1. Your Calling
    19 Feb, 2018
    Your Calling
    I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.  Ephesians 4:1-3 Have you ever heard a person talk about their job as their calling? When we hear someone say this, it's usually because the person has a strong passion to do something particular.  The person may also tie that
  2. Why Obey God?
    13 Feb, 2018
    Why Obey God?
    And God spoke all these words, saying, "I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery.  You shall have no other gods before me." Exodus 20:1-3 Why obey God? There are lots of ways to answer that question. We obey God because he is God.  He's the One who created us.   Just as an author has authority over the characters in the book she writes, God has the right to order our lives and tell us how to live because he is our Creator.   We obey God
  3. Being a Pastor
    07 Feb, 2018
    Being a Pastor
    I feel a divine jealousy for you, for I betrothed you to one husband, to present you as a pure virgin to Christ.  But I am afraid that as the serpent deceived Eve by his cunning, your thoughts will be led astray from a sincere and pure devotion to Christ.  2 Corinthians 11:2-3 Pastors can often be the subject of many a joke. You've probably heard one or two in your time.  There are jokes about how many hours a pastor works each week.  There are jokes about how long, or how boring, or how
  4. The Blessing of Being Disciplined
    27 Nov, 2017
    The Blessing of Being Disciplined
    Blessed is the man whom you discipline, O LORD, and whom you teach out of your law, to give him rest from days of trouble, until a pit is dug for the wicked.  Psalm 94:12-13 There were lots of times when I was growing up when I was disciplined by someone.   LOTS of times. My mom and dad disciplined me.   My grandmother and my great grandmother disciplined me.  Various teachers disciplined me.  In fact, I can't remember a school year in my elementary days when I wasn't disciplined for
  5. Showing Hospitality
    29 Sep, 2017
    Showing Hospitality
    Show hospitality to one another without grumbling. 1 Peter 4:9 Taylor Clark, in his book, Starbucked: A Double Tall Tale of Caffeine, Commerce, and Culture, gives us a picture of what makes Starbucks a special place.  You see, Starbucks has a vision to provide a community that offers something more than just coffee.  They seek to provide an atmosphere that is inviting and accepting.  A place where people feel like they belong.  A community of sharing and caring. What's interesting to me is
  6. Evil for Evil?
    12 Sep, 2017
    Evil for Evil?
    See that no one repays anyone evil for evil, but always seek to do good to one another and to everyone. 1 Thessalonians 5:15 When one of my children hurts another one of my children, whether it be by actions or by words, I expect the reaction from the hurt child to be an attempt to hurt the first offender.  It seems to be part of the natural way of life.  You hurt me, I hurt you back.   If I actually see one of my children respond with goodness and kindness when she or he is hurt, I'm startled