Saturday, 07 April 2012 10:52

A Word to Pastors

Written by Lou Priolo

I am very grateful to the many Montgomery area pastors and church leaders who have trusted my colleagues and me at the Center for Biblical Counseling to assist them with shepherding their flock for the past 15 years. I write what follows out of a heart of gratitude and love for my brothers in Christ who have also been found faithful by Him and placed into the Gospel ministry.

Saturday, 07 April 2012 10:46

Hunt Down College Money

Written by Dave Ramsey

Question: I’m 24, and I don’t have any debt except for a small student loan. I’m going to law school to study international law, and I have a scholarship that pays 25 percent. However, I won’t really be able to work much while I’m studying. How can I do this without taking on more debt?

I have a six year old daughter who has the gift of gab. The problem is that if you listen carefully to all she says you’ll notice pretty quickly that not everything is truthful. It’s not that she intends to deceive you, but her rapid fire narration sometimes jumps track for a moment into the realm of speculation and exaggeration. She’s a good girl who loves Jesus and others, but she’s human, and unfortunately her little flaw is all too common.

Tuesday, 06 March 2012 17:10

The Process of Change

Written by Pamela Boswell

The change of seasons is a wonderful opportunity for us to evaluate our lives and “start anew”. Every time a new season is approaching, I say to myself, “I like this one best”. I now realize what I really like is the change and a sense of something new. This month marks the official beginning of spring. For some that means beautiful flowers, pastel colors and “the time of the singing of turtledoves”; for others, it means hay fever. For some it means spring break; for others--what to do with the children that week. For many, it will be a time of cleaning and throwing out or getting in the yard and cleaning up.
Through God’s provision of seasons we have opportunity to make fresh starts around our home. But, more importantly, God has provided a way for us to start again in our relationship with Him through His Son. In the Scripture it is described as a new birth, or the new man. With this new life or rebirth, the desire to please God may be immediate, but changes in our habits is not. It is a process.

Changed lives. That’s what couples leave with after attending the FamilyLife Weekend to Remember. Lives changed dramatically for the better.

Tuesday, 06 March 2012 17:07

Candidate Checklist

Written by Bob Crittendon

Very soon after the publication of this column, voters in Alabama will be going to the polls to cast their ballots in the Presidential primaries. Democrat voters will be affirming their selection of Barack Obama for a second term, and Republican voters will be making choices that will be somewhat significant in affecting the delegate count for the convention. I believe that Christians have a responsibility, as good citizens of our constitutional republic, to participate in the political process.

Book Reviews

  • Books to Read

    Sipping Saltwater

    by Steve Hoppe

     

    Is there any sin we commit more but admit less than the sin of idolatry? As people who have knowingly and willingly deserted the one true God, we turn our hearts this way and that to find the satisfaction we are meant to find in him alone. We try first one thing and then the other yet never find our thirst assuaged. It is not until we rest in Him that we find true rest. It is not until we are satisfied in him that we find true satisfaction. Idolatry is the curse of all mankind.

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Faith at Work

  • Dr. Den Trumbull, Pediatrician, Pediatric Healthcare

    RRJ:  You grew up knowing who Jesus was, but as a teen you say you saw Him in a different light.  What would you say brought you to this awareness?

     

    Dr. Trumbull:  Although I knew about Jesus, I didn’t know him personally.  In high school, I attended a summer camp with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and heard the late Dallas Cowboys Football Coach Tom Landry speak about his relationship with Christ.  It was then that I realized my sinful nature and my need for a Savior. 

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