Pastor’s Blog

Daily Devotional Oct. 13, 2022

“ So encourage each other to build each other up, just as you are already doing” (1 Thessalonians 5:11, TLB).

  I was stumped by a question I read the other day. “When was the last time you complimented your spouse?” I couldn’t answer the question. I am certain I recently had offered Cathy an affirming word of some measure but I just couldn’t recall when that word was spoken. The thought dawned on me that I have not been deliberate in my efforts to encourage my wife. Paul counseled Christians to encourage one another intentionally, as well as routinely.


Daily Devotional Oct. 12, 2022

“The wise [person looks ahead. The fool attempts to fool himself and won’t face facts” (Proverbs 14:8, TSB).

     I have caught a fair share of catfish as an angler: blue, channel, and flathead. However, the kittenfish is a species with which I am unfamiliar. Until now.

     Kittenfishing is the act of misrepresenting yourself in a significant way. This means of deception is prevalent in the digital world. Kittenfishing may include photos that employ illusory angles, rounding down one’s age, or wearing a hat to hide a bald patch.


Daily Devotional Oct. 11, 2022

“Come, see a man who told me all that I ever did. Can this be the Christ?” (John 4:29, ESV).

     Is love blind? This is the question Nick and Vanessa Lachey have been posing on the Netflix show they host. Love Is Blind is a social experiment where single men and woman seek out love and get engaged before ever meeting in person. By the way, I know of one man who went out on a blind date. It didn’t start out that way until she brought out the pepper spray.


Daily Devotional Oct. 10, 2022

“She listened to no voice; she accepted no discipline. She didn’t trust in the LORD, nor did she draw near to her God” (Zephaniah 3:2, CEB).

     I was introduced to a new word over the weekend: textlationship. A textlationship is a connection between people who text one another frequently but rarely interact with each other in person. People are spending more time connecting with one another on their digital platforms.


Daily Devotional Oct. 7, 2022

Read John 21:15-17

     As I was preparing for this Sunday’s message on forgiveness, an idea came to me upon which I have been musing. Jesus asked Peter three separate times, “Do you love me?” On the first occasion Jesus uses the word agape`. The second time around Jesus employs the term phileo. In plain terms, Jesus asks Peter, “Do you love me unconditionally?” Then, Jesus follows up by asking, “Will you be my friend?”


Daily Devotional Oct. 6, 2022

“…Those parts of the body that seem to be the weaker are really necessary. And the parts of the body we think are less deserving are the parts to which we give the most honor. We give special respect to the parts we want to hide”   (1 Corinthians 12:22-23, NCV).


     I met one of the most important employees of a local hospital yesterday. Not the CEO or the chief of staff or a nurse manager. Her name is Esperanza which, in Spanish, means hope.