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Pastor's Perspective

I may be in a small group of people who love Mondays, but I love Mondays!  I’m so energized from the weekend and I’m ready to start another week of conquering whatever is in front of me.  It’s probably because I like being busy!  Busyness makes me feel like I’m accomplishing something.  I feel fulfilled when I’m busy.  I probably feel that way for a few different reasons.  I’ve told myself things like, “The more I do, the more I succeed” or “busyness produces results”.  I’ve quickly found out that those things aren’t necessarily true, nor healthy. 

Monday, 03 April 2017 14:36

Probaton Scubalon

Written by Tony Butler

John 10:15  “As the Father knows Me, even so I know the Father; and I lay down My life for the sheep.”

 

If you look up the Greek word for sheep you will see the word “probaton”. Sheep, especially lambs, are cute animals. We love to see paintings of sheep/lambs in the arms of the Good Shepherd Jesus and imagine ourselves as one of His little loved ones safely resting in His bosom. Surrounding Jesus in the paintings are clean adoring sheep that are being gently led to still waters and green pastures. How we love the ideal.

Friday, 10 March 2017 08:09

An Empty Tomb Means Full Forgiveness

Written by Scotty Harris

A fellow once said to me, “Don’t just tell me that Jesus rose from the grave; tell me why that should matter to me!” I saw his point and began, as best I could, to spell out at least some of the world-shaking implications of the words from the Gospel, “The Lord is risen” (Luke 24:34).

Monday, 30 January 2017 07:34

The Only Love That Endures Forever

Written by Grady Smith

Have you been to a wedding recently and noticed the faces of the couple?  I love the way they beam with delight experiencing the height of the feeling of love.  Yet, in that very emotional moment, when I officiate weddings, I remind us all that we cannot relegate love to being only an emotional feeling that comes and goes.  In reality, love is not simply a feeling, though it does have an emotional component.  Love is something that also is demonstrated by action. 

Thursday, 05 January 2017 12:13

6 Principles for a Happy and Lasting Marriage

Written by Dr. Travis Coleman

Last month during our Children’s Choir Christmas program the first grade through the sixth grade choirs presented, “Arrest Ye Merry Gentlemen.” It was a Christmas musical that used all the events surrounding the birth of our Savior to convince skeptics in Bethlehem of Jesus’ arrival. It was cute and our children did a wonderful job with the drama and music. When I stood to close out the service, I drew attention to the children that played Mary and Joseph. I told them that Mrs. Coleman and I were Mary and Joseph in our Christmas program as teenagers and look, we got married. I kidded them that the same thing could happen to them in real life too. The little boy who played Joseph was emphatically shaking his head “no.” We all laughed. By the way, we were King and Queen at the Sweetheart Banquet as well.

Monday, 05 December 2016 07:11

The Wonderful Gift of God and His Presence

Written by Tom Gaylord

Jesus told his disciples, “I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So, don’t be troubled or afraid.”

John 14:27 (NLT)

Saturday, 05 November 2016 06:55

Never Alone

Written by Dr. Teman Knight

Several prominent pastors have stepped down from their pastorates over the past few months citing burnout and depression. No matter the size of their church, all pastors must deal with stress and difficult situations. Having been a pastor for 32 years, I know that sometimes you feel alone, overwhelmed, isolated and inadequate. We can end up feeling like Elijah under the juniper tree—like we are the only servant God has left.

Wednesday, 05 October 2016 11:53

The Most Important Win

Written by Dr. Larry Bryars

Autumn has always been my favorite season.  There are many reasons…the weather gets cooler, the leaves are changing, and it’s football season.  Already some of my favorite teams have won and lost, and we have only just begun.  

Thursday, 01 September 2016 06:58

7 Steps to Renewing Your Mind

Written by Bishop Kyle Searcy

The human brain fascinates me. Its computing power is truly remarkable. Just one brain generates more energy (electrical impulses) in one day than all the cell phones on the planet. 

Monday, 08 August 2016 11:36

The Only Hope for America

Written by Daniel Atkins

As a father of three kids, I often catch myself worry-ing about the kind of world my kids are growing up in.  We are seeing our nation collapse on itself.  Morally, spiritually, and economically, our nation is in a mess. People are being murdered in our streets and the racial and political divide is wors-ening by the day.

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