July 7, 2015

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...]

Pastoral Nuggets: Never Alone

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In Hebrews 13: 5(b)(KJV) we find a promise from God.  He said, “… I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.” And in 1 Corinthians 10:13(KJV) we find, “There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: One Degree of Separation

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Today, the thesis or subject of this Pastoral Nugget is:  The difference between hot water and boiling water.   Science teaches us that at sea level to 1000 feet above sea level, the exact temperature at which water boils is 212 degrees Fahrenheit. At 212 degrees Fahrenheit the physical properties of water change and the boiling process begins. Therefore, … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: Deadbeat Christians and Churches

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This past weekend I attended a meeting where I met one of the nicest young men I have met in a long time. Maurice and I come from different generations and different cultures. Yet, it didn’t take us long to discover we had a common point of interest. We both love Jesus. As Maurice and I talked, somehow the conversation turned to churches and the benevolent … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: Putting His Glory on Display

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In our Christian experience we do everything within our power to follow God’s leading as closely as possible. In his book, The Red Sea Rules, which is the foundation for this column today, Robert J. Morgan quoted A.T. Pierson saying, “To go as I am led, to go when I am led, to go where I am led, is that which has been for twenty years the one prayer in my … [Read more...]