Cumberland Articles

Coincidental Prayer Gathering (James 1:6-8)

By Alan Scott / June 2, 2011 /

How do I believe without doubting? How do I have a radiator installed in my van without wondering and fussing if it’s going to still leak? How do I pray for a couple struggling with infertility, and not wonder if God can really open up a womb previously closed for fourteen years? Last night at our monthly prayer gathering, we sat in the glory, wonder, and mystery of God. A young woman who had recently started coming to church openly…

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Maturity Is Overrated (James 1:2-4)

By Alan Scott / May 31, 2011 /

A couple summers ago I took in a Styx concert. You remember Styx, right? “Lady,” “Come Sail Away,” & “The Grand Illusion.” The feeling of a warm summer’s night and music that magically transported me back to the 70’s was a glorious thing. Oh man… it all just took me back to days gone by and romanticized memories of when a severe lack of maturity reigned. Oh man. At the concert, it seemed there were many other people around me……

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I Wanna Be A Rock Star

By Alan Scott / May 6, 2011 /

Alan’s Study Break Book List: 1. AND: The Gathered and Scattered Church by Halter & Smay 2. The Reason for God: Belief in an Age of Skepticism by Timothy Keller 3. On the Verge: A Journey Into the Apostolic Future of the Church by Hirsch & Ferguson 4. Decision Points by George W. Bush 5. Church Planter: The Man, the Message, the Mission by Darrin Patrick Starting June 4th, and going through June 18th you can read my daily blog. I…

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Isaiah 43

By Alan Scott / April 5, 2011 /

ISAIAH 43 God continues to pledge allegiance to me whether my past is tainted by sin or with success by His very hand. I have seen God’s hand directly involved in my life. Just last night a tree fell in our backyard. Had it crashed to the west, it would have come through our bedroom window and jumped in bed with Sherry and I. It lays in our backyard this morning pointing directly towards the east. Should I attribute this…

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“I Quit Being A Christian To Follow Jesus”

By Alan Scott / August 20, 2010 /

Still working on my book, “I Quit Being A Christian To Follow Jesus.” This is the 3rd draft of my final chapter (of 13). I would love feedback… Glow Sticks In The Blender Luke 4:14-21 14Jesus returned to Galilee in the power of the Spirit, and news about him spread through the whole countryside. 15He taught in their synagogues, and everyone praised him. 16He went to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, and on the Sabbath day he went…

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a jesus t-shirt

By Alan Scott / June 12, 2010 /

Oswald Chambers originally wrote “My Utmost For His Highest” in 1935. His journal entry today was like a page out of Hirsch and Frost’s “The Shaping Of Things To Come.” For today, Oswald journaled: “If I will simply come to Jesus, my real life will be brought into harmony with my real desires. I will actually cease from sin, and will find the song of the Lord beginning in my life.” This sounded a lot like the new edge Hirsch…

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lucy in the sky with lovedrug and songs in the key of life

By Alan Scott / June 10, 2010 /

[fusion_builder_container hundred_percent=”yes” overflow=”visible”][fusion_builder_row][fusion_builder_column type=”1_1″ background_position=”left top” background_color=”” border_size=”” border_color=”” border_style=”solid” spacing=”yes” background_image=”” background_repeat=”no-repeat” padding=”” margin_top=”0px” margin_bottom=”0px” class=”” id=”” animation_type=”” animation_speed=”0.3″ animation_direction=”left” hide_on_mobile=”no” center_content=”no” min_height=”none”] This morning I was still looking for the best that was yet to come. It didn’t. Lucy walked by at 7:15 this morning, but this time without a smile. I sprung up from my chair and gushed, “Lucy, we were so sorry you couldn’t make our dinner last night.” She said sternly, “I was here on…

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the best is yet to come…

By Alan Scott / June 9, 2010 /

The ocean was calm this morning. It has remained still most of the day, and the breeze has even been a bit easier on my normally strained umbrella. All day there was a sun-dulled sense of anticipation that the best was yet to come. Hmmm. Ephesians chapter five was a great study this morning. I’m thinking, at this point, we’ll take CCC through Ephesians in 2011. God, let us be in awe again of the Bride of Christ. Paul’s analogy…

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the morning was so good i just had to blog

By Alan Scott / June 8, 2010 /

[fusion_builder_container hundred_percent=”yes” overflow=”visible”][fusion_builder_row][fusion_builder_column type=”1_1″ background_position=”left top” background_color=”” border_size=”” border_color=”” border_style=”solid” spacing=”yes” background_image=”” background_repeat=”no-repeat” padding=”” margin_top=”0px” margin_bottom=”0px” class=”” id=”” animation_type=”” animation_speed=”0.3″ animation_direction=”left” hide_on_mobile=”no” center_content=”no” min_height=”none”] What a great morning. I got out on the beach around 6:30 and breathed in the calm waters. A glassy gulf coast usually makes for some great sights in the morning… particularly dolphin. I never tire of seeing the majesty and glory of God through dolphin. So very cool. I was also intrigued by a very…

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tar balls and rumors of tar balls

By Alan Scott / June 7, 2010 /

Guess what the number one topic among beach walkers is these days? Yep. Tar balls. Exciting stuff. Even in central Florida where there are no signs of invading BPeeps, it’s what everyone is talking about. You can hear all about tar balls and rumors of tar balls all up and down the beach. Someone said this whole mess was caused by a critical error not to install a $350k shut off valve in the controversial oil well. It was a…

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