Cumberland Articles

Renovation – July 30th

By Herb Zabel / July 30, 2020 /

Make way for the lift!!! This is a picture of the major work being done to provide lift access to all three levels of the 200 building. One of the unique things about this building is how it somewhat embodies a 1970’s split level house. The chapel, soon to be our communications department, was originally built in the early 70’s. Some time later the two-level building and courtyard were added on. However, because of the strange topography of our lot,…

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God Is Not Quarantined

By Courtney Harkness / March 26, 2020 /

I know someone who is not in quarantine. I know someone who is not “social distancing.” I know someone who wants to use this crisis to move closer to people rather than farther away from them. He alone is our hope. More specifically, His mission is OUR mission.And while we scramble to figure out what to do, He continues to do what He has always done! And that is saving the world from sin, not just the coronavirus. Therefore, for those who belong to…

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How to know the difference between Fear and Wisdom

By Courtney Harkness / March 12, 2020 /

It seems like the whole world is in a complete panic over our newest friend, the Coronavirus. I just found out that March Madness is going to be a little less “mad” this year, with no fans. And the NBA is suspended. Bummer for basketball junkies like me. Nevertheless, it’s difficult to see past the urgency of the moment, and I will try to avoid criticism of the response. However, the entire ordeal raises a significant question: Are these precautions…

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God is Unchanging

By Matt McGue / February 14, 2020 /

Most people just don’t like change, but it’s unavoidable. Life is full of change, but God is changeless. God is unchangeable. God is the same yesterday, today and forever (Heb. 13:8). So when we are swimming in uncertainty, we can be certain, God is constant and consistent. Our God knows exactly what we need, when we need it, especially when we get anxious as life throws us a curveball. Last Sunday, our church family heard our Lead Pastor, Alan Scott,…

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Super Bowl Kind Of Parents

By Alan Scott / January 30, 2020 /

Sherry and I are navigating our last daughter through marriage (May 16th!!). We are working on getting Michael launched and into college by fall. And so far… so good. There seems to be payoff after years of parenting and hard work. By the grace of God and marrying a smokin’ hot incredible wife – our kids love and serve Jesus, seem to function well in the big world, have honed skills, make the right decisions, work hard, and love well.…

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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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