Living in the Wilderness or Just Passing Through?

Thousands of years ago, God delivered the Israelites out of the bondage of Egypt. At first this seemed wonderful to them. They were no longer subject to cruel slave drivers and taskmasters. Their time of forced labor making bricks out of almost nothing was now over. In fact, the Egyptians, after having to endure all…

Just Believe

  Picture yourself seated in a large auditorium with the lights dimmed slightly. The scheduled show will begin shortly, and the seats around you are steadily filling up. You begin settling down from the frenzied rush of traffic you had to navigate through to get here. Suddenly, the loud buzzing of the fire alarm fills…

Changes–COMING SOON!

We at The Pangburn Pulpit website and The Pangburn Pulpit Blog want to thank everyone who has joined us at our website and/or blog since their inception over two years ago. Throughout this period we have seen numerous visitors from over 40 countries, with more coming all the time. In response, we have been working…

Half of a Heart?

Picture yourself walking into a meat market or delicatessen and asking the clerk behind the counter for two pounds of chicken tenderloins and two pounds of honey-roasted turkey breast. After you wait several minutes, he hands you a wrapped package of the meat you asked for–except it contains just a pound of each kind you…

Making It Fit

Jigsaw puzzles and Marvin were a born match. There isn’t a puzzle around that he will not try to tackle. While he is fond of the five-hundred-piece variety, he’ll just as easily jump at a chance to complete one that contains a thousand or even two thousand pieces. He works on these like some people…

With My People in the Furnace of Affliction

“The Lord said, I have surely seen the affliction of My people which are in Egypt, and have heard their cry by reason of their taskmasters; for I know their sorrows; and I am come down to deliver them” (Exodus 3:7-8). The Israelites were put into this situation because God wanted them to see how…

A Little Sediment Can Block A Whole River

The accumulation of a little bit of silt is all it takes to hinder or even halt traffic moving along a river. It can build up like a dam and restrict the flow of the water to the point where it starts to fill up and form a lake. While the effect is most noticeable…

How Are You Able to Face Tomorrow?

A line in a song says, “Because He lives, I can face tomorrow.” But how can we face tomorrow with all of the burdens that are continually landing on our doorstep? For some, these burdens are the thought of their employer threatening to fire them, or of an eviction notice served recently. Others may be…

Forget Those Things Which Are Behind You

John and his rival, Jose, were avid runners. Both of them were so superior in their class for long distance runs that most marathons had become easy challenges for them. John was very muscular, but Jose had the edge in speed. At six foot eleven, Jose was not only very lean and tall, but also…

Casting Away Our Garment

Many of us have at least one item in our possession that we hold onto for security. It might be a particular article of clothing, a piece of jewelry, an official document, some kind of correspondence or a card, or it could even be just a toy, book, or stuffed animal. For some, it is…