Pastor's Pen for June 17, 2018

How to Measure Greatness

Mark 10:43-45

Part I

The word great is overused! The world uses it excessively, but so do Christians! For instance: “great service”, “great sermon”, “great music”, “great church”, “great missions program”. The question I am asking you is “How do we measure greatness?”

James and John wanted important positions when Christ established His kingdom. So, they requested to be seated on either side of Jesus’ throne. The Lord told them that thrones were reserved for certain individuals. 

When the other disciples discovered what James and John had been up to, they were upset (probably because they had not thought of it themselves!) Jesus then explained greatness to them. Church leaders and members need to know what Jesus taught. Please know that there is nothing wrong with us wanting our church to be great for God. Jesus presented three truths about greatness.


· The world’s standard is the opposite: the more people you oversee, the more authority, the more salary, the more influence that you have … then the greater you are. But to Jesus, greatness comes by stooping to serve!

· Throughout scripture, it is God’s pattern to train leaders by first making them servants.

1. Moses tended sheep in the desert.

2. David was also a shepherd before he became a king.

3. Joseph was a slave and in prison before becoming prime minister of Egypt.

· The process of maturing under authority prepares us to be in authority.

· Jesus taught that it is more important for us to serve than to be served!

· Serving builds character and creates qualities that God wants in His leaders: humility, obedience, submission, trust. Patience, understanding, kindness.


· James and John thought they would take a shortcut, but this didn’t work. After they made their request, Jesus asked, “Can you drink the cup I drink and share the baptism I must undergo?”

· The cup and the baptism represent the cross!

· James and John did not understand the cost of being on a throne, even though they said they were able. V. 39

· This is a principle illustrated throughout the Bible.

1. Moses gave up the “treasures in Egypt”. Hebrews 11:26

2. He forsook a worldly throne. Some may call it foolish, but God calls it great!

Part II – Next Week

Pastor's Pen for June 10, 2018


A Rock and a River

Isaiah 32:1, 2

We live in a very competitive world. Everyone wants to make it to the top, NOW! What is success? How can a person get there? These two verses show us God’s ideal leader. Scripture uses two different pictures to describe an ideal leader: a rock and a river. What is it about a rock and a river that we can learn from? We learn from scripture the importance of:


· A rock changes very slowly but a river is constantly changing. A large rock doesn’t move but a river keeps flowing.

· A leader who is like a rock is admired for strength and stability but there are times when even a strong leader must make changes. A wise leader knows how to be dependable and adaptable.

· God’s work is built on the rock of unchanging truth and God’s truth must never be compromised, but God’s work must be manifested in new challenges and situations.


· The rock speaks of shade from the hot, summer sun. The river provides water for the thirsty traveler.

· Godly leaders should always be looking for ways to help the tired, weary, thirsty travelers to the glory of God.


· God’s people need stability and comfort from the Lord. God wants to use us in a world that is filled with weakness and danger.

· We are to be careful to be stable rocks and not shifting sand.


· We face the challenge of standing firm for our Lord and not becoming rolling stones that stand for nothing.

· And like the river we must move forward and cut channels where needed.

Some find it easier to be a rock and resist change. Others are more like the river, always on the move, not afraid of change and ready to face new challenges. God wants us to be both! This becomes a simple task when we allow the Holy Spirit to build us, shape us and to lead us in paths of righteousness.

Pastor's Pen for June 3, 2018



“But I say unto you, that every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment.” - Matthew 12:36

Jesus warned us that one day we would give an account for the words that we speak. Stop and think of all the words that you have used today. We should choose our words carefully. There are many verses in the book of Proverbs that teach us to use our words wisely. 


· Proverbs 10:11 - “The mouth of a righteous man is a well of life: but violence covereth the mouth of the wicked.” 

· Words usually reveal to others if we really care about them. Our words reveal kindness, compassion, and genuine forgiveness. 


· Proverbs 12:18 – “There is that speaketh like the piercings of a sword: but the tongue of the wise is health.”

· If a man says to a woman, “I Love You” … this sometimes leads to a man also buying a ring and marrying this woman that he loves. Later he will place another ring on her finger as he makes eternal vows to her. This process all began with, “I Love You.”


· Proverbs 26:24, 25 – introduces us to a man who speaks beautiful words, but they only disguise evil intentions: “He that hateth dissembleth with his lips, and layeth up deceit within him; When he speaketh fair, believe him not: for there are seven abominations in his heart.”

