New Blog   Leave a comment

This is the location of my new blog.  I will still keep this account open and probably split uses between the two blogs.  That will be decided later.  Until then, please refer to (and feel free to subscribe for free) the following web address.  Thank you for following.  God bless!

http://davidpepplersr.blogspot.com/

Posted August 24, 2011 by David N. Peppler, Sr. in Uncategorized

No Word: No Guilt   Leave a comment

Dearest subscribers, visitors and friends;

I am entering into a remarkably busy time in life from now through July 2011.  My final two semesters of formal education are going to be overflowing with commitments.  I want to thank you for your loyal readership.  Just knowing that the words on this blog are helpful is all the motivation I need to keep it rolling.

I do not anticipate having any time to write until classes are completed.  However, once they are behind me I am actually anticipating MUCH time for writing!  In addition to this blog, I also have created files for the beginnings of four books I intend to author.  Time will tell how all of that transpires.

For now, thank you again for reading what is on here.  I may pop in some devotional work between classes, but I must make this commitment to you and to myself – I will not be driven by the guilt I have felt in the past year for not posting regularly here.  If I allow that to be my motivation for writing, I can assure you that none of it will be worthy of the standards to which I hold myself.  I know you understand.

God bless you.  I look forward to rekindling my keyboard and this website.

Dave

Posted January 14, 2011 by David N. Peppler, Sr. in Uncategorized

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 »

Still My Favorite   Leave a comment

Christmas.  How I could so easily write it off this year.  The economy is still down, at least it is in my world.  The costs of raising two teenagers rises constantly, especially with one graduating high school and the other about to get his driver’s license.  Would YOU like to share my car insurance bill?  Diane and I have both had health issues this year with her ankle still not quite what it should be and my knees deterioration continues to heighten.

We have emotional issues dealing with stress – I’m sure you’re shocked.  My Dad passed away this year.  School has drained more of my energy than I told it to.  David Jr. and his family will not be able to make it up from the deep south this time; maybe in spring (fingers crossed).

If I wanted to, I could easily write off this year’s Christmas and sit at home and mope.

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SpirIT   Leave a comment

Acts 1:8, “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” (NIV)

So Jesus is saying goodbye to his followers and is giving some important instructions before ascending to heaven.  The role of the Holy Spirit is about to become the most prominent thing in the lives of the disciples.  When the Spirit comes, power comes with HIM, not “it.”

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A Special Anniversary   2 comments

October 11, 1972.  That was the day I knelt next to my father and invited Jesus Christ to become my Savior and Lord.  Today, October 11, 2010, I celebrate 38 years of knowing Jesus personally.  Have I been an ideal disciple or model believer?  Not even close.  Have I become the perfect Pastor having been in His service full-time for the past 11+ years?  Nope.  I’m still learning as I go on all accounts.

What strikes me about today’s anniversary is how this is the first one without the one who led me in that prayer.  Dad is gone, and reflection times seem so much deeper now.  I wish that wasn’t reality, but spiritual discernment is often a branch from the tree of retrospection. Read the rest of this entry »

Real Heroes, part 1   Leave a comment

Acts 9:1-19.

If we are writing tomorrow’s history today as God’s people, we need more heroes.  The world needs heroes to help with disasters, to win wars, and to combat moral and ethical deterioration.  We could hang a sign on the earth that reads: Heroes needed – Apply within!

Hebrews 11 tells of the heroes of the faith.  There you can find summaries of some famous faithful like Abel, Enoch, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Moses and so on.  You can see a clear definition of what faith really is – being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.

Veggie Tales has a really cool character called Larryboy.  His slogan is: I am that hero!  In a world that needs clear examples of living in faith, are you that hero? Read the rest of this entry »