Monday, 16 October 2017 16:19

Dave Ramsey has the Answers to Your Questions!

Written by Dave Ramsey

Q. My husband and I have been saving, and we’re ready to buy our first home. We found a place we both love and can afford if we do a 30-year mortgage instead of a 15-year mortgage. Should we wait and save more for a down payment so we can afford a 15-year mortgage, or go ahead and do the 30-year deal?

Monday, 16 October 2017 15:59

Trust is Essential

Written by Kim Hamblin, Ph.D

We are born with the need to trust. It is the way that that trust is met or not met that plays a huge role in the development of our lives. Trust is an essential requirement for human life. Without it, life is extremely hard to navigate. Failure to trust can leave us isolated and unable to realize our true potential because we fear being hurt.

Monday, 16 October 2017 15:45

How Do We "Filter"?

Written by Bob Crittendon

Perhaps you are aware of the previously contentious nature of the relationship between the VidAngel filtering service and various studios.  VidAngel has re-launched after being shut down, after an “injunction was obtained” by Disney, Fox, and Warner.  In the old system, according to the Deadline website, “VidAngel cracked the encryption on discs, then sold and repurchased the content in transactions with consumers who specified edits. In effect, the sale and re-purchase created a cheap, family-friendly rental of popular films...”

Monday, 16 October 2017 15:31

Caring for the Next Generation

Written by Kemi Searcy

When my children were younger, I remember deciding to purchase them a new jacket and wearing my threadbare coat for yet another year. This proves true the quote: “A real parent is someone who puts their kids above their selfish wants and needs.” These words sound like they were taken straight from the pages of the Bible. Our Father God demonstrated the ultimate selfless act when He gave His only Son to redeem humanity. Unfortunately, we have seen an increase in behavior from our peers toward the next generation that doesn’t mimic God’s actions. We often fall in line with King Hezekiah in 2 Kings 20.

Friday, 13 October 2017 06:51

Copilot Fruit Bearers

Written by Sam Whatley

Years ago a bumper sticker became popular that stated, “God is my copilot.”  On the positive side, that message shows us that we are to work side by side with the Lord in all things and trust Him completely. That is certainly true. On the negative side, it seems to indicate that God is here to assist us with our plans. 

Wednesday, 11 October 2017 16:28

Barbara Davis, Fine Artist

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Meet local artist Barbara Davis as she shares her journey of choosing art as a career, uncertainties and blessings included.

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Book Reviews

  • The Incredibles, Cars… and The Pilgrim’s Progress: Interview with a Pixar Artist

    Generation after generation, Christians have devoured John Bunyan’s great allegorical work The Pilgrim’s Progress. It remains among the most-read books in all of human history. Among those who have been influenced by it is Garrett Taylor, an artist who works at Pixar Animation Studios and has been involved in some of their most important films. As a side project, he developed some beautiful maps of Christian’s journey to the Celestial City. Here is an interview I recently completed with Garrett in which he tells about his work, his salvation, and his illustrations of Bunyan’s world.

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Faith at Work

  • Jason Isbell, VP of Legal and Governmental Affairs, Alabama Bankers Association

    RRJ:  Jason, you have worn many hats in your professional career… from being a lawyer for politicians to being a lobbyist for bankers.  What is one standard you live by no matter what “hat” you are wearing?

     

    Jason:  The phrase “honesty is the best policy” might sound like an old cliché, but it’s a statement that has served me well.  If the general public made a list of trustworthy professions, chances are high that “attorney” and “lobbyist” would not be near the top.  Knowing that, I’ve worked especially hard to try and cultivate a reputation of being an honest broker.  To me, that means not only telling the truth but also presenting the opposing viewpoints so that folks can see all sides of the issue.  There are times when that standard might cause you to lose a battle, but it will never cause you to lose the war. 

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