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!
Posted by admin on October 15, 2016
We used to have a beloved member who, on the surface, appeared to be mentally challenged, but demonstrated that he was more spiritual than most members. The last words he would say whenever he saw you were: "see you Sunday". "Big Man"-as he was lovingly known-loved Sunday.
I thought about him as I read the book, I Love Sundays. Like the author, I did not care for church much in my early life. For years, I was a church drop out. The reason I used was "church hurt". But the bottom line was that I did not have a real relationship with the One who changed the "first day of the week," to "THE LORD's DAY."
If you are reading this, and sense that you are a Sunday absentee, I would like to introduce you to SOMEONE who can make you love Sundays. If you are a person who knows the LORD.... See You Sunday....
Posted by admin on September 4, 2016
A short while ago, I witnessed a newly married, young couple having a conversation, that was about to develop into "intense fellowship." I immediately silently prayed for them to experience peace.
In my experience, I have found that if a newly married couple can just "hang in there" for seven years, they will experience a new beginning in the eighth.
Marriage is a covenant. In the Old Testament, a covenant involved cutting an animal into two pieces. The blood was used as a sign of agreement. In today's language, it would be called "a deal" between two.
I once facilitated a marriage seminar where I pushed the idea of the "deal." At the conclusion of the event, I asked the participants to turn to their spouse and ask this question. "Is The Deal Still On?" Marriage isn't just a covenant between two; It is a Holy covenant that involves three.
After over fifty years of marriage my wife and I still have "intense fellowship." We have to remind ourselves that the "deal" is still on because our covenant involves three.