First Man

When God gets ready to act, all He has to do is say the word. My soul often feels like the mission control room in Houston, TX during a space exploration. My prayers resemble communicating “down here” with God to make sure He hears and knows what is going on so He can act accordingly. Recently I had the opportunity to watch the movie First Man. As you probably guessed, it is a film about the first man who stepped on the moon. It is a journey through the decade leading up to the 1969 moon landing through the eyes of...

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I Love Being a Pastor

I love being a pastor because I get to see a four year old boy strain hard to hold the sanctuary door open for his single mom who is doing all she can to teach her child chivalry without a dad. I love being a pastor because I get to spend an hour with a 71 year old man who set up a meeting with me to, in his words, “cheer me on;” talk theology; and express his longing to communicate the Gospel to unbelievers. I love being a pastor because I receive texts like this from a 29 year...

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Guys, Valentines is On the 14th This Year

He had a look of terror in his eyes. A look that said, “uh oh.” Without saying a word, he said loud and clear, “Oh. Shoot.” He quickly excused himself to go take a shower before bed. You see, his mother made a simple statement the night before the calendar turned to February. She said, “Tomorrow is the first day of Valentines Day Month!” Four of the five Pearson’s expressed their own version of delight. The other Pearson was suddenly struck with middle school horror. Our youngest son has his first girlfriend. I am not sure what that means exactly,...

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Pastor, Please Pray for My Wife

There’s something I can’t quite shake. Something happened Sunday morning that makes me want to cry, makes me hopeful, and terrifies me all at the same time. It happened fast, though it took a while to develop. It was a brief encounter, but had been building for years. Decades really. When the second service is over, I usually force myself to smile and be nice (it’s what a pastor does, right?) so I can get to my car and exhale. At that point, the only thing standing between me and a long winter’s nap is a bread bowl of soup...

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Top Ten Quotes: White Picket Fences

When I came across the description of Amy Julia Becker’s White Picket Fences, two thoughts immediately struck my mind: (1) I have to read this book; and (2) I don’t want to read this book. Ignorance is  bliss, am I right? I read the book. Actually, I devoured the book. Becker unveiled things I didn’t want to see about myself and my upbringing, but she did so in a very non-assuming, humble, “I am with you in this” sort of way. She doesn’t judge. She doesn’t give a “how to” plan on how to fix it. But she does give...

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Top 10 Books from 2018!

Top 10 Books from 2018 Favorite books I read throughout the year in 2018. Love Big, Be Well: Letters to a Small-Town Church By far my favorite read from 2018. This fictional account of a relationship between a pastor and his church is just rich. A must read for any pastor. View on Amazon The Voice of the Heart: A Call to Full Living Like no other book I have read before, this book helps readers discover what’s going on in their hearts in order to live the way they were created. View on Amazon Parenting with Heart This is...

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Last Minute Christmas Idea/Illustration (Repost)

If you’re like me, you will take any ideas in order to make the final Christmas/Christmas Eve/Advent message special. Every preacher wants to carefully craft his words on Christmas Eve in order to make the service meaningful and Christ-exalting. Recently, on the 3rd Sunday of Advent, I preached a sermon on Zechariah’s song (the Benedictus) from Luke 1:67-79. Looking back through Luke 1, I challenged the congregation to learn from what the Lord did to Zechariah by being still and listening. Instead of us being so diligent about telling God how to do His job, we would serve our souls...

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Joseph, Christmas, and the Christian Life

The birth of Jesus Christ came about this way: After his mother Mary had been engaged to Joseph, it was discovered before they came together that she was pregnant from the Holy Spirit. So her husband Joseph, being a righteous man, and not wanting to disgrace her publicly, decided to divorce her secretly. But after he had considered these things, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, don’t be afraid to take Mary as your wife, because what has been conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will give birth to a son, and...

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Sermon Illustration: How Do You Receive Jesus? (Repost)

Tim Keller has written an outstanding book titled Hidden Christmas. In chapter 1, he gives a couple of thoughts/examples as to how one receives certain gifts. I have pasted a portion of it below. It is a great illustration to use at Christmas and one the preacher can tweak to his own situation and circumstances. Enjoy! . . .When we trust in Christ’s work on our behalf, rather than in our own moral efforts, God forgives and accepts us and implants his Holy Spirit in us to renew us from the inside out. This great salvation, this light that flashes...

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Where are the High Schoolers?

West Franklin Family, Four years ago, West Franklin Baptist became The Church at West Franklin, a Regional Campus of Brentwood Baptist Church. After, from what I am told, a long transition – a new church came to be. Not long after that, the current student minister was led of the Lord to a new and different ministry in another location. As it usually goes, it took a while to find his replacement. The Lord then blessed The Church at West Franklin with another student minister for a rich, but brief, two years. Again, as it usually goes, it has taken...

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