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Date: 2012-05-15 13:03:29 Title: To All the Folks I’ve Loved Before To All the Folks I’ve Loved Before
Over the past 25 years I have preached or taught between 5,000 and 10,000 sermons. I have attended in excess of 3000 meetings. I have presided over many weddings, funerals, store openings and public events. I have counseled hundreds of people through difficult times and I have prayed with hundreds of folks. I LOVE people. I have always loved people. However, there is one looming sore on my soul over my 25 years of service. That sore is the dark shadow of those I may have offended, hurt or inadvertently ignored. As a relational person, I stay pretty aware of what folks might be feeling. I tend to notice that I’ve hurt folks or offended them. However, I know there are many times that I preached something, said something in a sidebar, forgot to phone back, disagreed in a meeting with, or snapped at while in pain, folks that I love. These are the wounds of my soul. The wounds created by the personal attacks of others or the rumors spread about me or the subversion of my ministry that have happened over 25 years are much less painful than the thought of what I may have said or done or forgotten. Many times I don’t even know I’ve offended or hurt. But if I hear about it, my soul aches. As I review internally 25 years of ministry, I find myself regretting my fallen nature. I regret my tongue or my lack of respect or my insensitivity at times. I do not regret the conviction of the Spirit that ever came through me, but the biting nature of my fallenness that came through at times. This year’s upcoming pause button has caused me to reflect in regard to those I may have harmed. For them…I am truly sorry and pray for their forgiveness. For those who may have hurt me…you were forgiven long ago!
In Jesus Christ
Pastor David (Matthew 18:21-35) [Read Comments]   [Post Comment] Date: 2012-05-02 09:20:24 Title: Heroes Heroes
I’m taken back by the large number of Marvel Comic heroes that have been made into movies. Captain America, Thor, Batman, Superman, The Avengers, Iron Man and the Green Lantern all jo... [View]   [Post Comment] Date: 2012-04-25 14:00:34 Title: Losing A Day Losing a Day
Ever lost a day? You know the kind of day that you piddled away, were sick or slept in. It’s a little strange to look back on the week and discover that you allowed 24 hours to ... [View]   [Post Comment] Date: 2012-04-04 08:21:49 Title: Thunder Thunder?
I just heard a clap of thunder. Now my laptop is running on battery. It really got my attention. I thought to myself. That’s exactly what I long for from God…a mighty clap of... [View]   [Post Comment] Date: 2012-03-06 15:23:17 Title: Seasons Seasons
I think winter was sooo tough this year….ok I’m kidding. It’s been in the 70’s and 80’s in the “dead” of winter in central Texas. I have sweaters... [View]   [Post Comment] Date: 2012-02-15 09:09:33 Title: Pictures Pictures
This past Monday, my family and I got ourselves cleaned up, beautified and smiled up in readiness for directory pictures. Pictures are such an amazing thing. They relate information and s... [View]   [Post Comment] Date: 2012-02-08 11:25:57 Title: When You're Tired When You’re Tired?
Ever been exhausted? Ever just wanted to escape life and just doodlebug under the covers and miss an entire day? Every thought, “I’m gonna call in sick.”... [View]   [Post Comment] Date: 2012-01-31 16:31:36 Title: Upward or Downward Upward or Downward?
What do you believe? How much do you believe? What is the level of your faith? It appears to me that there is a general focus from humanity upward to God. It seems that if I &l... [View]   [Post Comment] Date: 2012-01-25 08:53:47 Title: Empty Empty
That is kind of an ugly word isn’t it? Empty. We would hate it to be said of the iced tea, the gas tank or the cell phone battery. Empty means lacking something essential. Empty pitche... [View]   [Post Comment] Date: 2012-01-18 07:25:53 Title: The New Hat The New Hat
Well I did it…I spent some Christmas money. I invested in a new hat. Not just any hat…a Stetson. I know, I know, you’re thinking, “How can a Pastor afford a S... [View]   [Post Comment] Date: 2011-12-21 07:40:45 Title: A New Posture A New Posture
I have had an interesting year. I’ve been sick for most of it and have undergone a surgery and am now under treatment for my colon that appears to be working. It’s intere... [View]   [Post Comment] Date: 2011-11-30 08:36:59 Title: A New Level of Trust A New Level of Trust
Well it happened! It’s the day of fear and trembling….and gnashing of teeth. It’s the day most parents live anxiously and apprehensively waiting. It’s ... [View]   [Post Comment] Date: 2011-11-22 09:23:09 Title: Color Color
Why does color convey so much? Consider: white hot, red with embarrassment, white as a sheet, coal black piercing eyes, the blues, green with envy, yellow stripe down their backs, grey as a ... [View]   [Post Comment] Date: 2011-11-02 08:31:40 Title: Doers Doers,
I was so blessed by this past Sunday. Well over 200 folks gathered to not only go to church but to be the church going. We scattered to three local parks, two nursing homes, a food pantry, t... [View]   [Post Comment] Date: 2011-10-25 15:00:23 Title: Cars?!? CARS?!?
