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Monday, 01 October 2018 14:29

Prescription for Shame

One look.


One word.


That’s all it takes to know someone else knows. One nanosecond for shame to envelop your soul like a smothering blanket.


I felt that way. I was in a rush and not paying attention. Hoping to catch the next city bus in less than ten minutes, I cruised my shopping cart into the nearest check-out and tossed my items on the conveyer belt. Fifteen items maybe? I looked up to feel the burning glare of the clerk.

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When a family member is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or dementia, it can be a devastating blow to their friends and loved ones. The pain of memory loss and personality changes, coupled with questions of long-term care, can cause feelings of fear and hopelessness. One ministry in the River Region, The Respite Ministry, is ready to help, and their mission is clear: to provide love, education, and support to all families living with Alzheimer’s and dementia.

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Thursday, 16 August 2018 16:41

Damaged Souls...And the Kindness of Jesus


I love how Jesus related to damaged, condemned people.


Don’t you?


A woman sins against God and is caught in the act of adultery. She wrecks a home. She brings shame upon herself and her community. Pious men take her shame public. “Lawbreakers must not be tolerated,” they think. “She must be condemned for her behavior, cast out for her infidelities, shamed for her shameful act. She must be made into an example.”

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Thursday, 12 July 2018 11:39

Why Should I Go to Church?

It’s Saturday night. If you don’t usually attend a church service on the weekend, you may be thinking, Why even bother going to church this Sunday?I don’t know or like any of those people. What would I get out of spending two hours sitting in a pew? Wouldn’t I be better off watching the game with friends, helping someone in need, or advocating for a cause?

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Forest Park Ministry Center is an outreach of Montgomery Baptist Association’s Compassion Ministries, which has been in existence for around fifty years. “Compassion Ministries began in 1968 when Miss Gladys Farmer, a missionary, was called to Montgomery for the purpose of leading community ministry. The Montgomery Baptist Association recognized the need for its member churches to become not only aware of the needs surrounding them, but to engage people outside the walls of the church who need to know the hope of Jesus Christ and the life change a relationship with Him will bring,” said director Donna McCullough. “Today, Rev. Neal Hughes is the Director of Missions and Mrs. Lisa Rose is the Director of Compassion Ministries, which encompasses Forest Park Ministry, Samaritan Inn Ministries, Conversational English, Mixtec Task Force, and a partnership with Foster Care.”

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Monday, 18 June 2018 10:53

Reality & Truth Ministries

“I’ve witnessed first hand how God can reach into your personal moment of need, whether it be a need for understanding, or a physical, emotional, or spiritual need, and speak Truth that is applicable to you personally. We all need life spoken into us, whether we are poor, rich, educated, uneducated, skilled, unskilled, healthy, unhealthy, happy or sad. I love receiving this from the Lord, and I desire all to receive the same.”

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As a young mom, I thought Mother’s Day should be all about me.  Surely I deserved recognition for my never-ending sacrifices as a mom and stepmom to five children, right?  However, after driving away from my parents’ home recently with tears spilling down my cheeks, I sensed God asking me to honor my mom with the time we have left. Unable to deny that Alzheimer’s is consuming Mom’s every fiber, Mother’s Day carries an overwhelming sadness, as she no longer knows me as her daughter.

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Teaching your kids can feel daunting. But teaching your kids about God can feel downright terrifying.


Some feel overwhelmed with time issues. They just don’t see how they can fit something else into their day. Others may not feel as if they have adequate theological training. They feel uncomfortable instructing their kids beyond, “Jesus loves you.”

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From Montgomery, Alabama to 1,300 miles across the ocean in the nation of Haiti, Children’s Hope has been changing children’s lives for the past eight years. Their mission is caring for children, strengthening families, and serving communities in Jesus’ name, and they faithfully carry out this mission every day.

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The most important need for someone going through a hard or life-changing time in his or her life is to know, without a doubt, that they are not alone. For women or couples facing an unexpected pregnancy, First Choice Women’s Medical Center of Montgomery gives the comfort and assurance that is so critical during this time. According to their mission statement, First Choice provides “Christ-centered medical, parenting, and life-skill services to extend help, offer hope, and promote healing.”

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