The Keeper of the Spings.

The late Peter Marshall, an eloquent speaker and for several years the chaplain of the United States Senate, used to love to tell the story of "The Keeper of the Spring,"

1 a quiet forest dweller who lived high above an Austrian village along the eastern slopes of the Alps.
The old gentle man had been hired many years earlier by a young town council to clear away the debris from the pools of water that fed the lovely spring flowing through their town. With faithful, silent regularity he patrolled the hills, removed the leaves and branches, and wiped away the silt from the fresh flow of water. By and by, the village became a popular attraction for vacationers. Graceful swans floated along the crystal clear spring, farmlands were naturally irrigated, and the view from restaurants was picturesque.

Years passed. One evening the town council met for its semiannual meeting. As they reviewed the budget, one man's eye caught the salary figure being paid the obscure keeper of the…

Post Abortion Grief.

The Christian Counseling and Training Center hosts a course on post abortion grief. It is a place of healing, and forgiveness. I've had the honor of being the official "pastor" for the healing service at the end of the course. I preach pro-life, forgiveness and grace extended. Stats suggest that one out of every 3 women have had an abortion. Chances are you know someone personally. We, as Christians, can be Jesus' hands and feet by extended empathy, sympathy and grace and compassion as Jesus would.

There is even a class for the men. Everyone needs to know they are forgiven and set free.

CP Photography

We recently (Bonnie Brae Church) finished a pictorial directory. We did ours Through from Winston-Salem, NC - a very fine group to do business with.

Forms to use in Ministry

I recently came across an article that verified what I've been saying for years: "General release forms expose you to lawsuits" … Years ago, youth leaders would have one general release form for the whole youth group season for each school year. the problem is it is used for multiple events and trips. Church Mutual, in a recent publication, talks about Legal Liabilities and the article quoted above. They cite 3 things to protect your organization - whether camp, church etc. 1. Consent/permission 2. Liability/indemnity and 3. medical consent. Everyone wants to have fun but doing so safely and educated helps in case of such emergencies arise.

Church Mutual even has an app where you can access their sample forms at Church Mutual Now.

Fallen Pastors/ Second Chances and Grace Extended.

Not a week goes by I don't hear about a Fallen pastor. Celebrity pastor. Perry Noble, Mark Driscoll, Billy Graham's grandson, James Macdonald … etc. I have several of their books. thought they had it all. In the 80s it was TV evangelists …. Sometimes we think Bigger is Better. The fact is (even with David in the Bible - a man after God's own heart) that pastors mess up. Sometimes Big Time. they put their pants on like anyone else. They need a Saviour. Jesus is that Saviour. There but the grace of God go I.

Here are some thoughts I've had for awhile on this very topic:

1. Accountability is important.

2. We all mess up.

3. There is consequences for sinful action.

4. I love second chances, don't you?

5. Forgiven people, forgive.

6. Grace extended, is grace released.

7. Love God, Love others, see people as God would.

8. Take the log out of your own eye; meanwhile I'm still taking the forest out of mine.

9. Repent isn't just a word leads to action.

10. Rel…

Sermon Series in Spring.

Right now I'm preaching through the Gospel of John which will take us past Easter ...Then I will go into a series called "Dumb Things Christians do …." based upon Mark Atteberry's book. What are you currently preaching on?

Books I'm Currently Reading for March.

What are you reading?