Author Archives: pastorpstephens

About pastorpstephens

I have been blessed to have served as a pastor, a chaplain 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 and their son. 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.

Moving Forward

I took a walk across an iron bridge at our chaplains’ conference this week which sits high above the Texas hill country. As you walk across the bridge, you can look out and behold some beautiful scenery of God’s creation. … Continue reading

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Baseball Cards and Bicycle Spokes

Here is a poem/song I have been working on this morning. It’s not quite finished yet. But it’s a start. Baseball Cards and Bicycle Spokes We put baseball cards in our bicycle spokes Played kick the can and told “knock … Continue reading

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Take the First Step and Then Press On

In our chapel class this week we have been talking about goals and challenges and how God can equip us and empower us to reach the goals and plans He has for us. There are lots of good quotes which … Continue reading

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Living with Purpose

What Should I Do? A man woke up one morning and as he lay in bed, A certain question kept running through his head, “If everyone has a purpose as some say we do, Then what is mine? I haven’t … Continue reading

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Stay on Track

I love the wisdom and truth of Psalm 37, especially verses 3 and 4. The psalm begins with a reminder not to fret over wrongdoers. Do not let someone who is determined to act wrong rob you of your peace. … Continue reading

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A Sad Song

In the wake of the tragic and senseless loss of life yesterday in Uvalde, I have been overwhelmed by various emotions – sorrow and sadness and anger and outrage.  There is so much that needs to be done, so much … Continue reading

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Hold Fast to What is Good

My wife and I have always had dachshunds in our home. We have raised them with our children, and some might say we raised them like our children! About 35 years ago, we lived in a house with huge oak … Continue reading

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Loving Others

In our chapel services this week, one of our focuses has been on the way we treat other people and the instruction to love our neighbors as ourselves.  During our discussion time, we have explored several bible verses which encourage … Continue reading

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My Easter Morning Prayer

Dear Heavenly Father, we thank you for this beautiful day.  We thank thank you for the sunlight and the warmth it brings.  We thank you most of all for your Son, Jesus Christ, the light of the world.  As our Lord … Continue reading

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As I Prayed

  This week, a group of friends and I went on a prayer and meditation walk in a local church garden. After a time of much prayer, I started noticing and really appreciating all of the beautiful things around me. … Continue reading

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