· What we do carries more weight than anything we say! If we profess to love Christ but do not walk with Him or obey Him we are dishonest! 

I John 1:6 – “If we SAY that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth.”


James 2:15-17 · Learn and use words like these on a regular basis: “I’m sorry, please forgive me.”, “I was so wrong”, “You’re a blessing to me!” “Please” and “Thank You” can be so refreshing to hear😊

Pastor's Pen for May 27, 2018


Try Praise!

Psalm 147:1-6

Psalm 147 begins and ends with “Praise the Lord!” and this is good counsel for us. We are not to praise the Lord because of what we will get out of it! We praise Him because He is worthy of our praise. This Psalm describes blessings for us who praise our God!


Verse 1

"Praise ye the Lord:  for it is good to sing praises unto our God; for it is pleasant and praise is comely."

· It is always good to praise our Lord.

· The person who does not praise God is usually self-centered, critical, and proud … there is very little beauty in that kind of life.


 Verse 2-a

"The Lord doth build up Jerusalem..."

· It takes very little effort to find fault with each other and with the church, but it requires a good deal of grace to praise God when things may not please us.


Verse 2-b

"...he gathereth together the outcasts of Israel."

· The next time we find ourselves disagreeing, it might be good just to stop and praise the Lord. People who pray together, stay together and people who sing together, cling together!


Verses 3 and 4

"He healeth the broken in heart, and bindeth up their wounds.  He telleth the number of the stars; he calleth them all by their names."

· We must never forget that we are here to minister to wounded lives and broken hearts. 

· The God of the universe who knows the names of number of the stars is concerned about our broken hearts. 

"Casting all your care upon him, for he careth for you."  I Peter 5:7


Verse 5-a

"Great is our Lord, and of great power..."

· When David was discouraged, he often picked up his harp and praised God, and then everything started to change for the better.


Verse 5-b

"...his understanding is infinite."

· Our praise before the preaching of the Word prepares our hearts to receive His truth.


Verse 6

"The Lord lifteth up the meek:  he casteth the wicked down to the ground."

· Praise is a mighty weapon against the powers of darkness! Satan is our accuser!

"And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ:  for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night."   Rev. 12:10 

He hates it when we worship our Creator and God.

“Praise ye the Lord: for it is good to sing praises unto our God!”  v. 1-a 


Pastor's Pen for May 6, 2018


Under Construction

Nehemiah 2:9-20

When you begin to build a house always remember:

· It will cost more than you expected.

· It will take longer than you expected. 

· It will be different from what you expected.

· Be prepared to live with the results.

Just as we build houses, we also build churches and our lives. Nehemiah rebuilt the city’s walls, and there are lessons we should learn from their experience. What lessons do we need to learn?


· He inspected the ruins. 2:12, 13

· He asked God for help. 1:4

· He evaluated the task. 2:11

· He exercised patience. 2:15, 16

· He sought and gained support from the people. 2:17


· He identified himself as one of them by using words like, “we” and “us”. V. 17

· They all shared a common goal. “Let us rise up and build!” v. 18

· Nehemiah provided leadership the people provided follow-ship. V. 18-b


· As the walls went up, the enemy showed up! V. 19

· Nehemiah trusted God. v. 20

· Sad to say, most of the opposition came from within☹ 2:9, 13:7, 8

· We must reaffirm that God called us to the task and will give us victory. V. 20-a

We are building for God, He will guide us! We must work together and not run from opposition, by God’s grace we will keep building!

Pastor's Pen for December 31, 2017


Spiritual Nourishment for the New Year

“As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the Word, that ye may grow thereby.” - I Peter 2:2

Eating is something that we all enjoy, and we must do this to stay alive! The nutrients contained in the food we eat keep us healthy and strong. If we neglect to nourish our physical bodies, our health will inevitably decline.

The spiritual part of our bodies are exactly the same way! We must regularly feed on God’s Word to stay spiritually healthy. Spurgeon said, “We quickly lose the nourishment and strength of yesterday’s bread. We must feed our souls daily upon the manna God has given us.” Let me encourage you to begin the New Year with three challenges.


There are various ways to read the Bible. You may choose to read the Bible chronologically, or choose a book to read repeatedly or select a Psalm, Proverb and another book daily. I am inserting a schedule in your bulletin that will allow you to read your Bible through this next year.


