Church Blog (Page 2)

Church Blog (Page 2)

But Wait

Waiting on the Lord is HARD! His timetable is often contrary to our “hurry-up-I-need-it-now” timetable. We’re looking for immediate answers from Him when He is working toward lasting character growth in us.  Our personal agenda is top priority yet God is weaving His agenda in and through the 7 billion people living on earth at the same time. When we call Him up in prayer…

Commissioned

Back in the 1970’s a statewide scandal came to light in Oklahoma when it was learned in county after county that hundreds of county commissioners were guilty of taking kickbacks on contracts for roads, bridges, dams, and other county construction projects, as well as pocketing money on county purchases. Those guilty commissioners disgraced a noble word “commission”. This…

Restoration

Remember the “Humpty Dumpty” nursery rhyme?      Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall      Humpty Dumpty had a great fall      All the King’s horses and all the King’s men      Couldn’t put Humpty Dumpty together again.      Life is sometimes like that, isn’t it? John’s Gospel records the meeting between Jesus and the Samaritan woman, a woman who had fallen off the wall once too…

Death – Friend or Foe?

I hate death. I really hate death. I’ve buried my four grandparents, my wife’s parents, 2 brothers, and my dad. Not a one of them was I ready to give up to death. As pastor I’ve taken part in hundreds of funerals for church members. Those I had known for a while had become friends. Death was an intruder that took people I love away from my life. Death, even took the life…

Unfinished Business

Recently our church experienced deep grief over the death of a member. Our brother was a behind the scenes handyman upon whom the church and members called upon quite frequently for help with “handyman” projects – from our cars (church vans) to lawn equipment to jobs around the house to appliances. In addition, his humor often helped others deal with their sad…

Faithful In Turbulence

I still remember the very first time I flew in an airplane. It was from Charleston, WV to Washington, DC. In that short flight we experienced a good bit of turbulence. It felt like the plane was falling out of the sky and I felt a little queasy. But the guy ahead of me went into panic mode. I’ll never forget the elderly woman sitting close by, tenderly placing her hand on…

Changes

SATURDAY, JULY 15, 2017 We all have changes in our lives. From day to day we need God to help us get through whatever may come our way. Some days we may be shouting, “Praise the Lord!” while other times we may be crying out, “Help, I can’t take it any longer!” Whatever the day may bring, changes will come and we need to have a godly mindset in order to handle them.…

True Freedom

So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.  –  John 8:36 (NIV) Throughout the 4th of July week, Americans everywhere will celebrate freedom, as well they should. It’s one of the defining principles of their nation. Yet one might ask, “Of those celebrating freedom, how many are truly experiencing it?” The world defines freedom as a life without any…

You Can’t Go Back

Lucy and I recently took off to the mountains for a few days to celebrate our anniversary. Just the two of us – away from church work and the normal day-to-day doings. One of those days we rode an hour over to Maggie Valley, where we had spent a wonderful week for our honeymoon. Were we surprised. We couldn’t find our previous hotel. Nothing looked the same. Even Ghost…

Oh How He Loves You and Me

Don’t you love it when a particular Bible verse comes alive for you by the illumination of the Holy Spirit? Don’t you love it when you’re studying the Old Testament and you begin to see Jesus Christ clearly portrayed in those verses? A verse that I have now placed on my office desk is one such verse. In all their troubles, he was troubled, too. He didn’t send someone else…