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How do my faith and the gospel apply to these work-related issues?

By Matt McGue / January 23, 2020 /

Have you ever wanted to quit your job? Do you feel unappreciated by your boss? Are your co-workers throwing shade at you? Ever gotten sick to your stomach driving to work just thinking about all you have to put up with and achieve? Are you wondering why you haven’t gotten a raise? Well, the reality is that work is challenging most of the time and conflict is inevitable. Surprisingly, 85% of American workers are happy with their jobs, according to…

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Gospel Works in Our Work to Realign Us

By Herb Zabel / January 15, 2020 /

The fact of the matter is…WORK is a four-letter word. The Bible tells us not to let any unwholesome talk come from our mouths, but every morning we wake up, say goodbye to our loved ones and utter the dastardly phrase, “I’m off to WORK!” We call ourselves Christians and Christ-followers, but we use this four-letter word like the lead actor in a Quentin Tarantino film. Work, work, work! The research shows that 54% of Americans are happy with their…

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Forgiveness is Costly… but worth it.

By Alan Scott / January 9, 2020 /

Gospel Works There was a good conversation with some staff yesterday concerning the upcoming day to remember and celebrate the excellent work of Martin Luther King, Jr. There was a conclusion that King desired his message of reconciliation to be contextualized into our everyday lives. MLK didn’t want everyone to become pastors and necessary front men to engage the good fight. King desired peaceful reconciliation efforts to be waged within the daily logistics of how we all live. There are…

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Which Kingdom?

By Alan Scott / December 19, 2019 /

Remarking with Christmas wide-eyes, one little Great Britain boy knew all about the three Wise Men. “They brought some gold stuff… but Legos would have been better!” It’s not just the little kids who have missed some things in the Christmas story. For example, and just to blow the cover of every nativity scene you’ll see, we don’t know if there were three Wise Men. Whaaaaat? We believe that because there were three gifts mentioned in scripture. The Magi saw…

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Of Course…

By Alan Scott / December 12, 2019 /

Christmas is about lights, angels, glory, giving, warmth, and good news. Of course. Our celebrations and music and gift-giving and eating seem exactly right for our festive, month-long celebration of the birth of Jesus. But Christmas is also about smelly shepherds who were uninvited to any church service or life event. For the most part, first-century shepherds slept outside. They were ostracized outside of community circles. The shepherds outside of Bethlehem raised perfect sheep for spotless sacrifices in Jerusalem. The…

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Motivated

By Alan Scott / November 29, 2019 /

The smells are starting to waft throughout the house. Seasoned stuffing is baking. Turkeys are being basted and fried. Bread is rising. I saw some cranberry sauce being mixed with walnuts, and it’s all beginning to fill the senses with anticipation. In fact, I’m getting hungry just writing this. There are family members slowly making their way to southern Indiana, where our holiday of gratitude will culminate in an incredible feast. Nobody will need to exert any energy to motivate…

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A Heart Check in Worship

By Herb Zabel / November 21, 2019 /

Which emotion is the easiest to surface when watching a movie or reading a book? For me, it’s laughter. I love to laugh and I love humor of all kinds. I can cry happy tears watching slap-stick comedy like the Elf, or I can get laughter side stitches listening to sarcastic comedians like Jerry Seinfeld. If it is remotely funny, I will probably be laughing. Tears of sadness, however, are very reluctant to fall from my face. On rare occasions,…

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Can we trust The Bible?

By Courtney Harkness / November 14, 2019 /

More and more, it seems that society rejects notions of traditional authority and anything that presents itself as an absolute. Unfortunately, this wave of postmodernism holds specific implications for the church, as believers continue to succumb to criticism concerning the authority of scripture. Can we trust this old book? That’s the question that gets louder and louder in this generation. As a result, many have accepted the word of the Lord as a mere suggestion, rather than a divine imperative.…

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Loving One At A Time

By Alan Scott / November 8, 2019 /

Much of this week has been spent with a good portion of our Cumberland’s staff in Dallas, Texas. We attended the 2019 Mosaix Multiethnic Church Conference.  THANK YOU FOR ALLOWING US THIS INCREDIBLE OPPORTUNITY. What a privilege to gather with other churches who represent 20% of evangelical churches that God has graced with diversity. The gathering look liked heaven on earth as we took our fill from speakers like Albert Tate, Bryan Lorrits, Ed Stetzer, Mark Deymaz, and Dr. John…

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Moving In!

By Alan Scott / November 1, 2019 /

Deciding to sell and move is one massive adventure. Moving in is quite another. The day of moving in is exciting. The kids pick their rooms. The furniture placement is decided. The hope of a future packed with memories is waiting to be lived out. And then there are the boxes. There’s the unpacking. More boxes. Dings in the wall from bringing the piano through the front door. More boxes. Finding something previously packed becomes God’s grand way to build…

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