Again, Charles Spurgeon said, “Do not be content to just read the words of
Scripture. Seek to grasp the message they contain.” II Tim. 2:15 exhorts us to, “Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.”


George Mueller said, “The first evening that I shut myself into my room, to give myself to prayer and meditation over the Scriptures, I learned more in a few hours than I had done during a period of several months previously.” 

Have you ever shut yourself into a room for prayer and meditation of the Scriptures? 

Do not read Scripture out of a sense of duty but with a heart filled with love and gratitude. 

Pastor's Pen for December 24, 2017



"Here is Your Cradle"

Lord, I know the Christmas story, I’ve heard it many times:

How humbly You began Your life in human flesh like mine,

How lowly was Your family how rude Your stable bed,

How beasts of burden gathered round Your small straw-haloed head;

I know the story, Lord, and yet I know You’ve heard it, too.

I know You won’t be satisfied until it becomes my story, too.

And so I’m glad it shows me there’s no place too rude for You;

It’s not much I have to give but all I have will have to do.

Here is Your cradle, here is Your manger, 

Here is Your bed of straw. 

Make me Your cradle, 

My heart Your manger, My life Your bed of straw.

- by Bob Hostetler

Pastor's Pen Written for 12-3-17

  Essentials in Ministry

 Isaiah 50:4-7

    These verses give us a wonderful picture of our Lord as our suffering Savior. Our salvation is not dependent on our following His example but, on trusting Him and His blood shed for us on the cross. However, in our service for Him, we can find strength as we meditate on His example as a Servant. 

Notice several essentials for ministry that are revealed in His life. 

AN OPEN EAR. Vs. 4, 5  · The picture here is that of a servant, riding early in the morning to receive his master’s orders. Jesus arose very early in the morning and went out to a solitary place to pray. Mark 1:35

READY TONGUE. V. 4-a · The “tongue of the learned” means an “instructed” tongue, one that knows what to say. Of course, what the tongue says comes from the heart. Matthew 12:35 

A SURRENDERED WILL. Vs. 5-b, 6-a · The picture here is ugly! We see Jesus giving His body to be scourged by His captors. It was for us that He was scourged, and it was for us that He was humiliated and hurt.  · Jesus was totally yielded to the Father because His will was totally yielded. Yes, though it meant suffering and shame, He bore it willingly! Psalm 40:8 

A SET FACE. V. 7; Luke 9:51 · Think of what was waiting for Jesus. Rejection, arrest, shame, suffering, death on a cross! I think that if I knew what He knew I would have found a reason to skip this visit. · Remember that Dedication and Determination are inseparable. Once we know God’s will for us we must be obedient!  

Written for November 26, 2017

Thanksgiving Recipes from Preschoolers

TURKEY:  First you shoot it, and then you cut it.  And then you put it in the oven and cook it for 10 minutes at 20 degrees.  You put it on plates and then you eat it.  -Alan

First you cut the bones out.  Then you put it in the oven for 10 hours at 600 degrees.  Then you put it on the table and eat it.  – Moriah

CHICKEN:  You put it in the oven for 25 minutes and 25 degrees and put gravy on it and eat it.  – Megan

APPLESAUCE:  Go to the store and buy some apples, and then you squish them up.  Then you put them in a jar that says, “Applesauce.”  Then you eat it.  – Shelby

PUMPKIN PIE:  First you buy a pumpkin and smash it.  Then it is all done.  And you cook it in the oven for 12 minutes at 4 degrees.  Then you eat it.  – Christopher

APPLE PIE:  Take some apples, mash them up.  Take some bread and make a pie with it.  Get some dough and squish it.  Shape the dough into a pie shape.  Put the apples in it.  Then bake it at 9 degrees for 15 minutes.  – Judy

CRANBERRY PIE:  Put cranberry juice in it.  Then you put berries in it.  Then you put dough in it.  Then you bake it.  Then you eat it.  – Jordan

DEER JERKY:  Put it in the oven overnight at 20 degrees.  Then you go hunting and bring it with you.  Then you eat it.  – Jared

Written for November 19, 2017

   “Fishing Without a License” 

“ … that night they caught nothing.” John 21:4-b    

Peter and friends were expert fishermen, yet they caught nothing! How could this have happened? In Matthew 26:32 before His death, Jesus told them to meet Him in Galilee, but He did not tell them to go fishing. As a matter of fact Jesus told them that if they were to follow Him that He would make them fishers of men. What really happened is that they reverted to their old lives. No wonder they failed! 

