1. Suffering as a Good Soldier of Christ Jesus
    20 Jun, 2017
    Suffering as a Good Soldier of Christ Jesus
    Share in suffering as a good soldier of Christ Jesus.  2 Timothy 2:3 No one in their right mind wants to suffer.   Pain and anguish are not valued as a desired state of being.   We don't willingly pursue hardships, difficulties, or misfortunes.   It's really not a laughing matter when a person says, "Gloom, despair, and agony on me, deep dark depression, excessive misery." Suffering is not what any of us really want. And yet suffering is part of this fallen world.  We all face suffering
  2. Do We Treat Scripture as a Wax Nose?
    16 May, 2017
    Do We Treat Scripture as a Wax Nose?
    Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth.  2 Timothy 2:15 As a pastor I have been given the great honor and weighty responsibility of studying the Scriptures and proclaiming what God's Word says to others. It is a task of considerable magnitude, and I never want to take this honor and responsibility lightly. That's why it is very concerning to me when I see others approaching Scripture with a "let me
  3. Granted Repentance
    15 Feb, 2017
    Granted Repentance
    And the Lord's servant must not be quarrelsome but kind to everyone, able to teach, patiently enduring evil, correcting his opponents with gentleness. God may perhaps grant them repentance leading to a knowledge of the truth, and they may escape from the snare of the devil, after being captured by him to do his will. 2 Timothy 2:24-26 The more I grow as a believer in Christ, the more I realize the need for genuine, regular repentance. But here's the thing . . . I can't produce genuine,
  4. Words of Rebuke, Reproof, and Exhortation
    03 Feb, 2017
    Words of Rebuke, Reproof, and Exhortation
    I charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by his appearing and his kingdom: preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching. 2 Timothy 4:1-2 2017 will mark my 12th year as an ordained pastor.  I was ordained in North Carolina by Eastern Carolina Presbytery in October of 2005 (the same year my oldest daughter, Erin, was born, by the way).  A few years later I moved
  5. Are Our Desires for Wisdom and Righteousness Too Weak?
    14 Mar, 2016
    Are Our Desires for Wisdom and Righteousness Too Weak?
    But as for you, O man of God, flee these things. Pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, steadfastness, gentleness. 1 Timothy 6:11 So flee youthful passions and pursue righteousness, faith, love, and peace, along with those who call on the Lord from a pure heart. 2 Timothy 2:22 Two Sundays ago I made a comment that caused a little bit of a stir.  A good stir, mind you, but a stir nonetheless. The comment I made was that few of us in the church really want to be truly righteous and
  6. Fear Stinks
    09 Mar, 2016
    Fear Stinks
    For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control. 2 Timothy 1:7 I hate fear. Despise it. If there's anything I've grown to loathe over the past few months, it's definitely fear. Before anyone jumps to a wrong conclusion, I'm not talking about what the Scriptures call "the fear of the Lord".  That fear is more about awe, respect, and reverence than anxiety, worry, or phobias.  We're called to have that kind of godly fear. What I'm talking about is the feeling of