Pastors Ponderings

Devotionals written by our pastor. Like other “God Moments”, these posts give us a chance to pause and consider the character and work of God in our lives. This subcategory of “God Moments” is reserved specifically for items written by the pastor.

Pastors Ponderings: Be Strong!

Posted by on Apr 17, 2020 in FEATURED, Pastors Ponderings | 0 comments

Pastors Ponderings:  Be Strong!

During the coronavirus pandemic (in April of 2020), Pastor Jim wrote these encouraging reminders from scripture.  God is with us and continually watching over us; even when things seem like they’re falling over the edge of a cliff.

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Pastor’s Ponderings: Help on a Rough Road

Posted by on Apr 4, 2020 in Pastors Ponderings | 0 comments

Pastor’s Ponderings:  Help on a Rough Road

Psalm 121 reminds us that “our help comes from the LORD, the Maker of Heaven and earth”, even while traveling on a road that might seem to be blocked by insurmountable obstacles. In this devotion, Pastor Jim offers encouragement with the powerful truths that are proclaimed in this short Psalm.

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Pastor’s Ponderings: Pray Anywhere, Anytime, Any place

Posted by on Mar 29, 2020 in Pastors Ponderings | 0 comments

Pastor’s Ponderings: Pray Anywhere, Anytime, Any place

In the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, we must maintain “social distancing,” and many in our church have begun to participate in a prayer group using email. Pastor Jim wrote the following devotional on 3/27/20 to encourage our prayer lives during this difficult time…   Greetings Friends: I pray that all of you and your families are well. As we continue to journey through this unusual time in human history, I would invite all of us to be spending time in prayer. Prayer...

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Pastor’s Ponderings: God’s Faithfulness

Posted by on Mar 24, 2020 in Pastors Ponderings | 1 comment

Pastor’s Ponderings:  God’s Faithfulness

The lightning might be crashing, the wind might be howling, and the rain may be pouring in torrents, but a rainbow will come (even if figuratively). Our Prince of Peace is faithful to His promise. Pastor Jim sent out these words of hope in the midst of the Coronavirus crisis…. “After every storm comes a rainbow.”

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Pastors Ponderings: A Word of Encouragement (3/17/20)

Posted by on Mar 17, 2020 in Pastors Ponderings | 0 comments

Pastors Ponderings:  A Word of Encouragement (3/17/20)

In the midst of the Coronavirus crisis in March 2020, Pastor Jim sent out some words of hope. All of our worries and fears are defeated by our hope in Jesus. Instead of “Don’t worry be happy,” we need to be thinking “Don’t worry, trust Jesus.”

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Pastor’s Ponderings: Embrace Change!

Posted by on Mar 8, 2019 in Pastors Ponderings | 0 comments

Pastor’s Ponderings:  Embrace Change!

Change is all around us in our lives; we can’t avoid change. Change brings fear. But do we really need to be afraid? How can we avoid the anxiety and fear that change brings? Can we even embrace change and grow because of it???

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Pastor’s Ponderings: Time to Sharpen Your Blade?

Posted by on Oct 20, 2018 in Pastors Ponderings | 0 comments

Pastor’s Ponderings:  Time to Sharpen Your Blade?

Is your Christian life a burden? Shouldn’t it be a Joy to follow and serve Christ?!? If life is a burden, maybe you need to “sharpen your blades” and re-connect with God.

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Pastor’s Ponderings: The Grace of Giving

Posted by on Oct 25, 2017 in Pastors Ponderings | 0 comments

Pastor’s Ponderings:  The Grace of Giving

Bishop Robert Schnase in his book, The Grace of Giving shares about the importance of God’s people to be generous. Generosity presents itself in multiple ways as we express our faith through the church and in our daily lives. Below is a small part from that important book. I would invite all of us to prayerfully consider these words and reflect upon them and what God might be saying to us. There are many scripture references in the following text!  Notice that all of them are hyperlinks which...

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Pastor’s Ponderings: Prayer Brings Peace in the Storm!

Posted by on Aug 25, 2017 in Pastors Ponderings | 0 comments

Pastor’s Ponderings:  Prayer Brings Peace in the Storm!

As Pastor Jim wrote this article (on 8/25/17), Hurricane Harvey was barrelling down on Southeast Texas. In addition to the other tragedies facing the world, each of us faces our own times of stress and change.   In the midst of impending storms, and in the middle of storms, be reminded that prayer offers a tremendous pathway for peace…  Greetings Friends:   Philippians 4:6-7 tells us, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with...

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Pastors Ponderings: To Sing is to Pray Twice!

Posted by on Jun 22, 2017 in Pastors Ponderings | 0 comments

Pastors Ponderings: To Sing is to Pray Twice!

Our service on 6/25/17 didn’t have a sermon! Instead, we turned to Music to lead us to and through our time of worship as we celebrated God’s Grace.

