United we stand

Thursday’s Thoughts from Pastor David


Unity is such an interesting word.

There are many words within the word “Unity”

There’s “U” as in You…
There’s “I” as in Me…
There’s “tiny” as in Unity is NOT a tiny issue…
There’s “nu” as in, Unity might be a “new” concept for “U”.
There’s “tun” as in there’s a “ton” at stake on this matter of Unity.
There’s “nity” as in to achieve Unity we are going to have to get down to the “nitty” gritty.
There’s “ty” as in to begin working toward Unity there has to be something greater, bigger, better, supernatural, spiritual that “ties” us together.
There’s “tin” as in Tin takes a high polish and is used to coat other metals to prevent corrosion. Unity coated relationships shine bright by taking a high polish and are not easily corroded.
There’s “nit” as in Unity will never happen if we are constantly “nit picking” – looking for small or unimportant errors or faults in others, especially in order to criticize unnecessarily.
And last, but certainly not least there’s “nut” as in most people think we are “nuts” to even pray about unity in the world in which we live…

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On being connected


Thursday’s Thoughts from Pastor David

On being connected………….

In our modern iPhone, Galaxy, Samsung, Android, Google Pixel, Twitter, Computer Gaming, Facebook, texting and Instagram driven technological world, we as a people have never communicated more than at any other time in the rest of human history combined.

Just walk around the mall, the Outlets, the Casinos, or even down on The Strip. People’s posture is horrendous as we are bent over at some awkward angle with our hand or hands firmly gripped on our smart phones while checking email, the news, gaming, Twitter, Facebook and every other type of social media.

Communication is at an all-time high!!
Connectivity is at an all-time low…

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Fragrance, Scent and the Aroma of Grace


Fragrance, Scent and the Aroma of Grace

Scent is one of the most powerful of the five senses, warning us of danger, triggering cherished memories and even helping us to find our true love…

Researchers suggest on a global scale the perfume/cologne industry in 2018 will be worth a whopping 45.8 billion dollars.

The world also makes a big statement – “Scent matters.”

What kind of perfume or cologne do you wear?
How often do you wear it?
Every day? Once a week? Just on hot dates? First thing in the morning?

Fragrance, Scent and Aroma played a large role in the Bible as Jesus was twice anointed with very expensive perfume. Each anointing brought criticism as the anointing was perceived as a waste of money, since poor people could have benefited from the sale of the perfume.

In John 12 as Jesus was being anointed by Mary, the gospel writer says, “The house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume.”

Which raises the question for us today.
What do we smell like?
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Thursday’s Thoughts from Pastor David

It’s the first day and the first Thursday of February – a tremendous twofer!!

Have you ever been delayed?

In Traffic?
On an airplane?
By a phone call?
By a friend?
By a text message?
In receiving an answer to a prayer request?

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Hurricane Harvey

Hurricane Harvey

Hurricane Harvey…
They’re calling you Harvey as you blow your breath up to 160 miles an hour. Your arms gather the seas and with one swing of your limbs you surge the sea six to twelve feet. You threatened to hit the shoreline with your “eye wall” for hours on end and then you did, obliterating everything in your path.

They’re calling you Harvey…
But you are a multi-personality monster…
I know you by the name of “Divorce”. Three times this week I talk with victims of your destruction as your storm surge have broken up marriages and families..
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I can see clearly now… Well almost!

Eyeglasses and eye chart

Thursday’s Thoughts from Pastor David

In the summer of 1986 I served as a Chaplain on the cardiology floor (11th floor) of the Baptist Hospital, now called Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center.

One of my responsibilities was to go room to room and check in on patients, see how they were doing, pray with them and their families and offer any other kind of spiritual counsel and support.

I entered one room and saw the patient sitting upright in his bed as he was flanked by two gentlemen, who happened to be family members.

I introduced myself as being one of the “Ministers” in the hospital and we engaged in some friendly conversation for about five minutes. After a slight pause in our dialogue, the patient looked at me quizzically and said, “You’re awfully young to be one of the “Administrators” of the hospital.” (I was 23 years old at the time!)

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The Voice of God

Voice of God

We met in 1983 and slowly, but surely we became good friends over the years.
And then I got divorced and as is usually the case, sides have to be taken and friendships, relationships come to an abrupt end.

Our friendship of fifteen years was one of the casualties… There were certainly no hard feelings on my part. There probably were no hard feelings on his side either. This is just the way things go. I wish it was otherwise…

About four of five years ago, after a fifteen year moratorium of silence, I reached out via email to let my friend know I still cared about him and his beautiful family. I cannot tell you how much my heart skipped when he responded and wanted to catch up by phone.

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Suit up!

Armor of God

The first Thursday after the Fourth!
Hope you had an exhilarating time celebrating our country’s two hundred and forty-first birthday!!

Here’s our question of the day?
How spiritually fit are you to face the daily obstacles, people, issues, dysfunctions and challenges which greet you?

I love Paul’s description of the Armor of God in his letter to the church in Ephesus.

Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm. 14 Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 15 and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace. 16 In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one; 17 and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God, 18 praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication.”
(Ephesians 6: 13-18)

How is your spiritual armor holding up these days?

  1. Belt of Truth
  2. Breastplate of Righteousness
  3. Shoes of Peace
  4. Shield of Faith
  5. Helmet of Salvation
  6. Sword of the Spirit = Word of God

May this upcoming weekend be an opportunity to prepare these six crucial pieces of armament to be at the ready for those things you will be facing in the days ahead.

Speaking of “facing”… Did you notice in the Armor of God there is nothing to protect your back?
That could mean a couple of things:

  1. God always has your back… Or
  2. Never turn and run away from the problems facing you! You have more than enough armor to face and defeat that which you are facing! Full steam ahead! Fear not! Go get ‘em!

Don’t forget Paul’s sage advice – Put on the WHOLE armor of God. Not a couple of select piece! Not just one piece! Put on the WHOLE armor of God!

See you Sunday…
All suited up!

Grace and peace,
Laugh often and Fear not!


ABC’s of Being a Blessing

Blessed to be a Blessing

The ABC’s of Being a Blessing…
Here’s 26 things or ways to be a blessing to the people around you!

In Genesis 12, Abraham is told he blessed! So that he may be a blessing to others.
We are blessed!! Not just for ourselves, but rather so we can be a blessing to others.
Below are the notes from my sermon on Sunday, with the link to the video below… The sermon (of course) expounds on the notes below…

Be a blessing!!


Adore God
Oh, magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt his name together! (Psalm 34: 3)

Build someone up
Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear. (Ephesians 4: 29)

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The Trunk


The first Thursday of February and of all things it’s Groundhog Day!!

I went outside this morning at 5:15 am and did not see my shadow.

That can mean only one thing!!
Sunrise is still one hour and twenty-six minutes away…

I have a friend…
Okay, let me be a little more specific.
I have a friend who is a Pastor of a large church in Houston, Texas.

He’s an incredible preacher who lives out his faith in extraordinary ways.

As with all Pastors, he does a have one flaw.

He loves to drive fast, becoming increasingly impatient with anyone driving slower than him.

Ok, you’re right… That’s two flaws. But who’s counting?

His commute to and from church can be grueling, especially with all of those “slow” drivers clogging up the streets and freeways!

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