Mathiston UMC speaker to discuss overcoming tragedy and hard times

246843_1696978273035_4661658_nEveryone experiences difficult circumstances at various times in life. Many experience tragedy on some level. Some of these circumstances can shake a person to their very core.

James Cruise believes “God chooses what we go through. We choose how we go through it.” Cruise will be the guest speaker at the 11 a.m. worship service at Mathiston United Methodist Church on March 29. James Cruise Ministries, based in Clinton, is a ministry dedicated to showing people  “life is about ‘getting back up’ when the tragedies and bad times of life come visiting you.”

Cruise said he wants people to come away from his message on March 29 with the thought that “life can be good, no matter what happened yesterday.”

“Tragedy is a defining moment in our lives,” Cruise said. “It’s not the tragic event that’s important in our lives. What’s important is what we do after that tragedy happens in our lives. How we respond to what has happened. How we move on or how we don’t move on with our lives. Where we look to for our direction and help.”

Cruise said he looked for help and comfort in all the wrong places. He will be sharing his reaction to powerful tragedy following the death of his parents and the loss of his wife at Mathiston UMC.

“I will be telling my story, my journey so far in my life,” Cruise said. “What life has thrown at me and how I have responded, what I have learned and how I have grown closer to God while confronting some tragedies in my life.”

Several Mathiston UMC church members have heard Cruise speak and said he “truly speaks from the heart about overcoming tragedy and we are anxious to have him at our church.”

Roger Miller of Mathiston UMC said Cruise’s message is especially fitting for the Easter season.

“The message James Cruise brings is one of triumph over tragedy through the grace of God,” Miller said. “We invite anyone who believes they could benefit from it to join us on Palm Sunday for this outstanding presentation.”

For more information about James Cruise Ministries, go to


See this story in the March 21, 2015 edition of the Starkville District Newsletter at 3-20-15 newsletter

See this story in the March 25, 2015 edition of The Webster Progress Times at

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