Well it happened. The car wouldn’t start. Not only that the other car wasn’t running good…and everyone was running late. This is not a good way to start your day. It can... [View]   [Post Comment] Date: 2011-10-19 09:17:19 Title: Hope Hope
I got a text early Sunday morning (12:30 am) that my aunt had suffered a heart attack. About an hour later, I received another text that she had passed away. She has been a patient mother, gr... [View]   [Post Comment] Date: 2011-10-04 16:17:02 Title: Heritage Heritage
On Monday, I had the privilege of celebrating the life of a 92 year old woman who used to live in Dripping Springs some 11 years ago. The interment was at Wallace Mountain Cemetery. This ... [View]   [Post Comment] Date: 2011-09-28 09:57:45 Title: Scanning the Horizon Scanning the Horizon
This last Sunday, I told a story of coming eye to eye with a skunk. This was not a pleasant or meaningful moment…thank God he ran away from me. What you might not know,... [View]   [Post Comment] Date: 2011-09-21 11:50:45 Title: The Smoke! The Smoke!
I recently visited the fire damaged areas in Bastrop. What devastation! I also saw the pictures of the blinding smoke. What must it feel like to be encapsulated in that smoky terror? No ... [View]   [Post Comment] Date: 2011-09-14 09:27:36 Title: The gift of stillness The gift of stillness.
I find myself in a bit of a reflective mood today. Wildfires around us are beginning to slow. People are beginning to resume normal life in our area. School is back in sessio... [View]   [Post Comment] Date: 2011-09-06 16:03:40 Title: Fire! Fire!
I was enjoying my wife’s family reunion on Sunday evening when I got the call concerning the fires. Adam and I quickly got our facilities staff ready in case of evacuees. We host a cou... [View]   [Post Comment] Date: 2011-08-23 11:28:53 Title: Choice Choice
The past couple of weeks have been interesting for me. I struggled with my diverticulitis and then encountered an allergic reaction that took me out of the pulpit on Sunday as well as meeti... [View]   [Post Comment] Date: 2011-08-15 16:26:39 Title: Heat Heat
Well it’s really hot…REALLY HOT! Records are broken and cooling bills are increasing. It’s so hot I saw a coyote chasing a rabbit and they were both walking….I know ... [View]   [Post Comment] Date: 2011-08-08 15:50:06 Title: Losing Yourself Losing Yourself
Have you ever been out of your element? Have you ever been anonymous? Have you ever been invisible to others for a while? Did it feel like you lost yourself?
Recently while wal... [View]   [Post Comment] Date: 2011-08-02 15:01:11 Title: Tunnel Vision Tunnel Vision
I recently went through an outlet mall. I know, I know…you’re shocked by that. However, there was something unique about this mall. This mall had clothes, books, toys, a... [View]   [Post Comment] Date: 2011-07-22 09:21:15 Title: Investment Investment
Three hundred and fifty kids graced our sanctuary this week. It is an amazing thing to see our sanctuary completely filled with people all under 5 feet in height. Then add in another 125-1... [View]   [Post Comment] Date: 2011-07-14 08:40:47 Title: Kid's These Days... Kid’s These Days…
I am in the midst of preparing vacation Bible school lessons for 20+ 6th grade students. One of the lessons is focused on Acts 2 and the beginning of the church&rsquo... [View]   [Post Comment] Date: 2011-07-07 09:00:41 Title: Wait! No Really…Wait! Wait! No Really…Wait!
“Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about. For John baptized with water, but in a few days you will ... [View]   [Post Comment] Date: 2011-06-20 16:00:18 Title: Farmer Envy Farmer Envy
We are currently in one of the most difficult droughts that I remember. My grass is now dirt, half of the garden is completely gone and our trees are fading. It’s been 108 degree... [View]   [Post Comment] Date: 2011-06-07 09:29:04 Title: Puppies Puppies
Over the course of the past 5 weeks, my family has been raising 7 Schnauzer puppies. To be more accurate, Gena has done the most work. It has been interesting to watch them grow from the i... [View]   [Post Comment] Date: 2011-05-24 09:20:34 Title: Faith or Feeling? Faith or Feeling?
