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Kris, Pastor Montgomery and myself were talking and getting to know one another after church today. The conversation wa s progressing and we were learning more and more about his life and we were sharing our experiences with him. Kris starts talking to him about my accident and how the doctors had lost me twice and all. After she said this, the pastor turned and looked at me and said, “so this is grace.” At that moment, something happened. Something in my spirit moved and I began thinking of myself, life and my purpose differently.

It’s been years and many people have commented about why I was spared that morning and others, but none of it ever registered as it did in that moment when the pastor declared that it was grace that saved me. I finally realized that I am here for a reason much greater than I could’ve ever imagined and most importantly, I can and should be used. That statement awakened me and I feel like a renewal is taking place in my life and this time I’m aware and along for the journey.

I have a greater desire for more of Jesus and to commune with Him on a deeper and more intimate level.

So thanks Pastor Montgomery, I’m gonna enjoy having you here leading us.



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Here We Go Again…

Here we go again and hopefully it’s the last time. We are getting a new pastor today and I’m pretty excited. I hope this is it, we have had three, count them, 3 new pastors in the span of a year. Not only am I tired of changing pastors, I’m tired of liking them and seeing them leave. This is too much, I have enough stuff to deal with emotionally as it is. Anyway….

Welcome Pastor Montgomery & Family

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1 Room, 2 Beds

It’s a new year and guess who started off the year by giving the first sermon of the year….Bro. J. But before he even got started with the “sermon” , Buddie and I were already laughing at Sis. Richards and her comments. I can already feel it, it’s going to be a great yesr.

Ms. Smith was doing the announcements and she mentioned the Message magazine. My mom told the people that the magazines came to the church because she didn’t have addresses to send them out to people. Sis. Richards replied, “I thought I gave you my addresses”, which my mom replied with a no. Sis. Richards then commented to herself, “I guess I’ll have to write it down next time so I won’t forget.” Now that was okay and me and Buddie thought nothing of it, but then she added, “then I’ll forget to read the note.” Buddie started laughing so hard.

That was just the kicker, then Bro. J came up and did his thing. I thought the sermon was going to be okay, but then he started talking about a woman at his house sleeping in his room, but in a different bed. We were like “what.” Sis. Richards said, “I didn’t know that.” And if that wasn’t enough, he started talking about raping and killing and gays.  We didn’t know what was going on. We are just sitting there in disbelief at what this man is saying and are totally shocked. I’m thinking this man is crazy, but that’s Bro. J. It is what it is.

This is how we start the decade off, weird, but in good spirits.

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Trading Places

Today we had youth federation in Jackson, but it was no ordinary youth federation. We had a tri-state youth federation. Churches from Tennessee, Mississippi and Alabama all convened together in Jackson for church. The program was amazing and the turnout was magnificent.

Pastor Nigel David from Seattle, WA delivered the message during divine worship and whoever booked him to come and preach did a great job. I know that youth federation isn’t for me because technically, let’s face it, I’m no longer a “youth”, but that man brought the house down. He was engaging and interesting and the message was applicable to people in all age groups.

I had soo much fun and love when church is moving as it was today.

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Paying attention to children can bring a lot of laughs. After hearing this, I was crying b/c I was laughing sooo hard. This is a conversation between two brothers, just having their moment:

Unloading food from the vehicle at church

12-year old: I’ll help take those things in

9-year old: me, too

12-year old: here, you get this one

9-year old: I can’t take that, it’s too heavy

12-year old: it’s not too heavy, you can take it. You’re a man, ain’t you


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Prayer and Fasting

Jeremiah 30:17 “For I will restore health unto you, and I will heal you of your wounds, saith the Lord.”

My church is starting a fasting and prayer diet today in regards to healing. Anyone who needs healing or knows someone who is in need of healing is asked to participate. It doesn’t matter what the diagnosis or situation is, all illnesses and/or conditions will be prayed for. Please join in with us and offer up a prayer for those who desire to be healed.

Psalm 34:19 “Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the LORD delivers him out of them all.”

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If someone asked me “how was church Saturday”, I would definitely say it was great, because it really and truly was. But, if that same person asked me “what was the sermon about”, I would honestly say I have no idea. I know it sounds crazy and it probably is, and even though I was in church and paying attention, for the most part, I don’t know what my pastor preached about.

My pastor is a very talented man and it seems as if he can get a sermon from any situation and/or life experience and Saturday this was definitely shown. I know the sermon had something to do with V8 Fusion and him taking his car to a mechanic to get it checked out. But the experience that touched me and moved me was the story he told of him and fellow pastors putting up tents for campmeeting. This may not sound moving, but he explained that it was the middle of the summer, in the sweltering heat and he told of how the only way that he could get what he needed, water, was by getting down on his knees and looking up.

This may not sound like a big deal, but when using that illustration in the context of our lives, that’s all we need to do when things are going bad AND when they seem great, fall on our knees and look up toward Jesus.  He is our answer to all of our problems and if we would just keep our eyes stayed on Him, He would keep us in the ark of safety and always protect us.

I was definitely moved and hope the sermon helped others, as well.

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