Confessions of a Pastor 1 of 10

We kicked off our new September series called Confessions of a Pastor. I barrowed the title from Pastor Craig Groeschel’s book Confessions of a Pastor. He pastors a church in Edmond Oklahoma and although I’ve not read the book, the title grabbed me and it fit this series better than anything I could come up with, so there’s my confession on how I came up with the title.

I must admit, Sunday’s message was one of those Sundays that are like a bad game of Golf. You’re not sure why your swing isn’t swinging right, or what, but it’s just an off day … ever have days like that? … “I wasn’t on my ‘A’ game” as they say. Of course, wouldn’t you know it, after service I received several compliments and I just figured it was a way for people to console me, or they were in Kid’s Life and didn’t actually even hear the message at all … hence the reason they loved it so. Lol!

All that aside, I do think the content of Sunday’s message was great … the presenter (me) just didn’t present well (in my opinion!)

Okay, so we are talking about Confessions of a Pastor … my confessions this Sunday was that I have questions regarding God, the Bible, and Religion just like you do. Who goes to Heaven, who goes to Hell? Is there even a Heaven? Is there a Hell? What did Jesus mean exactly when He said “I am the way, the truth and the life no one comes to the father but through me.”?

We established Sunday that there must be a ruler for which we can measure truth. And that measure, in my opinion, is the Bible. I truly believe with all my heart that the Bible is the basis for understanding all of life (not every aspect of life, but the essence of it). Now, I am aware that there are truths found in many places, not just the Bible. Dah! But, the best place to find direction for our lives here on earth is the Bible.

I know there are some people who thinks that's B.S. (Bull Skunk - that's for you folks who thought I just used a profanity :), and to that person I would say, “I am cool with that ONLY IF you have researched it and after educating yourself on the subject you still feel this way”. The sad truth for those who BELIEVE and those who DO NOT BELIEVE is that sometimes they are simply “believing” something they know nothing about. Christians do this often; I was one of them for years! I believed because it was how I was raised, and how I was raised was right. So I thought. Then I began to read for myself, studying, researching … then I became convinced of the truth on my OWN ACCORD!

I’ve got so much more to say … so stay with me on this journey of discovering God through Confessions of a Pastor!