Hobbies and Idols

September in Alabama means two things: 1) Roll Tide & 2) War Eagle (not necessarily in that order – calm down Auburn faithful).  Literally millions of players, coaches, fans, and broadcasters from little league all the way up to the pros will be glued to the gridiron for the next few months.  We love our… [Read More]

The Divine Healer

You may have noticed that we’ve been praying for our sick.  That’s nothing new.  We always pray for the sick.  Every bulletin and email update has a prayer list.  We mention the sick at every service.  They are in our personal prayers at home.  A prayer for the sick is both a compassionate appeal and… [Read More]

Mistaken Identity

She was in a big hurry.  She was running late for work already and now she was stuck behind the slowest moving vehicle on the road.  Lost in her angry thoughts, she even barely noticed when the car in front of her put on the brakes to slow down for a yellow light.  Enraged that… [Read More]

Parenting for Success

In just seven years, King Solomon constructed an impressive dwelling place for the Lord in Jerusalem.  History credits the king for this great accomplishment; it was the crowning achievement of his reign.  But what many people do not realize is that Solomon could not have built the temple without the help of a supportive father…. [Read More]

The Urgency of Now

In one of his majestic speeches, Martin Luther King Jr. began with these words, “We have…come to this hallowed spot to remind America of the fierce urgency of now.”  As far as King was concerned, there was not a moment to lose.  Injustices had been suffered by minorities in America for too long.  The Civil… [Read More]

Bringing in the Sheaves

“Those who sow in tears shall reap with shouts of joy! He who goes out weeping, bearing the seed for sowing, shall come home with shouts of joy, bringing his sheaves with him.” (Ps. 126:5-6) The above psalm was written during a period of hindsight, after the Jews had survived a seventy-year Babylonian captivity and… [Read More]

Be of Good Cheer

The King James translation of the Bible uses the phrase “be of good cheer” to translate one of the commands of the Lord. “Cheer” comes from a Middle English word meaning “mood,” so the phrase basically means, “be in a good mood.”  It is translated “take courage” and “take heart” in other translations.  Jesus used… [Read More]

What the World Needs

According to John Eldredge, writer Gil Bailie was once given the following advice by a mentor: “Don’t ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive, and go do that, because what the world needs is people who have come alive.”  This is good advice, not only because it is true,… [Read More]

Praying During an Illness

Prayer lists and remembering the sick in our petitions to the Lord are time-honored traditions in the church.  Not only that, these are biblical practices.  James writes, Is anyone among you sick?  Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of… [Read More]

Side Effects

Got a headache?  Just grab some Ibuprofen and you’ll be fine!  That is, unless you are unfortunate enough to experience some of the side effects of Ibuprofen pills.  Side effects of this simple pain killer include rash, dizziness, nausea, heartburn, stomach cramps, ringing ears, indigestion, loss of appetite, nervousness, depression, numbness in the hands &… [Read More]