PASTOR'S BROTH FOR THOUGHT - Week of October 8, 2017

The Greek philosopher, Aristotle, said, “To enjoy the things we ought and to hate the things we ought has the greatest bearing on excellence of character.” All the pundits and talking heads on television these days are constantly wondering how we have come to such a state as our modern American culture is in. “How could this happen?” they wonder. And, after such horrific events as recently unfolded in Las Vegas, Nevada, we all feel the gut-punch. In my humble opinion, God’s Word helps to shed some light on the situation.

The Old Testament Preacher writes, “If you are wise, your wisdom will reward you” (Proverbs 9:12 NIV). In many ways, America has lost its wisdom, and along with that, its character. When we invite God out of the public square, why should we be surprised when we end up with a godless society? Although this world always lives in sin, separated from all that God would have us to be and to do, a return to the fear of the Lord will result in more understanding and acceptance, love and grace, among us.

The Old Testament Psalmist adds this insight: “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom; all who follow his precepts have good understanding. To him belongs eternal praise (Psalm 111:10 NIV). In your own life, how can you contribute to a culture that knows more about how to “enjoy the things we ought and to hate the things we ought”?

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PASTOR'S BROTH FOR THOUGHT - Week of October 1, 2017

“He who laughs last didn’t get it.” In the same kind of way, the one who turns away from the invitation to be a part of the Kingdom of God doesn’t get it. Jesus’ parable of the two sons illustrates this so well (Matthew 21:28-32). What is your choice? Are you open to the power of the Spirit?

The Kingdom of God has come, and this is the central message of Jesus' earthly ministry. The Kingdom of God is marching forward, and nothing can stop it. Nothing can prevail against it, not even the gates of Hell! And you have a front-row invitation to be a part of it. The Spirit powers you! And you say, “Yes?”

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PASTOR'S BROTH FOR THOUGHT -
Week of September 24, 2017


A simple observation: It takes a special person to take delight in the good fortune of another person. Its opposite is caught up in the German term Schadenfreude, literally damage joy or dark pleasure. The English word epicaricacy carries the same meaning: malicious enjoyment from observing someone else’s misfortune.

Writing to his friends at Thessalonica, St. Paul clarifies how Christian believers should relate to one another in these words, “Therefore, encourage one another and build up each other, as indeed you are doing” (1 Thessalonians 5:11 NRSV). As you reflect on your thoughts and actions this day, how are you relating to others?

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PASTOR'S BROTH FOR THOUGHT

Week of September 10, 2017

Here is a deep truth: People may spurn your appeals, reject your messages, and oppose your arguments. But they are helpless against your prayers. As St. Paul encourages us, “Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus." (Philippians 4:6-7 NRSV).

Think on your own life of prayer, and the peace you experience from your relationship with God.

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PASTOR'S BROTH FOR THOUGHT - Week of August 6, 2017

From the Yiddish, an old proverb has this definition: “A noodnik is a person who spreads happiness wherever he doesn’t go.” Each of us has special gifts. Is this one of yours?

One member of a parish I served in Illinois had the special gift of letter-writing. When others would be away from home on a trip somewhere, she would give them a hand-written letter to be opened at a specific time. As they stopped to read her words of support and protection, they would know that she would be praying for them at that exact same time. What powerful prayer!

There are those in this world who have the gift of finding joy everywhere and of leaving it behind them when they go. What are your special gifts? How are you using them to bring glory to God and to build up the church?

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PASTOR'S BROTH FOR THOUGHT - Week of July 23, 2017

Each of us has enough struggle trying to understand ourselves, let alone trying also to understand those around us. God intends for us to be in harmony with one another (see Romans 12:16), but sometimes that’s a tough ideal for us to meet, isn’t it? Perhaps Henry Wadsworth Longfellow helps us a bit with this comment, “Believe me, every man has his secret sorrows which the world knows not; and oftimes we call a man cold when he is only sad.”

We pray: I long to care about others as much as I care about myself, Lord, and to give others the benefit of the doubt just as I hope others will do for me. Amen.

