of 1941. According to Morgan, the Friday night before the Sunday morning attack on Pearl Harbor, Westover, who had been on shore leave, was late returning … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: Joining Him

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In Luke 2:49(b) (KJV) we find the first recorded words of Jesus in the Bible: “… How is it that ye sought me? wist ye not that I must be about my Father's business?” And in John 19:30(b) (KJV) we find His last recorded words prior to His death:  “… It is finished …” These two verses completely encapsulate the life of Jesus. He came on business for His … [Read more...]