The Latest Word — Weekly Blog

The Latest Word from John Ed Mathison

What’s Your Word?

Posted on August 14

I perceive that a defining characteristic of modern life in the United States is the loss of control over our tongues and our words posted on social media. Our words have become toxic. There is no filter on what people are saying. Our words are leading to cutting people down rather than building them up. Our words are leading to darkness and death rather than to light and life!

Posted in Inspirational

A picture Robert F Smith delivering his commencement speech during graduation ceremony at Morehouse College in 2019

Blessed to be a Blessing

Posted on August 7

We in America have been greatly blessed. We enjoy so many freedoms, financial successes, religious opportunities, natural resources—the list goes on and on. By any metric, we are extremely blessed. It becomes easy to take our blessings for granted.

Posted in Inspirational

The Latest Word from John Ed Mathison

What If?

Posted on July 31

The Billion Soul Initiative, of which I’ve been a part since its inception 15 years ago, recently held a teaching hub in Nepal to train pastors. There is rapid growth of the Christian faith in Nepal. Over 200 pastors from Nepal attended. The teaching hub was so effective that now there are 7 teaching hubs! One pastor from Dolpa, whose elevation is 15,000 feet, the highest altitude of any human settlement in the world, wanted... more »

Posted in Inspirational

The Latest Word from John Ed Mathison

Moon Olympics

Posted on July 24

A wise man once told me, “Do the things that God created you to do – and avoid the things that God instructed you not to do.” That’s good wisdom. We get in deep trouble when we don’t follow it. It happened to Charlie Duke, one of the astronauts on Apollo 16. Apollo 16 was launched 3 years after Neil Armstrong touched the moon. It was the fifth mission to land men on the moon... more »

Posted in Inspirational

The Latest Word from John Ed Mathison

Moon Walking

Posted on July 17

During the 1960s President John F. Kennedy shared with the world his dream that the United States would put a man on the moon by the end of the decade. That was a bold vision. Many people laughed at him, and told him how impossible that would be. But he kept that “impossible” vision in front of the American people. That’s what leaders do! About that time, there was a boy graduating from high school... more »

Posted in Inspirational

The Latest Word from John Ed Mathison

Lest We Forget – Our Hope – Part 3 of 3

Posted on July 10

Be careful – lest we forget – Our HOPE. We hear many suggestions where we ought to place our hope to have a future as a nation. Our ultimate hope for the future must never rest primarily in our economic success, military power, political strength, or educational systems, etc – but in our trust in God! I believe in a strong military and the latest equipment and training for all of our military persons, but... more »

Posted in Inspirational

The Latest Word from John Ed Mathison

Lest We Forget – Our Heroes – Part 2 of 3

Posted on July 3

This week we focus on lest we forget – our Heroes. Micah reminds us that God always raised up heroes to bring deliverance. He writes, “I delivered you from a bad life in Egypt. I sent Moses to lead you, and Aaron, and Miriam to boot. Remember what Balik, king of Moab, tried to pull and how Balim, son of Beor turned the tables on him? Keep all God’s salvation stories fresh and present.” (Micah... more »

Posted in Inspirational

The Latest Word from John Ed Mathison

Lest We Forget – Our Heritage Part 1 of 3

Posted on June 26

It’s easy to forget when God removes us from a very tough situation and allows us to live with many, many blessings. When we’re on our backs, we cry out for help. When we stand tall on our feet, we tend to forget who it is that put us there. We need to remember that turtle sitting on a fence post – he didn’t get there by himself! Don’t forget. God’s people were reminded early... more »

Posted in Inspirational

The Latest Word from John Ed Mathison

What Do You Make?

Posted on June 19

At a 30th high school reunion people were bragging about how much they had accomplished. The most discussion came around the question, “What do you make?” Most shared (bragged about) their financial success. Some had been very successful. When they came to a teacher, they asked, “What do you make?” He had the best answer of all. He said, “I make a difference.” Making a difference in life is the biggest and best paycheck anybody... more »

Posted in Inspirational

The Latest Word from John Ed Mathison

Are You In That Number?

Posted on June 12

I was invited to speak at the Ozark area Chamber of Commerce membership banquet at the Ozark Civic Center. The Ozark newspaper reported that “The guest speak is St. John Ed Mathison, Senior Pastor of Frazer Memorial United Methodist Church in Montgomery.” Wow! That’s some typographical error. I got several copies of the paper, and shared it with my friends. They really laughed! My wife was the most amused! I had a small electric hot... more »

Posted in Inspirational

The Latest Word — Weekly Blog

Satisfying Your Soul's Thirst For More — Books & Devotionals

John Ed's book "Quotient Quizzes: What's Your Score?"
John Ed Mathison's book Change Change! How to Creatively Cope with Change
John Ed Mathison's book Transformed Living in Tough Times
John Ed Mathison's book When God Redefines the Possible
John Ed Mathison's book Every Member in Ministry
Read More
READ

Check out our Weekly Blog or you can sign up for our Daily Devotional email.

LISTEN

Tune-in to our Daily 1-Minute Radio Message to begin your day!

WATCH

Don't miss our Weekly Video Message from John Ed on "Got A Minute".