September 27, 2016

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...]

Eternal Vision at Centralhatchee First Baptist

(Centralhatchee) -- Back by popular demand! Centralhatchee First Baptist Church is honored to announce that Eternal Vision, from Knoxville TN, will be in concert with us again on Sunday, Sept. 18th. Eternal Vision is a multi-talented, Southern gospel group that loves to minister with song, testimony and comedy. They will join us during the 11:00 morning … [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...]

Pastoral Nuggets: It’s a Law

Sir Isaac Newton’s Third Law of Motion states, “For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.” That’s not debatable. It is a law. It was a law before Newton articulated it and it will be a law long after you and I are dead and gone. It doesn’t change. One of the things that have made America great is, that from her inception, the laws of God, … [Read more...]

WOW Nights at Centralhatchee First Baptist

(Centralhatchee) -- "Organized chaos" is what Pastor Mark calls our WOW nights at Centralhatchee First Baptist! He has had the summer off and he is ready to get the fun started! Our first WOW (Worship on Wednesday) night will be Aug. 17th starting at 5:30 p.m. During the evening students will be exposed to Bible study, worship and fellowship, recreational … [Read more...]

Voices In Unity For The Community

(Franklin/Times~Journal) -- On Friday, July 29 the community came together to honor all law enforcement, EMT, firemen and our military. The service was held at New Covenant Worship Center in Franklin. Speakers for the evening were Pastor Doddridge, Bishop Christopher Franklin Sr. and Reverend Jerry Ennis. Each spoke words of peace, unity and appreciation … [Read more...]