Category Archives: Minister’s Minute

Pastor’s writings that appeared in the Delta Optimist.

New York Bound

LibertyChanges are an inevitable part of life. This past Sunday I made the announcement to my congregation that I will be moving to North Tonawanda, New York, in the first part of the New Year, and to say it was a difficult decision to make would be an understatement. But after much prayer and deliberation, I am fully confident this is the right decision.

My article today is not about the fact I am moving, but rather it is about hope. You see, in my deliberations, I would wrestle with, “What will happen to the church when I leave?” Then I realized how I sounded.

It is a fair question, for sure, but to think the church will rise and fall because of me is simply arrogant. The church is not founded on me, but it is rather founded on something far greater than some mere pastor.

The church is based upon what Jesus Christ did for me. In His death and resurrection, I was given the forgiveness for my sins, for the wrong things I do. It is this foundation that will stand the test of time, and will continue on after me.

The promise that God will never leave us nor forsake us, that is the hope that I have. And as I begin to pack I remind myself, I may not know what my future holds, but I know that God is holding it for me.

Published in Delta Optimist December 1 2013

Photo Credit stu_spivack

Out of the Fog

FogThe fog was an incredible sight last week; I was amazed at the thickness of it and also how long it had lasted during the day.

A moment that sticks out was when I was driving back along the highway enjoying the sun and clear surroundings, when, as I looked ahead, all I could see was this thick wall of fog.

As I entered into it, the sun was no longer visible and one could not see that far ahead of them. It was an incredible sight to behold.

Driving through it, I was struck with the idea of how life does the same thing, only most of the time we do not know we are in the fog until it has already engulfed us.

Many troubles seem to follow us throughout life and trying to navigate through them can be near impossible at times.

The fog of family problems, sickness, death, even traffic and construction, can overwhelm us, especially when they all seem to happen at once.

But something else I noticed last week was every once in awhile I could hear the piercing sound of the foghorn and to me it was a reminder who God has told us, “Lo, I am with you even unto the end of the age.” – Matthew 28:20.

Even though life can become overwhelming, God often lets us know that He is there for us, even amidst the fog.

Published in Delta Optimist November 1 2013

Photo Credit david.dolphin