Seasons of Risk

By Rick Moore They say the acorn doesn’t fall far from the tree. My mother was a preacher’s daughter, and my dad was a professional gambler. I’m still not sure what that makes me. Some people bet on sports, some bet on the stock market, and some on real estate....

What is Success?

By Kirk McCarley At a business lunch a while back one of the attendees asked that question.  Initially there’s an inclination to measure it vs. certain standards: wealth, a position of power and influence, a solid family life, the ability to take nice trips, buy new vehicles, or residence in...

A Journey of Faith

"For with man it is impossible, but with God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26 Imagine having a life that looks abundant to the outside world. An amazing husband, four healthy, wonderful kids, two successful businesses, adoring friends, a great community and church. To the world it looked like Amy...

Auburn’s Man

By Sean Dietrich In honor of college football season, I want to tell you about the biggest SEC football fan I know. He lives in Monroeville, Alabama, which is your quintessential all-American town. Walk the square and take a trip backward on the timeline. Drive around town. You’ll see barbecue joints,...

One Word

By Rick Moore As a child he had a severe speech impediment. In elementary school, classmates used to call him  “Elmer” after the cartoon character Elmer Fudd who stuttered every time he opened his mouth. So many people did so, other classmates began to think Elmer was his real name....
By Kirk McCarley Thumbing through a magazine, one came across the article, “What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?” Some of the publication’s regular readers weighed in: We don’t have to agree on anything to be kind to one another. Don’t act like the destination is more important than the journey. If...

A Pastor’s Ponderings

By Rev. Pete Hyde He turned out of the subdivision onto the crowded, school-traffic-clogged main road. He turned east on the highway and headed to the church. Time to pick up from Sunday busyness and start the week. Lines of cars in both directions signaled the beginning of another work...
By Lauren Catanese Unforgiveness has a way of creeping up on us. One moment your energy is happy, joyful and at peace. Then someone comes around or a certain situation happens and the next thing you notice your mood has completely shifted. Your body might get tense, your smile disappears,...

Teacher by Sean Dietrich

I am watching Jeopardy! with an elderly woman who doesn’t know why I’m here because she has Alzheimer’s. We are in a nursing home. She sits in a wheelchair and blurts out answers along with the TV contestants. To be honest, Jeopardy! moves too fast for me. By the time I’ve...

Bucket List

By Rick Moore Supposedly, in the days of the Wild Wild West, if a prisoner on death row was well behaved, the sheriff would ask if he had any last request. Such requests would range from asking for a Holy Bible to a T-bone steak with a bottle of wine....

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