Tom Self from Jefferson County is my wife Sara’s first cousin. Tom was Chief Photographer and headed up the Photography Section with The Birmingham News before he retired several years back. As a young photographer in 1963, Tom was the only photographer allowed to enter the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham after the tragic bombing of the church. I have seen the photographs taken by Tom and they depict the scene of a burned–out church where four innocent children were killed. Tom says that the scene he witnessed was like a war zone and his photographs confirm it.
For the LORD is good, his mercy is everlasting: and his truth endureth to all generation.
Anthony Spurling, a Birmingham lawyer, sent in a verse this month. He says he is truly encouraged when he reads Philippians 1:6. This scripture reminds him daily that without Jesus and the Holy Spirit he can do nothing.
being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ;
Dr. John A. Kline, a good friend who is a professor at Troy University, furnished another verse from Philippians. In fact, his selection fits directly with the verse sent in and set out above.
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
Amy Methvin, who sent in a verse for this issue, says she has been dwelling on Isaiah 20:31 lately. She says that we all have been in a place in our lives where we are literally worn out. Amy, who is married to Tom Methvin, our firm’s Managing Shareholder, says that we all most likely have tried to run in our own strength, but that the Word says to “wait for the Lord.” However, she points out there is more to this phrase “wait for” than just sitting patiently. Amy reminds us that we need the Lord’s strength. She assures us that we can have His strength if we bind ourselves to God and wait for His provision.
Those who wait for The Lord will gain new strength; they will mount up with wings like eagles, they will run and not get tired, they will walk and not become weary.
My good friend Alan Worrell, who is president of Sterling Bank, sent in my favorite verse for this issue. Alan is a strong supporter of many good and worthwhile causes in the River Region, including the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. He is a dedicated Christian who leads the folks at his bank in the right way.
Cast your cares on the Lord and He will sustain you. He will never let the righteous fall.
Rev. Mike McKnight, the Pastor at Fairhope UMC, furnished a timely verse this month. Mike and I have been friends for several years and I can say, without reservation, that he is a true man of God.
Trust in the LORD with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths.
Pam Sexton, who is an interior decorator at Pickwick Antiques in Montgomery, says that of all the wonderful things she received from her “gracious, beautiful, talented mother,” her mother’s love of the Lord was cherished above all. Pam is still amazed that her mother pursued a theological degree after getting her degree from Judson College. Her mother’s favorite verse, Proverbs 3:5-6, has become Pam’s favorite. Pam says that that verse becomes more meaningful and richer with each passing year.
Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; In ALL your ways acknowledge HIM, and he will make your paths straight.
Proverbs 3: 5-6
Ray Smoot furnished another timely verse – Matthew 20:26-27 – for this issue. He and I grew up together in Clayton. Ray was a very good athlete and went on to a highly successful career as a high school football coach. He now lives in Fairhope, Ala.
Yet it shall not be so among you; but whoever desires to become great among you, let him be your servant. And whoever desires to be first among you, let him be your slave
Anthony L. Cicio, a lawyer from Birmingham, sent in comments concerning the report. He says that Philippians 2:3-4 emulates how our firm operates. I deeply appreciate his comments and sincerely hope and pray we can live up to the comments in that passage of scripture.
Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of others.
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