Pulpit Minister

Patience

Patience is the capacity, habit or fact of being patient. Are you familiar with the saying, “Patience is a virtue, acquire it if you can, seldom in a woman but never in a man”? I can’t tell you the number of times that has been quoted to me. It helps me to remember that one…

“My Shepherd”

“The Lord is my shepherd…” (Psalm 23) For David, the Lord was his provider, his soul restorer, his guide, his protector, his comforter, his source of goodness and mercy. What is He for me? What is He for you?

Let’s Get This Right

Can you describe a good neighbor? Do you know what one looks like? Are you being one? Can you describe a good spouse? Do you know what one looks like? Are you being one? “Do unto others as you would have them to do unto you.” Jesus really turns the tables on us, doesn’t he?…

Feelings

“Faith comes from hearing and hearing by the word of God.” So wrote the Apostle Paul in Romans 10:17. Peter wrote, “You have inexpressible and glorious joy,” which is the end result of your faith. (1Peter 1:9) The emotions and feelings come from what is believed. Therefore, Paul’s statement becomes vital. It’s not the feelings…

Is This Us?

“Blessed is the one you discipline, Lord, the one you teach from your law; You grant them relief from days of trouble, till a pit is dug for the wicked. For the Lord will not reject his people; he will never forsake his inheritance.” (Psalm 94:12-14) Are we allowing the Lord to discipline and teach…

Pursuing God

Psalm 1 lets us know that if we wish to pursue God, there are some things we are to avoid and there are some things we must do. Some things to avoid: Do not walk in step with the wicked. Do not stand in the way that sinners take. Do not sit in the company…

Who? ME?

I do not think it is a stretch to say that many people take comfort in playing the victim. No matter what happens, it is always someone else’s fault. It’s never the fault of the person who actually did the wrong. Why is that? Is it because there are simply so many enemies out to…

In the Beginning

John’s gospel begins in a way that none of the others do. This does not make it any “better” than another gospel account, but it certainly sets itself apart thematically. When one reads the book of John, he/she will immediately be reminded of the very first words of the Genesis. These were the very first…

Where Are You Headed?

Paul reminded the Ephesians of their former life when they were “without God and without hope in the world” (Ephesians 2:12). It was the life common to those who either were not aware of God or had no interest in God. But now they had obtained the hope that is in Jesus Christ. A hope…

Think to Thank Part 2

Maybe we should step back and think a little bit as we approach Thanksgiving Day. There are a lot of problems with our nation, but there is also a lot of good. Our Founders knew what they were doing to protect our democracy by the Constitution they gave to us.  We would do well to…