In John 15:5 – Jesus said, “ … without Me ye can do nothing.” There are lessons in these verses that we should all remember:


 Isaiah 40:31   Often waiting is harder than working. Waiting is trusting and obeying. 


 Joshua 7    When Joshua fought the battle at Ai things seemed very simple and not too difficult. He was an experienced General and they had just experienced a great victory at Jericho. As a result they were not only beaten but they were humiliated in defeat. 


   When they obeyed the Lord’s command in verse 6, they caught 153 fish and almost broke their nets.


It is a great privilege to serve the Lord, but let’s make sure that we wait and listen to His commands! 

Why? Because it is very dangerous to fish without a license!     

Written for November 12, 2017

“God Help Us!”

 “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour.” - I Peter 5:8    

The members of the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs Baptist Church experienced a diabolical attack last Sunday morning. As soon as our fellowship dinner was over last Sunday, I began to receive calls, texts and e-mails concerning this awful tragedy. Please be assured that we are living in difficult and dangerous times. Our Lord told us in Matthew 24:12 – “And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.”

 My heart is still so saddened and sick over the entire ordeal. I have been in continual prayer for all the family members as well as the entire community over this senseless attack. Please continue to pray for all the family members, church membership, leaders, Pastor and survivors who experienced this horrific attack by a man who was surely possessed by an evil spirit.  This should be a wake-up call to everyone who love and support the church of our Lord Jesus Christ. 

In church security we should be pro-active and not simply defensive in this area. We take the protection of our worshipers very seriously. Please know that we have cameras in place inside and outside of our church, as well as men who monitor the inside and outside of our church before, during and after our services. We do this because we are aware of evil doers in our society who are capable of wicked, horrendous crimes. Remember that our Lord told us to, ‘WATCH AND PRAY.” If you have any suggestions on how we can be any safer please let me know and I will discuss this with our leadership and our entire congregation. 

 May this tragedy motivate us to draw closer to our Lord and trust Him more than we ever have! Please pray for our great state, our nation and people of God throughout the world who experience these attacks. Again remember that scripture commands us to, “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour.” And especially that scripture also reminds us that, “Ye are of God little children, and have overcome them: because greater is He that is in you, than he that is in the world.” - I John 4:4  

Written for November 5, 2017

  Come Clean 

“Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered.” - Psalm 32:1 

  Psalm 32 is one of seven penitent Psalms. The others are chapters 6, 38, 51, 102,130 and 143. Psalm 32 records the experiences that David went through as he faced his sins, confessed them, and received God’s forgiveness. Notice: 


 ü Transgression means rebellion. 

ü Sin means to miss the mark. 

ü Iniquity means to be twisted or crooked. 

ü Roaring refers to the inward agony from intense inward pain.

 · The SOB of CONFESSION. V. 5 

ü God sent Nathan the prophet to confront David of his sins.  II Samuel 12 

ü Confession means to say the same thing about sin that God says.

 · The SONG of CLEANSING. Vs. 6, 7

 ü Sin in a person’s heart takes out all the joy and singing. 

ü Isaiah 55:6 tells us that we must turn to God while He may be found.

 · The SHOUT of CONFIDENCE. Vs. 8-11 

ü He was confident of God’s guidance. Vs. 8, 9 

ü He was confident of God’s grace. V. 10

 ü He was confident of God’s gladness. V. 11  

Written for 10-29-17

 Psalm 27

 “The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?” - v. 1    

In the face of war and economic depression Franklin Roosevelt is remembered for saying, “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.” Henry David Thoreau wrote in 1851, “Nothing is so much to be feared as fear.” Francis Bacon in 1626 wrote, “Nothing is terrible except fear itself”, and the Duke of Wellington said, “The only thing I am afraid of is fear.”   

These quotations remind us that fear is a real problem in every age of life. We are told that fear can paralyze an individual. In Psalm 27 we can experience victory over fear, let’s examine this Psalm. 

