Posted by admin on February 5, 2017
The word appreciation implies an expression of gratitude for the magnitude of something or someone. After 24 years of ministry I have come to appreciate more and more the many wonderful members of New Piney Grove.
And while the church showed their appreciation for me on the last Sunday of January, my wife and I are honored to serve; we appreciate you. I appreciate all those non-members who visit our website as well.
We had a couple visiting from Texas with us last month and I asked who invited them. They told me no one; they saw us on the web. I also had a member call me after reading my blog; that blessed me tremendously. Those two things kept me from making the decision to discontinue writing a blog each month.
So I will continue to write, because I appreciate you!
Posted by admin on January 1, 2017
Time was brought into existence by God, Who transcends time and exists in eternity. We make big deals out of birthdays, anniversaries and New Year's Day, because we are time oriented individuals. But the Bible does tell us to number our days and that our days are few.
So here we are in 2017, with hopes and aspirations that things will be better. We are sometimes deceived into believing that time heals all. But we need to be mindful that God has allotted each of us a time, we call it life. We should make the most of the time we have left on our allotment.
But more importantly, Jesus promised that He would return. We know not the "time" of His return, but we better make sure we are ready!
Posted by admin on December 8, 2016
During the past two years, I have been preparing my church for "life without" Dave and Ann Wilcoxson. Not that we have received some health issue news or that we desire to leave. No, it was provoked by the fact that so many of my pastor associates have transitioned to reward and I wanted my church to be prepared when my time comes.
But recently, several events have been used by the Lord to chastise me for "stepping back" and letting others do stuff. Although my intentions were good, my viewpoint was wrong.
The other day, I read the Daily Bread Devotion that talked about how the "Righteous of God" will be fruitful in their "old age." I guess I qualify. And since I am the righteousness of God, through Christ Jesus, I will remain planted by the river of water and will not wither. I will continue to be fruitful in my old age.
Posted by admin on November 6, 2016
I was pleasantly surprised to discover someone actually reads the NPGBC Pastor's Blog. What made my discovery more pleasing was that it was my baby granddaughter in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. When she mentioned it to my wife, it got me to thinking. I need to exercise care and caution when I post what I write, because you never know who will read it.
When out and about, I have experienced several occasions where I encountered another person in public, who would say: "Hello Dr. Wilcoxson," or "Pastor Dave" or "Reverend Wilcoxson," and I didn't have a clue who they are. I have learned how important it is to be the same in public (or on social media), as I am at the church or in the pulpit, because you never know. While I may not know them, they may know me.
It makes me wonder. How many times has someone who knows me seen me in public, but they never spoke to me. Just imagine them telling their family and friends that they saw me at _______, doing _______. The blanks they fill in are not only reflective on me, but also on my LORD.
You Never Know!