Monday, 12 March 2018 06:43

Prayer, Fasting and the Hands and Feet

Written by Rebecca Morris, LPC

Spring has sprung!  The azaleas are in bloom, and new life sprouts all around us. 

 

For Christians, the Easter celebration of the resurrection of Jesus is the ultimate spring – the reminder of the new life we have in Christ. Many Christian traditions observe Lent, the 40-day period before Easter of self-examination and reflection that can prepare us for the full joy of Easter.  Observation of Lent is an ancient Christian tradition, a season of penitence, repentance, prayer and fasting leading to a renewal of the soul to allow for greater dedication to serving God and others in the coming year.

Monday, 12 March 2018 06:20

The Contented Heart

Written by Pastor Kemi Searcy

I love my 9-year-old granddaughter. One quality that has endeared her to me is her desire to read. Abby would come home from school, do her homework, eat dinner, and read until she had to be stopped in time for bed.  When Abby received an electronic tablet for a gift last Christmas, I assumed her love of reading would go to the next level. Yet, Abby used the device to watch MTV videos. She began to stand in front of her mirror, twitching her little body, and asking me, “Grandma, do you think I am pretty?” 

Monday, 12 March 2018 06:10

And I Helped!

Written by Sam Whatley

Children can teach us a lot, especially young children. I learned something last fall by watching a landscaper and his four-year-old son. The father was unloading bales of pine straw, breaking them up, and spreading large handfuls around bushes and flowers. He quickly spread a thick layer of loose straw around all the plants, without covering them up. His son snatched a tiny handful of straw from a broken bale, dropped it close to a flower, then gleefully rushed back to get another handful. He repeated this over and over. The smile on the boy’s face and the shine in his eyes made it evident that he was proud to be helping his father with his landscaping.

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RRJ:  Tiffany, you grew up in a Christian home, regularly going to church.  How has this foundation grown your faith in God?

 

Tiffany:  A foundation was most certainly laid, and my entire extended family were/are all believers. I grew up in a home where faith and church were a high priority and our lives and schedules were centered around the church.  I learned at an early age to value God’s Word and begin to grid my life and decisions through a Biblical lens.

I wonder if I’ve treated God’s love as paramount to my relationships with God and others, but failed to fully enjoy it?  A brief glance at a piece of beautiful art, a rushed taste of world-class cuisine, or a muffled hearing of a great piece of music may point to the value of those things, but not necessarily the enjoyment of them.   But, when fully taken in, appreciated, and allowed to affect our imaginations, affections, and attitudes we participate in the creator’s intentions.

Wednesday, 21 February 2018 12:11

Dave Ramsey has the Answers to Your Questions!

Written by Dave Ramsey

Mortgage Ratios

 

Q.  Do you have a guideline ratio for mortgage debt to income?

 

A.  When it comes to buying a home, I always tell people to get a 15-year, fixed rate mortgage, with monthly payments that are no more than 25 percent of their take home pay. This type of mortgage is the only debt I don’t beat up people for having. Still, I urge folks to pay off these loans in less than 15 years.

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Book Reviews

  • Books to Read

     

    The Gospel Comes With a House Key

    by Rosaria Butterfield

     

    “Imagine a world where the power of the gospel to change lives is ours to behold.” This is the soul-stirring, gospel-focused message that Rosaria Butterfield proclaims in her most recent book, The Gospel Comes With a House Key.

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Faith at Work

  • Charnelle Joiner

    RRJ:  What goals have you set and achieved? In your opinion, where does your drive come from?

     

    Charnelle:  Two of the first goals I set were to obtain my cosmetology license and become a certified group fitness instructor. Once those goals were met, I started setting new ones. I graduated from Mississippi State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management, commissioned in the Air Force, obtained my Teachers of English to Students of Other Languages (TESOL) certification and began teaching English as a Second Language. 

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