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 is Love? (9/22/22)

Posted by on Sep 22, 2022 in FEATURED, Pastors Ponderings | 0 comments

Pastor’s Ponderings:  What is Love? (9/22/22)

What is True Love? Can we love unconditionally, regardless of what someone says about us or does to us? Does love have strings attached (“I’ll love you IF…”)? In this post, we see how God is calling us to a deeper level of love and “good will” towards all people.

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Pastor’s Ponderings: Set Free to Do Kindness (9/21/22)

Posted by on Sep 21, 2022 in FEATURED, Pastors Ponderings | 0 comments

Pastor’s Ponderings: Set Free to Do Kindness (9/21/22)

What are our churches doing to bring relief, help, and hope to those in need, those who are poor, the immigrant?  How can we be creative and bold in the name of Jesus to make a difference in our communities and in the world?

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Pastor’s Ponderings: If You Can’t Sing… Whittle! (9/13/22)

Posted by on Sep 13, 2022 in Pastors Ponderings | 0 comments

Pastor’s Ponderings:  If You Can’t Sing… Whittle! (9/13/22)

Can’t sing? Can’t play an instrument? Can’t play baseball??? God has gifted us all with some sort of talent that we can use to glorify Him. This “pondering” tells the story of an unknown talent from a well known name.

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Pastor’s Ponderings: Using ALL Your Strength (8/16/22)

Posted by on Aug 17, 2022 in Pastors Ponderings | 0 comments

Pastor’s Ponderings:   Using ALL Your Strength  (8/16/22)

We often struggle without reaching out to God or trusting Him for His empowerment. Imagine what we could do in life, in our churches, in our communities, and in the world if we relied upon God’s Holy Spirit, using “all of our strength”?

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Pastor’s Ponderings: Finding Clarity during Foggy Moments (8/9/22)

Posted by on Aug 9, 2022 in Pastors Ponderings | 0 comments

Pastor’s Ponderings:  Finding Clarity during Foggy Moments  (8/9/22)

Have you ever gone through stretches in life where you felt confused or lost? Did your faith wane? Did you doubt God’s presence? In this post, Pastor Jim looks at those “foggy moments” in life.

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Pastor’s Ponderings: Empowered to Forgive (8/6/22)

Posted by on Aug 6, 2022 in Pastors Ponderings | 0 comments

Pastor’s Ponderings:  Empowered to Forgive (8/6/22)

Years after being imprisoned in a Nazi Concentration Camp, a former guard approached Cori ten Boom and asked for forgiveness. Forgive someone who was part of an effort which killed over 6 million innocent people? Could you forgive him? God can…

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Pastor’s Ponderings: Who Are We Thankful For? (7/9/22)

Posted by on Jul 10, 2022 in Pastors Ponderings | 0 comments

Pastor’s Ponderings:   Who Are We Thankful For? (7/9/22)

God has given us life and He continues to give us everything that we need. How thankful are we?

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Pastor’s Ponderings: Look at Yourself!

Posted by on Mar 22, 2022 in Pastors Ponderings | 0 comments

Pastor’s Ponderings:  Look at Yourself!

Living a life of holiness means that we have to keep examining ourselves: “How is it with your soul?” Even as we cast all of our anxieties on God, we need to be willing to be molded into the people God wants us to be.

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Pastor’s Ponderings: God Carries Us

Posted by on Jan 29, 2022 in Pastors Ponderings | 0 comments

Pastor’s Ponderings:  God Carries Us

God carries us- burdens and all! The good news of the Gospel is that God remains with us, even when we’re carrying a load of burdens. If we entrust ourselves and our burdens into His capable hands, He’ll carry us through life’s “stormy seas.”

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Pastor’s Ponderings: My Christmas Wish

Posted by on Jan 7, 2022 in Pastors Ponderings, Worship & Prayer | 0 comments

Pastor’s Ponderings:  My Christmas Wish

Did you get what you wanted for Christmas??? The poem in this post reminds us of the best gifts.

