It Was Not Easier To Follow Christ 2,000 Years Ago

I am very grateful that I attended Church recently in Royal Palm Beach, Florida. On that day, Christ Fellowship had a special guest speaker named Lisa Bevere. After service, there were a number of books and resources written by Lisa and her husband John Bevere.

I was instantly attracted to one book entitled “Killing Kryptonite” because I love superhero movies. John’s book touched my heart and confirmed a number of things that will change in my life by God’s grace and through the power of the Holy Spirit.

I’m not going to give away the storyline, but just like Kryptonite sapped power from Superman, making him even weaker than a human, the same result happens to the Church when we carry spiritual kryptonite into our congregations. I suggest that you order a copy of the book on Amazon today:

Would A Time Machine Help Me?

John’s book reminded me to share a story that was on my mind over the past few months. So today at 6:25 am in Rome Italy, I’m sitting in my hotel room to share an observation. Most of us have “heroes” that we admire or have inspired us. Have you ever said, I would like to go back in time and have a few days with _____________.

It doesn’t matter whose name you inserted on the blank line. The notion of a time-machine suggests that if we could go back in time to see, hear, and converse with our heroes, we might be a better version of us, today.

I thought about this time-machine fantasy regarding Jesus many times. I had a thought that if I could just see Jesus heal the lame, open the eyes of the blind, or change water into wine I would be a stronger Christian. A more faithful follower of Christ empowered by the Holy Spirit. Yet as I read John Bevere’s book and read the letters the Apostles wrote to the early Church, the time-machine concept wouldn’t work.

The same people who saw Jesus perform miracles, heard him teach, repented, and accepted him as their Savior fell back into sin. The writers of the New Testament specifically call out a number of sins that had crept into the congregation. The list could read like the stories contained in People or Us magazines.

The early Church also saw the power of the Holy Spirit enable early believers and the Apostles to heal the sick and cure the blind. Yet some of these early witnesses fell back into sin. My time-machine concept would not benefit me. It also could be considered an excuse not to live a full, empowered Christian life. To be the man that God wants me to be I must have faith, repent, be obedient to his Word, and rid myself of Spiritual Kryptonite.

Obedience Is Never Easy – The Reward However Is An Awesome Church

It was no easier being a Christian 2,000 years ago than it is today. We all have to make a choice on how we are to live and if we will truly live a Spirit-filled life. Your and my choices have consequences today just as they did in the early Church.  Let me finish with a quote from John’s book that should encourage you to read the book.

“God’s not holding us back. If we’re held back, it’s because of our own idolatry.” – John Bevere

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Now, off to the airport to go see my wife.






Knowing Your Masters To Know The Master

This morning I read a book in the New Testament called 2 Peter and came across this statement in Chapter two verse 19:

“People are slaves to whatever has mastered them.” (NIV)

This sentence struck home as it made me reflect on the many masters I have had in my life.  Over the course of the last 27 years of my life, I was mastered by anger, fear, jealousy, greed, lust, money, and power. I knew that these masters were very harmful but I turned my back on my Christian beliefs after a personal relationship imploded in 1986. For 27 years, I was everything but a testimony to the power of the Holy Spirit.

Fast forward to the past three years. Today I have a loving Christian wife and we have prioritized our lives to work towards serving only one master: Jesus.  Here are some specific actions I took to rid myself of destructive masters:

In 2015, Carrie and I found a great local church in New Jersey, led by pastor Christian Andrews. While Christian may not know it, his passion for Christian living and the power of his sermons awoke my spirit and restored me to my faith that I abandoned in 1988. God used Christian to get my life back on the right path. You see, my masters had been whispering in my ear for 25+ years that the pleasures of the flesh were more exciting than a commitment to Christ.

On April 14, 2017, Carrie and I moved to Royal Palm Beach Florida. We found a great church, that is 3 miles from our home called Christ Fellowship. We have made an effort to attend church every Sunday and we are planning to get involved in local groups and outreach programs. You see, my master called “time management” had been whispering in my ear that I didn’t need or have time for Church.

On Nov 13, 2017, I made a commitment that I would no longer make excuses for not starting my day praying and reading the Bible. Every morning since then, I start my day with a Jesus First strategy. Then I invest in my health and go to the gym.  Then I can start my day with both spiritual and physical energy. You see, my master called “work” had been whispering in my ear that I didn’t need or have time for investing in my Christianity.

It has been a slow process, and the work to restore my spiritually continues. I never realized just how harmful those other masters were to my entire being. The master (sin) that Jesus told us to avoid negatively influenced the way I viewed people, relationships, my work life, and the things of this world.

Who are your Masters? There is only One master that will give you true peace. I can confirm this truth from my own experience.  Worldly masters are hard to defeat but that God that we have the power to overcome the power of sin in our lives.

For everything in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—comes not from the Father but from the world.” 1 John 2:16 NIV

Thank you, Joe Pecoraro, my NPHS high school Physics teacher, for sharing the Gospel with me in 1977. That moment changed my life forever. I will always think of you as I reconnect with the spiritual gifts that I received through faith in Christ over 40 years ago.

