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Psalm 90:1 Moses states,“throughout all generations you (God), have been our home.”

One of the reasons why my wife, Christina, and I love Easter is that she gets to end her Lenten Facebook fast, and we get to see all of our friends and their children looking happy and good in their new Easter clothes. It makes us smile. If you are hesitant to post your family Easter pic to Facebook, don’t be. Everybody loves it.

Rev. Roger Olsen is the pastor of Cedarwood Community Church in Wetumpka, Alabama.  Rev. Olsen is also the Resource Development Coordinator for the Alabama Council on Compulsive Gambling. March is Problem Gambling Awareness Month and we took the opportunity to sit down with the Pastor for a conversation.

It’s been noted that “a lot of people have great weddings, but not everyone has a great marriage.”

The Apostle Paul tells us that in Christ we are new creatures and everything has become new (2 Cor. 5:17). Revelation tells us that God’s ultimate plan is to make “all things new” (Rev. 21:5). God’s love for renewal is seen even in Isaiah as we are told God is about to do a “new thing” (43:19). The good news for us beginning a new year is that our creator loves to make things new! No matter what happened in 2014, not matter where we may find ourselves as we wake up in 2015, God is ready and prepared to make all things new.

Thursday, 04 December 2014 07:51

More Than Meets the Eye

Written by Buddy Bell, Landmark Church

An older couple walked into the office of the President of Harvard University.  They were not well dressed and their appearance was haggard.  The President’s secretary greeted them.  The man said, “We would like to see the President.”  The secretary explained he was very busy and not available and offered to help. “We’ll wait,” he replied. They waited all day.  Finally, late in the afternoon the secretary went to the President and begged him to see the couple, “to get them out of our hair.”  He walked out of his office and asked what they wanted.  They said, “Our son came to Harvard and loved it.  He was killed in a terrible accident.  We would like to build a memorial, a building, in his honor.”  The President looked at them and shook his head and said, “You don’t know what you are getting into.  We have over 7.5 million dollars of physical plant here at Harvard! I’m sorry, but I don’t think you can help.”  The couple walked out of the building.  The husband looked at his wife and said, “Is that all it takes to start a University?  Let’s start one of our own.” He headed back to Palo Alto, California and established a university in honor of the son Harvard never cared about--Leland Stanford University.  This story teaches a simple rule in life- there always is more than meets the eye!

“I always thank my God for you because of His grace given you in Christ Jesus. For in Him you have been enriched in every way…”(1 Corinthians 1:4-5, NIV)


He is known as the “Prince of Preachers.” Charles Haddon Spurgeon was the pastor of the Metropolitan Tabernacle in London, England where he regularly preached to over 10,000 people. The following is a quote from a sermon he preached on April 5, 1891. He said,




Remember Rocky Balboa? Here are some facts you might not know...


The entire Rocky series was the most successful sports movie franchise of all-time. The series was the recipient of three Oscars, while winning best picture.  With a production budget of $1.1 million, it grossed $225 million.  Rocky was filmed in a record twenty-eight days.  Sylvester Stallone wrote the script by hand in 3 1/2 days.



When I was a boy, my dad used to tell me that when he wasn’t around the house, I had to “be the man.” That sounded really important so I loved it when he spoke those words. But things never really changed…I didn’t get to boss my Mom around. I didn’t get to make the rules. What my dad was really saying was, “Behave for your mother and watch out for your siblings.” The truth is that manhood is a lot more than just bossing somebody around. The world espoused some odd definitions of manhood…like “men get in touch with your sensitive side” and “real men don’t eat quiche.” Hopefully neither of these statements declares your manhood. So what do I mean by “Man Up?”


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