Close To My Heart

Local pastors and others tell us what’s “Close To My Heart”
  • Stop Going to Church
    Jack Stanley
    Pastor, Parker United Methodist
    Stop Going to ChurchThat’s right. I said it.  What!?   A pastor telling me to stop going to church? Yep, you guessed it.  If there was anything our Lord would not have wanted of us, it is to GO to church. Have I got your attention now?  That’s right.  We Christians get all…
  • Safe at Home
    Rev. Craig Carter
    Pastor, Lynn Haven United Methodist Church
    Safe at HomeFormer major league baseball player, Al Gallagher, once said: “There are three things in my life which I really love: God, family, and baseball. The only problem is, once baseball season starts, I change the order around a bit.”  While I hope that is not entirely correct, it is not far from the truth for me as ...

My Favorite Stories

Local pastors tell us their “Favorite Stories”
  • Read The Instructions
    Dr. Craig Conner, Senior Pastor
    First Baptist Church
    Read The InstructionsLegend has it that there was a man who was lost in the desert. He was dying for a drink of water. He stumbled upon an old run down shack, a windowless, weather beaten shack. He walked inside and noticed a rusty old pump in the corner. He walked over to the pump and began ...
  • Prayer Times Can Be Funny
    Jeff Scalf, Lead Pastor
    St. Andrew Assembly of God
    Prayer Times Can Be FunnyIn my earlier years when I was a morning person, I would arise at 5am for prayer. From time to time I would mix it up and pray in a different location. Sometimes in a closet, the living room or outside. This particular time I was praying outside. In front of the townhouses I lived ...

Testimony/God Stories

Local pastors and business men and women tell us their “Testimony/God Stories”
  • God is Everywhere
    John P. Moneyham
    John P. Moneyham, P.A.
    God is EverywhereChristians are often asked where they have seen God at work recently. I see God everywhere-in nature, in other people and even in technology in which God has given humans the mental capacity to use in amazing ways. Some people believe God does not reveal himself as He did in Biblical…
  • Take the Wheel
    Tosha Manke
    Tosha Manke
    Freelance Graphic Artist
    Take the WheelOn a Friday afternoon in March of 2006, my mom and I headed out to the beach. But first, we had to get a tire replaced. Money was tight and a used tire was all I could afford. We stopped at a little hole-in-the-wall used tire place and got the tire replaced. Then, we were ...

Difficult Questions Answered

Local pastors and business men and women answer “Difficult Questions”
  • Can Satan Read Our Minds?
    Linda Hoffman
    The Hoffman Company
    Can Satan Read Our Minds?Scripture doesn’t say that Satan can read our minds, but that he is indeed very powerful. Satan is not omnipresent. He cannot be in more than one place at a time. He pretty much has to rely on his demons to do his work for him. Although he and his demons can’t read our minds, ...
  • You hear a lot of people saying what is “wrong” with the church, but what in your opinion is “right” about the church?
    Kenny Payne, Minister
    Palo Alto Church of Christ
    You hear a lot of people saying what is “wrong” with the church, but what in your opinion is “right” about the church?Because the church is people, not brick and mortar, there will always be obvious things “wrong” with the church, since people are not perfect! The church is a group of sinners saved by the grace of Jesus Christ, therefore, it is a good idea to look long enough to notice the wonderful things about…

Last Sermons

Local pastors answer “If this was the very last sermon I would ever preach…”
  • Grace and the Ten Commandments
    Robert Gay, Pastor
    High Praise Worship Center
    Grace and the Ten CommandmentsSeveral years ago, the Lord began to speak to my heart concerning Grace and the Ten Commandments. I must admit regrettably that I had never focused much attention on these commandments. To be transparent with you, they just seemed a little boring and non-exciting. After all, who wants to spend…
  • The Last Word
    Billy Fox, Pastor
    Former Director of Pathways Ministries for The Rescue Mission
    The Last WordMy last Word is the message I’ve shared in many ways over nearly 30 years of Rescue Mission ministry. I pray I’ll speak through His Spirit to the Churches. Matthew 25:31 – 46 “Unto the Least of These”…