‘Associate Pastor Article’

PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT

  • May 4, 2017

Devotional Passage: Matthew 5:43-48 “Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.”      Having recently gone through the rehearsals and preparation for an Easter musical, I can say that old adage with renewed vigor: “practice makes perfect.”   Truth be told, practice makes perfect as far as human imperfection goes.  And why is that you ask?  Namely this:  if we did whatever we do perfectly every time as Christians, we would either be machines or already living in heaven.  Ask any professional, doctor, lawyer, pastor, musician, salesperson, chairman of the board, painter, plumber, electrician or […]

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PANCAKES AND BACON CHEESEBURGERS

  • April 6, 2017

Devotional Passage: Philippians 4:1-8 “Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is gracious, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.”  Philippians 4:8      Do you have a favorite food?  I suppose two of mine might be pancakes and bacon cheeseburgers. When you go to the local restaurant and find any number of choices of pancakes and syrups – wow, what a breakfast!  A quick lunch that includes a bacon cheeseburger might well be a heart attack waiting to happen, […]

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WISDOM, KNOWLEDGE, AND UNDERSTANDING

  • February 28, 2017

Devotional Passage: Proverbs 1:1-7 “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; but fools despise wisdom and instruction.” When I was in high school at Hampden DuBose Academy in Zellwood, my biology teacher was also my geometry teacher.  He was a very wise person.  Mr. Glatfelter (“Mr. Glat” as we called him) was a man who loved the Lord and loved the Bible.  His love of scripture included a particular joy in memorizing verses and encouraging his students to do the same.  I will never forget some of the verses I memorized during those days.  One that really […]

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HOW DO YOU SPELL LOVE?

  • February 4, 2017

Devotional Passage: 1 Corinthians 13:1-13 4 “Love is patient, love is kind, and is not jealous; love does not brag and is not arrogant.”      February is that time of the year when we think about our spouses or if we are not married, our very special girlfriend or boyfriend.  We go out of our way to express love in a thousand different ways:  buying candy or a card for each other, going on a special date to a special place, spending extra time together, thinking of ways to surprise one another and that’s just the beginning of it all.  […]

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