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Wednesday, 05 October 2016 13:11

Life on Wheels Alabama: Shining Light on Life

Written by Laura Bell

Fourteen years ago a family walked into the office of Dr. Matt Phillips with the look of panic, fear and anger on their faces. A mother, father, teenaged daughter, and a nervous boyfriend entered into his exam room. The father looked at Dr. Phillips and said, “Our daughter took a positive pregnancy test today. I want you to make the final call that she’s pregnant so we can get ourselves to the clinic and “take care of it.”

Wednesday, 05 October 2016 12:57

What to Do When You Don't Celebrate Halloween

Written by Gayla Grace

“We haven’t celebrated Halloween for years but as my kids get older, they seem disgruntled as October 31st draws near. I don’t know how to manage the holiday anymore.” The comment from my friend, Lois, didn’t surprise me. As kids move through elementary school and hear about the fun their friends have on Halloween, they naturally question why they can’t take part in the celebration.

It began in the heart of local doctor Tom Goodman...a man who witnessed all the “solutions” to healthcare for lower income communities, yet saw how far too many were slipping through the cracks with no healthcare at all. So, he decided to do something about it. 

Thursday, 01 September 2016 08:28

Jesus Welcomed Real Sinners. Do We?

Written by Scott Sauls

In a very real sense, the work of Jesus is complete. When it comes to our standing as beloved, forgiven, delighted-in sons and daughters of God, “It is finished,” just as he said. His sinless life secured for us a new and irrevocable status—holy and blameless in God’s sight. His death fulfilled the requirements of God’s justice toward our sins. We are summoned by Scripture to make much of Jesus. It is stunning that Jesus makes much of us, too.

Shortly after the end of the United States’ involvement with the Vietnam War, Mac Gober returned home to the U.S. to try to move on and recover. After serving in a horrific war, he came back to what seemed like a nation of people who were bitter that he even fought in the first place. Mac’s anger and bitterness led him down a road of drug and alcohol addiction to try to remove the feelings of hostility. But God had a bigger idea for Mac. His life was about to take a major turn and he didn’t even know it. In 1974 in San Diego, California, Mac found Jesus Christ.

Monday, 08 August 2016 12:53

4 Marks of a Godly Husband's Love

Written by Tim Challies

Husbands, love your wives (Ephesians 5:25a). On the one hand it is such a simple statement, a simple command....Simply love.  On the other hand there is not a husband in the world who would say that he has mastered it.

Friday, 01 July 2016 08:12

Why Join a Church?

Written by David Mathis

One of the most counter-cultural things you can do is become an engaged member of a faithful local church.

Friday, 01 July 2016 07:57

Ministry Spotlight: House to House

Written by Laura Bell

C. S. Lewis reasoned that “Christianity, if false, is of no importance and, if true, of infinite importance. The only thing it cannot be is moderately important.” We believe Christianity is true. We want our neighbors to know its infinite importance. 

Twenty-seven years ago David Noles began his journey in prison ministry, an adventure of a lifetime for sure. David began working with inmates part time to form relationships and draw these men closer to Jesus.  Working with inmates can have its challenges, and with time, David began to see consistent issue within these men: fatherlessness (either emotional or actual absence) and drug and alcohol abuse. 

Wednesday, 15 June 2016 10:20

5 Ways of Dealing with Disappointment

Written by Victor Parachin

Life offers equal opportunities when it comes to setbacks - separation, divorce, bereavement, life altering illness, unemployment, bankruptcy, rejection, loss of a love interest, a problem child, a dysfunctional parent and more. The Bible records several people who experienced life’s disappointment. 

Human trafficking and all of its forms of exploitation has become an epidemic around the world, creating a heavy problem not only in the United States, but in the state of Alabama.  The cities with the intersecting interstates are the most affected by this horrific problem and it seems to only grow by the day.  Most Americans have been blinded by the idea that this type of issue is merely happening overseas, when in reality it is occurring right under their noses.

Even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these,” Jesus said as He recalled the beauty of a common lily (Luke 12:27). And I suspect that even Solomon in all his splendor could not have imagined the sheer affluence that you and I enjoy today. The lily is here today and gone tomorrow, so fleeting and commonplace that we overlook its intricate beauty and fail to acknowledge the glory of the God who made and sustains it. Is it possible that we have grown so accustomed to our affluence that we have lost the wonder of it, too? Is it possible that our affluence harms us even as it blesses us?

Thursday, 03 March 2016 10:04

Church at the Barrel

Written by Laura Bell

Tuesday at noon, I meandered my way through the streets of west Montgomery to the corner of Rosa Parks and Stone Streets. I noticed a bunch of old stumps and two crosses. Groups of people were hurrying across the street to find their spot and were fellowshipping with one another as they sat down.  Big smiles, pats on the back, Bibles in hand, and a cheerful face passing out papers with Scripture; one could tell it was a place to meet Jesus.  I found my place on a stump and got a major whiff of fried chicken.  People greeted me as I waited, shook my hand and introduced themselves. I noticed that nearby neighbors leaned up against their fences as a service began. 

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