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: What’s John 3:16 Really Mean?

Posted by on Jul 9, 2020 in FEATURED, Pastors Ponderings | 0 comments

Pastor’s Ponderings:  What’s John 3:16 Really Mean?

We’ve heard John 3:16 over and over. We’ve memorized it. We even see people wearing “3:16” T-Shirts! But do we really appreciate its meaning? In an email on 7/9/20, Pastor Jim offered these thoughts on this amazing verse.

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Pastor’s Ponderings: The Call Always Goes Thru!

Posted by on Jul 8, 2020 in Pastors Ponderings | 1 comment

Pastor’s Ponderings:  The Call Always Goes Thru!

Things may seem to be tumbling out of control. One piece of bad news on top of another. But God is waiting for us to call on His help; to call upon Him to release His power in our lives and in our churches.  Are we ready to call Him? Are we praying?

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Pastors Ponderings: The Rudder of the Day

Posted by on Jul 7, 2020 in Pastors Ponderings | 0 comments

Pastors Ponderings:  The Rudder of the Day

“The first hour of the morning is the rudder of the day.” Olympian Eric Liddell began each day by grounding himself in the Bible and in prayer. In this “Ponderings” article, Pastor Jim encourages us to do the same thing.

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Pastor’s Ponderings: Our Shepherd’s Certain Presence

Posted by on Jun 23, 2020 in Pastors Ponderings | 0 comments

Pastor’s Ponderings:  Our Shepherd’s Certain Presence

In this “humble offering”, Pastor Jim reminds us that God is like a like a shepherd and is always with us.  Even if we run away, God’s mercy and love follow us in hot pursuit. 

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Pastors Ponderings: His Love Endures Forever!

Posted by on Jun 18, 2020 in Pastors Ponderings | 0 comments

Pastors Ponderings:  His Love Endures Forever!

God was faithful to people like Noah, Moses, David, and Paul. David wrote that “His love endures forever.” But is God’s love and faithfulness deep and long enough to reach into our time?

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Pastors Ponderings: Jesus Overcame so We Can’t Be Overcome

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

Pastors Ponderings: Jesus Overcame so We Can’t Be Overcome

Even in the seemingly insurmountable obstacles of this pandemic, God has already overcome. He loves us, delights in us, and He will bring us through this journey.

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Pastors Ponderings: Jesus is Already Here!

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

Pastors Ponderings: Jesus is Already Here!

Claiming God’s promises that He is with us now enables us to have the strength and hope for this moment. Be of good cheer! Don’t give up! Keep the faith!  Jesus is here!

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Pastors Ponderings: Be Strong!

Posted by on Apr 17, 2020 in 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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