God’s Spirit Within You – Christian Andrews

My pastor Christian Andrews kicked off a new sermon series this past Sunday. Would you invest a few minutes with me to watch his sermon from Sunday? I know that it will be a great investment of your time. Please watch this video and share it with your friends.

If you would like to join me at Park Church, please reach out to me at 732-672-2356.

I Start My 8th Lifetime With Carrie Hemphill

Tonight my fiancée Carrie Hemphill is flying to Italy to checkoff one of her bucket-list items; three weeks of language immersion in Italy. For the past two years she has studied the Italian language tirelessly, three times a week, with my cousin Elio Mussi via Skype. I am so blessed that Carrie shares my love of Italy, the Italian language, and my family heritage.

On June 24th we will be married in Pescara, just 45 minutes from my grandfather’s birthplace, Popoli Italy. I know that my grandfather Francesco di Gregorio will be smiling from heaven on that day. It will be the first time that my mother has stepped foot on Italy soil and will see her father’s birthplace.

God has blessed me with an incredible life partner in Carrie Hemphill. She is a loving Christian woman who is growing in her faith in Jesus Christ. My mother was instrumental in her conversion to a living faith in Jesus Christ. It is such a twist of fate; I led my mother to Christ over 30 years ago!

As I sit in our brand new home, alone for the first time, I was compelled to write about the incredible blessings that God has bestowed in my life. I often joke that I have had many “lifetimes” of blessings as my careers have changed over the years. There are so many people that have mentored, encouraged, loved, collaborated, and lovingly disciplined me over the years. Tonight, I decided to make my first attempt at reflecting on my path, which has brought me to a new beginning in my life, marrying Carrie Hemphill in June of this year.

Before I recount my “experiential lifetimes” I have to thank my parents for a wonderful childhood. James and Frances Pasch will receive an award in heaven for putting up with the antics from five crazy boys. My brothers and I can look back now and laugh, but we did put our parents through some very difficult times. Now as a father, I understand how easily a parent’s heart can break over the smallest things.

I have to start my first “lifetime” and rebirth with Joe Pecoraro, my High School Physics teacher, who first introduced me to a living Christian faith: a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. My conversion experience led me to Hydewood Park Baptist Church and a youth program led by Gordon Schuitt. I was blessed to be mentored by Gordon in High School and I miss his counseling as I write this post today.

As a result of the welcome I received from Gordon, I became involved in church programs and outreach. Our friendship was critical in later years as I was comforted when going through a very difficult time in my life after Randy and I separated. I often think of Jeff Graves, Mario Romero, Jack Darida, Danny Parker, Ruth Kirkland, Dane Lowrie, Joanne Lowrie, Pat McCord, and Ed Nicholson from those wonderful days at Hydewood.

My second lifetime was an amazing, but short career as a High School Physics teacher at Westfield High School. I look back on that great experience and thank David Stoneback, Head of the Science Department, for believing in me. I loved being a teacher despite having to work “two” jobs: teaching during the day and working on creating lesson plans at night.

My third lifetime was spent learning how to be a land surveyor. My mentor was Ted Hallard, a member of Hydewood Park Baptist Church and a wonderful Christian man. I loved working for Ted as I drove his dilapidated Dodge Dart vehicles on land surveying projects. I learned that being a successful businessman and Christian were not mutually exclusive. I often think of Dan Parker, John Alessi, and Jonathan Kirtland from those days at Hallard & Associates.

My fourth lifetime was my first business called “Customer Computer Systems.” We built personal computers for small businesses. I also wrote a software program using Rbase to manage the billing, accounting, and map files for surveying companies and engineering firms. I had the opportunity to work with some amazing people including Scott McCauley, Sharon Lima, and my brother James Pasch. When the economy started to tank in 1989 I decided to look for greener pastures.

My fifth lifetime was a great adventure that led me to New York City. I was hired at Goldman Sachs in 1990 when Goldman was the finest company to work for on Wall Street. In my role as a Senior Telecom Analyst I learned so much. My experiences at Goldman influenced my life in ways that I could never imagine. I could thank many people who mentored me at Goldman but those who come first to mind are Michael Marsh, Brian Duffy, Mary Byron, Liz Martin, Dan Haddad, Edie Hunt, and Fred Portuondo.

My sixth lifetime was a rollercoaster ride as I joined my brother’s telemarketing company and was also married in the same year to Denise. There were so many people who impacted my life during this time and none more than my son Connor James Pasch who was born on March 26, 1997. During my years in the telemarketing industry, I developed lasting relationships with great people including Leif Maiorini, Travis Rodgers, and Inna Zelepukina.

My seventh lifetime was a resurrection experience. Losing everything and building a new business from nothing. Starting my new business, which is now known as PCG Companies, I was the only employee back in 2005.  Over the past 11 years, I have developed a new appreciation for entrepreneurs and the work it takes to build a successful business from the ashes of failure.

