Wednesday, 15 August 2018 16:39

Beauty From a Cracked Pot

Written by Sam Whatley

I wondered why our neighbor left a large terra cotta pot at her back gate when she moved away. In time I would realize that it was cracked. But I didn’t see the flaw or the pot’s potential for a long time. Now I see that our neighbor left us a treasure.

 

About twenty feet from the pot I had planted a crepe myrtle tree. I spent hours each year pruning the limbs, watering the roots, and mowing around it. In June each summer the limbs hung heavy with vibrant purple blossoms. In the fall the blossoms turned to berry-like seeds.

Christians embarking upon their faith journey in an ever-changing, fast paced technological society that is filled with the perils of times and stressors of life often find themselves putting the reading of God’s word on the back burner.  As we venture throughout our daily faith walk, we will experience some good days, but at other times we can feel overwhelmed, perplexed, discouraged and just simply want to give up.  That’s where the word of God comes in, for the Bible reminds us in 2 Corinthians 12:9 that “my grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness.”

Thursday, 12 July 2018 11:53

Dave Ramsey has the Answers to Your Questions!

Written by Dave Ramsey

Teach Them While They’re Young

 

Q. My wife and I want to begin teaching our son how make a budget and live on one. He’s 16, and he has a part-time job and a hand-me-down car. Is this a realistic idea?

Thursday, 12 July 2018 11:49

Trust Redux

Written by Dr. D. Kim Hamblin

Several months ago I wrote an article for River Region’s Journey about trust. After more thought, I have realized the importance of looking at any concept through multiple lenses. Trust is a complex concept. Trust is important in clinical work, but it is important in any relationship. A patient introduced me to Brene Brown. If you visit her website, brenebrown.com, you will find multiple videos on TedTalks, YouTube, and the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN). She begins with an anecdote about her 3rd grader who shared some hard things about herself with a couple of friends. When she later walked into her classroom, many children pointed at her and laughed. When telling her mother this story, she said, “I will never trust anybody again.” This is a decision that will isolate any of us as long as we refuse to trust anyone.

Thursday, 12 July 2018 11:44

His Will

Written by Bob Crittendon

The last will and testament of the late evangelist Billy Graham was recently released to the public, and it contains some wise words that not only apply to his family members, but can provide challenges for each of us.

Thursday, 12 July 2018 11:29

What a Man Needs

Written by Kemi Searcy

I have been married to Kyle Christian Searcy for 27 years. We obviously have learned a lot about each other. But there are surprises around the corners as we continue to grow our relationship. Instead of presuming I know everything about men based on what I know about Kyle, I asked him to share with you directly what men need as husbands. Here’s Kyle…

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Book Reviews

  • Books to Read

    When I Am Afraid

    Edward T. Welch

     

    When I Am Afraid by Edward T. Welch is a short book.  It is also a very powerful book.  The author sets forth his intended goals at the beginning of the book.

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Faith at Work

  • Michael Jernigan, Jr, Assistant Manager, Sam's Club

    RRJ:  As a manager at Sam’s Club, what does your job entail?

     

     

    Michael:  I assist and develop in directing our management team in all facility operations. I assist in providing supervision and development opportunities for members of management and hourly associates. I assist in directing and guiding members of management and hourly associates on proper member service approaches and techniques. I contribute to membership and sales growth. I coordinate, complete and oversee job-related activities and assignments. I ensure compliance with company policies and procedures and support our company mission, values and standards of ethics and integrity.

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