Can I confess to you something? Can I be honest with a feeling that many of us may struggle with? Well here goes: Some days I’m just not feeling “it”! You know&... [View]   [Post Comment] Date: 2011-05-09 11:33:35 Title: Humbled by Love Humbled by Love
Here I sit putting together another Monday morning blog. However, this blog is different. I am still recovering from gall bladder surgery where the surgeon found 8 one inch plus si... [View]   [Post Comment] Date: 2011-05-03 08:22:06 Title: My Thorn My Thorn
As I write this, I am getting appointments rescheduled, plans made and my heart prepped…for surgery. As many of you know I have been in the midst of a year plus long battle with my... [View]   [Post Comment] Date: 2011-04-19 12:05:31 Title: The Cup Jesus commanded Peter, “Put your sword away! Shall I not drink the cup the Father has given me?”
Jesus states this as He is facing the crowd of temple officials, Judas, and soldiers tha... [View]   [Post Comment] Date: 2011-04-11 13:01:52 Title: Easter Easter
Wow Easter on the horizon. It means a lot of prepping by our worship team, our pastoral team, our musicians, our ushers and greeters etc… It will be a lot of fuss for a while around ... [View]   [Post Comment] Date: 2011-04-06 08:36:15 Title: Why? Why?
Why do dogs chase cats? Why are there wars? Why did someone name an orange the same as its color or vice versa? Why are there Democrats, Republicans, Tea Partiers, and Green Partiers etc&hell... [View]   [Post Comment] Date: 2011-03-21 10:18:58 Title: Discomfort! Discomfort!
Last Sunday, I shared a passage from Luke where Jesus informs the disciples of impending conflict due to the fire that will reside within them…the fire of the Gospel…the ... [View]   [Post Comment] Date: 2011-03-15 14:32:12 Title: Challenge Challenge
It’s becoming more and more clear to me. It’s clear that I and most of our society operates on convenience and pleasure. Convenience and pleasure are not evil by nature. They... [View]   [Post Comment] Date: 2011-02-21 16:23:49 Title: Salesman or Evangelist Salesman or Evangelist
Go into all the world…making disciples….baptizing…teaching…
It seems the Great Commission of Matthew 28:16-20 is more like the great &ld... [View]   [Post Comment] Date: 2011-01-31 14:57:30 Title: Confidence Confidence
It’s such a tricky word. Confidence in sports can be borderline arrogance. Confidence is politics can seem divisive. Confidence in others can blur into codependency. F... [View]   [Post Comment] Date: 2011-01-25 09:32:11 Title: RETHINKING CHURCH: HOMEWORD WORSHIP RETHINKING CHURCH: HOMEWORD WORSHIP
For several years now, I have been challenged by the Spirit of God to consider reconsidering church. I believe the highest and best way for us to advance the Gosp... [View]   [Post Comment] Date: 2010-12-21 15:33:23 Title: A Timely Death A Timely Death
“We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised form the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new lif... [View]   [Post Comment] Date: 2010-12-01 11:18:51 Title: Thankful? Thankful?
Well another Thanksgiving has come and past. I was able to take time away the week of Thanksgiving to be with family. We packed up and spent a couple days with my family. My Mom has a su... [View]   [Post Comment] Date: 2010-11-03 09:33:57 Title: Light in the Soul Light in the Soul
For the past several weeks, I have been walking through the challenging admonitions of the Sermon on the Mount. It has brought me much conviction and encouragement. Last week, I ... [View]   [Post Comment] Date: 2010-09-29 08:52:55 Title: Portability Portability
Computers are smaller. Wallets are smaller. Cars are smaller. Pens are smaller. Batteries are smaller. Lawn chairs are now in a bag. An entire tent is now compacted into a tiny space. ... [View]   [Post Comment] Date: 2010-08-19 15:25:08 Title: Check out the cheerleaders? Check out the cheerleaders?
As I have worked through this current series on heaven, I have been forced to examine several questions and possibilities. I have also been forced to look at my own tho... [View]   [Post Comment] Date: 2010-08-11 09:41:20 Title: Frailty Frailty
Have you ever realized how frail you can be? My recent health issues have given me a new understanding of frailty. Parts of this middle-aged body have failed to work well and I am now begi... [View]   [Post Comment] Date: 2010-08-04 14:06:23 Title: The Waters of Life The Waters of Life
My family and I attended family camp last week. It was a wonderful experience of fun, Bible study, fellowship and family time. On one particular day activities came to a halt du... [View]   [Post Comment] Date: 2010-07-21 13:44:57 Title: Longing! Longing!
“Meanwhile we groan, longing to be clothed with our heavenly dwelling, because when we are clothed, we will not be found naked.” II Corinthians 5:2-3
As I wade through my ... [View]   [Post Comment]