Only now can I clearly see that God had something even better in store for me. During this time I came to learn the many talents of my brother Glenn Pasch, who is a trusted business partner and friend. My local friends that supported me during this second “rebirth” include Joe Monte, Pat Scire, Jeff Wrightson, Gabe Farina, and my future father-in-law Joe Hemphill. I also count my early employees as core to our current success. My veterans include Carrie Hemphill, Shawn Hoagland, Renee McGowan, Melanie Ferrato, Lisa Grande, and Marc McGurren.

My eighth lifetime is about to begin with my love, Carrie Hemphill.  We are the definition of “iron sharpening iron” and God has blessed us with a great local church, Park Church in Tinton Falls. I am so excited that Christian Andrews (our Senior Pastor) and his family will be joining us in Italy to officiate our wedding. I am blessed with great health, a growing business, and a loving future bride. Together, Carrie and I look forward to starting a family and sharing the blessings that God has given us.  I am more than excited!

You may ask what inspired me to publically thank God for his blessings over the past 54 years? It was my trip this week to Syracuse, New York.

I met with Roger Burdick and Lou Bregou, partners at Driver’s Village and Firas Makhlouf. On Thursday night, these three Christian men shared their testimonies at dinner. Each man shared a story of redemption and God’s grace. Together we prayed for our meeting on Friday and that God would bless our efforts to grow the business. It struck me how wonderful it is to work with passionate, inspired Christian businessmen. It also reminded me of my many blessings over the years.

As I embark on my eighth lifetime path, I encourage you to count the blessings that God has given you over the years. I am at peace. I could not be happier to be spending the rest of my life with Carrie. I look forward to seeing Connor grow and find his way. The future is bright.

How about you? Are you content? It is never too late to change your path and find favor in following the path that God has for you. Regardless of your past, God’s forgiveness and grace can cleanse your entire soul. I can attest to that.

I pray that I will be a great husband to Carrie, continue to be a role model to my son Connor, and a witness to the living God that is within me.





I Had The Good Samaritan Parable Backwards

If you were raised in a Christian home like me, you probably heard the story of the Good Samaritan 100 times. Last week, our Pastor Christian Andrews started a sermon series that kicked off with the story of the Good Samaritan. Just in case you forgot the specifics of the story, here they are, as found in the Gospel of Luke (NIV):

25 On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?” “What is written in the Law?” he replied. “How do you read it?”

27 He answered, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ “You have answered correctly,” Jesus replied. “Do this and you will live.”

29 But he wanted to justify himself, so he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?”

30 In reply Jesus said: “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he was attacked by robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead. 31 A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side. 32 So too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. 33 But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. 34 He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, brought him to an inn and took care of him. 35 The next day he took out two denarii and gave them to the innkeeper. ‘Look after him,’ he said, ‘and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have.’

36 “Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?” The expert in the law replied, “The one who had mercy on him.” Jesus told him, “Go and do likewise.”

Who Are You In This Story?

When I heard the story of the Good Samaritan in the past, I always saw myself in the role of the Good Samaritan. I interpreted the story as a reminder to help others. I looked at the story as a parable that illustrates how we must show Christ’s love to others, even when it was not convenient or if it has a cost.

Did you see yourself in the story in the same way as I did?

However, when Pastor Christian Andrews shared this story at Park Church last Sunday, it was different. He said that as Christians, we are also like the man who was beaten, robbed, and lying on the road half-dead. The man had no ability to save himself. Without the help of the Good Samaritan, the man would have surely died.

Then it hit me. I was the man lying on the road in need.  

Jesus saved me and paid my debt with his life. For the first time, I saw myself as the man on the road. I would have surely died if Jesus didn’t come to me and save me.

How Did I Get It Wrong?

Pride.  I have always been a hard worker and someone who wants to fix things. I have had times in my life of great success. I have also recovered from a time when I lost everything. I try to make the best of things and stay positive despite adversity.

I also try to help others and to be generous, like the Good Samaritan. I have been blessed with a great family and circle of friends.

But in need? That’s where my weakness is. I don’t like to feel that I am in need of help. I like to be self-sufficient. Maybe a few readers can identify with this perspective.

But last week, when Christian shared the story, I couldn’t help but ask God for forgiveness for my pride. I didn’t want to see myself as the person on the side of the road. Accepting that image would mean that I would have to acknowledge my utter need for God’s help in ALL that I do.

You see, even though I accepted Christ into my life 35+ years ago, I needed to be reminded that my own strength is insufficient to save me or sustain me. Each day that we forget this truth, we are like the man, left to die along the roadside, we miss an opportunity to reconnect with the love of God.

Thank you Christian for opening my eyes to look at this parable in a new light. Thank you Jesus for being the Good Samaritan and paying my debt.

If you live in the Monmouth County area, join me at Park Church for this exciting new series.  Here is a quick overview: