May 17, 2019, 10:26 AM

“Things That Never Were”

“Things That Never Were”


This is my take on a statement often heard this time of the year: “And now, let us embark on our new journey, full of things that never were!”  Donna and I have two grandsons, Jeremiah and Jacob, who are graduating from high school in just a few days.  We have several other family members who are graduating from various high schools, as well as members of our church youth group at “FBC in the Burg.”  A journey begins as they will each leave the schools that they’ve attended for years and start out on something new in their lives.  They each will face new challenges, experience new freedoms, and meet any number of new friends. 

I think the greatest challenge is to try to understand what it is that should provide direction in these new experiences.  You see, I don’t believe courage, boldness, and willingness will be enough as they start out on a new path.  For any of us starting something new, whether it is a new job or a move to a new city, we need more than courage and hope.

 I believe that we must have a firm foundation which anchors us to the core of who we are as a person.  I want to suggest that there should be three things that form our strong foundation.  First, our faith in a Savior who loves us and gave Himself for us should make up the deepest roots in our lives.  Who Jesus is to you?  Your Creator, your Savior, and your Lord!  Your faith position should be locked down into that truth!  Winds of this world will blow mightily to try and defeat your faith.  Hold fast to what you believe about God and who He is!

Secondly, you have a name.  A name that was given to you by people who love you and sacrificed mightily for you.  Of course, no one is perfect... not even those parents and grandparents who have raised you. In the seasons before you, time will allow you to make judgements about those who love you.  You may realize how imperfect they are.  You may see the mistakes they made.  But through it all, I hope you understand that they love you and want the best for you.  So, carry their good name and represent it well.  Honor it! 

Finally, your journey will bring many people into your path.  People have many ideas about life and what is right and what is wrong.  They will expose you to ideas and experiences that will leave a mark on you.  Choose your friends carefully!  Choose your “influencers”, even mentors and advisors, with great consideration! Many people will pass through your life sharing their viewpoints and ideas along the way.  There will be just a few that will be worthy of your devotion and commitment.  They will be the ones who enrich you, who edify you, and honor the person you are.  Cherish these friendships and give back to them.

 Life passes like the seasons…  enjoy it daily, strive to make a difference, and be the person God has created you to be. 

Jeremiah and Jacob: Lovie and I love you both... and wish you the very best in life!  And for other friends of ours who are starting a new journey:  May the God of Heaven bless you richly!

Life to the fullest,

Pastor David and Donna

January 31, 2019, 7:54 PM

Small Town Greatness

There is nothing like living in a small town! Having spent most of my life living in small towns, I've come to appreciate their greatness. What a tremendous advantage there is in knowing each of the local people who make life happen in caring ways. We know our local first responders and live next door to them. Our friends make up a great volunteer Fire Department. We have caring and competent police services. We rub shoulders with the educators who work in our local schools. We take great pride in our Shorthorn athletic programs and school organizations. Oftentimes, when we go into a local restaurant, we don't even have to order. They already know what we want from the numerous visits we've made! Perhaps best of all, we're not fighting traffic every day. It takes us less than five minutes to go anywhere we want to travel in town! Also, think about it... in a small town, when you can't figure out what you're doing, your neighbors probably already know! That is small town greatness!

A small-town preacher from North Carolina wrote a great little book entitled, "Small Town Jesus." Donnie Griggs suggested that oftentimes churches in small towns lose their vigor, their focus and purpose because they're looking to the big city. He suggests that every small town deserves great churches. I agree with him! So, while taking advantage of the great benefits of living in a small town, attending one of our churches should be at the top of the list. As small-town church leaders, let's make an all out effort to make our churches great! We can do that by loving people without condition. I would suggest we need to stop making so much noise like a "clanging cymbal" and simply love people sacrificially. Our church doors need to be as welcoming as the arms of Jesus and receive "the least of these." I think our churches should be concerned about the unchurched in our community and actively working to bring them into God's Church where they can be loved. It is my desire that the churches in Schulenburg be great for God's glory! The next time someone from the city asks you, "What's so great about living in a small town?", be sure to say, "We have friendly, loving churches where everyone is valued!"


Loving the small-town life,

Pastor David

January 10, 2019, 7:00 PM

Just Do It and Be Blessed!

Recently I was involved in a group discussion about how each of us had been blessed in the last year. There were many encouraging blessings shared, but this one really struck me. One gentleman shared that, in the last year, he and his wife had felt a calling to teach a Sunday School class. As the call grew stronger, all of the many usual excuses began to come to front. "There is too much time involved in teaching." "We would have to deal with all these people and their problems." "I don't know enough about the Bible to teach a class." As each excuse came to front, he shared that God's Holy Spirit defeated the excuse. "You have time for what's important to you! Everyone has issues, and you can be a great encourager and perhaps even share your own burden. Maybe you'll learn more about your faith and Scripture." Finally, after the Holy Spirit had defeated all their excuses, they agreed to take on the class. This man shared that this past year had been a great one for both his wife and him. He shared that the challenge of teaching had been an enriching and encouraging experience for them. In fact, he shared that the experience of teaching a class had been one of their greatest spiritual blessings ever!

What an amazing testimony of blessing! To think that a man and his wife, who are 77 years old, could experience this great blessing at this stage in their life is wonderful. God is so good! He said their class of 1st & 2nd graders had challenged them in some of the most unusual ways. Their life was richer from this Spirit-led experience. What is God calling you to do it? Would you put aside all of the excuses and trust a loving and equipping God for a blessing in 2019! He'll do it! "And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work." 2 Corinthians 9:8

Be blessed in the new year, and find a way to serve!

Pastor David

January 1, 2019, 7:00 PM

A Faithful Promise

Recently my wife and I celebrated a wedding anniversary.  As a part of our celebration, we visited our home town of Tyler, Texas.  During our time of remembrance in Tyler, we drove by several places which marked important times in our lives together.  We went by the first place that we lived together, a garage apartment on Lindsey Lane.  Such fond memories of our time there.  We wondered about how the little apartment looked inside.  We kidded about stopping and asking the current residents if we might have a glance in for old times sake.  We agreed that was probably not he best idea at 8:30 in the evening.  Then we went by our second apartment, a duplex a couple of blocks from Bergfeld Park that was a considerable step up from the garage apartment. We had so many fond memories from the short time we lived there.  As we drove around the city square, we remembered old friends and wondered where life had taken them.  What wonderful memories we have from those years of our life together! We also couldn’t help but consider and verbalize about how God had blessed us so richly.  We both remarked how God had taken such good care of us and our little family.  Life takes all of us so through many circumstances, all of which are not pleasant.  We couldn’t help but reflect on God’s promise to Jacob,  spoken through his prophet, “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; And through the rivers, they shall not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned, Nor shall the flame scorch you.” Isaiah 43:2.  Most of you have fond memories of your life journey as well.  You would probably also say, “God has been so good to me.”  On the other hand, perhaps your life circumstances are currently difficult.  May I encourage you? Muster what little faith you have and trust Him.  For those who love Him, He says, “No one will be able to stand against you all the days of your life. As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will never leave you nor forsake you.” Joshua 1:5.  God is going to take care of you!  If you trust Him, you will be able to look back on your life’s journey and give Him praise!  As we finished our little trip down memory lane, we reminded each other that God is as gracious and loving now as He was then. He is faithful to His promises.


“The Lord will keep you from all harm — he will watch over your life; the Lord will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore.” Psalm 121:7-8 NIV.


Thank You, faithful God,

Pastor David

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