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Thursday, 05 July 2012 12:57

Stephen and the Stiffnecks

Written by Joe Martin, Venture Church

I’ve been working through Acts and recently came to the text concerning the arrest and martyrdom of Stephen (Acts 6:13-7:42).Stephen is arrested by a mob and brought before the council under the same charges that Jesus was accused of; blasphemy of Moses through alteration of the law and blasphemy towards God through hostility towards the Temple (Acts 6:13-14). While Stephen is on trial, he quickly turns the tables on his prosecutors. He begins by addressing them with respectful terms like “brothers and fathers,” but by the end of his address, he calls them “stiff-necked” and “uncircumcised.”

Wednesday, 06 June 2012 14:46

Practicing Healthy Self-Talk

Written by Doug Hudgins

Have you ever noticed how much you talk to yourself? Throughout the day, hundreds of internal impromptu monologues are performed on the stage of your mind. As you interpret the experiences of life, you do so largely with words. The content of this self-talk can be constructive and helpful, or very misleading and even destructive. Research shows that we can speak to ourselves at a rate of over 1,000 words per minute. At that rate, you can very quickly talk yourself into going in a positive or negative direction. In order to avoid out of control, confusing and possibly hurtful responses in life, and to live in a way that is pleasing to God, it is important to learn to think biblically and to talk to yourself rather than just listen to yourself.

Teaching your child to be responsible with money is a challenging task for parents. We love our children and want to give them good things. One of the best gifts is to be united in a parenting plan that results in financially responsible children. We teach a course called “Character-Centered Parenting”, and while we’ve made our share of parenting mistakes, our children are financially responsible. Here are some of the key concepts:

Wednesday, 06 June 2012 14:35

Chasing After the Afterlife

Written by Bob Crittendon

We can be so consumed with our lives here and now that we don’t pause very often to think about what happens after we leave this earth. I believe that if we develop a greater awareness of heaven, it can impact the way we live our lives now.

Wednesday, 06 June 2012 14:31

My Food, My Roof

Written by Dave Ramsey

Question: I’m a single dad with two teenagers at home. My 15-year-old son wants to open a checking account of his own, but he doesn’t want me or anyone else to have access to it. Should I just let him do this and suffer the consequences I know are coming?

Like most people I am usually very diligent in keeping track of my appointments. I add them to my Blackberry, write them on my calendar, review them with my administrative assistant, and sometimes post reminders at home or in the car. Of course the appointments of which I am speaking are “my” appointments and they are important to “me.” Recently, however, I have been confronted with my failure to observe some other appointments that are just as important as my own self-generated appointments.

Book Reviews

  • Books to Read

    Essentialism

    by Greg McKeown

     

    Life is complicated. Life is full of responsibilities and opportunities, planned duties and serendipitous possibilities. There is so much we could do, but so little we can do. Many of us battle our whole lives to focus on those few, significant items that we should do must do, and yet so few of us ever feel like we are even nearly succeeding.

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Faith at Work

  • Keon Addison, School Teacher and Fitness Coach, Unleashed Potential

     

    RRJ:  Was there a specific moment in your life where you understood Jesus as Savior and Lord, or did that happen gradually?

     

    Keon:  I was raised in church because my mom was a Christian and pianist at five different churches in Mississippi. (Back then, church was only open one Sunday a month.)

    I was baptized at an early age, but it wasn’t until I was 17 and my friends invited me to their youth retreat called DiscipleNow, hosted by First Baptist Church, that I truly believed. The youth minister, Troy Amster, gave an invitation. During that moment I felt God’s presence like never before. I accepted Him in my heart and that’s when I drew closer to Him. I received Him as my Father, Savior and Lord.

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