Aaron

Is It Going to Rain?

When I was taking my oldest son Luke to school, we were talking about the chance of rain for today. We went back and forth over the hourly forecast vs. the forecast in general. His phone app said there was only a 45% chance at one moment while my app said there was a 90% chance of rain for the day. So which is it? 45% chance at one moment or 90% chance all day? The truth is neither one…

Just Move the Pole

This morning, I drove through the bustling metropolis of downtown Boiling Springs and noticed something interesting. They placed a new power pole just behind the current pole on the CVS corner of the intersection. I remember sitting in many meetings in the Webb Conference room and hearing trucks scrap or hit that pole. The stoplight has been taken out a few times by a semi that did not swing quite wide enough to make the turn. In fairness to the…

Love

Several years ago, I was sitting at a wedding with a good friend of mine. We began to jokingly bet on what the service would contain as there was not a program to follow. We guessed songs, scriptures, and what type of unity ceremony the couple might use. We had a good laugh every time one of us got something right and the other missed it. 1 Corinthians 13 is a well-known passage on love. It is often used at…

Sanctuary

Since becoming the pastor here at PSBC, I’ve written a few articles on Sanctuary and the power of Sanctuary. I received an email this morning that led me back to “Sanctuary” in my thoughts for this article. The email was just a regular advertising email about a new clothing line with a particular athletic brand, featuring athlete Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. They called it a Sanctuary Collection, saying it was inspired by Johnson’s farm where he goes to “block out…

The Smell Test

This morning I walked out of my house, and an overwhelming smell hit me. It was the glorious smell of chicken manure. For those of you who don’t live near pastures or haven’t had the pleasure of smelling that strong aroma, it is an unmistakable foul smell. As I got in my truck to drive to the church, the smell was thick and it reminded me of a story from my days at Caswell. My friend and coworker, Mike Adams,…

Service

This past weekend, my friend Brian Earley was promoted to the rank of Chief Warrant Officer 4 in the Army. Brian joined the military at 17 years old as a member of the Army Reserves. He was deployed twice and his work flying helicopters propelled (see what I did there…) him to a career as a pilot for JetBlue, a commercial airline. We use words like “serve” and “service” when speaking about the military because of the great sacrifice those men…

Worship and Sanctuary

This weekend I watched the first round of the NFL playoffs, known as “Wild Card Weekend.” I realize that you may not be a sports fan, let alone a football fan, but stick with me. The Kansas City Chiefs and Miami Dolphins played the fourth-coldest game in NFL history on Saturday night. The temperature for the game was minus-4 degrees Fahrenheit with wind gusts up to 27 mph, making for a wind chill of minus-27 degrees. The freezing temperatures set…

A New Year

“Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.” Proverbs 19:21 Every morning, I receive two emails with a “Verse of the Day.” I did this several years ago to provide me with scriptures to think about each morning. Just to be honest with you, some days I do a better job of reflecting on those emails than others. It is amazing how often the scriptures I receive are exactly what I need…

The Nativity

When I was a child, we had a wooden Nativity. It is the same nativity that you will still find in my parents’ home each December. It is similar to the one in the picture, but the stable was much larger. My sister and I used to argue (oh the irony) over the setup of the figures in the stable. There was of course baby Jesus, Mary, Joseph, the shepherds, a handful of animals, and, though they arrived later in…

Christmas Music

“The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear.” – Buddy the Elf Each Sunday this December I have mentioned how much music means to me during the Christmas season. I’m sure many of you share my affinity for Christmas music. From the hymns to the special music, children’s sweet voices to the choir’s cantata, all the Christmas music has such a special way of ushering in the celebration of the birth of Jesus. In…