Pastor’s Blog

Daily Devotional Feb 23, 2023

“Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also” (Matthew 6:21, CEB).

     How is it with your soul? John Wesley opened each of his small groups or bands with this question. It’s a deep and probing question. It’s the kind of question that makes one feel vulnerable.


Daily Devotional Feb. 22, 2023

“And [Paul] said to them, ‘Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?’ And they said, ‘No, we have not even heard that there is a Holy Spirit’” (Acts 9:2, ESV).

     Do you know what is going on down there? It’s a question I have heard many times of late. The “happening” is a reference to the recent manifestation of the Holy Spirit at Asbury University’s Hughes Auditorium in Wilmore, Kentucky. Many within the Christian community have described the spiritual experience that began on February 8th as a revival.


Daily Devotional Feb. 21, 2023

“Friends love through all kinds of weather, and families stick together in all kinds of trouble” 
(Proverbs 17:17, MSG).

     It’s been said that longtime friends go long periods of time without speaking and yet never question the friendship. Such friends pick up like they had spoken yesterday. Even better, they seek you out when trouble comes.


Daily Devotional Feb. 17, 2023

”No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us” (Romans 8:37, NIV).

Earlier today, I told the following story during a Celebration of Life service:

 A donkey had fallen into a deep well. Terrified, the donkey cried for hours as its owner tried to retrieve it. Unfortunately, the man realized that rescuing the animal was impossible. So, he did what he thought was the most humane thing to do. The man picked up a shovel and began throwing dirt into the well to bury the donkey and put it out of its misery.


Daily Devotional Feb. 16, 2023

“The LORD said to Abram, “Leave your country, your relatives, and your father’s home, and go to a land that I am going to show you” (Genesis 12:1, GNT).

     In 2000, a newly appointed bishop toured the annual conference to meet a sampling of pastors and key lay leaders. The bishop stopped by the church I was serving at the time for lunch. The bishop remarked that he and my mother had met one another at a prayer conference years before. Midway through the meal, my wife, Cathy, stopped by to join the conversation. The bishop turned to me and asked, “Wasn’t your mother’s name Kathy?” I replied, “I decided to marry a woman whose name I wouldn’t forget.” The bishop replied, “It sounds to me more like you’re in a rut.”


Daily Devotional Feb. 15, 2023

 “However, the LORD your God would not listen to Balaam but turned the curse into a blessing for you, because the LORD your God loves you” (Deuteronomy 23:5, NIV).

     I spent a good deal of time in Berlin during my military service. Berlin was once the capital of Nazi Germany. During the regime’s final days, more than 300 sorties were conducted on the great city by the Americans and British. Half of the homes were damaged. One-third of the city was rendered unlivable. Sixteen square kilometers were reduced to rubble.