February 27, 2017

Pastoral Nuggets: ‘Till My Change Come

Job 1:6(KJV) says, “Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the LORD, and satan came also among them.” I submit that if satan shows up among the sons of God as they are presenting themselves before the Lord, then it is no stretch of the imagination to believe that he will show up in the affairs of mankind. As the story of … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: Not Everything in Life Needs Fixing

In life, one of the greatest struggles we face is learning how to determine what needs to be fixed and what doesn’t. Not everything in life needs to be fixed. (Reread that last sentence!) As a preacher, leader, and a man, (or male of the species) I struggle with that last statement. Men are fixers by design.  Tell us what’s wrong; we’ll fix it! Women (and … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: Confidence

His name was Karon Prestridge. He was a parishioner of mine when I served as pastor of Stovall Baptist Church in the 1980’s. I had the privilege of leading him to personal faith in Jesus Christ and I quickly learned to love him! Not long afterwards, Karon, or “K” as I often called him, was diagnosed with cancer. He was told that it was terminal and was … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: How Are You Carrying Your Burdens?

“These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.” John 16: 33(KJV) I heard the story of a nurse that hurt herself while lifting one of her patients. As she was limping back to her desk at the nurse’s station holding her back, she moaned to herself, … [Read more...]

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...]