Pastor Paul's Perspective

Who Do You Say He Is?

Guest Blog by Pastor Jordan

When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say the Son of Man is?” 
They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” 
"But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?” 
Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.”

Matthew 16:13-16

In Matthew 16, Jesus is asking his followers the crucial question, “Who do you say that I am?” This question is of upmost importance as the way one answers will dictate where they will spend eternity. As we see in the verses above, some have walked into the light of Jesus, while others are still in darkness. 

Choosing the Joyful Place

Instead of Just the Happy One

Are you in your happy place?
How'd you get there???
As I think of my "happy place" and how I get there, a few things become obvious to me:

  • I have a lot of happy places
  • I enjoy some happy places alone. (i.e. working on my '68 Cutlass, puttering in the man cave)

The Comparison Game

From Ballers to Apostles

Sometimes making comparisons can be dangerous and, oftentimes, humiliating.

During my time playing high school basketball in the late 1970's and early 80's, there were two players in the NBA that I attempted to "pattern my game after".  One was Dr. Julius Erving (Dr. J) of the Philadelphia 76ers. The other was Larry Bird (the original Larry Legend - sorry, Larry "The Legend" Castle) of the Boston Celtics.

Now, comparing my skill to that of these two Hall of Famers is certainly a bit of a joke, but in my mind as an 18-year-old, I had GAME . . . .

Great Expectations

From Principals and Apostles

Have you ever been called to the principal's office? Not surprisingly . . . . I was.

As a senior in high school, the principal, Mr. Ainsworth, wanted to have a chat with me. And I was kinda scared.


From Pastor Caleb

If you read the four gospel accounts of the life of Jesus, you will see several phrases that all state something like this: “An argument started among the disciples as to which of them would be the greatest” (Luke 9:46).  On more than one occasion, Jesus had to break up arguments about which disciple would be the greatest.  James and John’s own mother even got in on the action (Matthew 20:20-21).  Surely her two sons would be the greatest in the kingdom!  

Encouragement & Expectation

An Apostle's Love Letter

The Apostle Paul would be described as more like a pitbull than a poodle. And yet, in Philippians chapter one, you can't help but notice the softer side of the sometime contentious Apostle. This softer side is seen in:
1:7 - "I have you in my heart . . . "
1:8 - "how greatly I long for you . . . "

Choosing to See

Finding Peace in an Anxious World

"Be anxious for nothing . . . "  (Philippians 4:6)

This statement from Philippians 4 comes from the guy in a Roman prison cell surrounded by suffering and death (i.e. human torches of martyred Christians and the sound of lions in the Colosseum of Rome making sport of Christians thrown to them).

And yet, the Apostle Paul finds a spirit of peace given him from "the peace of God" (4:7) / "the God of peace" (4:9) as he recognized that "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me" (4:13).

The Meaning of LIfe

It's All About Who You Know

What is the meaning, or purpose, of life?

If you want to have a mind-blowing, very existential moment, google this question on the internet: "What is the meaning of life?"

The search results will amaze you and for me, it really answered my oft-asked question: "Why is this world so messed up?"


Conflict or Joy?

And What Submission Has To Do With It

How did they do it?

How did Jesus say crazy things and mean it, like in Hebrews 12:2: "who for the JOY that was set before Him endured the cross . . . "

 . . . or the apostle Paul saying in Philippians 2:2: "fulfill my JOY . . . "

Check Your Attitude

It Changes Everything

Attitude is everything!!!

Our attitude will determine opportunities or obstacles.

When "stuff" happens in our lives, it's not the "stuff" that determines how the rest of the day will go. It's our response to the "stuff".


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