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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. 

Thursday, 03 March 2016 08:33

Who Do You Think That I Am?

Written by John MacArthur

With that brief question Jesus Christ confronted His followers with the most important issue they would ever face. He had spent much time with them and made some bold claims about His identity and authority. Now the time had come for them either to believe or deny His teachings.

Who do you say Jesus is? Your response to Him will determine not only your values and lifestyle, but your eternal destiny as well.

“Just so you know, we don’t speak Spanish. We speak Mixteco,” a little boy said, chuckling at Hallay Cagle one summer day in 2007. Hallay had spent an entire week with a ministry she worked alongside, ministering to a Hispanic community in Montgomery, speaking Spanish to this people group, assuming it was their native tongue.  Shockingly, Hallay and her group found that this community may have looked like they spoke Spanish, but in reality spoke a language called Mixteco.

Wednesday, 10 February 2016 08:34

When Sin Looks Delicious

Written by Tim Challies

Have you ever had those days where you just want to sin? Sin looks delicious while righteousness looks distasteful. Sin looks satisfying and holiness looks frustrating. You wake up in the morning with a desire to do what you know you should not desire to do. Your heart echoes with what God said to Cain: “Sin is crouching at the door. Its desire is for you.” And your desire is for it.

 

What do you do on a day like that?

Adrienne, how long have you and Webb been married? What are your fondest memories of your wedding and the days leading up to it?
We were married on March 14, 2015 at Saint James United Methodist Church with Pastor Allen Newton officiating. The memories from that day are vast, but I think Webb and myself have a few that truly stand out. In the days leading up to the wedding there was such an outpouring of love and support from both families.

Friday, 01 January 2016 11:00

Inspiration for Your 2016 Wedding

Written by Mary Sanders, Mary Me Brides

I simply adore weddings.  Every year as I sit down to think about the wedding trends for the year ahead, I cannot believe it’s my job to partner with brides and help them plan their special day.  It is just one day, but it’s so much more too! 

Friday, 01 January 2016 10:41

Preparing for Happily Ever After

Written by Lisa Conn

You’re engaged to be married!  The big day is approaching--with many details to plan--the venue, the flowers, cakes, and much more.  However, after all the preparation for the big day, what happens after the wedding day?  In a room of ten couples, 4-5 will end their marriage in divorce (American Psychological Association, Wikipedia).  How can you prepare for happily ever after before the big day? 

Wednesday, 02 December 2015 14:08

Flatline Movement

Written by Laura Bell

Changing the Lives of Teens...Empowering Them to Be the Change Our City Needs


Romans 6:11 “In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus.”

Rosa, speaking with her best friend, laments: “Sometime in early December I begin to feel it – seasonal insanity! Too much expense. Too many parties. Too much food. Too commercial. Too exhausting. This month I feel little joy but large stress. Is this really what the Christmas holidays are all about?” she asks.

Monday, 09 November 2015 15:35

Iron Men Outdoor Ministries, Inc.

Written by Laura Bell

In obedience to the mandate of Jesus given in Matthew 28:19:

 

Make disciples of all nations,” Iron Men Outdoor Ministries commits to the mission of being living examples of and to act upon the seven virtues of their ministry: love, mercy, justice, honesty, faithfulness, integrity, charity, as well as the irrevocable guiding premise of the ministry that the Bible is the inspired word of God and the sole authority for faith, life, and moral guidance. Also the belief that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and the only source of salvation given to man by our Father God in heaven for those who believe. With all this in mind, they therefore commit themselves to compassionately reach out and bless those in need, particularly those who are handicapped, children in need, the impoverished, and the abandoned.

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