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Let’s Pray!

Posted on January 11

Let’s Pray! On Monday, January 2, 2023, one of the most important NFL games of the year was just ten minutes into the first quarter. The outcome of this game between the Buffalo Bills and Cincinnati Bengals would influence the playoff status of several teams. An unexpected thing happened. Buffalo Bills safety, Damar Hamlin, tackled Bengals Tee Higgins. Damar got up, took a couple of steps, and then collapsed on the field because of cardiac... more »

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Posted on January 4

ESPN loves Montgomery. While a lot of different cities would like to have a bowl game, Montgomery has two! We just completed the Camellia Bowl on Tuesday, December 27, 2022. I serve on the River Region Sports Commission. This group initiates and promotes sporting events throughout the River Region. Our key person is Johnny Williams, who has a great relationship with ESPN. The chairman of the commission is Dr. Karl Stegall. The Camellia Bowl featured... more »

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2023—Frustration or Fulfillment

Posted on December 28

2023—Frustration or Fulfillment 2023 could be one of the best or one of the worst years of your life. Satan is determined to make it a year of frustration—God offers a plan to make it a year of fulfillment. The choice is yours. Paul wrote in Ephesians 1:17-19 an action plan that can help you and me make it one of the best years ever. If we receive and practice this plan, God has unbelievable... more »

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An Unexpected–But Perfect Ending!

Posted on December 21

An Unexpected–But Perfect Ending! A very creative children’s Sunday School teacher asked her class to write and act out their own version of the Christmas story. It had some traditional parts, but a very unexpected ending. There were familiar members of the cast—Joseph, the shepherds, the star, the wise men, the animals, and the angels. But Mary was nowhere to be seen. Suddenly, from behind some bales of hay, they could hear the moaning and... more »

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How Do You Measure Christmas?

Posted on December 14

How Do You Measure Christmas? How can you measure the impact of Christmas on the world? How do you measure the fact that the birth of Jesus placed history into two categories—BC and AD? How do you measure the fact that civilization has continued because of the birth of the Prince of Peace? How do you measure the impact of Christmas? A dignitary from a large country in Europe was visiting the United States on... more »

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Mountain Tops and Valleys

Posted on December 7

Mountain Tops and Valleys Sometimes in life we feel like we are living on a mountaintop. Other times, we feel like we are in the valley. Paul said that we ought to be thankful in all situations of life. (Ephesians 5:20; I Thessalonians 5:18) One of the best examples of this is Coach Jimmy Perry. About thirty years ago, he was one of the top weightlifters in the state and was a runner up to... more »

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A Thankful Heart

Posted on November 30

A Thankful Heart A thankful heart determines the kind of attitude we have in life, the kind of disposition we display every day, the kind of expressions we have on our face, and represents the kind of faith that we have. A thankful heart is extremely important. One of the greatest men who ever lived was Dr. Billy Graham. He preached to more people and saw more people come to Christ than anybody in modern... more »

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I Am Thankful

Posted on November 23

I Am Thankful Someone shared with me a list of some things, and I added others, for which I can be thankful: For the wife who says it’s hot dogs tonight,      because it means that she is at home and not out somewhere else. For the husband who is on the sofa being a couch potato,      because it means that he is home and not out at the bars. For the teenagers who are complaining... more »

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Who Really Won?

Posted on November 16

Who Really Won? College football has become big business. The introduction of the NIL-Name Image Likeness—has made it possible for players to get paid huge amounts of money. Some college players are making well over $1 million a year. The introduction of the Transfer Portal has also revolutionized football. If you have a good NIL program, you can get a lot of players out of the transfer portal who add tremendously to your team. Signing... more »

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Tell the Truth

Posted on November 9

Tell the Truth Some people are able to think big, far out of the box, and follow through in seeing their visions become reality. Such a man was my friend, Ray Scott, who died recently. He had a vision about bass fishing. When he shared it with some of his friends, they laughed at him. One friend of mine was invited to be an investor in his dream, and he laughed at Ray Scott and... more »

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