Pastoral Ponderings

Pastoral Ponderings

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Clean up your room!

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If you’ve got younger kids, especially younger kids that are “messies,” you’ve told them to “clean up your room” more than once. I used to threaten my kids that I was going to come into their room with a trash bag and help them clean up. That usually got them moving!  Maybe you don’t have kids yet. But maybe you’re the one that heard a parent tell you to clean up your room growing up too! Now, I’m not saying our rooms have to be spotless 24/7, but ordered rooms tend to make for ordered lives.  Maybe we need to […]

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Coasting

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“It’s all downhill from here!” If you’ve been peddling a bicycle uphill for a long time, those are welcome words to hear. It is so much more fun to coast, isn’t it? While that’s great for bike rides, coasting can be dangerous in life. If we think we’ve “arrived,” and don’t need to grow any more we can get into this kind of coasting lifestyle. And before long, we’ll discover that if we don’t start peddling again we will come to a stop and fall over!  Our next church got tired of peddling up the hill of life. And soon they […]

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Was it worth it?

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Life is hard. Sometimes it is harder than others. Whenever we suffer setbacks or opposition, it becomes easy to question the value of our efforts. Usually if we’ll keep at it, we’ll be able to look back and see that the hard work pays off.   I remember a season of struggle when I was trying to finish seminary. I had to read about 1000 pages per week and write many papers. And since I was also working full time to try and keep our support costs down, I had to get up no later than 4:30 every morning and put […]

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Succeeding at the wrong things

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In our current sermon series, we’re studying churches in Revelation to understand how we should live and should not live while we wait for the Lord’s return. This coming Sunday we’ll look at the church in Ephesus. This church was wildly successful by all outward appearances. And yet the Lord Jesus rebuked them. Why? Because it is possible to be successful at the wrong things. Just what are those wrong things, and what are the right things we should be pursuing?  Please join us in person on Sunday at 9:30 for English or 11 for Chinese to hear more! If you can’t make […]

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Can I quote you on that?

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People are saying some pretty crazy things these days. Some of it is absolutely unbelievable! We have video and audio recordings that prove many of these outlandish statements. But when those recordings aren’t available, we have to have a way to remember what was said.  When reporters do interviews, they often ask the interviewee: “Can I quote you on that?” They want to know whether or not a statement is “on the record” or “off the record.”  Writing things down is important. Especially if we want to get the words down accurately, and do something about them later.  This Sunday we’ll see John hear a […]