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.

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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Making Right Choices

This week, I have been praying for some friends who have some decisions to make concerning school, jobs, and things of that nature. I have prayed for the Lord to lead them and guide them and help them make the … Continue reading

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Sing to the Lord

In one of our chapel classes this week , our lesson was centered on Psalm 95:1 – 2. It is one of my favorites. The psalmist writes: Psalm 95:1 O come, let us sing unto the LORD: let us make … Continue reading

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A Bedtime Prayer

This week I have been reviewing some old folders and trying to clean up my study a little bit. I came across this poem that I wrote about ten years ago. I thought I would share it with you. A … Continue reading

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Forgiving Others and Ourselves

In our chapel class this week, our scripture focus was on Ephesians 4:29.  In that verse Paul exhorts Christians to not use unwholesome words but to only speak words that edify and encourage those who hear them.  Generally, when people … Continue reading

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Do Not Grow Weary of Doing Good

The latest Covid surge has really taken a toll on people who work in the healthcare and retail service industries. Many hospitals and other medical providers are having a hard time keeping up with the number of patients they serve … Continue reading

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