February 16, 2020 Sermon • “As It Seems Best to God” • Doug Dortch

 |  Sunday Sermon  |  Dr. Doug Dortch

Dr. Richard Halverson, former chaplain of the United States Senate, once made a speech in which he contended that many people today suffer from a malady he called “Destination Sickness.” Of course, you won’t find anything of the sort in any medical textbook. “Destination Sickness” is a disease of the soul – one that people contract when they focus all of their time and energy in the wrong direction; for example, in the pursuit of position and possessions as the most important concerns of everyday existence. Halverson describes such a person in this way: “He’s the man who’s become a whale of success downtown and a pathetic failure at home. He’s a big shot with the boys at the office and a big phony with the boys at home. He’s the status symbol to society and a fake in the family.” He concludes that “Destination Sickness is an illness peculiar to a culture that is affluent, but godless” (“A Day at a Time”).

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Pastor's Blog: Letting Go and Letting God

 |  Pastor's Blog  |  Dr. Doug Dortch

These last several days with this infernal rain have been agonizing ones for me. I’m normally a person who takes the weather as it comes, but the amount of rain we’ve received over the last week or so has somehow managed to get the best of me. Part of it may be my weariness over our recent move from one house to another, with all of the subsequent transitional matters that come along with it, most of which seems to have occurred in the rain. But part of it may be my having reached a stage in life where I’m becoming more aware of how so very many things seem no longer to be under my control as they once did and the inevitable exasperation such awareness brings. In other words, my frustration with the weather is just the tip of the iceberg for something much more significant going on under the surface of my soul.

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Cooks On A Mission: February 2020 Menu

 |  Cooks On A Mission  |  Amy Hirsch

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Pastor's Blog: Being Better

 |  Pastor's Blog  |  Dr. Doug Dortch

Normally, when we think of making improvements, our minds turn to action. We ask ourselves questions like, “What can I do to become better?” But in the question itself lies the real secret to improvement, which explains why so many fall short in their attempts at doing better. In other words, improvement at anything is more an aspect of being than it is of doing. Work on the “becoming” part and the “doing” part gets remarkably easier.

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Pastor's Blog: Managing Expectations

 |  Pastor's Blog  |  Dr. Doug Dortch

Most of you reading this article are aware that this Sunday is “Super Bowl Sunday.” Even if you’re not a football fan, chances are that you’ll be like the vast majority of Americans, glued to the tube, or at least doing something with the game on in the background. Estimates are that around 115 million of us will be tuned in to the game, which represents almost 36% of the population – a staggering percentage when you stop and think about it.

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Pastor's Blog: The Highest Honor

 |  Pastor's Blog  |  Dr. Doug Dortch

A church always functions best and most faithfully when its members live out the teachings of Jesus. While it’s important for believers to think rightly, it’s perhaps even more critical that they live rightly. As the old saying goes, “Anyone can talk a good game.” What turns heads and hearts, especially in this day when people no longer grant as much respect to the church as in day’s past, is for people to align their verbal confession with their behavioral one.

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Pastor's Blog: Toward Bold Faithfulness

 |  Pastor's Blog  |  Dr. Doug Dortch

The Cooperative Baptist Fellowship is our primary denominational partner. As you know, CBF sees Mountain Brook Baptist Church as one of the most accomplished congregations associated with their “denomi-network.” In fact, our John Scott now serves as a member of CBF’s Governing Board, which is responsible for the administrative work of the entire body.

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Project 119: Hebrews 13:20-25

 |  Project 119  |  Amy Hirsch

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Pastor's Blog: A "Can’t Miss" Resolution

 |  Pastor's Blog  |  Dr. Doug Dortch

By now I would imagine that you’ve finished making your list of resolutions for 2020. If your list is like mine, it tends to be a recycled one. Somehow we get the feeling that every January we’ll find a renewed dedication to doing things we know are in our best interest, but always seem to be unduly difficult to complete.

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Project 119: Hebrews 13:1-19

 |  Project 119  |  Amy Hirsch

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Project 119: Hebrews 12:18-29

 |  Project 119  |  Amy Hirsch

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The Secret Is There Is No Secret | Wayne Splawn

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As we begin a new year, chances are good that most of us have given at least some thought to New Year’s Resolutions. It may be that you have totally given up on the practice of making resolutions at the start of a new year because you have failed to follow through with plans for self improvement in years past. However, I would venture to guess that even the most cynical among us stands on the brink of this new year with at least a glimmer of hope that we will make positive progress in some area of our lives in 2020.

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The Secret Is There Is No Secret

 |  Pastor's Blog  |  Dr. Wayne Splawn

As we begin a new year, chances are good that most of us have given at least some thought to New Year’s Resolutions. It may be that you have totally given up on the practice of making resolutions at the start of a new year because you have failed to follow through with plans for self improvement in years past. However, I would venture to guess that even the most cynical among us stands on the brink of this new year with at least a glimmer of hope that we will make positive progress in some area of our lives in 2020.

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Project 119: Hebrews 12:3-17

 |  Project 119  |  Amy Hirsch

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Project 119: Hebrews 12:1-2

 |  Project 119  |  Amy Hirsch

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Project 119: Hebrews 11:32-40

 |  Project 119  |  Amy Hirsch

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Project 119: Hebrews 11:17-31

 |  Project 119  |  Amy Hirsch

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Project 119: Hebrews 11:1-16

 |  Project 119  |  Amy Hirsch

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