Pastor's Pen

Facing Death With a Song on His Heart

Posted onJanuary 28, 2018 | 0 comments

In January of 1964 an African pastor was arrested because of his faith in Jesus Christ. The song that was on his lips shortly before his death is #553 in our hymnal. This account and testimony, shared by Robert Morgan, is a reminder to us that we have brothers and sisters around the world who are being persecuted for their faith in Jesus Christ and some are being put to death. We can be involved by praying for them and also by praying for ourselves that we will have boldness to share the good news of Jesus Christ with those around us, and that we will have His grace to endure whatever persecution may come our way....Keep Reading

Don’t Worry, Be Prayerful

Posted onJanuary 26, 2018 | 0 comments

Years ago I heard a missionary preach a sermon on Philippians 4:6, where the Apostle Paul writes, “do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.” The title of the missionary’s message has stuck with me over the years ...Keep Reading

A Satisfied Soul has an Obedient Will

Posted onJanuary 21, 2018 | 0 comments

In St. Augustine's Confessions Saint Augustine wrote "You have made us for yourself, O Lord, and our heart is restless until it rests in you." Humanity is full of dreamers, skeptics, explorers, inventors, conquerors and creators. We typically find little satisfaction in sitting still (as you may have experienced on these recent snow days). Our brains are constantly at work; even when we sleep. We are naturally impatient and desire to be moving or doing something. We have created fidget spinners, wobble chairs, and other gadgets to help us stay focused...or keep us busy....Keep Reading

Love Yourself

Posted onJanuary 7, 2018 | 0 comments

Let’s each start our own personal self-righteous campaign today, a revolution if you will. I’m not referring to some smug, hoity-toity, holier-than-thou personality shift. However, I think all us Christians could use a healthy shot of self-confidence....Keep Reading

GROW YOUR HEART THREE SIZES!

Posted onJanuary 6, 2018 | 0 comments

In Dr. Seuss’, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, the 53-year-old Grinch suffers from having a small heart. We aren’t told why his heart was so small. One can only speculate. I’m sure you’ve had moments in life where your heart didn’t feel like loving; didn’t care enough to give; didn’t want to laugh; didn’t think it was fair to forgive; or was too callous to worship....Keep Reading

Hope is Not Giving Up

Posted onDecember 3, 2017 | by: Seth Carter | 0 comments

The word “Hope” means a lot to me. It’s my daughter’s middle name for a reason. December 22, 2008 Cameron Hope Carter was born prematurely at 25 weeks and weighed less than 2 pounds. She spent the first 129 days of her life in intensive care at Duke Hospital. During that time she had three surgeries, and her state of life was fragile to say the least. Since Cameron was in Durham and we lived in Holly Springs my wife and I did a lot of commuting back and forth to feed, visit, and hold her. On those cold wintery days I would drive to Duke and play the song Hope (by Remedy Drive) loud in my car to keep me awake…and encouraged....Keep Reading

Jaki and a Toothbrush - A Shoebox Story

Posted onNovember 19, 2017 | by: Seth Carter | 0 comments

A shoebox recipient’s account of how a simple gift made an eternal impact. I’ve never met my birth mother. People at the orphanage told me that she brought me there when I was a few months old. At the orphanage in Guatemala, the caretakers provided for our basic needs. They taught us, fed us, and clothed us, but their lim-ited resources meant that we ate a steady diet of rice and beans and wore whatever clothes were available, no matter what the size. I don’t remember us having any combs or brushes. We did have a toothbrush...Keep Reading

Striving Side By Side

Posted onNovember 13, 2017 | by: Dave Brown | 0 comments

It is a beautiful thing when you see a group of people striving side by side for a worthy cause that is far bigger than the individuals who make up the group. One example in the sports world is that of an offensive or defensive line on a football team. They come out of the huddle with a unified plan. They are of one mind, literally side by side, with the goal of gaining a first down or scoring a touch-down....Keep Reading

The Impact of God’s Nature on Us

Posted onNovember 5, 2017 | by: Seth Carter | 0 comments

You live in a world where you are forced to make countless decisions. And there will be consequences for those decisions. And thus, our lives are full of regrets and celebrations....Keep Reading