Life lessons from an airborne ranger

“Uncertainty is a given. Fear is optional.”

Chuck Holton – “A More Elite Soldier”


Sundays at TMBC

In case you missed church yesterday, John and Lee helped me with my sermon series on finances by singing this song. It was a lot of fun. 

Don’t be hearers only . . .

“Two farmers prayed for rain. One prepared his fields. Which one expected God to give the rain?”

– Facing the Giants

Ever wondered what it’s like to be a pastor

Craig Groeschel gives great insight into what it’s like to be a pastor. 

“Those who are not in vocational ministry may not understand this week’s discussion. (Even when I was an associate pastor, I didn’t fully understand the public pressure my pastor’s family faced.)

Right or wrong, when you’re a pastor, people’s expectations of you change.

  • Some believe you are holier than you could humanly achieve. Others are skeptical, secretly hoping you’ll fail.
  • Some sincerely hope your family is materially blessed. Others think your family should barely be above the poverty line.
  • Many will have very high expectations of your kids. Some will privately (or publicly) gloat when your kids fail.
  • Some people will want to be close to you simply because you’re a pastor. Others will be too nervous to be themselves around you.
  • Some will extend irrational love toward you and your family. Others will be easily offended (and dislike you) over something you would consider a minor misunderstanding.
  • Some will almost worship you (even though you don’t want it). Many of those same people will leave your church before the end of this year.
  • The joy of intimate Christian relationships for pastors couldn’t be greater. The pain and loss of broken relationships will haunt you throughout your ministry.

The life of a pastor isn’t better or worse than others. But it is different. ”


Stupid insight

I’m convinced that we don’t say or do stupid things on purpose. We try our best to keep it in, but eventually stupid just leaks out. Wisdom isn’t the antidote for stupid it’s just the band aid that helps keep the stupid from getting all over the place and making a big mess. The more wisdom we put into our minds the less stupid that squirts out and the fewer messes we have to clean up. So our goal isn’t to be smarter, or less stupid, but rather to be wise and keep our stupid from getting out quite as often.

The Flu

I hate being sick. I mean with a passion. I hate having a fever. I hate being stuck in the house. I hate being up in the middle of the night and not sleeping. I don’t know anyone who likes being sick, but it actually makes me mad. That’s right. I get mad when I’m sick. Not at anyone in particular, but just in general. I’m mad that I cant’ do things that I normally do. I can’t play with the kids. I can’t go to work. I can’t even open a jar of jelly because I’m so weak. And therein lies the problem. I can’t do for myself. I can’t depend on myself to get through. I must depend on someone else to preach and baptize for me on Sunday. I think this may be what God is teaching me. Jesus told Paul in 2 Corinthians 12:9 “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Well there I am. I hate being weak. But God’s power is at it’s greatest when I am at my weakest.

12 Years of marriage, here’s the secret . . .