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PASTOR'S BROTH FOR THOUGHT - Week of July 23, 2017

Each of us has enough struggle trying to understand ourselves, let alone trying also to understand those around us. God intends for us to be in harmony with one another (see Romans 12:16), but sometimes that’s a tough ideal for us to meet, isn’t it? Perhaps Henry Wadsworth Longfellow helps us a bit with this comment, “Believe me, every man has his secret sorrows which the world knows not; and oftimes we call a man cold when he is only sad.”

We pray: I long to care about others as much as I care about myself, Lord, and to give others the benefit of the doubt just as I hope others will do for me. Amen.

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PASTOR'S BROTH FOR THOUGHT - Week of July 16, 2017

“Do not repay evil for evil or abuse for abuse; but, on the contrary, repay with a blessing. It is for this that you were called—that you might inherit a blessing” (1 Peter 3:9 NRSV).

The good you do is not lost, even though you may forget it. How many people have received help from you without your even being aware of it? How many others have helped you without their being aware of it? No small thing, done for the glory of God, ever is wasted.

“So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do everything for the glory of God.” Think about it (1 Corinthians 10:13 NRSV).

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PASTOR'S BROTH FOR THOUGHT - Week of July 9, 2017

Dr. Sue Head, Dean of Character Education at College of the Ozarks at Point Lookout, Missouri, recently shared this observation: “I heard the following piece of advice regarding Patience during a radio sermon the other day: While you’re waiting for the sweet spot in life, don’t forget to make the spot you’re currently in just as sweet! As you begin planning your family’s summer activities, might I suggest that you take a minute to consider what’s sweet about your current life circumstances?

What a powerful concept! How do you respond?

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PASTOR'S BROTH FOR THOUGHT - Week of July 2, 2017

“All to whom God gives wealth and possessions and whom he enables to enjoy them, and to accept their lot and find enjoyment in their toil—this is the gift of God (Ecclesiastes 5:19 NRSV). As this week we give thanks to the Lord for this free land in which we live, let us be mindful of others around us, and help them to the same awareness.

Let’s pray: Lord, thank you for all you have given me to enjoy. Make me aware of people in need with whom I can share from the abundance I have received. Amen.

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PASTOR'S BROTH FOR THOUGHT

Week of June 25, 2017

Many of us are out on the road traveling during these longer daylight hours of summer. Road construction and traffic relocations are a necessary part of it, unfortunately, though it is fortunate for those who have those jobs! The really happy person is the one who can enjoy the scenery when he has to take a detour.

The Bible writer advises us, “Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and your plans will succeed. The Lord works out everything for his own ends (Proverbs 16:3-4 NIV). Do you know a verse from the new Testament that carries the same message? (Check out Romans 8:27-28)

How well have you followed this advice this week?

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PASTOR'S BROTH FOR THOUGHT

Week of June 18, 2017


“That silence is one of the great arts of conversation is allowed by Cicero himself, who says there is not only an art, but even an eloquence in it.” Thus writes Hannah More, the English poet and philanthropist. The psalmist puts it like this: “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth (Psalm 46:10 NIV). Have you rested in the presence of God this day? Why not suggest the idea to someone else, as well.

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PASTOR'S BROTH FOR THOUGHT - Week of June 11, 2017

This weekend we lift up and honor our fathers, one of God’s great gifts to us, along with godly mothers. In these spring days, many fathers enjoy the growing season, working in the fields or tending the garden. Scottish entomologist J. R. Malloch says, “He who plants a garden works hand in hand with God.” And each of us has our own task to perform, as St. Paul reminds us, “I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God made it grow” (1 Corinthians 3:6 NIV). May our fathers be blessed in their leadership.

We pray: Lord, teach me to plant the seeds that help to meet the needs of others, and to remember that it is you who blesses the work of my hands. Amen.

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PASTOR'S BROTH FOR THOUGHT - Week of June 4, 2017

Study the Bible to be wise; believe it to be safe; practice it to be holy. “Oh, how I love your law! I meditate on it all day long. Your commands make me wiser than my enemies” (Psalm 119:97-98 NIV). Our country is a constitutional republic; we are governed by law. Our recognition of the rule of law in this life reflects the law of God that stands behind it. In your experience this day, how do you recognize this truth?

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