‘Associate Pastor Article’

CHRISTMAS IN HEAVEN

  • December 4, 2017

Luke 2:8-14 “Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.” – Luke 2:13-14 Many of us have loved ones and friends who have died and gone to heaven.  We think about them often, especially during the Christmas holidays.  Many times we stop and think about someone we loved spending Christmas in heaven and it’s especially painful when it’s his or her first Christmas in heaven.  Special memories of Christmases past flood our minds and […]

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THE LATITUDE AND LONGITUDE OF GRATITUDE

  • November 1, 2017

Psalm 100:1-5 “Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise:  be thankful unto him, and bless his name.” – Psalm 100:4 Our Southside Baptist Church adult choir has rehearsed a song for our November 19th service entitled “Thanksgiving/ Thanksliving.”  The words of that song make you realize that an attitude of gratitude should be a daily part of our lives as Christians.  Living a thankful life each day begins with simple activities like praising the Lord for what He has done and what He’s going to do, giving Him thanks for the air you breathe, the […]

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NEWBORN

  • October 3, 2017

2 Peter 3:14-18 “but grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  To Him be glory both now and for ever.  Amen.”  2 Peter 3:18 Nothing compares to the joy of seeing and hearing your newborn child or grandchild for the first time!  That living, breathing child is a miracle of God’s creation powers.  It thrills your heart to know that great plans, great opportunities, and great potential are all wrapped up in that wonderful bundle of joy.  As a parent or grandparent, you covet the very best that God has in store for […]

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I KNOW THAT SONG!

  • September 7, 2017

1 Peter 3:13-22 “But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear.”  1 Peter 3:15 One day a year or two before I retired, I stopped in my manager’s office to talk with her about a work-related issue that was on her mind and I noticed she was humming “In Remembrance”.  I immediately said, “I know that song!”  There we were, two Christians together in a secular workplace, remembering the sacrifice of our Lord […]

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MIRACLES

  • August 10, 2017

John 2 “This beginning of miracles did Jesus in Cana of Galilee, and manifested forth his glory; and his disciples believed on him.” John 2:1-11 Do I believe in miracles?  You better believe I do, and even more so every time that I see one happen. Needless to say, I witnessed a two minute miracle at our church recently.  Let me tell you my story. Two minutes or less before the service was to begin on July 2, we didn’t have any signal to the large monitor in the sanctuary.  When you spend money on equipment for the sound booth, […]

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THIS IS MY COUNTRY

  • July 1, 2017

Psalm 33 “Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord.” Psalm 33:12 “This is My Country” is not only a stirring patriotic song, it is a strong statement of where my feelings, and hopefully yours, lie as American citizens.  July is the month we celebrate our freedom. There are symbols of what our country means to us, like our flag, the Washington monument, and the Declaration of Independence; there are symbols of what our faith in Jesus means to us as well, our Bible, the cross of Jesus, and the church (the body of Christ). We gladly say our […]

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JUNE IS FINALLY HERE

  • July 1, 2017

Devotional Passage: Psalm 90 12 “Teach us to number our days that we may apply our hearts to wisdom.” I like the month of June.  It brings back a lot of memories:  the end of school, the beginning of summer, Vacation Bible School, summer jobs, special opportunities, vacations, special friendships, summer camp and so on. June also signals the ever-present truth of the march of time.  When June ends, half the year is over.  As much as we hate to admit it, it’s true. Whatever we had purposed for 2017, we will only have 6 more months to get it […]

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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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