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A Note from a Sinner   Leave a comment

A Note from a Sinner:

I wish I was a perfect, sinless man. But I am not. I wish I was a perfect pastor. But I am not. I wish I had no evil thought ever to run through my mind. But they do. I wish I learned not to be judgmental. But at times, I cannot help it. I wish I had perfect leadership skills. But I do not. I wish I had unfailing moral values. But I do not. I wish I spent more time in prayer and meditation. But I do not. I wish I was a model Christian. But I am not.

Therefore, just like you, I am a sinner living under an unfailing grace that I do not deserve but gladly accept.

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Folks whom I serve know that I am no “Bible thumper.” I am not a literalist, Pharisaic leader who asks people to live like me, talk like me, or believe like me or at least how I say you’re supposed to. I do everything in my power to help people turn to God in all things, period. I work at this daily in spite of not doing so to perfection.

As a fellow “work in progress,” I am deeply saddened by some events of yesterday. In a time of complete unrest, violent means were used to clear out people standing in peace for a photo op. A Bible was held in front of a place that has not seen that visitor since the day of swearing-in. I find this deeply insulting.

As an imperfect being trying to do my best for the Lord in spite of my failures, I find it challenging at best to understand this action. Why wasn’t this Bible opened? Why weren’t words of assurance and peace from these Scriptures shared? Why aren’t the values that fill the book proclaimed and portrayed?

Many are referring to this as a publicity stunt. I’ll let history tell that story and make those judgments. I know the person holding that Bible is very much like me, a non-perfect, sinful man. I will not judge him, that is not my job. But I will stand for my faith and for God’s holy word.

Please, in everything you do, keep the sacred, well, sacred. Do not use God’s word, God’s house, or God’s name in any way that does not bring honor to God. In all you do, let the light of Christ shine in and through you. Philippians 2:3 says, “Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility regard others as better than yourselves” (NRSV). Today, I want to do a better job of living that way. Even if I do not do so to perfection, it does not give me an excuse to not try.

I wish I was a perfect, sinless man. But I am not.

Love, Pep

Easter 2020   2 comments

Positive Encouragement   1 comment

Would you rather be told what is wrong or shown how to make something right?  Most people prefer positive feedback over demeaning discourses, especially when a word of correction is being delivered.  In a world filled with negativity and harsh realities of just how rough life can sometimes be, we should give encouraging words instead of negative lectures.  Read the rest of this entry »

A Prayer for Leaders   3 comments

I belong to seemingly countless email groups that keep me informed in the world of religion, culture, and ministry.  One of those groups (smart ministry and preaching unleashed) sent an email yesterday with a prayer for all of their subscribers who are mostly ministers and church leaders.  I was moved to hear such a prayer for me and simply want to pass this along to all who dare to read it.

My challenge to those of you who are not in ministry or church leadership positions is to pray this prayer for your pastor and other leaders.  It isn’t very often we ministers hear of such prayers being offered for us. Read the rest of this entry »

Doubts   1 comment

John 20:24-29

The Resurrected Jesus appeared to his disciples on many occasions, being seen by 500 people before ascending to heaven.  One of those appearances gives us a great word for today.  Thomas said that he would not believe Jesus was raised until he saw him and touched his wounds.  In other words, “I’ll believe it when I see it.”  Jesus appeared.  He saw.  He believed. Read the rest of this entry »