Q. My wife and I make $100,000 a year combined, and we have about $12,000 in credit card debt. We also owe another $80,000 in student loans, and our kids’ private school education costs $1,000 a month. Is it okay for me to take a loan against my 401(k), which is invested in mutual funds, to clean up the credit card bills?
Someone once said that the only thing we can be sure about in life is change. Even though we work hard to maintain a stable and predictable way of life, some type of change always finds a way to throw us off balance. These changes for some are exhilarating, but for most of us we experience various levels of stress or anxiety.
The Olympic Games in Rio are now history, full of memorable moments and tremendous triumphs. Perhaps one of the most memorable came in a 5,000 meter qualifying event in track and field. American runner Abbey D’Agostino and New Zealander Nikki Hamblin tripped over one another on the track and both fell to the ground.
In the Book of Exodus there are dozens of commandments. One that catches my attention is Exodus 22:21, “Do not mistreat an alien or oppress him for you were aliens in Egypt” (NIV).
In 2014, the movie “God’s Not Dead” was released. The movie’s lead character was Josh Wheaton, an evangelical college student. He enrolled in a philosophy class taught by Professor Jeffrey Radisson, an atheist. Radisson demanded that students sign a declaration that “God is dead” in order to pass the course. Josh is the only student who refuses to sign.
Autumn has always been my favorite season. There are many reasons…the weather gets cooler, the leaves are changing, and it’s football season. Already some of my favorite teams have won and lost, and we have only just begun.
It’s not like we’re hurting for books on marriage. In fact, there may be more Christian books on marriage than on any topic besides prayer. This means that any new book has to be awfully good to stand out from an already-crowded field. It was pure joy, then, to read Christopher Ash’s Married for God: Making Your Marriage the Best It Can Be and see it do exactly that. It is one of the very best books on marriage I have ever read—and I’ve read a lot of them.
RRJ: Even though you were exposed to Christ as a young child, late in high school God began speaking into your heart that He wanted a deeper relationship with you. How did that happen and how did you respond?
Katrina: I grew up in a very ritual-based church, also attending that church’s school from kindergarten through 9th grade. I practiced those rituals “religiously”, but felt God was calling me in a different direction. So, the summer after I graduated from high school, I was baptized and began attending a new church. It was then that I felt I could truly be expressive with my faith. As I studied the Bible, I realized Christ and the unwavering word of God was all that mattered. I had a relationship and not a religion!