Faith—Not Quantity but Quality

A line in an old Gospel song says, “Faith, faith, faith you don’t need a whole lot, just use what you’ve got.” Jesus said, “…for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove;…

The Only Refuge We Will Ever Need

What is a refuge? It is defined as a safe state of being, or a shelter from danger and misfortune. The word itself is from the Latin refugium, meaning ‘flee back’. All of the following are classified as a refuge in one form or another: a tent, a building, a fortified tower, a mountain, an…

Why Does Fear Form in Me?

Since the beginning of this world, it is unlikely that anyone, except Jesus Christ, has ever lived a life without some kind of fear. Whether it comes from a wasp attempting to sting, a stumble that nearly sends us over the edge of a cliff, a massive wildfire quickly closing in, a collection agency waiting…

Loving This Present World

The Apostle Paul had reached the apex of his ministry to the people. He was now a prisoner condemned to die. But he had already stated earlier that, “I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand. I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course,…

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…