Thursday, 05 July 2012 13:39

Daily Forgiving

Written by Pamela Boswell

Is there someone you know who makes your heart beat faster, your breath shorter, your throat tighter or your stomach more acidic every time you see or think of them? If so, there is a very good chance that you have been offended and have not granted that person forgiveness.

Thursday, 05 July 2012 13:03

Celebrating American Independence

Written by Bob Crittendon

Imagine this – a nation founded on the principles of the Bible, where God’s heart is expressed in the laws and conduct of the people. What an amazing system of government and an atmosphere of goodness that could be! Now, consider these words:

Thursday, 05 July 2012 12:58

Guidelines for Giving

Written by Dave Ramsey

Question: My husband and I are debt-free, and we have $100,000 saved. We like to give, rather than loan, money to family members if they’re having financial problems. Can you give us some advice on how to establish giving guidelines?

Thursday, 05 July 2012 12:57

Stephen and the Stiffnecks

Written by Joe Martin, Venture Church

I’ve been working through Acts and recently came to the text concerning the arrest and martyrdom of Stephen (Acts 6:13-7:42).Stephen is arrested by a mob and brought before the council under the same charges that Jesus was accused of; blasphemy of Moses through alteration of the law and blasphemy towards God through hostility towards the Temple (Acts 6:13-14). While Stephen is on trial, he quickly turns the tables on his prosecutors. He begins by addressing them with respectful terms like “brothers and fathers,” but by the end of his address, he calls them “stiff-necked” and “uncircumcised.”

Wednesday, 06 June 2012 14:46

Practicing Healthy Self-Talk

Written by Doug Hudgins

Have you ever noticed how much you talk to yourself? Throughout the day, hundreds of internal impromptu monologues are performed on the stage of your mind. As you interpret the experiences of life, you do so largely with words. The content of this self-talk can be constructive and helpful, or very misleading and even destructive. Research shows that we can speak to ourselves at a rate of over 1,000 words per minute. At that rate, you can very quickly talk yourself into going in a positive or negative direction. In order to avoid out of control, confusing and possibly hurtful responses in life, and to live in a way that is pleasing to God, it is important to learn to think biblically and to talk to yourself rather than just listen to yourself.

Wednesday, 06 June 2012 14:35

Chasing After the Afterlife

Written by Bob Crittendon

We can be so consumed with our lives here and now that we don’t pause very often to think about what happens after we leave this earth. I believe that if we develop a greater awareness of heaven, it can impact the way we live our lives now.

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.

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