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The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) is an uncertain and scary place for any new parent. Brie and Jason Smith know this all too well, along with thousands of other families in the River Region. Brie and Jason’s son, Colby, was born at only 23 weeks old on July 28th, 2012. For the past two months, the Smith family says they have experienced fear and uncertainty, but also love.  That love has come not only in the form of the support of family and friends, but through a ministry that reaches out to families like the Smiths, who are walking through having a baby in the NICU.


Wednesday, 10 October 2012 14:39

Why Christians SHOULD Be Involved in Politics

Written by Pastor Alan Cross


Over the years, I have advocated a position that I call Prophetic vs. Political when it comes to a Christian’s relationship with the political realm. What I have meant by that is that Christians should not be beholden to a political party or be involved in grasping after power on this earth, even if they think that they can use it for good purposes. Having worldly power in the temporal sphere almost always happens through worldly means, and eventually, corruption is the result. The Christian siding with one political party or another is eventually led down the road of compromise as his allegiance is used for whatever the Party wants to do. So, I have advocated a Prophetic stance. What I mean by that is that Christians should affirm righteousness wherever it is found and should denounce evil and injustice wherever it is found - no matter which party is doing either right or wrong. We see this when John the Baptist denounced Herod’s immorality and when the prophets of Israel called the Hebrew Kings to account for the evil that they tolerated and promoted in turning against God and oppressing the poor and powerless. The Church is to be Salt and Light (Matthew 5:13-16) and we do that best when we are independent of political party allegiances, but we are engaging our Prophetic role.


How can we rejoice in the Lord when we’re in constant pain? Is it possible to stay cheerful and positive in the middle of unremitting suffering and maladies beyond our control? How can we maintain a vibrant faith when we’re hurting?

Today, we live in a region and a nation where the conversation of education is a hot topic with many voices. While the solutions for improving education are vast and complex, there are a handful of schools, committed teachers, and administrators across the country making a difference in the lives of children. Montgomery Christian School is one of those schools standing in the gap.

Wednesday, 05 September 2012 20:39

The Mission of Mission Life

Written by Hamilton G. Richardson

Talking about ministering to the needy and supporting mission trips to far-off places is easy--most Christians do it—but it’s actually following through that’s the tough part.

For more than 100 years, Nellie Burge Community Center has committed to meeting the needs of under served women and children in the River Region. Originally established by a group of women at Court Street UMC in 1904 as the North Montgomery Settlement House, it began as a day nursery to assist working mothers. Ten years later, they expanded their services to needy women, children and families. At the turn of the millennia, a state-of-the-art day care facility opened and began a new chapter for the center. Nearly a decade later, the Nellie Burge Community Center was on the brink of closing. Longtime board members like Harriet Owen were committed to continuing the legacy of the center.

Saturday, 04 August 2012 16:07

Training Debt Free Children

Written by Jennifer Slatterly

In Proverbs 22:7, God warns us of the dangers of debt: “Just as the rich rule the poor, so the borrower is servant to the lender” (NLT). In 2008, many Christian families realized too late the truth in those words. With the recent economic crisis, our country saw the tragic effects of mounting debt as families lost homes and jobs. For many Americans, this was a call for drastic change, and families began to pare back spending and look for ways to reduce their debt. But are we teaching our youth to do the same? When we drop our teenagers off at college, are they prepared to handle the onslaught of credit card offers they’ll receive?

Will you not revive us again, that your people may rejoice in you? ~ Psalm 85:6

A revival culture is actually normal in the Church’s experience. In the Upper Room the gathered 120 believers prayed and fasted for ten days for the Holy Spirit to come and empower their proclamation of the gospel. And He did. On Pentecost three thousand were saved in Peter’s first sermon. Later another five thousand were saved through Peter and John’s witness.

Thursday, 05 July 2012 13:40

Resources for a RIGHTeous Life

Written by Jason Watson

As the designer of our bodies and minds and the entire creation, God gives us a way to live that works “rightly.” We call it a righteous life.

Thursday, 05 July 2012 13:05

Hang in There! Donít Give Up on the Church

Written by Karen Wingate

Remember when teenagers plastered their walls with poster art? One amusing poster depicted a wide-eyed, desperate cat barely hanging from a high bar by its claws. The caption read, “Hang in there, baby.” Yeah, right.

Thursday, 05 July 2012 13:01

July Vacation Bible Schools

Written by Staff

Five years ago, Jeff and Jennifer Hand were living what they believed was “the good life.” Jeff worked in construction and Jennifer owned half of four businesses. Their multiple cars, investment properties and large home seemed to say they were living “The American Dream.”

Wednesday, 06 June 2012 14:32

Choosing Forgiveness

Written by Karen Wingate

I remember the sick feeling in my stomach when I heard about the brutal shooting of ten Amish girls at a rural school near Nickel Mines, Pennsylvania in October, 2006. Five girls died and, to this day, one survivor still remains semi-comatose in her parents’ home. How could anyone be so vicious? News reports validated that I wasn’t the only one who felt horror - and yes, a tinge of anger - at this unfair and evil act.

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