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King David playing the harp.

Focus On What God Can Do

Posted on October 7

FOCUS ON WHAT GOD CAN DO During tough times, it’s easy to focus on how bad things are and forget how big God is. Your focus has a big influence on your future. Focusing on the stormy waves of life will put you underwater – focusing on the God who made the waves can allow you to walk on the water! It’s your choice. We shouldn’t tell God how big our problem is – rather... more »

Posted in Inspirational

John Ed in front of the sign for Fordyce, advertising it as the birthplace of Bear Bryant.

The Bear

Posted on September 30

THE BEAR SEC football has finally started! The SEC has had some great coaches in its history. Many consider Bear Bryant the most influential. Bear coached at the University of Alabama for twenty-five years and won six National Championships. His record at Alabama was 232-46-9. Those nine ties are interesting. I don’t think the Bear would ever go for a tie, so the opposing teams must have tied the Bear. I was speaking in Arkansas... more »

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When it comes to kindness, does age really matter?

Does Age Matter?

Posted on September 23

DOES AGE MATTER? COVID-19 has taught us a lot of things about life. One thing we’ve learned is that age is not a factor when we need to reach out and help other people. (Read Job 12:12; 32: 6-10.) Here are four quick examples: Cavanaugh Bell is a first-grader in Maryland. He heard about the coronavirus, and he started thinking about what he could do. He had $600 in savings. He asked his mom to... more »

Posted in Inspirational

Is the grass really greener, or is it artificial?

Greener Grass or Artificial Turf?

Posted on September 16

GREENER GRASS OR ARTIFICIAL TURF? Some people go through life trying to find a reason why they’re not successful where they are. They feel like the grass is greener on the other side of the fence. It may look greener, but it is usually artificial turf! God’s greenest grass is right where you are standing. Produce where you are planted! For years, I went to Larry Brown at Kut Above to get my hair cut.... more »

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Giving is better than taking your possessions with you to the grave.

Getting or Giving

Posted on September 9

GETTING OR GIVING Doris Buffett was the older sister of Warren Buffet, one of the richest men in the world. Warren announced in 2006 that he wanted to donate most of his $77 billion fortune before he died. Doris volunteered to sift through all of the requests and to make recommendations to her brother. Doris was interested in helping people who really needed it, such as paying for dentures, wheelchairs, automobile repairs, etc. She did... more »

Posted in Inspirational

Rafael Nadal playing on a clay court.

I Didn’t Expect That!

Posted on September 2

I DIDN’T EXPECT THAT! Rafael Nadal is a 19-time Grand Slam Tennis champion. When I retired from Frazer in 2008, the church gave Lynn and me tickets to attend the Wimbledon Tennis Tournament in London. We saw Rafael Nadal beat Roger Federer for the first time in the longest finals match ever played at Wimbledon. Recently, the tennis world saw pictures of the real heart of Rafael Nadal. He had just finished an extensive practice... more »

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A woman considering if this is a PANdemic or a PLANdemic.

PANdemic or PLANdemic?

Posted on August 26

PANDEMIC OR PLANDEMIC? This is a tough time in which we are living. But we choose whether it is a PANdemic or a PLANdemic. A PANdemic is a widespread outbreak of a disease. I’ll define a PLANdemic as a widespread outbreak of a desire to know and follow God’s Plan. A PANdemic is debilitating, defeating, and destructive. A PLANdemic is positive, purposeful, and productive. A PANdemic produces panic. A PLANdemic produces possibilities! I’m concerned about... more »

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Soo Seok Yang and John Ed Mathison

Next Level Commitment

Posted on August 19

NEXT LEVEL COMMITMENT Soo Seok Yang is an outstanding Christian young man in Montgomery. I’ve served with him on several things here in Montgomery. He is a lawyer with Beasley Allen and recently wrote a devotional for their entire staff. He heard this story from his father-in-law, who has been a missionary in Taiwan for the past 35 years. During the Korean War, Soo Seok’s grandmother and her husband were held at gunpoint by North... more »

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Frazer Outdoor Worship / August 8, 2020 / Chris Montgomery, John Ed Mathison, Si (Mat) Mathison


Posted on August 12

DECISIONS…DECISIONS… Where we will be tomorrow depends on the decisions that we make today. Decisions determine our destiny. We all must make decisions concerning COVID-19. There are good, smart people on all sides of the issues. Decisions made will reflect our attitude towards ourselves and other people. One issue is about wearing masks. I will wear one at appropriate times to communicate that I care about other people.  Let me paraphrase a famous statement by... more »

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God with a tattoo on each of his hands.

God Has a Tattoo

Posted on August 5

GOD HAS A TATTOO Did you know that God has a tattoo? Isaiah 49:15 (NLT) says, “Can a mother forget her little child and not have love for her own son? I will never forget you; Look, I have tattooed your name in the palm of my hand.” Sometimes we feel like God has forgotten about us. This is true for many people during the past few months with the spread of the COVID-19, the... more »

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