January 17, 2017

Pastoral Nuggets: 2017 A Formula for Success

We all enter 2017 on a journey from somewhere to somewhere else. (Reread!) The late Truett Cathy, Founder and Chairman of the Board of Chick-fil-A, gave us a wonderful guide to life, that if applied, will help us navigate 2017 and the rest of our lives successfully. He teaches that success in life comes when we know Who our Master is, what our mission is, … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: The Ministry of Inspiration

The late Fred Herman used to begin his speeches by asking audiences: Who was Jim Thorpe’s coach (Today we would ask who coached Michael Phelps) and who taught Albert Einstein arithmetic in the second grade? His point was that behind every significant person or accomplishment in life, there was a seemingly insignificant person whose influence and instruction … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: One

“One is the loneliest number that you'll ever do - Two can be as bad as one It's the loneliest number since the number one - No is the saddest experience you'll ever know - Yes, it's the saddest experience you'll ever know - 'Cause one is the loneliest number that you'll ever do - One is the loneliest number, whoa-oh, worse than two …” Wow!  I told my age … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: Wandering Thoughts From a Wandering Mind

This Pastor’s Column is a collection of random thoughts from a wandering mind.  Hopefully they will bless you. Recently, I was speaking with a friend who use to drive a bus in Atlanta.  She said that when she finished her route she then had to take her bus back to the bus barn.  She would reach up and turn her “Out of Service” sign on.  Often, she … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: Move On

When you write as much as I do you are constantly in the acquisition mode for subject material. So, whenever I run across something, I write it down. Consequently, I have many bits, pieces, and scraps of information that I refer to from time to time for inspiration. Unfortunately, I am better at writing down the subject material than where I heard it or who … [Read more...]

Not so little Rascal…

I was going to write a column about the election. But it would only serve to make half the readers angry, the left half.   And if you are like me, you’re sick of hearing about politics anyway, no matter which side of the political spectrum you find yourself.    So why bother with a political column? The phrase “you raise a valid point and I shall now … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: A Use To Be World

This past Saturday, my wife and I took a motorcycle trip with our good friends, Pastor Randall Hodge and his wife Kaye. We rode to Lumpkin, Georgia to visit Providence Canyon Sate Park. (The Little Grand Canyon) As we entered the park, I noticed an old white clapboard church with a cemetery on the right side of the road. It piqued my interest and I told the … [Read more...]

A Beautiful Church

Oftentimes a law enforcement officer will pick up a part time job to add extra money to the stacks of money we make at our day (or night) job. A buddy of mine recently asked if I could pick up one of his side jobs; working at a local church for a couple of hours while the congregation holds a weeknight bible study. I’m always looking for extra money, as … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: My Thoughts Regarding the Upcoming Election

Hosea 8:7 uses an axiom that in my opinion fits America today:  “For they have sown the wind, and they shall reap the whirlwind …” Another familiar axiom states, “What one generation allows in moderation, the next allows in excess.” As America stands upon the precipice of possibly the most influential election we ever have or ever will face, it is evident … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: We All Have a Story

As I listened to the praise team singing in a revival I preached recently, the Spirit of the Lord shifted my attention from what they were singing - to each of them as individuals. The Spirit of God nudged me and said, “Aaron, all of them have a story regarding the different paths they have travelled to reach the place they are in their relationship with … [Read more...]