Thursday, 23 August 2018 07:40

Dave Has Answers

Written by Dave Ramsey

Allow Them to Earn It

 

 

Q.  Our daughter just turned 10 years old. Is now the right time to start giving her an allowance, and start teaching her about money?

Thursday, 23 August 2018 07:22

Not Idly By

Written by Bob Crittenden

A pastor in Washington state concluded his Father’s Day sermon recently by praying this: “Lord...don’t let us be content as men to just let life go by, to see the world around us burn. God, instead, help us to get involved.”

Sunday, 19 August 2018 15:07

Being a Godly Mother-in-law

Written by Pastor Kemi Searcy

As I reminisce on the goodness of God, I cannot help but to thank him specifically for His unwavering love for me, my family and especially my loving husband. Without a doubt, I know my husband is who he is because of his mom’s Godly influence.

Sunday, 19 August 2018 15:01

Beautiful Survivor

Written by Sandra (Sam) Belkofer

I first met A about 2 years ago. She was seeking counseling to receive help coming to terms with her diagnosis of Stage 4 breast cancer. A had been first diagnosed with Stage 2 breast cancer in 2012. She received intensive treatment and went into remission. She and her children, her husband and her extensive extended family were beginning to feel safe from cancer. However, she had a recurrence in 2015 and learned that the cancer had spread into her bones. She was diagnosed with Stage 4 cancer.  A once again began receiving treatment for cancer and continued doing so when we began working together.

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RRJ:  Growing up in the small town of Hoke’s Bluff, Alabama, what qualities did you gain from your community that led you to be a Christ follower?

 

Shawn:  My grandparents, specifically my Baptist-preacher grandfather, my youth choir director, and a friend’s mom, influenced me by being loving, genuine Christian examples. They saw a kid who wasn’t perfect, but that knew what perfection in Christ was and they just fed into that. Being in a small town, with people who had good values instilled in them early in life, made loving Jesus much easier than today’s kids have it with so many electronic distractions. We were outside – a lot – soaking in all God had to offer us in nature. It was a simpler time with good, solid, mostly like-minded people.  It was also a community that allowed other parents to hold us accountable when we messed up. Loving Jesus was the norm, not the exception. Also, my parents’ generosity and loving spirits cannot be undervalued in who I am in Christ today.

Wednesday, 15 August 2018 16:39

Beauty From a Cracked Pot

Written by Sam Whatley

I wondered why our neighbor left a large terra cotta pot at her back gate when she moved away. In time I would realize that it was cracked. But I didn’t see the flaw or the pot’s potential for a long time. Now I see that our neighbor left us a treasure.

 

About twenty feet from the pot I had planted a crepe myrtle tree. I spent hours each year pruning the limbs, watering the roots, and mowing around it. In June each summer the limbs hung heavy with vibrant purple blossoms. In the fall the blossoms turned to berry-like seeds.

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Book Reviews

  • Books to Read

    12 Faithful Men:

    Portraits of Courageous Endurance in Pastoral Ministry

     

    12 Faithful Menis a collection of portraits that capture the lives and ministries of godly men, scattered throughout church history. These men come from a variety of backgrounds and have all made significant contributions to the kingdom of God.

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Faith at Work

  • Shawn Cole, Attorney, Hill, Hill, Carter, Franco, Cole, and Black

    RRJ:  Growing up in the small town of Hoke’s Bluff, Alabama, what qualities did you gain from your community that led you to be a Christ follower?

     

    Shawn:  My grandparents, specifically my Baptist-preacher grandfather, my youth choir director, and a friend’s mom, influenced me by being loving, genuine Christian examples. They saw a kid who wasn’t perfect, but that knew what perfection in Christ was and they just fed into that. Being in a small town, with people who had good values instilled in them early in life, made loving Jesus much easier than today’s kids have it with so many electronic distractions. We were outside – a lot – soaking in all God had to offer us in nature. It was a simpler time with good, solid, mostly like-minded people.  It was also a community that allowed other parents to hold us accountable when we messed up. Loving Jesus was the norm, not the exception. Also, my parents’ generosity and loving spirits cannot be undervalued in who I am in Christ today.

    Read more...
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