WARRING. Vs. 1-3 · God’s people have always had enemies. Israel and the prophets all faced opposition. Fear always makes the enemy look bigger and tempts us to resort to cowardice. God wants us to know that we must always replace fear with faith! In Mark 4:40 Jesus said, “Why are ye so fearful? How is it that ye have NO FAITH?” Again, please read Psalm 27:1. 😊 

 WORSHIPING. Vs. 4-6 · Spiritual battles are won in the secret, quiet places of our time with the Lord. Always remember what Jesus said to busy Martha in Luke 10:42, “One thing is needful …” Mary was always on her knees listening attentively to her Masters words! 

WALKING. Vs. 7-12 · This Psalm now changes from the place of worship to the daily demands of life. We cannot stay on the mountaintop, we must descend into the valley. It is one thing to see God’s beauty in worship and something quite different in the path of life. On this path, God gives us direction and guidance. Notice in vs. 11, 12 the words “Teach me … lead me … deliver me.”

 WAITING. Vs. 13, 14 · This is by far the most difficult! Always remember that God’s delays are not His denials, He is always preparing us for greater blessings! Dr. W.A. Tozer once said that if the church would cancel all its activities and just gather for prayer and worship that they might experience revival. · God can help us conquer fear if we will learn to worship, walk and wait. Remember that a restless heart usually leads to a reckless life. 

“My soul, wait thou only upon God; for my expectation is from Him. He only is my rock and my salvation; He is my defense; I shall not be moved.” - Psalm 62:5, 6  

Written for 10-22-17

  Are You Investing in Others?  

Do you realize that God’s people are our greatest asset to our church? We must invest in everyone! The Seniors, the Young Adults, the Youth, the children, and even our infants. 


Because they are our greatest asset! This asset is only valuable if we invest our time and efforts into them. Do you realize that the next generation will soon lead the ministry of our church to the future?   One of the saddest verses in the Bible is found in Exodus 1:8, which reads: “Now there arose up a new king over Egypt, which knew not Joseph.” Joseph was an old testament type of our Lord Jesus Christ. 

How could a generation forget all that God did for them through Joseph? There are some things that we must forget (Philippians 3:13), and there are some things that we should never forget. For instance Deuteronomy 4:9 reads: “Only take heed to thyself, and keep thy soul diligently, lest thou forget the things which thine eyes have seen, and lest they depart from thy heart all the days of thy life: but teach them thy sons, and thy sons’ sons.” 

 Let’s invest in our upcoming generation because they are our only hope to preserve the things that we hold dear to our hearts. Our great country, our Judeo-Christian value system, our faith in the eternal truths of God’s Holy Word and especially the gospel that our Lord commanded to pass on to all generations until we pass on or He returns!  

Pastor's Pen for 10-15-17

Four Realities of Churches in America

According to a recent study of church growth in America some startling realities have surfaced. For instance, 65% of churches are either declining or have plateaued – 56% are in absolute decline and 9% are plateaued. That means that only 35% of churches are growing. 

Here are highlights from the study: 

1. We are a nation of small churches. · Over 61% of the churches studied averaged fewer than 100 in worship services. 

2. The smaller the church, the greater the rate of decline in attendance. · A church of 200 declines at a rate of 4% per year, while a church with less than 100 declines at a rate of 7.6% per year. Life expectancy of a declining church is 10 years or less. 

3. Growing small churches are primarily growing through transfer growth. · Only 6 to 7.5% are growing through conversions. 

4. Churches growing through conversions are intentionally evangelistic. · Growing churches are going after lost people who need the Lord! · Growing churches are constantly looking for ways to reach the lost! · Growing churches use every available tool such as websites, special days, revival meetings, evangelistic, enthusiastic music, Sunday Schools, bus ministries, Awanas, but most of all personal one on one soul-winning. 

Acts 8:29-37

 · Let’s be a growing church, what do you say?   

Pastor's Pen for 10-1-2017


How can you connect with someone that you think has absolutely nothing in common with you? 

Can you have a healthy, productive relationship with them? 

One of the best ways to connect with someone is to find ONE THING that you have in common or agree with them. Most people only look for or react to DIFFERENCES. There are reasons for this, sometimes it is due to:

 · COMPETITION. Many people feel that other people are competing with them and they look at how they can find a competitive edge. 

· CONFLICT. When you focus on the area where you agree with someone else, you are always on safe ground because you are both right.

 · CORRECTION. We all need pencil erasers:) … and when we realize that we all make mistakes we can be a little more accepting and connecting!

 · COMPARISON.  Some people who look for the worst in others may be trying to make themselves look better.  Remember that connection is the key to the beginning of long, lasting, healthy relationships!

