a word from the pastor

The Head of the Table

Winston Churchill was once invited to a meal at a private home. When he took a seat alongside the table, the horrified hostess, gesturing to the empty seat at the head of the table said, “Sir, your seat is at the head of the table.” “Madam,” replied Churchill, “wherever I sit is the head of th...
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The Shortest Christmas

As a kid I would take a week or two each Summer to spend with my grandparents in Salt Springs, Florida where they lived in a small home on Little Lake Kerr. How well I remember the day my grandpa asked if he’d ever told me the story of the shortest Christmas. “No sir,” I said. That was all it too...
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Is Your Child Prepared for College?

As a Christian dad, grandfather, and pastor, a major concern of mine is that our adversary, the devil, continues his relentless assault on the family. One of his battlegrounds is higher education, and surely he would like nothing more to disrupt the counsel of Proverbs 22:6, “Train up a child in ...
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Don’t Just Say No

One of the more challenging aspects of parenting is navigating the stages of childhood development. It is often difficult to know how much freedom, knowledge, and discipline to give them as they grow older. Start with concrete rules and choices Little children require more concrete rules an...
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Making the Most of Your Quarantine

My wife recently shared with me an article about some amazing things that people accomplished while in seclusion: • According to a Shakespeare historian and Columbia University professor James Shapiro, the Bard wrote three of his classics, King Lear, Macbeth, and Antony and Cleopatra, in 1606, t...
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Building Character in Your Children

Every parent wants to raise children of good character that possess qualities that people admire: honesty, courage and perseverance, to name a few. If reputation is what people think about you, then character is what God knows you to be. Character is what a person is on the inside. When it co...
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Faith and Failure

“Miserable successes” have become an American proverb. The world proclaims a gospel of success that falsely claims moving up the ladder is the way to be happy in this world. Nevertheless, the wealthy often have more trouble sleeping than the homeless person wrapped in newspaper on skid row. Power...
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The Collapsing Bridge of Adolescence

The U.S. has over 600,000 bridges, almost four in 10 of which are at least 50 years old. Moreover, about 9% of America’s bridges are considered “structurally deficient,” and on average there are about 188 million trips across a structurally deficient bridge each day. While this is concerning, the...
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Do You Need to Go Back to School?

And like that—summer’s over. Traveling down I-795 this morning I was reminded by the huge highway sign that school is in session and to drive with care. Earlier in my morning devotions, I prayed for my grandchildren as they begin a new school year. It’s that time of year when families set new ...
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Fathers as Financial Advisors

While Father’s Day brings extra attention and honor to dads, I think one of the best ways to win the respect of your kids is to be a financial role model and advisor. Jesus taught about finance more than heaven, hell, and prayer combined. About half of his parables concern the use of money. The A...
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