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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. 

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?

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