Wednesday, 06 November 2013 14:22

Establishing Boundaries in Ministry

Written by Candy Arrington

As Marc helped his wife clear the dinner dishes from the table, he realized he was weary. It had been a long, stressful week and he was looking forward to Friday evening at home with his family.

“Oh how I love your law!”

Committed to reading through the Bible in one year, my speed reading skidded to a screeching halt one hot July morning when my eyes caught Psalm 119:97. Did the writer say love? Wasn’t affection for law an emotion reserved only for law students and political science majors?

When the Bozemans came in the gym recently, a buzz rustled through the folks from our church, Gateway Baptist. We were watching an Eastwood Christian School volleyball game and some of our girls were playing with a good number of parents and youth there to cheer the girls on. Ruth was in her motorized wheel chair, as she has been in one form or another for over 60 years since she was struck with polio as a 25-year-old wife and mother of two young children. Ray was by her side, as he has been for 67 years. You cannot say the name of one without the other. It is always “Ray and Ruth.” They are one.

A simple Google search for adoption and foster care will harvest millions of results filled with articles, blogs and websites that represent the hundreds of thousands of people who are part of the movement to care for orphaned and at-risk children...a movement that has taken off in the last few years. With so many voices, attitudes and perspectives it can be overwhelming for any family thinking about becoming foster parents or an adoptive family to know where to begin. Agape of Central Alabama is one of those voices which has been advocating for children in Central Alabama since 1978.

Friday, 06 September 2013 11:58

A New Perspective on Anger And How to Handle It

Written by Candy Arrington

Jada and Laura had been friends for years, but recently, their relationship had changed. Laura had new friends and excluded Jada from their activities. Yet she still expected Jada to be available when she called.


Praying and distraction are practically synonymous for me. Often, after only a moment or two of prayer, sometimes after just a few seconds, distracting thoughts fill my mind. At other times, I can’t seem to put into words or thoughts what I want to say to God. That’s when I resort to “paper prayers.”



Just one year ago, Mary Ellen’s Hearth opened its doors in the Nellie Burge Community Center in the heart of Montgomery. With the desire to offer hope, help and healing to the homeless women and children of Montgomery, the staff provides an environment that allows women to focus on rebuilding their lives successfully. And it’s not just a shelter or a transitional home. Mary Ellen’s Hearth allows women to dream and pursue an independent lifestyle, one where they aren’t worried about the things that pertain to basic survival, like a place to sleep and food to eat. Instead it allows them to open up their minds and hearts to all that God has for them. In this way, they can begin to pursue those things in the comfort of a place they call home for up to two years before they begin the transition to true independent living.

Deep in the heart of the Washington Park neighborhood in West Montgomery stands what was once an old mill building with a tower stretching toward the sky – a landmark of sorts for this historic neighborhood that housed Civil rights activists and leaders of the 1950s and 60s. It’s been over 50 years since those days and much has changed. Due to numerous circumstances too complicated to hash out here, the Washington Park community went from thriving to dying. Crime, drugs and failing schools made headlines. The once thriving neighborhood was wilting away. Decades passed and businesses closed.  Boarded up buildings and homes lined what was once a bustling street. 

The writer of Hebrews 10:24-25 states: “…and let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds, not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all the more, as you see the day drawing near.” (NASB)

Monday, 08 July 2013 14:03

Praying Through the Dark Night of the Soul

Written by Brad Wesner

Ever have things completely bottom out?  Maybe you are David being chased by Saul (I Samuel 19), Samson without hair (Judges 16:20-22), Job without worldly goods (Job 2:13), John the Baptist in prison (Mark 6:27) or Jesus on the cross (Matthew 27:46).  Just because you are a Christian does not make you immune from your world crashing and your entering into a Dark Night, a feeling of isolation – a feeling of being abandoned by God.  Like Jesus on the cross, we cry out, “My God.  My God.  Why has thou forsaken me?” (Matthew 27:46)

John Ed Mathison has been a fixture in leadership for years. After 36 years serving as senior pastor of Frazer Memorial United Methodist Church in Montgomery, John Ed and several close friends began praying about the next season of ministry. Out of those prayers came the formation of John Ed Mathison Leadership Ministries. Since 2008, this ministry has grown and ministers to a wide range of pastors, leaders and world changers all over the globe. John Ed travels and speaks to groups of leaders, sharing with them the best leadership practices that he has developed over the last 45 years. Journey Magazine recently sat down with John Ed to pick his brain on leadership and the new generation of emerging leaders. 

Thursday, 06 June 2013 12:55

When It Looks Like God Has Failed Us

Written by Chris Chambers

We are told that God is faithful, that he always keeps his promises. As long as our experience of God lines up with such beliefs, all is well. But what if it appears that God has not kept his word? Or what if he fails to meet certain expectations that we had of him as the all-powerful God of love?

Situated on 22 acres of beautiful wooded land outside of Wetumpka, Adullam House has been called one of the best-kept secrets in the River Region. It’s here where children of incarcerated parents find a safe haven and are provided with an opportunity many children in situations like theirs have not been given. 

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