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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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Dance Party Theology

By Alan Scott / October 24, 2019 /

It’s never good when someone tells you, “Hey… you look a little tired.” Perhaps you should call the doc when several people start telling you that.  Last Sunday, as we were meeting at Smyrna First Baptist, several people asked, “How ya doin’ with all the change?” “You dealing with the chaos, OK?” One or two of those comments, and you can brush things aside. With several of those kinds of remarks, you gotta check your face! I did. I wasn’t…

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Choose Life

By JoeBraun / October 17, 2019 /

Choose Life My day was busy and scheduled full. I had not yet done my morning exercise routine and showered – when my cell phone lit up. It was my chiropractor. For years we had threatened to hike Kennesaw Mtn. Every Fall, we cajole each other about our elusive hike. I eventually wrote it all off, thinking my doctor didn’t want to cross some imposed patient line. I had left it alone and forgotten our idle threat. My cell phone…

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By JoeBraun / October 3, 2019 /

When the Israelites were desert-dwelling, I’m sure they were hot (as in hot mess). I know they had to be a bit dusty and uncomfortable. I’ve been in an Arizona sand storm. It’s just not fun.  For the Israelites, the food grew tiresome. Same bread. Same meat. Water from rocks wasn’t flavored or sparkling, so it seemed to lose its miraculous pizzazz after a while. Running seemingly purposelessly around deserts just sucks for any who have tried. But here’s what’s…

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Nobody Knows Me Like Mom

By admin / May 17, 2019 /

Celebrating Mother’s Day this past week was such a joyful reminder that nobody loves me quite like my mom. I’m sure many of you share the same sentiment. But just as important may be the idea that nobody KNOWS me quite like my mom. She certainly has insight about me that no one else has. In fact, my kids love listening to her talk about my quirks and tendencies, and about all of the stuff that I conveniently leave out…

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Moment of “Ahhhh”

By admin / May 10, 2019 /

The pressure is on for men everywhere. Mother’s Day looms. Guys, you gotta get this one right. You either caused great pain on the day of your birth, or you’re gonna cause some pain if you don’t remember the moms in your life. If you don’t have a spouse who is a mother, and/or your mom has passed, it behooves (great word) your very soul to remember and celebrate. This is important stuff. I don’t know what I was thinking.…

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By admin / May 3, 2019 /

Tax season is over… for most. Many stayed up late on April 14th to get their precipitous package postmarked by midnight on the 15th. Many Americans go right down to the wire because they have an incredibly hard time figuring out their tax balance sheet. Some families do this at the end of each month. What’s the old saying, “We’ve got more month left over at the end of the money?” It’s a balance sheet problem. There is working, sweating,…

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