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Wednesday, 13 December 2017 08:56

Ministry Spotlight: Family Sunshine Center

Written by Ashley Sherlock

“Our mission is big and important and the work that is done dramatically impacts the communities we serve.”

Wednesday, 13 December 2017 08:34

Keeping Christ the Center of Christmas

Written by Mary May Larmoyeux

We keep one of our family treasures in a white cardboard box, tucked in a corner of our attic - until each December. That’s when it’s carried down the stairs into our den.  After carefully removing the yellowed newspaper protecting the handmade figures, one by one the pieces are revealed: a shepherd, a wiseman, a donkey, an angel, a cow, Mary, Joseph, and of course…baby Jesus. It’s tradition.

Thursday, 30 November 2017 08:22

When Christmas Loses Its Meaning

Written by Jason Watson

I recently asked a church group I was teaching to list places where they would like to share the gospel of Jesus.  You could probably guess many they shared.  Places like India, Iran, Japan and Spain. 

Wednesday, 08 November 2017 10:56

In Pursuit of a Truer Christianity

Written by Scott Sauls

In my role as a “public Christian” who leads a church and weighs in on the issues of our day through speaking, discourse, and writing, I am eager to nurture environments in which people can openly disagree…but without the fear of being caricatured, labeled, or demonized. In other words, I am for disagreeing in an agreeable fashion. I guess you could say that I am a strong advocate of tolerance.

I knew that the Lord was leading me to culinary school. I didn’t know that would lead me to go out and serve the less fortunate and build the ministry I now have.”

“While we may not be witnessing the lame, the blind and the weak being healed right before our eyes, we have seen miraculous events take place and lives changed.”

Sunday, 15 October 2017 15:39

2013 Fall Festival Listing

Written by Staff

 

 

The River Region's Fall Festival Listings
Festivals, Trunk-or-treats, Bazaars, and more.

 

 

 

Friday, 13 October 2017 08:58

Jesus and Performance Fatigue

Written by Scott Sauls

In the classic play, Fiddler on the Roof, a husband and wife have two daughters who have both fallen in love. The husband, noticing how happy the daughters are, turns to his wife and asks her, “Do you love me?” She responds:

 

Do I love you?  For twenty-five years I have washed your clothes, cooked your meals, cleaned your house, given you children, milked the cow. After twenty-five years, why talk about love right now? Do I love him? For twenty-five years I have lived with him, fought with him, starved with him. Twenty-five years my bed is his. If that’s not love, what is?

…to which the husband nervously mutters, “Then you love me?”

Tuesday, 12 September 2017 17:10

Dear Moms of College Freshmen

Written by Brenda Payne

I dropped my youngest child off at college this week. I can definitely tell you it was NOT the experience I had six years ago when I took my first child.

Communities of Transformation is an organization lead by Laurel and Fred Blackwell and dedicated to guiding families toward self-sufficiency while focusing on reconciliation, restoration and healing. Communities of Transformation is a collaborative initiative of the United Methodist Church. Other denominations and agencies are welcome to partner with C.O.T. to work with the poor.

Wednesday, 09 August 2017 07:26

Training Debt-Free Children

Written by Jennifer Slattery

In Proverbs 22:7, God warns us of the dangers of debt: “Just as the rich rule the poor, so the borrower is servant to the lender” (NLT). In 2008, many Christian families realized too late the truth in those words. With the recent economic crisis, our country saw the tragic effects of mounting debt as families lost homes and jobs. For many Americans, this was a call for drastic change, and families began to pare back spending and look for ways to reduce their debt. But are we teaching our youth to do the same? When we drop our teenagers off at college, are they prepared to handle the onslaught of credit card offers they’ll receive?

“I am convinced,” says Child Evangelism Fellowship of Central Ala. Chairman Chris Carver, “that there is no greater opportunity today for spreading the Gospel than in reaching out to children.”

For most honest Christians, becoming like Jesus Christ—or what Scripture calls sanctification—can be a supremely anticlimactic process. No matter how much better we become over time, no matter how much more loving, joyful, peaceful, patient, kind, good, faithful, gentle, and self-controlled we are this year compared to last year (Galatians 5:22-23), we never progress in our character to the degree that we once hoped that we would. Ironically, the more like Jesus we actually become, the more unlike Jesus we realize that we are.

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