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Pastors Ponderings: A Divine Love Song

Posted by on Apr 23, 2017 in Pastors Ponderings | 0 comments

Pastors Ponderings: A Divine Love Song

Pastor Jim submitted the following on April 5, 2017…   Greetings Friends: PLEASE READ: 1 John 4:7 “Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God” (NASB). PLEASE READ: Hebrews 6:1-2 “Let us stop going over the same old ground again and again, always teaching those first lessons about Christ. Let us go on instead to other things and become mature in our understanding, as strong Christians ought to...

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Pastors Ponderings: Christ the Lord is Risen Today!

Posted by on Apr 14, 2017 in Pastors Ponderings | 0 comments

Pastors Ponderings:  Christ the Lord is Risen Today!

No Easter Sunday at PUMC would be complete without singing the hymn Christ the Lord is Risen Today. In this article (and in the corresponding podcast on the UMC website), Dr. Paul Chilcote guides us through this hymn’s verses and shows us how to take the Risen Christ into the other 364 days of the year.

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Pastors Ponderings: Dump it all In!

Posted by on Mar 26, 2017 in Pastors Ponderings | 0 comments

Pastors Ponderings: Dump it all In!

Pastor Jim submitted the following thoughts on 3/20/17 regarding our commitment.  Do we trust God enough to follow His instructions to give our all?  Or do we hold back and keep some for ourselves just in case God doesn’t come through? Greetings Friends: PLEASE READ: Isaiah 58:11 & 13a… “The LORD will guide you always; He will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame. You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never...

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Pastors Ponderings: Running into a Burning House!

Posted by on Mar 24, 2017 in Pastors Ponderings | 0 comments

Pastors Ponderings: Running into a Burning House!

Pastor Jim submitted the following thoughts on 3/18/17… Greetings Friends: PLEASE READ: Matthew 9:35-38 “Jesus went through all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the good news of the kingdom and healing every disease and sickness. When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the...

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Pastors Ponderings: Who is St. Patrick?

Posted by on Mar 21, 2017 in Pastors Ponderings | 0 comments

Pastors Ponderings:  Who is St. Patrick?

Pastor Jim submitted the following on 3/17/17…   Greetings Friends: A very Happy St. Patrick’s Day to all! Below is a brief yet informative article about Patrick and this day. I cannot take credit for it other than I received it from Christian History Institute, of whom I am a member. I hope you are blessed by this humble offering about a wonderful Saint of the Christian Church. Pastor Jim   We all Know St. Partick’s Day… but what about St. Patrick Himself??? ON...

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Rest, Relax,and Rejuvenate

Posted by on Jun 25, 2016 in Pastors Ponderings | 0 comments

Rest, Relax,and Rejuvenate

We are entering the summer season, a season that affords opportunities for Rest, Relax & Rejuvenate rest and relaxation. Let’s make it a priority to look for these moments that we can relax physically and renew ourselves emotionally and spiritually.

These moments are gifts from God. Let’s embrace the gift and “loosen the bow” this summer!

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Pastor’s Ponderings: Second Coming?!? He’s Already Here!!!

Posted by on Apr 29, 2016 in Pastors Ponderings | 0 comments

Pastor’s Ponderings: Second Coming?!?  He’s Already Here!!!

Pastor Jim submitted the following on 4/25/16…   Not long ago I saw a sign on someone’s front yard which simply read, ‘Jesus is coming!’” FRIENDS, while I respect the enthusiasm of that person but I think have better news than that; Jesus is already here! Sometimes we are so focused on the “second coming” that we forget that Jesus is already present in us! Jesus said in John 15:26… “When the Counselor comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, the Spirit...

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Pastor’s Ponderings: You Owe Me

Posted by on Apr 12, 2016 in Pastors Ponderings | 0 comments

Pastor’s Ponderings:  You Owe Me

This devotional was sent by Pastor Jim on 2/25/15… Greetings Friends: PLEASE READ: 1 Corinthians 13:4-8a “Love is patient, love is kind and is not jealous; love does not brag and is not arrogant, does not act unbecomingly; it does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered, does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails.” As we...

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Pastors Ponderings: Christmas Wishes

Posted by on Jan 12, 2016 in Pastors Ponderings | 0 comments

Pastors Ponderings:  Christmas Wishes

Pastor Jim emailed the following devotional on January 5.  We’re a bit slow in posting this message, but it’s relevant all year…     Greetings Friends: Happy New Year to all! Since we are still in the holy season of Christmas (Epiphany begins January 6), I was trying to think of some way to express greetings to all of you. Below is a poem I actually came across many years ago. I recently found it again and feel led to share it with you. It really sums up what this...

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Pastor’s Ponderings: Sing it Out!

Posted by on Oct 24, 2015 in Pastors Ponderings | 0 comments

Pastor’s Ponderings: Sing it Out!

Pastor Jim’s sermon for this coming Sunday (10/25/15) is entitled: “God: Our Rock Star!”  It is based on Zephaniah 3:14-18.  He submitted this devotional on 10/23/15 in advance of the 10/25/15 sermon… PLEASE READ: Hebrews 2:12 “I will tell them your name and sing your praises when they come together to worship” (CEV). Singing in worship has always been an appropriate way to offer praise to God. The pages of Scripture record this. Especially in the tradition...

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