Pastor's Perspective

I have a six year old daughter who has the gift of gab. The problem is that if you listen carefully to all she says you’ll notice pretty quickly that not everything is truthful. It’s not that she intends to deceive you, but her rapid fire narration sometimes jumps track for a moment into the realm of speculation and exaggeration. She’s a good girl who loves Jesus and others, but she’s human, and unfortunately her little flaw is all too common.

Tuesday, 06 March 2012 16:35

Living a Life Worthy of the Gospel

Written by Tony McCollough

It happens to the best of us! In fact, it happens to all of us! What happens you say? Our performance never quite lives up to our profession of faith. All of us are aware of this when it comes to making our commitments for the Lenten season. Some are like the apostle Peter and make professions that we will follow Jesus unto death and then before the proverbial cock crows, like Peter, we deny Christ in our hearts and with our actions. We make a public profession of our faith, but every day we slip up and deny our Lord. We almost despair at the thought of a life to match our faith.

Monday, 06 February 2012 19:03

Praying for the Next Generation

Written by Kyle Searcy

1 Give the king thy judgments, O God, And thy righteousness unto the king’s son. 2 He will judge thy people with righteousness, And thy poor with justice. 3 The mountains shall bring peace to the people, And the hills, in righteousness. 4 He will judge the poor of the people, He will save the children of the needy, And will break in pieces the oppressor. 5 They shall fear thee while the sun endureth, And so long as the moon, throughout all generations. 6 He will come down like rain upon the mown grass, As showers that water the earth. 7 In his days shall the righteous flourish, And abundance of peace, till the moon be no more. 8 He shall have dominion also from sea to sea, And from the River unto the ends of the earth. 9 They that dwell in the wilderness shall bow before him; And his enemies shall lick the dust. 10 The kings of Tarshish and of the isles shall render tribute: The kings of Sheba and Seba shall offer gifts. 11 Yea, all kings shall fall down before him; All nations shall serve him. 12 For he will deliver the needy when he crieth, And the poor, that hath no helper. 13 He will have pity on the poor and needy, And the souls of the needy he will save. 14 He will redeem their soul from oppression and violence; And precious will their blood be in his sight: 15 And they shall live; and to him shall be given of the gold of Sheba: And men shall pray for him continually; They shall bless him all the day long. 16 There shall be abundance of grain in the earth upon the top of the mountains; The fruit thereof shall shake like Lebanon: And they of the city shall flourish like grass of the earth. Psalm 72:1-16

Wednesday, 04 January 2012 12:51

Bend the Knee

Written by Keith Waldrop

I believe the church is prayer-anemic and is in need of a serious infusion of dependency upon God. The scripture teaches that God is attracted to our weakness. Are you powerless? If you are, then the Lord invites you to place your trust completely in Him. “The great tragedy of life is not unanswered prayer, but unoffered prayer.” (F. B. Meyer)

Can you imagine wearing the sandals of Joseph, the husband of Mary, the mother of Jesus? He thinks he’s marrying a nice Jewish girl only to find out she’s “with child” without him. Endeavoring to do the right thing and not make a scene, but divorce her quietly, he’s visited by an angel who tells him to rethink that decision and proceed with the nuptials. Mary’s child, the angel announces, was conceived by the Holy Spirit. Is Joseph’s head swimming yet? Furthermore, this child is to be named Jesus “because He will save His people from their sins.” And most dads just hope their sons will save dad from lean retirement years!

Sunday, 06 November 2011 19:00

iWonder

Written by Pastor Allen Newton, Saint James UMC

A teacher asked her students to list on a sheet of paper the present Seven Wonders of the World. While gathering the votes, the teacher noted that one student had not turned in her paper yet. She asked the girl if she was having trouble with her list. The girl replied, “Yes, a little. I couldn’t quite make up my mind because there were so many.” The teacher said, “Well, tell us what you have, and maybe we can help.” The girl hesitated, then read, “I think the Seven Wonders of the World are to see, to hear, to touch, to taste, to feel, to laugh, and to love.

Wednesday, 05 October 2011 19:05

Pastor’s Perspective

Written by Mike Chitwood, Cloverdale Baptist Church

The word “peace” may be a strange word to our culture, and even to us. The world we live in is certainly going through some troubling times. You as an individual may ask yourself, “What on earth can I do to make the world a more harmonious place?” Let me encourage you to begin with yourself. After all we have more control over our own behavior than we do anyone or anything else. By changing ourselves we can be an example to our community that we have a choice in how we respond to the chaos around us. In time this can inspire others to make the positive changes they may need to in their own attitudes.

Thursday, 01 September 2011 17:51

Don’t Be a Phony

Written by Dr. Rob Couch

I managed to go through all of high school, earn a degree in English Literature from Auburn University, and complete seminary at Emory University without ever having read The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger. About ten years ago I decided to discover why so many have made such a fuss about this book, and I went down to the local bookstore and purchased a copy. Unfortunately, after reading it, I was underwhelmed. The book is basically about a young man named Holden Caulfield who goes about his life complaining about everything and everybody. The number one thing Holden Caulfield complains about, however, has stuck with me. In what seemed like every other sentence Holden Caulfield calls someone a “phony.”

Friday, 05 August 2011 12:03

No Free Lunch?

Written by Scotty Harris, Grace Pointe Church

“No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.” – Hebrews 12:11, NIV

Thursday, 07 July 2011 07:16

Is Jesus Your Top Priority?

Written by Dr. Jim Simoneau

On the fourth of July we are reminded of the founding fathers and the dream that God used to bring America to life. If you have read much about the founding fathers, you will realize that many of them made great sacrifices to found this nation. Some lost their fortunes, their families, even their own lives to help us be in a free Christian nation. Christian liberty was worth living for and dying for to them.

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