October 17, 2017

Pastoral Nuggets: When the Conditions Get Right

Isaiah 64:2(a) (KJV) states, “As when the melting fire burneth, the fire causeth the waters to boil …” Note what the writer says, “…the fire causeth the waters to boil …” There is an underlying truth here that I don’t want you to miss: When the conditions are right, the water has no choice but to boil. A physical change occurs. Let me say it again: When … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: The Unlatched Gate

I heard a story the other day about two men who lived on the same street. Both were dog owners. One owned a small breed dog and the other owned a large breed. Over the course of time a strange ritual developed regarding the dogs and their owners. When the owner of the small dog would leave for work, he would place his dog in the fenced-in front yard and … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: How to be Victorious

I was listening to a preacher the other day who mentioned the Biblical account of Joshua encountering the Captain of the Lord’s Host at the Battle of Jericho. It occurred to me that both Joshua and the Captain of the Lord’s Host were doing the same thing. Both were preparing themselves for a battle by surveying the battlefield. It also occurred to me … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: Counting Yourself Unworthy

In the 13th chapter of the book of Acts, Paul and Barnabas are teaching the Gospel of Salvation through Jesus Christ to the Jews and the Gentiles at Antioch. After teaching in the synagogue, the gentiles compelled them to come back the next Sabbath and teach the same thing again to everybody. The whole town showed up. However, when the Jews saw the crowd, … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: The Show of Life

“Sometimes I feel like sunshine must - shining on everything else that it never was.” Laurie Beth Jones. It is “Human” Nature for us to want our accomplishments to be in the spotlight of the show of life. It is “Christian” Nature for us to place the accomplishments of others in the spotlight of life. One comes naturally. The other requires great Spiritual … [Read more...]

BRAKING MUSE: Uproar Ensues after Heard County cancels Solar Eclipse

(Franklin, GA) -- A group of citizens are upset today following a decision by local authorities to cancel Monday's solar eclipse in Heard County. The ordinance banning Monday's eclipse passed by a margin of 6-2 with one abstention at an emergency called meeting late Saturday evening at the Heard County Courthouse. Voting at the meeting were head officials … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: It Happened On Our Watch

Reality is often a very sobering thing. As I have told you before in this column, each Monday I attend the Troup Baptist Association Monday Morning Pastors Prayer Fellowship. It’s a wonderful time of fellowship, prayer, and a short sermon. It is followed by lunch at a local restaurant for any pastor who wants to attend. At today’s lunch meeting the … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: Moving Rocks

Last week, I had the honor of eating lunch with Dr. Tom Tucker, Pastor of First Baptist Church in West Point, Georgia. As we were leaving to go to lunch, Tom showed me the “Community Garden” that is located across the street from the main entrance of the church. The church sponsors the garden as an outreach ministry to the community. It is quite a large … [Read more...]

New W.O.W. program at Centralhatchee First Baptist Church

(Centralhatchee) -- We are excited to announce the start of our W.O.W. (Worship on Wednesday) program. Join us starting Aug. 16th at 5:30 for a great time at Centralhatchee First Baptist Church. Children will benefit by learning about Christ, interacting with others, learning to worship and to serve and by knowing they are loved and are valued. We invite … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: The Importance of Faithfulness

If I asked you to develop a litmus test to determine if somebody is faithful in any relationship or cause, what parameters would you include? Would your test include things like a solemn commitment to the stated cause and purpose by the person you are testing? How about regular attendance, enthusiastic participation, preparedness, tirelessly advocating for … [Read more...]