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Tuesday, 01 May 2012 17:52

Raising a Child of Good Character

Written by Mike and Lisa Conn

Since its beginning over ten years ago, Zits has become one of America’s favorite comic strips. Here’s Jeremy Duncan, a 15-year-old aspiring rock musician, riddled with angst, boredom, and parents who don’t understand anything. Sound familiar? Read on. Jeremy’s room is a train wreck, he’s clueless when it comes to helping around the house, awkward with social graces (what are those?), and is always hungry and broke.
Mom and Dad have that stunned “deer-in-the-headlights” look about them that screams “HELP!”

Tuesday, 01 May 2012 17:49

Anorexia: Starving Yourself to Death

Written by Brenda Payne

“My name is Sally. I am fourteen years old. I used to be a “normal” teenager who loved to play sports, hang out with friends, and listen to music. Recently, I have become obsessed with the fear of getting fat. I live in constant dread of huge hips, thick thighs, and a saggy stomach. While I don’t really want to starve myself, I see no other way to reach my ideal body weight than to regulate calories and exercise vigorously. I am trapped and I don’t know how to stop the cycle. Most of the time I don’t even want to.”

Tuesday, 01 May 2012 17:46

Tracing the Hand of God

Written by Bob Crittendon

Quite often in this space, I highlight aspects of the culture, not always positive, of which we need to be aware and offer ideas on how we can be responsive and influential regarding cultural trends. For this month’s column, I want to celebrate FIVE areas where I am observing that God is working in a profound way through his people.

Tuesday, 01 May 2012 17:42

Mixing Friends with Business

Written by Dave Ramsey

Question: I just began a business with a friend as an LLC partnership. I know he’s honest and a hard worker, but I’m still a little scared that everything will fall apart and we’ll walk away mad at each other. We used a CPA to get a tax ID number and help us set up the company. Do you think we should pay a lawyer to help us map out the partnership agreement in writing?

Tuesday, 01 May 2012 17:41

Boundaries, Worship and the Work of God

Written by Alan Cross

What if we stayed in a place and called it home? What if we persevered in relationships, even when they were hard? In the past, people would remain in towns and even neighborhoods where they grew up. Aunts, uncles, cousins, grandparents, childhood friends – all together, forging a life in community. It was hard to be anonymous. People would work jobs for decades, learning a craft and a trade and they would put down roots. Sure, people have always moved around for various reasons – economic, mostly. But, having traveled and built, we would often stay in one place. Our spiritual life was also a rooted affair. Many would grow up in churches, get married, and raise children in the same church.

Saturday, 07 April 2012 11:01

On Whom Do We Depend?

Written by Bob Crittendon

The recent flap over the mandate by the Department of Health and Human Services requiring religious organizations, through their insurance companies, to provide free birth control (including types of contraception that can induce abortions) has brought to light an agenda that stands in contrast to the Judeo-Christian principles upon which America was founded and has long embraced. We have to recognize that our nation’s emphasis on dependence on God is being reduced, resulting in the rise of a sense of dependence on human wisdom, ingenuity, and control, embodied in a large, centralized government intent on managing the everyday lives of the citizenry. Please consider these points:

Book Reviews

  • Books to Read

    Essentialism

    by Greg McKeown

     

    Life is complicated. Life is full of responsibilities and opportunities, planned duties and serendipitous possibilities. There is so much we could do, but so little we can do. Many of us battle our whole lives to focus on those few, significant items that we should do must do, and yet so few of us ever feel like we are even nearly succeeding.

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Faith at Work

  • Keon Addison, School Teacher and Fitness Coach, Unleashed Potential

     

    RRJ:  Was there a specific moment in your life where you understood Jesus as Savior and Lord, or did that happen gradually?

     

    Keon:  I was raised in church because my mom was a Christian and pianist at five different churches in Mississippi. (Back then, church was only open one Sunday a month.)

    I was baptized at an early age, but it wasn’t until I was 17 and my friends invited me to their youth retreat called DiscipleNow, hosted by First Baptist Church, that I truly believed. The youth minister, Troy Amster, gave an invitation. During that moment I felt God’s presence like never before. I accepted Him in my heart and that’s when I drew closer to Him. I received Him as my Father, Savior and Lord.

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