Monday, 12 March 2018 06:10

And I Helped!

Written by Sam Whatley

Children can teach us a lot, especially young children. I learned something last fall by watching a landscaper and his four-year-old son. The father was unloading bales of pine straw, breaking them up, and spreading large handfuls around bushes and flowers. He quickly spread a thick layer of loose straw around all the plants, without covering them up. His son snatched a tiny handful of straw from a broken bale, dropped it close to a flower, then gleefully rushed back to get another handful. He repeated this over and over. The smile on the boy’s face and the shine in his eyes made it evident that he was proud to be helping his father with his landscaping.

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RRJ:  Tiffany, you grew up in a Christian home, regularly going to church.  How has this foundation grown your faith in God?

 

Tiffany:  A foundation was most certainly laid, and my entire extended family were/are all believers. I grew up in a home where faith and church were a high priority and our lives and schedules were centered around the church.  I learned at an early age to value God’s Word and begin to grid my life and decisions through a Biblical lens.

I wonder if I’ve treated God’s love as paramount to my relationships with God and others, but failed to fully enjoy it?  A brief glance at a piece of beautiful art, a rushed taste of world-class cuisine, or a muffled hearing of a great piece of music may point to the value of those things, but not necessarily the enjoyment of them.   But, when fully taken in, appreciated, and allowed to affect our imaginations, affections, and attitudes we participate in the creator’s intentions.

Wednesday, 21 February 2018 12:11

Dave Ramsey has the Answers to Your Questions!

Written by Dave Ramsey

Mortgage Ratios

 

Q.  Do you have a guideline ratio for mortgage debt to income?

 

A.  When it comes to buying a home, I always tell people to get a 15-year, fixed rate mortgage, with monthly payments that are no more than 25 percent of their take home pay. This type of mortgage is the only debt I don’t beat up people for having. Still, I urge folks to pay off these loans in less than 15 years.

Wednesday, 21 February 2018 12:04

Top 10 Picks of 2017

Written by Bob Crittendon

Each year on The Meeting House program, I list and explore the “Top 10 Topics” impacting the Christian community from the previous year.  Here are the “Top 10 Topics of 2017.”

Wednesday, 21 February 2018 11:58

Your Relationships: Healthy or Not?

Written by Jessica Gibbs-Fernandez, Ph.D.

The human brain pushes individuals to relate in groups, families, and the community. As well, and most importantly, humans have the drive to be in “meaningful” relationships (from marriages, friendships, even children/parents). There are healthy relationships that have “manageable problems”, and then there are toxic relationships that are destructive to mind, body, and spirit.

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Book Reviews

  • Books to Read

    Dr. David Steele (bio: David Steele writes reviews on his blog, Veritas et Lux at davidsteele.blog.  He serves as the senior pastor at Christ Fellowship in Everson, Washington and is the author of Bold Reformer)

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Faith at Work

  • Molly Stone, Executive Director, The Wellness Coalition

    RRJ:  Molly, as Executive Director at The Wellness Coalition, what does your job entail?

     

    Molly:  The Wellness Coalition is a nonprofit organization that works to get people the healthcare they need. We help uninsured adults connect with a doctor, apply for medication assistance, and learn how to manage chronic diseases like diabetes and hypertension. We also offer wellness classes on diabetes prevention and chronic disease management. Healthcare access and literacy is a major need in our community, and uninsured adults will frequently use the emergency room for regular care instead of seeing a doctor. That is not good for the hospitals or the patients. We try to break that cycle by providing resources and education to improve our clients’ health and quality of life.   

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