 Begin today to “connect” with someone even if you have many differences😊 Amen?    

Pastor's Pen for 9-24-17

  Cultivating Relationships   

 Someone has well said that Friendship is like money, it’s easier made than kept. Always remember that relationships must continually be maintained. 

What are some ways that we can cultivate our relationships?

 Try focusing on these six things:  

1. Commitment. · Every long-lasting relationship suffers strains and setbacks. Even the best relationships face conflict. The question is, what will you do when trouble comes? How committed are you? 

2. Communication. · Do you enjoy communicating with your loved ones? Are you a good listener? Do you give others your undivided attention when they’re talking?

 3. Friendship. · Proverbs 17:17 says, “A friend loveth at all times.” Are you a friend? Do you really love and care about your friends? Are you making new friends?

 4. Memories.  · Shared memories are a wonderful source of connection and bonding for people. Have you ever attended a family or school reunion? Memories are what helps you to reconnect instantly! 

5. Growth. · Find ways to keep your relationship fresh and strong and the best way is to GROW TOGETHER!

6. Enjoyment. · Love life, laugh together, have fun, never lose the “child in you”, learn to laugh at one another’s mistakes. Do something crazy often! Believe me you will have fun and build great memories!  

Pastor's Pen for 9-17-17

  “Two are Better than One” 

Ecclesiastes 4:9    

The power of people sticking together has been tried and proven for thousands of years. King Solomon wrote: “Two are better than one; because they have a good reward for their labour.” - Ecclesiastes 4:9 

Consider these truths about companionship:

 · If you isolate yourself from others, you are two to three times more likely to die an early death. This is true whether you take care of yourself by exercising and refraining from vices. 

· If you isolate yourself from others, you are more likely to contract terminal cancer.

 · If you are divorced, separated, or widowed, you have a five to ten times greater chance of being hospitalized for a mental disorder than if you are married.

 · If you are a pregnant woman without good personal relationships, your chances of having some kind of complication are three times as great as those with strong relationships, even given the same amount of stress. 

Stop and think of someone who has been a great blessing and help to you. Can you name more than one? If so you are greatly blessed and you must be a wonderful person! 

As a church let’s begin to practice TEAMWORK! Why? Because “two are better than one.”  

Pastor's Pen for September 10, 2017


   Are you trustworthy? Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote, “The glory of friendship is not the outstretched hand, not the kindly smile, nor the joy of companionship; it is the spiritual inspiration that comes to one when you discover that someone else believes in you and is willing to trust you with a friendship.”  

Why do many relationships fall apart? The reasons for such breakdowns are many, but the cause that outweighs all others is broken trust. Webster defines trust as, “A firm belief or confidence in the honesty, integrity, reliability or  justice of another person.” 

Someone has well said, “You may not know what trust is, but you know what it isn’t.” If someone lies to you, steals from you, or physically harms you, then you know that you can’t trust them. 

  What kind of person must you be in a relationship to be worthy of another person’s trust? Ponder on these thoughts:

 · Trust is the foundation of any relationship.

 · Never let the situation mean more to you than the relationship.

 · If you have a problem with everyone, you are most likely the problem. 

· When preparing for battle, dig a foxhole big enough for a friend. 

· It is a greater compliment to be trusted than to be loved.  

Pastor's Pen for September 3, 2017

  “Are You Teachable?”   

 Plato was known for saying, “When the pupil is ready, the teacher will appear."

Scripture tells us in Proverbs 1:5 – “A wise man will hear and will increase learning …"

”People who learn are those who have a teachable attitude! We can learn from everyone!"

 Are you being observant of others?  

Are you a listener or simply a talker?

  Most of the time people can teach things when they aren’t even trying to teach us things. 

If you do not believe this just ask any parent if they learned lessons from their own children as they were growing and even before they could talk to them. 

The only time that people cannot teach us things is when we are unwilling to listen and learn! 

So, how can we learn from others?

 · Make learning your passion.

 Never become comfortable.  Keep growing and learning.

 · Value people. 

People don’t learn from people that they don’t value.

 · Develop healthy relationships.

 Learning is often the reward for spending time with remarkable people. Who they are and what they know will rub off on us.

 · Identify other people’s uniqueness and strengths. 

Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “I have never met a man who was not my superior in some particular.” 

· Ask Questions. 

Remember that learning begins with listening and understanding someone involves learning from them.