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Friday, 07 July 2017 15:06

Can We So Love the World?

Written by Sam Whatley

In 1954, when I was five years old, I had a friend about my age who lived nearby. Let’s call him Johnny. Nearby was about a quarter of a mile away on a dirt road in Macon County, Alabama.

 

For months, Johnny and I had a good time playing with marbles, blocks, and little plastic trucks in the sand. Then something terrible happened. I had a birthday.

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RRJ:  Growing up, you attended church with your grandparents and mom and were baptized at age 12.  Was this when you realized your need for Jesus’ offer of salvation? 

 

Brad:  No, my baptism felt very ceremonial, like it was a graduation event for taking the baptism class at church.  It wasn’t until Young Life camp at Windy Gap, North Carolina that I realized Jesus could truly change my life.  I realized that His path to eternal life was a better choice, my peer group was healthier, and just the experience of His grace was indescribable.

It’s summertime and one of the most popular things to do, especially in our state, is take a family vacation to the beach.  As I write this article, the threat of a tropical storm is looming in the Gulf of Mexico and, as you probably know, that makes the surf even more dangerous than usual.  One of the deadliest things about the ocean is not the sharks or the wildlife,  it is actually the undertow.  It is the rip current that lies behind the surface which will, if you do not have solid footing, suck you under the waves and drag you out to sea. 

Teens and Checkbooks

 

Q: My daughter is 15, and she’s had jobs around the house and been on commission and the envelope system for years. She’s very good about saving and not spending on silly things. We recently opened a checking account for her, and I was wondering what bills you think we should assign for her to pay on her own?

Monday, 08 May 2017 15:41

Why Should We Forgive?

Written by D. Kim Hamblin, Ph.D.

Forgiveness has long been addressed by religious faith and beliefs. It is only in the last couple of decades that psychotherapists have begun to see the importance of forgiveness. We all know of Peter’s question to Jesus about forgiving.

 

Peter came to Jesus and asked, “Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother when he sins against me? Up to seven times?” Jesus answered, “I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times.” (Matthew, Ch. 18, vs. 21, 22, NIV)

Monday, 08 May 2017 15:28

Experiencing God's Reality

Written by Bob Crittendon

While we can attempt, in our humanity, to choose our own reality, the only reality that actually counts is the one determined for us by God. Unfortunately, we can be prone to construct “fake news,” you might say.  God wants us to experience the reality He has in store for us, applying His principles to our human condition.

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