Love Our Enemies?

As I have read and studied the words of Jesus over the years, one of the most difficult passages I’ve come across is found in Matthew 5:43-44. Jesus is giving his famous “Sermon on the Mount” and He says, “You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy’. But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.” So let me ask you, how well do you do with loving your enemies? In all honesty, I have a pretty hard time with it. In light of the recent bombing in Manchester, England, where dozens of people were either killed or severely injured by a terrorist attack, the words of Jesus are pretty hard to swallow.

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The Rainy Season?

Well, I think the drought is officially over! With over 8 inches of rain in three days, we are seeing a repeat of the end of 2015 and some predict it will even be worse than that! As I checked the weather for this week, guess what? More rain is in the forecast. In addition to the flooded basements, flooded roads and rained out sporting events, I’m seeing something else with all the rain. The best way I know how to describe it is an overall depressed attitude among a lot of people.

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Commitment! Where is it?

Have you all noticed a trend over the past several years? I have. It seems like very few people want to make any sort of of commitment to anything. They say things like, “I want to keep my options open” or, “I’m just not ready to get tied down” or, “I’m not sure I want to get that involved”. And there are other variations of these statements but they are all saying basically the same thing. I don’t want to commit to anything! So, you may be asking, “Why is that a problem?”

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Random Thoughts

Wow, I can’t believe how long it’s been since I last posted a blog. It’s been almost 2 months! Time has gotten away from me. I’m sitting in my office on this beautiful Wednesday morning and just want to share some random thoughts with you. For those of you who actually read these blogs, thank you for taking the time and I would love your comments. You can make comments at the bottom of the page. I promise I will read them and if necessary, will respond.

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Why So Much Negativity?

          I’ve been noticing something disturbing for quite some time now. Have you noticed how much of the social media buzz is so negative? It’s gotten so bad that I am considering closing out my Facebook page. In all honesty, the only reason I have kept it open is my family, well, mainly my grandkids. (I just can’t miss out on those beautiful pictures we get to see from time to time.) But if it wasn’t for that, I’d probably opt out. Have you noticed how negativity breeds negativity? I think our political climate has had a lot to do with it. I would name some of the things I’ve seen on social media but then I’d be doing the very same thing that I’m complaining about. I’m just plain tired of all the negativism in the world today!

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The Silent Church

          What I want to write about today has been on my heart and mind for quite a long time. As a matter of fact, it has been difficult for me to even put my thoughts into words. I have always been a pretty heavy thinker and as I’ve thought about the events that have taken place in our nation, not just since the election, but months and even years before the elections, I have some observations that I feel inclined to share. So, here goes….

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New Year – New Challenges

          So, how is 2017 treating you so far? To be honest, I’ve had a rough start to the new year. Actually, it started before the new year even started. On December 15, I woke up and got out of bed, only to be hit with a pretty bad case of vertigo. The room started spinning and I started falling backwards. I hit our bedroom wall pretty hard and did some damage to my back. Thankfully, no broken bones but I did bruise my kidney and twisted a couple vertebrae. After 6 hours in the emergency room, I was sent home to recover. Fortunately, I was well enough by Christmas to enjoy it and had probably the best family Christmas ever. All our sons and their families came to the house and we had a great time celebrating the birth of our Savior. Then came the toothache!

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A New Thing

          As we approach the end of 2016 and the beginning of 2017, I want to take a few minutes to talk to you about what God is saying to His church here at FBC, St. Clair. In February I will celebrate 1 full year as senior pastor of this great church. This year has been amazing. It has also gone by very quickly! Of course, time in general goes by so quickly these days, and the older I get, the faster time flies. Our church has seen several wonderful things that the Lord has done. He has healed many hurts and wounds, He has brought needed forgiveness and renewal into many hearts, He has set us on a new course and given us a fresh perspective on why we are here, and He has begun to grow us both numerically and spiritually. For all of this, I give God all the credit and the glory. But He’s not finished …..

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My Perspective On the Elections

          Ok, so it’s been over a month since I last posted a blog. There are several reasons for this long period of silence. For one thing, October and early November have been extremely busy. That’s a good thing but it makes it hard to stop long enough to gather my thoughts before I write. And believe me, you want me to gather my thoughts, otherwise I’m all over the place. A second reason is that I’ve been bogged down with these days leading up to the elections. Yes, the commercials have been absolutely brutal to watch over and over and over, but I’m talking more about the prospects of where this country has been headed over the past few years.

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A Solid Foundation

          I’ve never been good at building things. My dad passed away when I was 5 years old and I never had anyone teach me things like construction, mechanics, and other handyman skills. Over the years as a homeowner, I’ve had to learn some things and I must say I’m better at those jobs now than I was growing up, but I’m still very limited when it comes to working with my hands. (Unless it happens to be a piano or guitar) I will never forget the time my mom asked me to build a stand for our mail box. I was very excited, but also pretty nervous. Being too proud to ask any of my uncles or cousins for help, I attempted to figure out the best way to mount a mail box on a wooden post and secure it in the ground. Well, as you can imagine, my sisters, my mom and I laughed about that for years afterwards. Let’s just say it was a disaster and mom had to eventually “fix it so it wouldn’t fall over”. So, why am I telling this story, you ask?
 
 

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