Pastor's Blog

Memorial Day

May 26, 2017

“I really wanted to go but they wouldn’t let me” is how Garth recalls his Vietnam War experience. This statement shocked me a little as I couldn’t recall hearing of anyone ever express a desire to serve in the jungle half way around the world. Garth had several friends a year older than him in High School who were drafted shortly after high school. When word got back that one of “the boys” had died in battle, Garth said it made him want to “go and fight”. Then the next one dies and the desire intensified. Although he was using... View Article

It’s all in the perspective

May 20, 2017

“It’s enough to make one lose faith in God.” Do you know who said that? Think about the quote before you read on. Maybe you have felt that way or someone you know has uttered those words. It appears to come from a place of great despair and spiritual bleakness. As I read it, I felt sorry for the author and wished I could intervene. Until I saw that it was sent from a military stronghold in Berlin known as “The Fuhrerbunker”. It was written and sent by Eva Braun in the last days of the Nazi regime. Eva was... View Article

Happy Mother’s Day

May 12, 2017

Today we celebrate all things “mom”. From sweet cards to breakfast in bed, all that we do on this day should come from a heart of gratitude for all that she does. Children are expected to work hard so mom can enjoy a day of leisure. It seems that some people have decided they will help you honor mom, for a small fee. After looking through $5-6 Mother’s day cards, the temptation is to go home and pull out the construction paper and act like your four years old again. Going to a local brunch will set you back at... View Article

Game Changer

May 6, 2017

Before the roar of the 1920’s , J. R. Robinson was born into the farming community of Cairo, Georgia. Like a lot of babies born during those years in the rural Deep South, J. R.’s parents scraped out a living by sharecropping. In this hard area, young Jack began to ply his trade. His game was baseball and his memory is forever etched into the fabric of Americana by his trade name, Jackie Robinson. To call Jackie Robinson a “Game Changer” might be an understatement. He made his debut with the Brooklyn Dodgers in April of 1947. Can you remember... View Article

When Discouragement Wins

April 29, 2017

Kris Bryant has made a stellar career in the Big Leagues. Winning a MVP title and helping lead the Chicago Cubs to the Promised Land will do that. What a lot of people don’t know is that my baseball career began just like his. In fact you might say that we were on the same trajectory and destined for greatness. After my second or third at bat, I was even compared to Babe Ruth. My mom reminded me again and again that The Great Bambino also struck out. A lot. (Looking back on it, maybe the comparison isn’t as flattering... View Article

Keeping On

April 21, 2017

The movie “Saving Private Ryan” came out in the late 1990’s and set the bar for realistic war movies. Many unpaid reviewers were overwhelmed by the violent depiction of war. And for soldiers that had been in battle, the movie didn’t quite capture the whole essence of battle. Scripted fights, screams, and cannons are not able to replace the chaos that happens when the enemy begins firing. Although the movie was unable to appease everyone, many people had their first taste of the underbelly of military engagement, and it wasn’t anything you wanted another helping of. A friend of mine... View Article

Holy Week

April 14, 2017

The Week between Palm Sunday and Easter Sunday is commonly referred to as Holy Week. On the “Christian Calendar” there are many activities that point back to the final week of Jesus’ incarnation and life as a man. It’s amazing how quickly the crowd changed its tune when Jesus didn’t kick the Romans out of town. The cry of the people went from “Hosanna” [Salvation has come], to crucify him in less than a week. There is quite a bit of intrigue and politics going on between the Roman and Jewish leaders. The religious elite could hardly stand to look... View Article

Right on Time

April 7, 2017

A preacher who poured a lot into me as a young man was often heard saying “God is never early and He’s never late; He’s always right on time.” I can’t tell you how many times I’ve reminded myself of this quote over the years. And even though there is great truth in this statement, it doesn’t make the waiting any easier. We are impatient people. There are people that won’t wait for fast food. If it’s not ready when they pull up to the drive thru window, they drive through. Last Sunday we considered Jesus’ declaration that He is... View Article

The Contrast

April 1, 2017

The word “contrast” elicits many different emotions. One of my professors in a composition class repeatedly asked us to compare and contrast various objects. She expected a very detailed contrast that covered almost every possible variable. But in other contexts, contrast is what makes life interesting. The sweetness of a cinnamon roll is tempered nicely with the robust bitterness of coffee. The cool of a fall night is the perfect complement for the warmth of a glowing fire. The old adage “opposites attract” still finds use today. Jeremiah 17:5-8 uses contrast to draw out the truth of a deeper principle.... View Article

That’s what friends are for

March 23, 2017

“That’s what friends are for” When is the last time you were grateful for your friends? Doug Larson is quoted as saying “A true friend is one who overlooks your failures and tolerates your success.” There are many benefits of having great friends. Think about the times that you’ve needed encouragement and a friend was there to offer that. Or better yet, how about the times you were headed in the wrong direction and a friend stepped in and made you reevaluate some of your life choices. There are a lot of benefits from having a true friend. What about... View Article