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Pastor’s Ponderings: Worship- the Most Important Time of the Week

Posted by on Dec 1, 2021 in Pastors Ponderings | 0 comments

Pastor’s Ponderings:  Worship- the Most Important Time of the Week

Is it just another Sunday morning? Same ‘ole routine? Wrong outlook! In this “ponderings” Pastor Jim shares some ideas on how each worship service should be filled with anticipation and unity as we gather together.

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Pastor’s Ponderings: The Most Useful Tool

Posted by on Nov 18, 2021 in Pastors Ponderings | 0 comments

Pastor’s Ponderings:  The Most Useful Tool

Discouragement is the Devil’s most frequently used and most effective tool. How can we fight against it? In this offering, Pastor Jim gives us some insight on how to become more encouraging.

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Pastor’s Ponderings: Celebrating Teachers

Posted by on Sep 18, 2021 in Pastors Ponderings | 0 comments

Pastor’s Ponderings:  Celebrating Teachers

As we return to school, small groups and Sunday School, we should always remember our teachers and be thankful for those who give of their time, talent, and energy to help us learn.

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Pastor’s Ponderings: What’s it Mean to “Bear Fruit”?

Posted by on Sep 8, 2021 in Pastors Ponderings | 0 comments

Pastor’s Ponderings:  What’s it Mean to “Bear Fruit”?

In this excerpt from “Cultivating Fruitfulness,” Bishop Schnase reminds us that purpose and life come when the church turns outward to serve the community. When it turns inward, the church gets weaker and looses purpose.

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Pastor’s Ponderings: Focusing on the Goal

Posted by on Aug 20, 2021 in Pastors Ponderings | 0 comments

Pastor’s Ponderings:  Focusing on the Goal

An Olympian became distracted, lost his focus, and lost the race. Are we on target, focused on the bull’s eye? Or do we squander what God has given us and settle for fourth place? May we have such a level of commitment that we will not be distracted until we reach the goals God has set before us.

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Pastor’s Ponderings: Running the Race with Perseverance

Posted by on Aug 5, 2021 in Pastors Ponderings | 0 comments

Pastor’s Ponderings: Running the Race with Perseverance

American athlete James Connolly dreamed of competing in the Triple Jump on the world stage. When the Olympics returned in 1896, he quit college and sailed for Athens. His persistence paid off; He won the first place prize. Victory is assured, but we are called to “run the race with perseverance” until the prize is won.

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Pastor’s Ponderings: The Gift of Laughter

Posted by on Jul 15, 2021 in Pastors Ponderings, Worship & Prayer | 0 comments

Pastor’s Ponderings: The Gift of Laughter

Did Jesus smile? Did He laugh??? God wants us to worship Him with Joy. Is it possible that we live in a world which needs to learn how to laugh again? Pastor Jim looks at these questions in these “ponderings.”

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Pastor’s Ponderings: Our Faithful God Can be Trusted!

Posted by on May 29, 2021 in Pastors Ponderings | 0 comments

Pastor’s Ponderings:  Our Faithful God Can be Trusted!

Over and over, Scripture shows us that God is committed to us and is ready to help whenever we reach out to Him. God is so faithful to us!  Are we faithful to God in all that we do?

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Pastor’s Ponderings: Forgive with God’s Forgiveness

Posted by on May 8, 2021 in Pastors Ponderings | 0 comments

Pastor’s Ponderings:  Forgive with God’s Forgiveness

We’re commanded to forgive, just as our infinite God has done. But what if we don’t have any forgiveness to give? If we can’t give our own forgiveness, let God empower you to extend His forgiveness.

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Pastor’s Ponderings: Running the Race with Perseverance

Posted by on Apr 28, 2021 in Pastors Ponderings | 0 comments

Pastor’s Ponderings: Running the Race with Perseverance

As we look forward to the the end of the pandemic, the Bible and the experience of Olympian James Connolly give us guidance and inspiration to hang on and persevere. Pastor Jim submitted this devotion on 4/28/21.

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