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There's a new dress code for this year's Christmas.

A New Dress Code

Posted on December 23

A NEW DRESS CODE What is the proper dress code for Christmas and the days following Christmas? In Colossians 3:12-14, Paul gives us a new dress code of seven garments to wear everyday. These garments never go out of style! Put on COMPASSION. (v.12) When Jesus saw a crowd, He looked on them with compassion. Compassion comes from two words: com and passion, meaning “with passion.” But remember that Thomas Aquinas said, “I’d rather feel... more »

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A Christmas gift all wrapped up.

What Are You Giving for Christmas?

Posted on December 16

WHAT ARE YOU GIVING FOR CHRISTMAS? There are just a few shopping days left. Do you still need a few gifts? Here are some Biblical gift suggestions for your special people. TO YOUR FRIENDS – Give a Christ-like relationship. Friendship is based on relationships. Take the initiative to form a solid Christ-like relationship. Proverbs 18:24 says, “There are friends who destroy each other, but a real friend sticks closer than a brother.” A little third-grade... more »

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A typo identified John Ed Mathison as a saint.

What is a Saint?

Posted on December 9

WHAT IS A SAINT? I preached at the First United Methodist Church in Ozark, AL, in November 2020. I shared that one of the most unusual things that has happened to me in my ministry occurred in Ozark. Because people sometimes think that preachers make up stories, I actually carried a copy of the incident as reported by the Ozark newspaper, The Southern Star,  to show that I was telling the truth. The occasion was... more »

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Lemons and limes in a basket.

Lemons, Limes, and Life

Posted on December 2

LEMONS, LIMES, AND LIFE Life is lived daily. When you look at things each day, what do you see? Two people can look at the same thing and see something different. Attitude greatly influences life by what we see. One day, Jesus was teaching, and there were thousands of people there. It had been an extremely long teaching session, and people were hungry. The disciples confronted Jesus about it because they didn’t want the crowd... more »

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A calendar filled with days of thanksgiving.

What Day is Thanksgiving?

Posted on November 25

WHAT DAY IS THANKSGIVING? Thanksgiving is not a day on the calendar but rather an attitude towards life. I think it was Mark Twain who said we ought not to have a day of thanksgiving, but instead have a day of grumbling. His point was that we should confine our grumbling to just one day and our thanksgiving to the other 364 days! I read about a man who decided to put thanksgiving into practice.... more »

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Si "Mat" Mathison counting

Count Correctly

Posted on November 18

COUNT CORRECTLY What we count in life is a reflection of our attitude and focus. A life out of focus counts the wrong things and produces an unhealthy attitude. Counting the right things is an indication of a good focus in life that is expressing a healthy attitude. Counting correctly counts! We’re counting a lot of things this season. We’re counting people for the census, daily counting the number of COVID-19 cases, counting calories, counting... more »

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John Ed and Joe Pat, a ministry partner, through the years.

Ministry Partner

Posted on November 11

MINISTRY PARTNER I met Joe Pat Cox when we were in high school and attended a church youth camp. We had a lot of similar interests in athletics, Christian ministry, girls, and a lot of other things. While in college, we worked together in some youth events. I received a phone call from the bishop in August of 1972. He asked me if I would move to Frazer in Montgomery. I immediately called Joe Pat.... more »

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A good attitude can help you achieve great heights.

Awesome Attitude

Posted on November 4

AWESOME ATTITUDE Attitude in life is so important. I’m convinced that our attitude is more important than the circumstances that we have to face. We have little or no control over circumstances, but we need to be in complete control of our attitude. Age is an example. If you didn’t know how old you are, how old would you be? Some older people continue to jog. One jogger on his 99th birthday was met by... more »

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Three little things that helped build big things.

Little Things Build Big Partnerships

Posted on October 28

LITTLE THINGS BUILD BIG PARTNERSHIPS Little things mean a lot. Most big things are made up of a lot of little things working together. Don’t ever get so big in life that you can’t participate in doing the little things. Little becomes a lot when God is in it! It even becomes the possibility of a partnership! Jackson McKie is 8 years old and suffers from hydrocephalus. Dr. Daniel McNeely was preparing to operate on... more »

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Joyciline demonstrating her athletic prowess.

Athletic Accomplishments

Posted on October 21

ATHLETIC ACCOMPLISHMENTS COVID-19 has provided a platform for some people to really excel in athletics in unbelievable ways. They are turning the tough times into terrific things! Here are four examples to read: A Chinese marathoner named Pan Shancu lives in a small apartment, but he decided to use the extra time running a marathon inside his apartment. It was a 26-foot course – that figures to be about 9 yards. He ran 31 miles... more »

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