Monday, 03 April 2017 14:36

Probaton Scubalon

Written by Tony Butler

John 10:15  “As the Father knows Me, even so I know the Father; and I lay down My life for the sheep.”

 

If you look up the Greek word for sheep you will see the word “probaton”. Sheep, especially lambs, are cute animals. We love to see paintings of sheep/lambs in the arms of the Good Shepherd Jesus and imagine ourselves as one of His little loved ones safely resting in His bosom. Surrounding Jesus in the paintings are clean adoring sheep that are being gently led to still waters and green pastures. How we love the ideal.

Monday, 13 March 2017 07:24

Dave Ramsey has the Answers to Your Questions!

Written by Dave Ramsey

 

Q. My husband and I have four kids, and I make $50,000 a year. He runs a small business that has been floundering for a while now, so we’re basically living off my income. Part of that income is going into the business. Plus, we don’t have much in savings, and we’re behind on our house payments. Do you have any advice?

Friday, 10 March 2017 12:51

Celebrating Your Femininity

Written by Kemi Searcy

Today’s woman faces a tremendous identity crisis. Many want to be something other than what they are. In my years of ministry I have encountered a fair number of people who are women biologically but desire to be men. Others don’t want to be men necessarily, but do not embrace their femininity. I have a burden for women to learn how very valuable and astounding the qualities are that God has placed within them.

How do we as Christians keep hope alive when things in our world, our communities, our families, and perhaps even our own lives are not looking very hopeful?  This is a question that many believers struggle with and I count myself among them.  It is worth thinking about and struggling with because a person without hope can quickly fall into feelings of resignation and despair.  The Bible says in Proverbs 13:12, “Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but when the desire cometh, it is a tree of life.”  So in the above verse it seems to be referring back to the tree of life in the Garden of Eden. The tree represents the life that God had originally intended us to have before sin came into the world.  It represents full life, life abundant, peace with God, perfect communion with Him...knowing that He has our best interests at heart. 

Friday, 10 March 2017 12:18

Choosing to Be "Constructive"

Written by Bob Crittendon

In a time in which awards shows have become politicized, it seems that those responsible for the Academy Awards had become concerned, according to a piece on the Deadline Hollywood website. After the Screen Actors Guild Awards ceremony became open season on President Trump, and specifically his refugee policy, it seemed that the Oscars might have been taking a second look.

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RRJ:  You grew up around a family and church that celebrated and explained the Good News of Jesus, yet when you left home and headed to West Point, you drifted from following Christ.  What was the cause?

 

Travis:  I believe the parable of the sower told by Jesus in Mark 4:18-29 describes my situation at the time.  I chose the cares and pleasures of “The World”.  Starting in high school, I chose to follow what I considered the “in-crowd”.  I became increasingly concerned with being popular, especially with women.  I was influenced not only by popular culture, but also by the friends I chose to hang out with. 

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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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