“I look behind me and you’re there, then up ahead and you’re there too – your reassuring presence, coming and going.  This is too much, too wonderful –  I can’t take it all in!  Psalm 139:5-6  The Message Bible

          I can hardly believe that September is almost over.  Time seems to have rocket burst speed these days.  Another new year is on the horizon with promises of changes and better and easier lifestyles. Have you ordered your new IPhone?  How can we live without it. Technology changes every day hour.

          But there is one thing for sure, God has never changed and He is constantly surrounding us, in front and in back for our good. The Palmist indicates that when he looks ahead of him, he sees God.  And when he reflects on the past, he sees the hand of God.  God has had an integral part of his life and will continue to do so.

          It is so assuring that, for the believer who is walking in daily obedience to God, to know that his steps are ordered by God.  The only thing that will cause us to get out of step is our own attempts to walk alone.

          Many people ask how to know what the will of God is for their life.  And most of the time, they want to know what their future destiny will be.  Usually they are most concerned about their job, their future mate, their success, etc.  But the best answer that I have learned about the will of God, is simply, “obey the last thing He told you to do.”

          God knows that if He tells us too much, too early, we’d all be overcome by His blessings. So, we take each day as it comes, with God’s presence engulfing us.

          So today, look behind you.  Look ahead of you.  See God there, and your day will be headed in the right direction.

          Pastor Don


The Pastor’s Plight

The pastor of a church is in a precarious position; he can’t please everyone! 

It has been said:

If he is young, he lacks experience; if his hair is grey, he’s too old for the young people.

If he has several children, he has too many; if he has no children, he’s setting a bad example.

If he preaches from his notes, he has canned sermons and is too dry; if he  doesn’t use notes, he has not studied and is not deep.

If he is attentive to the poor people in the church, they claim he is playing to the grandstand; if he pays attention to the wealthy, he is trying to be an aristocrat.

If he suggests changes for improvement of the church, he is a dictator; if he makes no suggestions, he is a figurehead. 

If he uses too many illustrations, he neglects the Bible; if he doesn’t use enough illustrations, he isn’t clear.

If he condemns wrong, he is cranky; if he doesn’t preach against sin, he’s a compromiser.

If he preaches the truth, he’s offensive; if he doesn’t preach the truth, he’s a hypocrite.

If he fails to please somebody, he’s hurting the church and ought to leave; if he tries to please everyone, he is a fool.

If he preaches about money, he’s a money grabber; if he doesn’t preach spiritual giving, he is failing to develop the people.

If he drives an old car, he shames his congregation; if he drives a new car, he is setting his affection on earthly things.

If he preaches all the time, the people get tired of hearing one man; if he invites guest speakers, he is shirking his responsibility.

If he receives a large salary, he’s mercenary; if he receives only a small salary, well-it proves he isn’t worth much anyway.

-Author Unknown