Close To My Heart

Local pastors and others tell us what’s “Close To My Heart”
  • Two Umbrellas
    Dr. John C. Friedman
    Pastor, Forest Park United Methodist Church
    Two UmbrellasIn his book, What About Tomorrow?, Dr. J. Wallace Hamilton, tells a story about a Baptist minister, Dr. Gordon Torgerson, who sailed across the Atlantic Ocean one summer. Dr. Torgerson noticed a man sitting in a deck chair reading the Bible. He sat down beside…
  • I’m Just Not Convicted About Those Things
    Eddie Pitts
    Pastor, Springfield Community Church
    I’m Just Not Convicted About Those ThingsIn my opening statement I would like to ask the following questions, could it be that the old is past and the new has arrived? Has the calendar itself, turned the page into the new millennium where it seems that nothing is wrong? Have we lost sight of the message of the cross and the ...

My Favorite Stories

Local pastors tell us their “Favorite Stories”
  • Know Vision
    Dr. Bruce Barton, Pastor
    Central Baptist Church
    Know VisionSome have no vision. They are negative, pessimistic folks who tell you why it can’t be done or shouldn’t be done. They often think of themselves as “realistic”, but God wants to take us far beyond reality and the natural to the supernatural! …
  • Norman Jackson Can’t Stand Us And We Can’t Stand Him!
    Luther Stanford, Pastor
    City Church at Northside
    Norman Jackson Can’t Stand Us And We Can’t Stand Him!I was 22 years old and pastoring my first church in a rural farming community in the backwoods of Louisiana. I knew one of the first things I had to do was get to know the people, so I solicited a couple of ladies in the church to walk me through the church directory and ...

Testimony/God Stories

Local pastors and business men and women tell us their “Testimony/God Stories”
  • I figured I had about twenty seconds to live…
    William B. Price, Esq.
    William B. Price, P.A.
    I figured I had about twenty seconds to live...When all seems lost, God will show you the way. It was February, 1995, I was training in the middle of the Mojave Desert. My artillery battalion pulled into our position around midnight and expected a mock attack moments before dawn. So, we started digging fox holes. We used sand bags and built bunkers, and ...
  • 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 ...

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…”
  • The Cross is NOT Enough
    Tom Fuerst, Former Campus Pastor
    Tom Fuerst, Former Campus Pastor
    Fusion / Lynn Haven United Methodist
    The Cross is NOT EnoughMy story began five years ago when death pierced my soul like a cursed knife; I suffered no physical harm, but I felt mortally wounded nonetheless. Before Dad died, death was an abstraction, something that happens to other people. But I realized when Dad died that none of us can escape death. …
  • God’s Last Invitation
    Dr. Craig Conner, Senior Pastor
    Dr. Craig Conner, Senior Pastor
    First Baptist ChurchGod’s
    God’s Last InvitationIf this were the last sermon that I would ever preach I would preach on the subject, “God’s last invitation.” My text would be Revelation 22:13-21; the last passage in the Bible that contains God’s last invitation to humanity to come to Christ that they might be forgiven of their sin and saved by the ...