Pastor Note #79: Families in the Holiday Crucible

Families are paradoxes.  On the one hand, family relationships can be the source of the greatest comfort, strength, and stability in our lives.  On the other hand, -- who doesn’t know what’s coming next – family relationships can be the source of the greatest heartbreak, sadness, and anxiety of anything in our lives.  No other … Continue reading Pastor Note #79: Families in the Holiday Crucible

Quote of Note #36: Being Forgiven and Being Forgiving

"If you are one who just cannot seem to forgive, let me ask you a few questions which might give you another perspective.  Have you received the forgiveness that God offers through a relationship with Jesus?  Have you personally experienced God's forgiveness of your sins?  If you haven't, then there is some credibility to the … Continue reading Quote of Note #36: Being Forgiven and Being Forgiving

Quote of Note #32: Bearing with Each Other in our Differences

"We ought to endeavor to live in peace with those who are of different opinions from us.  'Tis a most unreasonable thing to take the liberty of contending with men because they cannot see with our eyes.  If this were granted, we would be at war with the greatest part of the world.  'Tis as … Continue reading Quote of Note #32: Bearing with Each Other in our Differences

Quote of Note #16 — Honoring and Respecting Others

"The Lord commands us to do good unto all men without exception, though the majority are very undeserving when judged according to their own merits.  But Scripture here helps us out with an excellent argument when it teaches us that we must not think of man's real value, but only of his creation in the … Continue reading Quote of Note #16 — Honoring and Respecting Others

Sermon #22 — Forgiveness: The Pathway to Healing

Forgiveness is the God-created, God-empowered process by which we are healed from the bitterness that infects our hearts when they get wounded and by which we are set free from the bondage that bitterness produces in us.  Sometimes we can convince ourselves that we can somehow get back at a person who has hurt us … Continue reading Sermon #22 — Forgiveness: The Pathway to Healing

Pastor Note #33 — Kindness and the Gospel in a Broken World

A common feature of the pastoral life that I've lived for the past twenty-nine years has been that strangers to me will regularly come the church door and ask for me.  These are typically people faced with some sort of difficult personal and/or financial problem.  They come to me looking for help.  Sometimes I've been … Continue reading Pastor Note #33 — Kindness and the Gospel in a Broken World

Bible Notes #2 — Ecclesiates 7:21-22

  "Do not take to heart all the things that people say, lest you hear your servants cursing you.  Your heart knows that many times you yourself cursed other."  Ecclesiates 7:21-22 [ESV] Have a thick skin!  Don't take personally everything people say.  Don't be quick to take offense.  If we are slow to take offense, … Continue reading Bible Notes #2 — Ecclesiates 7:21-22

Pastor Notes #13

In my time as a pastor, I've performed lots and lots of weddings.  I've made no secret of the fact that on the whole I'm not terrible fond of doing weddings.   Each wedding with the premarital counseling, wedding planning, rehearsal, preliminary and follow-up can be very time consuming.  I don't mind that so much.  What … Continue reading Pastor Notes #13