Pastor's Perspective
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: 


What would you consider one of the most dangerous and destructive heresies on earth? A false teaching about Jesus or the Bible? Maybe. A wrong idea concerning the church? Possibly. But the one I’m thinking about is not so in-your-face and obvious. It is very subtle and attractive. For a long, long time it’s been the favorite of many religious people. It is a philosophy found in numerous self-help books, many poems and novels, and most rags-to-riches biographies. It is a recurring theme in political speeches and graduation addresses. It flourishes in our schools. It feeds our pride, it fuels our self-centeredness, it pleases our sinful nature. Any guesses?

Monday, 08 April 2013 09:55

Learning to Feed Yourself

Written by Allen Newton


Parenting is quite an adventure and the Lord teaches me a lot through our children.  Every morning we get up before daylight to feed our five month old a bottle of formula. Typically I will hold his bottle while he eats. This week, he reached up to actually hold the bottle with his own two hands. This step was a small but important milestone on his journey to care for himself and it gave me great joy to see!

Wednesday, 06 March 2013 14:17

The Need for Intimacy

Written by Andy Hepburn


What do people really need? In working with people and searching the Scriptures for the past 42 years, I’ve learned that humans are looking for something. Perhaps this something is not what you might expect.  If high priced commercials and the various forms of immorality that are made available throughout the electronic world and especially America are indicative, you might think what people are looking for is a neurotic pleasure. This is what the world is selling, but is it what we really desire?  I believe what we desire is described in Josh McDowell’s blog title, “Searching for Intimacy.”

Friday, 08 February 2013 14:57

Avoiding “Someday” Syndrome

Written by John Schmidt


“Death is more universal than life; everyone dies but not everyone lives.”

Alan Sachs


The “Someday” Syndrome is a spiritual malady that causes us to settle for comfort and safety rather than God’s purpose for our lives. People of all ages and backgrounds suffer from this syndrome and it can be contagious. It is fairly easy to spot “Someday” Syndrome in others, but we often fail to diagnose this problem in ourselves.  A quick way to tell if you have it is to evaluate your responses to the following statements:

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