Getting What We Ask For–But Didn’t Realize It Would Be THAT!

PSALM 106:6-15 (NLT) 6 Like our ancestors, we have sinned.     We have done wrong! We have acted wickedly! 7 Our ancestors in Egypt     were not impressed by the Lord’s miraculous deeds. They soon forgot his many acts of kindness to them.     Instead, they rebelled against him at the Red Sea.[a] 8 Even so, he saved them—     to defend [...]

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Spiritual Erosion

This morning a word came into my mind--yet another random thought--a condition with which I am afflicted.  I wonder, is some 12 Step program to help me with this?  It has served me well at times, so I guess I will allow this condition to continue.  Oh?  The word?  OK, it's erosion.  One definition says: the [...]

We Are More Than Our Feelings

This morning I was reading 1 John chapter 1.  My reason was simple:  I was practicing what I preach.  Imagine that, a preacher actually doing what he or she preaches.  I was reading for the sake of listening to God.  No Bible study prep time or sermon prep or looking for my next blog.  Just [...]

Top 10 Symptoms Of The Tenured Pew Sitter

I owe this blog to a challenge from Dawn at Inspiration with an Attitude.  It's one of many blogs that I follow and if you're not following her, you might want to.  I say this because if I offend someone with this blog, blame Dawn.  She responded to an earlier blog, Seeds Live Truthfully with [...]

I Just Don’t Feel Like It Today or “It’s The Best I Can Do Right Now.”

For decades now, in my teaching and preaching I advocate that we should go to worship God even if we don't feel like it.  "It is in the times we don't feel like worshiping that we need to worship the most."  Yep, that's what this preacher said.  Well, to be honest, this morning I did [...]

Assumptions

It is easy, so very easy, TOO easy, to read our assumptions into the Truths in the Bible.  I know, because I have been guilty of doing it.  The sign you see is one in front of a local church.  I know some of the people, and they love Jesus.  But something about this sign [...]

Blah, Blah, Whiners Have You Anything Else?

I am...started to say "surprised" but really I'm not because I saw it coming from a mile away.  I am...started to say "amazed" but that's not the word because there's nothing profound or significant in it.  I am...started to say "speechless" but there's so much I could say.  I am...started to say "fed-up" because I [...]

“When Unity At All Costs Is Too Costly”

  The link below is from a fellow pastor, mentor, leader and friend.  While his thoughts are directed towards and fitting for my fellow United Methodist Pastors, the principles Paul lays out will fit a variety of situations.  Sometimes we forget that when Jesus walked this creation as one He created, He was one of [...]

Chinwag, Is That So Bad? Yeah It Is!

  Since the ripe old age of 18, I have been serving local congregations.  I started out as filling in as their "preacher" and finally reached the stage of "ordination to Word, Sacrament and Administration."  I am now 61 and one thing I have noticed that is consistent in every place I have served, are [...]

A Post By Thom Rainer

(I thought this one was worth sharing with all of you...certainly is thought provoking....)   EIGHT SIGNS YOUR CHURCH MAY BE CLOSING SOON We call it the death spiral.  I know. It’s not a pleasant term. I can understand if it causes you to cringe.  By the time I am contacted about a serious problem [...]

Which Are You?

Earlier this week I had this thought in the above picture.  Call it inspiration, perspiration, desperation, or exasperation--I simply could not shake this thought.  So I made me a jpg and posted in on my FB page hoping it would go away.  And I still cannot shake this thought.  So here this left-handed, right-brained Kingdom [...]