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Do You Know Who You Are?

This month’s Pastor’s Perspective is delivered by Dr. Chris Montgomery, Frazer Memorial UMC There was nothing wrong with the armor. In fact, it was probably the best armor in Israel. It was most likely made with the finest of materials. It was undoubtedly fashioned with precision since it was for the most important man in […]


CHRISTMAS: The Fairytale That Must Be True

Have you ever stopped, just for a second, and considered the far-fetched claims of Christianity at Christmas time? During this particular holiday, Christians all over the world—millions and millions of them—pause to contemplate a first-century middle eastern infant, mothered by a teenage girl who had never been with a man, born dirt poor and from […]


Thanksgiving Gives Us Eyes for God

When I was 8 years old, I had an eye exam. As I tried to make out the letters on the chart, I got so many wrong that the doctor thought I was joking. But this was no joke; I was very nearsighted. A week later, when I got my first pair of glasses, I […]


“Unbusy Yourself”

This month’s Pastor’s Perspective is delivered by Dr. Peyton Hill, First Baptist Church of Prattville Every. Single. Day. The calendar fills with meetings, events, and tasks. Every. Single. Day. The people around me are vying for my attention. The phone never stops. Ask anyone how they’re doing. “We’re fine, just busy.” It seems that the […]

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Everything Is Better When Jesus Comes First

Tolkien’s character Gollum obsessively chased and clung to the Ring of Power, which he affectionately called his “Precious,” because he believed it would meet his every need if only he could only hold on to it. The longer that ring remained in his grasp, the more poisoned his soul. Like every idol, like every person […]


“We Are More Than Conquerors”

This month’s Pastor’s Perspective is delivered by Michael Cobb, Dalraida United Methodist Church For seven years, they were untouch­able: twenty battles won, seven kings conquered, and 25,000 miles of choice property were claimed. They had seven years of tremendous success. They were outnumbered but never overpowered. They were under-equipped but never overwhelmed. They were the […]


When You Feel Damaged, Invisible, Irrelevant and Ashamed

One day, a friend named Jane sent me the following email: Dear Scott, Can I be honest with you? Can I share with you about some of the demons that haunt me? It feels risky to say these sorts of things to my pastor, but here goes… I doubt my love for Jesus, sometimes I […]


Times of Refreshing

This month’s Pastor’s Perspective is delivered by Pastor’s Perspective by Matt Albritton, First UMC Wetumpka On Sunday, February 6, 1763, John Wesley wrote in his journal: “Knowing many were greatly tempted on occasion of these occurrences, I preached on 1 Corinthians 10:13, ‘God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you […]


Hope for Busted Up Sinners like Me

For honest Christians (should there be any other kind?),becoming like Jesus Christ—or what Scripture callssanctification— is often ananticlimactic process. No matter how much better we become over time, no matter how much more loving, joyful, peaceful, patient, kind, good, faithful, gentle, and self-controlled we are this year compared to last year (Galatians 5:22-23), we never […]


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Perfect Prayers For You

This month’s Pastor’s Perspective is delivered by Grady Smith, Head Pastor of Gateway Baptist Church What difference has it made in your life when someone has prayed for you? Have you ever been struggling with a sin, and had a fellow church member stop, encourage you, and pray for strength for you? Have you ever been […]