Close To My Heart

Local pastors and others tell us what’s “Close To My Heart”
  • She Was Rude To Me, But…
    Dr. Steven Kyle
    Pastor, Hiland Park Baptist Church
    She Was Rude To Me, But...When I was growing up I remember going to the movie theatre and seeing “Rocky”. I can remember thinking it was the greatest movie I ever saw. Then when I was in college I saw it again on a black and white portable TV. Of the two, which one do you think I got the ...
  • Definition of Faith
    Dr. Wade Rinehart
    Owner of First Choice Physical Therapy
    Definition of FaithfāTH/ noun Complete trust or confidence in someone or something. Everyone talks a big game about having faith, but when we are asked to put our faith to the test, it becomes very up close and personal. I had such a moment last spring break while on a mission trip to the Dominican…

My Favorite Stories

Local pastors tell us their “Favorite Stories”
  • Doggie Bag
    Eddie Pitts
    Pitts Lawn Service
    Doggie BagOne of my favorite stories is of a lady in my church and her husband who made a trip to Florida from up north. They had a friend in her earlier eighties living in a city that was on their itinerary to visit. They contacted her to let her know they would be in town. ...
  • I Want More Jesus!
    Dr. Kenny Payne, Minister
    Palo Alto Church of Christ
    I Want More Jesus!Dr. Sergei Korotya sat behind his desk and said to me with a slight smile, “I know why you are providing humanitarian aid to my hospital. You want people to become Christians.” I was in Gorlovka, Ukraine at a hospital that had received a significant amount of humanitarian aid. “You’re right” I responded. Dr. Korotya ...

Testimony/God Stories

Local pastors and business men and women tell us their “Testimony/God Stories”
  • Not Your Basic “Two Sentence” Miracles
    Rev. Dr. W. T. Kan, Pastor
    Rev. Dr. W. T. Kan, Pastor
    Redemption Lutheran Church
    Not Your Basic “Two Sentence” MiraclesThis is in response to your card asking me for a “miracle” story. Upon thinking about how to respond, I realized that my wife and I have been delivered from death or serious bodily injury so often that they have become expected and unextraordinary. This is not to say the Lord is not the source ...
  • So What Do I Do About Mama?
    George Stewart
    George Stewart
    Pool Construction, Renovation & Repairs
    So What Do I Do About Mama?One of my many God stories was when I was forced to make the decision to no longer care for my mother in our home, My Mother had dementia and had become too unmanageable for me and my family. I found a very nice assisted care facility and for weeks had begun decorating the apartment ...

Difficult Questions Answered

Local pastors and business men and women answer “Difficult Questions”

Last Sermons

Local pastors answer “If this was the very last sermon I would ever preach…”
  • A Different Kind of Victory
    Luther Stanford, Pastor
    Luther Stanford, Pastor
    Northside Baptist
    A Different Kind of VictoryAt least once in their lives every man needs the experience of coaching little league baseball or pee-wee football. It’s an endeavor that will bring you both tears of joy and tears of frustration. Like one day at football practice, when one little 9 year old told me, “Coach, tell them not to tackle me. ...
  • God Means It For Good
    Rev. Phil Edwards
    Rev. Phil Edwards
    First Assembly of God
    God Means It For GoodIf I were the devil, I’d do everything in my power to prevent people from simply reading the Bible. In so doing, I’d rob them of vital, faith-building knowledge – knowledge of how God does things, and why. If I couldn’t get them to outright worship me instead of God, I’d at least distract them…