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.

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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Pastors Ponderings: Watch What You Hang on to- Time to Re-Consider Your Priorities?

Posted by on Oct 13, 2015 in Pastors Ponderings | 0 comments

Pastors Ponderings: Watch What You Hang on to- Time to Re-Consider Your Priorities?

  Pastor Jim submitted the following “Ponderings” on 10/9/15… Greetings Friends: PLEASE READ: John 10:16 Jesus said, “I have other sheep, which are not of this fold; I must bring them also, and they will hear My voice; and they will become one flock with one shepherd.” PLEASE READ: Hebrews 12:1-2 “Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and...

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Pastor’s Ponderings: What is Love?

Posted by on Sep 17, 2015 in Pastors Ponderings | 0 comments

Pastor’s Ponderings: What is Love?

Greetings Friends: PLEASE READ: John 15:12-17 (Jesus said), “My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends. You are my friends if you do what I command. I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you. You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you...

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Pastor’s Ponderings: The Significance of One

Posted by on Sep 4, 2015 in Pastors Ponderings | 0 comments

Pastor’s Ponderings:  The Significance of One

Pastor Jim submitted the following devotional on Monday Aug. 23, 2015. It references his sermon from the previous Sunday (“The Life and Music of Charles Wesley“); Both Charles and John Wesley demonstrated that God can work through one person to do mighty things…   PLEASE READ: 1 Corinthians 12:4-11… There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit. There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. There are different kinds of working, but the same God...

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Pastor’s Ponderings: Faith in the Face of Opposition

Posted by on Aug 22, 2015 in Pastors Ponderings | 0 comments

Pastor’s Ponderings:  Faith in the Face of Opposition

Pastor’s Ponderings: Faith in the Face of Opposition The following “Pastor’s Ponderings” devotional was submitted by Pastor Jim on August 22, 2015. Our sermon for August 23 is entitled “The Life and Music of Charles Wesley“… this devotional gives a preview into that theme… Joshua 1:9 “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.”...

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Pastor’s Ponderings: A Believer in Blessings

Posted by on Aug 13, 2015 in Pastors Ponderings | 0 comments

Pastor’s Ponderings:  A Believer in Blessings

Are we really resting in the peace and security that God offers us?  Or, we running around, bearing burdens that God wants to lift from us?  Matthew  6:25-26… “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes?  Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are...

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Pastor’s Ponderings: The Cross

Posted by on Apr 2, 2015 in Pastors Ponderings | 0 comments

Pastor’s Ponderings:  The Cross

Pastor Jim submitted the following devotional on March 27, 2015…   Greetings Friends: PLEASE READ: 2 Corinthians 5:14-15, “For Christ’s love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died. And He died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for Him who died for them and was raised again.”   Our journey through Lent is bringing us ever closer to the cross of Jesus. A question I have been pondering...

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Pastor’s Ponderings: A Stormy Month

Posted by on Mar 3, 2015 in Pastors Ponderings | 0 comments

Pastor’s Ponderings: A Stormy Month

 Pastor Jim sent the following devotional on 2/28/15…   Greetings Friends: PLEASE READ: Mark 4:35-41 On the same day, when evening had come, He said to them, “Let us cross over to the other side.” Now when they had left the multitude, they took Him along in the boat as He was. And other little boats were also with Him. And a great windstorm arose, and the waves beat into the boat, so that it was already filling. But He was in the stern, asleep on a pillow. And they awoke him and...

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Pastor’s Ponderings: Lent is Calling

Posted by on Feb 28, 2015 in Pastors Ponderings | 0 comments

Pastor’s Ponderings: Lent is Calling

The following devotional was sent by Pastor Jim on 2/26/15… Greetings Friends: PLEASE READ: Psalm 46:10 “Be still and know that I am God” (NKJV). PLEASE READ: Isaiah 40:31 “But those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles, They shall run and not be weary, They shall walk and not faint” (NKJV).   Can we agree that regular Bible reading, regular times of prayer, being faithful in worship, to name a few...

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