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?
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.
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.
We have all had to deal with detours in our lives, and not just on the highway. Detours are usually unexpected, unavoidable, and inconvenient. They are situations or events that take us in a different direction than the route we had planned. They can send us miles away from our goals and completely derail our time schedules. But sometimes they are a blessing, the means of God’s grace.
A fellow once said to me, “Don’t just tell me that Jesus rose from the grave; tell me why that should matter to me!” I saw his point and began, as best I could, to spell out at least some of the world-shaking implications of the words from the Gospel, “The Lord is risen” (Luke 24:34).
This book begins with a wedding. It kind of has to, doesn’t it? After writing so many books as a single woman, Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth (formerly Nancy Leigh DeMoss) has now written her first major work as a married woman. Not that it’s a book about marriage, of course. Not yet. Rather, it’s about adornment, about living out the beauty of the gospel.
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.