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Monday, 03 March 2014 13:55

The Key to Life

Written by Teman Knight, Heritage Baptist Church

Life is about relationships, and these relationships are the framework of our lives. God created us to have a relationship with Him. Our relationship with God must be the priority of our lives. Relationships in marriage, family, church, school, the work place, and our community serve as the platform for glorifying God and for serving others. Jesus reminded us that the key to good relationships is love.

Love is certainly one of our favorite subjects, isn’t it?  The ideal of love compels us toward others, and early in our adult lives, it sets us on a quest for our “soul mate.”  It draws us to books and movies where we can experience both the beautiful depths and painful nuances that come with imperfect people striving to attain perfect love.  Even among the heroes that inspire us, we find that their greatest displays of valor are most often spawned by their loving devotion to another.

As a child growing up, I was afraid of closed spaces.  Any place that made me feel claustrophobic with no way out frightened me greatly.  I carried this fear within me, not willing to share it with anyone.

In the year 1247, the Roman Catholic Church built a hospital in England which was named St. Mary’s of Bethlehem.  It was a good hospital by the standards of the time, and within two generations it had gained considerable prominence as being one of the few hospitals in Europe where the mentally ill were treated like sick human beings instead of like animals.  

Wednesday, 06 November 2013 13:57

Get in the Back Seat!

Written by Keith Waldrop, Christ Community Church

Have you ever noticed how we all long to be in the front seat, to be in the best seat of the house?  It is just our nature to desire to be in control, but Jesus invites us to humble ourselves, to be the last of all and servants of all.


Hertz had a jingle several years ago that said, “Let Hertz put you in the driver’s seat today.”  When we read the Gospel of Luke, I see that Jesus had something to say about best seats… 

Friday, 04 October 2013 15:16

Before and After Pictures

Written by Buddy Bell, Landmark Church

I love before and after pictures. Whether it is for a diet program or a work out supplement, it is a great way to advertise a product.  It is an even better way to advertise the good news of Jesus.  I would love to be an after picture for Jesus!  Wouldn’t you?

When talking to people around Montgomery, all eyes seem to be on the homicide count for 2013. Will we exceed the 2007 total of 46? Will we break the 1975 record of 58? At the current rate of 37, those old marks are in plain sight! The number of homicides is particularly troublesome to me on several levels. First, it is simply horrific that lives are being taken for senseless reasons! Second, as I have looked at the mug shots of those who committed the murders, the only thing that visibly separates me from them are the orange suits. Most of the killers are young, black men from 18 to 40 years old. Third, these egregious offenses leave behind more victims than just the person who lost his/her life. They also leave behind mothers, children, siblings, and friends who deal with a range of emotions from hopelessness to fierce anger. Finally, apart from the grace of God, the murderer’s life is certainly an uphill battle. Will he ever get out of jail? Will he ever become a doctor, a pastor, a teacher, or a functioning father? The odds are definitely not in his favor!



I have been married 36 years this month, and I have noticed that the ideas and concept concerning marriage is vastly different than it was on our wedding day in 1977.  I was reading the annual “State of our Unions” report which verified what I have been sensing.

When Jesus started His earthly ministry He began to proclaim that the kingdom of heaven was at hand. He clarified that the kingdom of God was within man, which baffled those living at that time and added a sense of urgency in understanding its importance to mankind.

Thursday, 06 June 2013 12:04

Have You Heard From God Lately?

Written by The Rev. Rusty DeMoss

All of us who follow Jesus and are in love with Him long to hear His voice.  He promised, “My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me” (St. John 10:27).  Many times we wonder how can we hear the voice of God?  The answer lies in an obscure passage from one of the Minor Prophets in the Old Testament, the Book of Habakkuk: 

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