The Shack: A Story On Suffering and Hope — Kingdom Seeking

Last Friday evening I watched the film The Shack directed by Stuart Hazeldine. This film is based on the 2007 novel of the same title by William P. Young. Having read the book, I wanted to see the film too. Like most film adaptations of a book, the movie loses some of the dialogue. Nevertheless, it’s […]

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Are You Worried? by Jim Martin

I know what it is to worry at 3:00 A.M.  Do you?

If you are like many, worry can take center stage in your mind and refuse to leave until it has exhausted your imagination with all sorts of frightening possibilities.

Do you worry about what someone thinks?  The truth is that you just can’t control what another thinks.  One can become anxious about another’s thoughts.

Do you worry about what a certain person has said?  Is this a person of integrity?  Is this a person who is wise and discerning?  Or, is this a person who is mean and cruel and evil?  There are evil people who are always seeking to hurt and do damage to you.

Do you worry about what might happen?  Listen, I have laid in bed in the middle of the night imagining the worst possible outcomes.  Yet, what I am worrying about rarely comes to fruition the way I have imagined it.

Jesus said, “Do not worry about your life” (Mt. 6:25-34  “Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you” (I Pet. 5:7

So as you think about tomorrow:

1.  Instead of replaying in your mind what that mean, cruel, evil person said or wrote about you, focus on God who will carry your anxiety.  After all, He is the one who cares for you.

2.  Instead of rehearsing over and over what could happen after the sun comes up in the morning, focus on God, the One who cares so deeply about you.

3.  Instead of reliving every sad moment that caused you heartbreak, focus on God whose power to bless, heal, and restore is greater than anyone who might ever hurt you.

Do you really want to spend the best years of your life worrying?  Or, do you want to spend these years focusing on the One who has your best interest in mind?

Hoot’s Musings

In just a few hours, most all of us will gather around a table that “sags” from the weight of the food on it. Then, as my friend, Rocky Lindsey (a vet from Warren, AR) said, we will “…pray before a meal and thank God for the sin we are about to commit.” I personally thank that was cruel, but, all too often, true. I don’t know why it is that overeating has become commonplace on this day. I understand that we are celebrating the bounty of the harvest that we have had for this year, and how good crops have been (original intention, I think). BUT, we always have more food than we can possibly eat (even though a lot of us try), and I wonder how much of it will spoil and be thrown away.

I am thankful that we have a day called “Thanksgiving.” A day when we are supposed to stop and consider what all we have to be thankful for, although I think that has been lost in all of the eating and shopping. I am thankful that there is a day when families get together and enjoy being together (I hope). When we will be thankful for the new additions to the family, and be thankful for the influence that the ones that are missing had. Thankful to live in the country we do, and all the privileges that come with that. We really are a blessed people.

Last night, in his devotional, Gary Mendenhall reminded us of what we needed to most thankful for — and in my reading this morning, there was a passage that brought the point home again. Listen to the psalmist:

“Give thanks to the Lord and proclaim his greatness,

Let the whole world know what he has done.

Sing to him; yes, sing his praises.

Tell everyone about his wonderful deeds.

Exult in his holy name;

rejoice, you who worship the Lord.”

(Psalm 105:1-3, NLT)

This morning, I want you to know that I hope that you have a great and joyful Thanksgiving. That you have had a great year, and that there is a bounty that you can all share in a wonderful meal. It is my prayer that your family will be together, and that the joy of being together will fill the spirit of every individual.

But most of all, I hope that you are thankful for a God that created you, loves you, and extends mercy and grace to you. It is my prayer that you will sing His praises, and tell everyone of His wonderful deeds. As the psalmist has said, “Let all that I am praise the Lord.”


Please Forgive the Technical Difficulties

It has been an extremely challenging situation to move the church website from to  Most of the challenge has come in trying to get the Domain Name PGARCOC transferred to a different provider so that the new site shows up and the old site goes away.

The interim solution has been to showcase the new side at:

The old site still appears under:

It is my most utmost hope to have this dilemma solved by Monday or Tuesday next week.  GoDaddy will become the Domain registrar and all servers will then be directed to this wordpress site when anyone types in:

I appreciate everyone’s patience in this transition.



Hoot’s Musings

Back several years ago, I was managing a company that sold, installed and repaired equipment for convenience stores. Our product line was very diverse — everything from cappuccino machines, to ice makers, to gasoline tanks. Equally diverse, were the people that worked for me — every kind of personality that you can possible imagine was represented in our work force.

There was one man that worked for me, that was one of the hardest working men I have ever known. The problem was that he just really struggled to be happy about life. Most every morning, I would greet all the employees with a loud, and enthusiastic, “Good morning!” It seemed like, without fail, every morning he would replied “What’s good about it?” Now, I know that I can be annoying to some people in the mornings, because when my feet hit the floor, I’m wide awake. I’m as awake and ready to go as I will be any time during the day. There are others, that don’t want to be spoken to for the first 2 or 3 hours of the day. So, often those two personality types clash.

But I am not considering personality types this morning, I want us to think about attitudes toward life — particularly for the Christian. Often, you can tell the attitude of an individual, by the way they answer certain questions. Think about these two questions, and what is your most common response:

“How are you doing this morning?”

“What kind of day did you have?”

Believe me, I understand getting up in the morning — and thinking how overwhelmed you are at work (or, even worse, is there anything for me to do) and dreading even having to start. I also know how bad days can go — from having a customer that you just can’t please, to having a boss that micromanages everything that you do (and nothing you do is ever good enough). Those are pretty common feelings for any employee at one time or another.

In my reading this morning (Psalms 90-96), I was reminded that those events do not have to determine my outlook on life. Listen to what the psalmist says:

“It is good to proclaim your unfailing love in the morning,

your faithfulness in the evening.”

(Psalm 92:2, NLT)

As you read that, what did it say to you?

What it said to me was that I need to begin each day grateful that our God in His loving mercy has given me another day. I asked in another post this morning, do we ever take for granted that God is the very source of our life, and that it is in Him we live, move, and have our very being”. Start every day praising God, thanking Him for the blessing of another day.

But it also said to me, that each evening I need to thank Him for His faithfulness in being with me throughout the day. If I don’t know that He is with me, it does not mean that He’s not. It may just mean that I don’t think about Him enough during the day. The challenges we often face during the day, demand that He be with us. During the day, remember that He is there, and at the end of the day, praise Him for His faithfulness.

Life will be easier, and more pleasant, if we recognize that each day is the day that the Lord has made, and that we need to rejoice and be glad in it. If we approach the day that way, at the end of the day, we will thank Him for being with us.