Author Archives: pastorpstephens

About pastorpstephens

I have been blessed to have served as a pastor and to have been involved in other ministries throughout the years. My wife Marta and I have been blessed with a wonderful family that includes our daughter, her husband and their two daughters and our son and his wife. Each of them are very special to us so please keep them all in your prayers. One truth that I always try to share with people I meet is that anything God asks you to do, He will help you to do. God has your back.

The Difference between Empathy and Sympathy

In a recent meeting at work, we were talking about providing good customer service and at some point, the conversation revolved around defining the difference between sympathy and empathy.  I have to say that sometimes the same words don’t always … Continue reading

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Life to the Full

As I was working on my sermon this week, I reflected on the way the Lord desires to bless us and meet all of our needs.  I love the verse John 10:10 where Jesus says, “I have come that you … Continue reading

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Out of the Storm

This week I finished cleaning out the garage.  I had started cleaning it last summer and reorganized it a little bit, but I still had a lot of junk stored in there and I never finished the  job.  There was … Continue reading

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Make Room for Something New

I have a few days off this week and have been using the time to do a few things that really need to be done.  I cleaned the refrigerator and this afternoon I started cleaning out my closet.  It may … Continue reading

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Counting Blessings, My Cup Runneth Over!

On Christmas day, Marta and I spent some time with family.  We were able to visit with Marta’s parents and all of our kids and our grandkids.  And of course, we exchanged some gifts.  I got some wonderful gifts, new … Continue reading

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The Things We Need to Say

Had a sleepless night the other night.  That’s a rare occasion for me, but sometimes it happens.  When it does, I pray for people friends and family and sometimes write.  The other night, I wrote this poem based on some … Continue reading

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Hope Through God’s Word

This week I am starting to work on a short devotional about hope that I have been asked to share at a local hospital.   I have been praying and studying some scriptures which speak about hope.  So many of my … Continue reading

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