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: Our Faithful God Can be Trusted!

Posted by on May 29, 2021 in FEATURED, 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 FEATURED, 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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Pastor’s Ponderings: How to Carry a Burden

Posted by on Apr 25, 2021 in Pastors Ponderings | 0 comments

Pastor’s Ponderings:  How to Carry a Burden

Carrying around burdens isn’t easy; rough times can really drag us down. But the good news is that God will carry the burdens and protect us from slipping. We can feel peace because God has promised that He will give us the victory.

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Pastor’s Ponderings: Lifted from the Pit!

Posted by on Apr 16, 2021 in Pastors Ponderings | 0 comments

Pastor’s Ponderings: Lifted from the Pit!

Feeling like you’re standing on the edge of an abyss, just trying to hang on and keep your footing? Or maybe you feel like you’ve already fallen down into the depths. In the scriptures, God promises over and over that He will rescue us from our “pits”. He is always with us.

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Pastor’s Ponderings: Challenged but Not Overcome!

Posted by on Apr 16, 2021 in Pastors Ponderings | 0 comments

Pastor’s Ponderings:  Challenged but Not Overcome!

Julian of Norwich wrote that “God never said that we would not be assailed. But He did say that we would overcome. ” During all of the trials of this pandemic, how can we claim Jesus’ victory of “Overcoming the World”?

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Pastor’s Ponderings: Regardless of the Storm, Look for the Rainbow

Posted by on Mar 25, 2021 in Pastors Ponderings | 0 comments

Pastor’s Ponderings: Regardless of the Storm, Look for the Rainbow

We are currently enduring the “storm” of a pandemic, but throughout life we endure many different types of storms. But God continues to send rainbows. In this devotional, Pastor Jim reminds us that God is present regardless of the “storm” which we may be facing. There is hope. There is promise.

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Pastor’s Ponderings: Christ Imitator or Car Thief???

Posted by on Mar 24, 2021 in Pastors Ponderings | 0 comments

Pastor’s Ponderings: Christ Imitator or Car Thief???

“If you were charged with being a Christian, would there be enough evidence to convict you?” (oldie but goodie…).
But how well are you reflecting the Image of Christ? This devotional from Pastor Jim challenges us to take some self reflection.

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Pastor’s Ponderings: Self-Reflection for Advent

Posted by on Dec 19, 2020 in Pastors Ponderings | 0 comments

Pastor’s Ponderings: Self-Reflection for Advent

John Wesley stressed that we need to “renew yourself from time to time, closely examining the state of your soul.” Peter reminded us to “be self-controlled and alert” … to “stand firm in the faith.”
During this pandemic,we need to re-connect to the Holy Spirit as never before. In this article, Pastor Jim offers encouragement on how we can do that.

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Pastors Ponderings: Hope Until the Disaster Passes

Posted by on Nov 30, 2020 in Pastors Ponderings | 0 comments

Pastors Ponderings: Hope Until the Disaster Passes

In the midst of the pandemic, Pastor Jim points us to scripture to remind us of God’s promises of love and protection. This hope and encouragement also challenge us to become God’s ambassadors of “hope” to the world.

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

Posted by on Jul 9, 2020 in 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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