October 24, 2016

Pastoral Nuggets: Don’t Miss the Moment

I was at an Associational Missionaries Conference in Toccoa, Georgia when I heard the Georgia Baptist Mission Board Executive Director, Dr. J. Robert White, tell a very personal story about missing one of life’s moments. While still serving as a pastor, he left the church office one afternoon headed home. As he walked toward his car he was thinking about … [Read more...]

Guest columnist shares 911 story

(Editor's Note: Guest columnist Mr. Toby Nix is a former 911 employee and current deputy sheriff in Coweta County. We are pleased to announce he has agreed to share some of his writings with HeardCitizen.com readers in future editions.) I hear dead people… well not exactly, what I should say is that I hear people dying. I hear people crying. I hear people … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: Tolerance and Apathy

It is reported that Aristotle said, “Tolerance and apathy are the last traits of a dying society.” However, there is some confusion as to whether he actually said it or not. But regardless of who said it, it is correct! That great theologian, Roger Miller, (I’m being sarcastic!) once wrote in the lyrics of a song, “England swings like a pendulum do, Bobbies … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: All or Nothing

In his book, “Kingdom Matrix”, author Jeff Chistopherson makes three brutally honest statements regarding the Christian experience. These statements are at the heart of this column. First he said, “At any given moment I am either expanding the Kingdom of God or the Dimension of Darkness. Period.” Secondly he said, “There are only two spiritual realms – the … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: Old Paw Prints

Let’s play make believe.  Let’s make believe that we are in Africa, that you are a skilled lion hunter, and that you have taken me out to track lions. (As if I would be that dumb.  We might find one!  Then what are we gonna do?) As we proceed with our expedition we come across some lion tracks. You, being the experienced lion hunter that you are, can tell … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: Because You Never Asked Me

“Ye have not, because ye ask not.”… James 4:2(b)(KJV) I heard a story the other day about a boy and girl who grew up as next-door-neighbors. At a very early age the two children became the best of friends. They were practically inseparable. All through their formative years they shared life’s special moments together. But, all too soon kindergarten, … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: Random Thoughts from a Random Mind

I recently heard one of my African-American pastor friends praying. He prayed, “Lord, help us to remember that life is journey, not a destination. And as we take this journey, help us to remain faithful to You until heaven is satisfied, Your people have been edified, and Your name has been glorified!” I thought to myself: My goodness, that man prays better … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: The Consistency of God

As I sit at my computer writing this Pastor’s Column, I have just returned from a revival service where a young pastor, not even half my age, preached. He preached a fine sermon. It was theologically correct, challenging, relevant, and well presented. But none of that is what blessed me so about this young Man of God. What impressed me was his age and … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: The Keeper of the Oil

In 1924 Kittie L. Suffield took pen to hand and wrote the song: Little is Much When God Is In It. During the course of my ministry, I have often found great comfort in the lyrics of the third verse and chorus: “Does the place you’re called to labor, Seem so small and little known? It is great if God is in it, And He’ll not forget His own. Chorus: Little is … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: Exhausted But Still in Pursuit

In the Book of Judges we find the story of Gideon. Most likely you are familiar with this story. God called Gideon, a farmer, to organize and lead the Children of Israel into battle against their tormentors, the Midianites. However, the problem was that Gideon considered himself to be the most unlikely and unqualified leader God ever called. Gideon balked … [Read more...]