Tuesday, 01 May 2012 17:49

Anorexia: Starving Yourself to Death

Written by Brenda Payne

“My name is Sally. I am fourteen years old. I used to be a “normal” teenager who loved to play sports, hang out with friends, and listen to music. Recently, I have become obsessed with the fear of getting fat. I live in constant dread of huge hips, thick thighs, and a saggy stomach. While I don’t really want to starve myself, I see no other way to reach my ideal body weight than to regulate calories and exercise vigorously. I am trapped and I don’t know how to stop the cycle. Most of the time I don’t even want to.”

Tuesday, 01 May 2012 17:46

Tracing the Hand of God

Written by Bob Crittendon

Quite often in this space, I highlight aspects of the culture, not always positive, of which we need to be aware and offer ideas on how we can be responsive and influential regarding cultural trends. For this month’s column, I want to celebrate FIVE areas where I am observing that God is working in a profound way through his people.

Tuesday, 01 May 2012 17:42

Mixing Friends with Business

Written by Dave Ramsey

Question: I just began a business with a friend as an LLC partnership. I know he’s honest and a hard worker, but I’m still a little scared that everything will fall apart and we’ll walk away mad at each other. We used a CPA to get a tax ID number and help us set up the company. Do you think we should pay a lawyer to help us map out the partnership agreement in writing?

Tuesday, 01 May 2012 17:41

Boundaries, Worship and the Work of God

Written by Alan Cross

What if we stayed in a place and called it home? What if we persevered in relationships, even when they were hard? In the past, people would remain in towns and even neighborhoods where they grew up. Aunts, uncles, cousins, grandparents, childhood friends – all together, forging a life in community. It was hard to be anonymous. People would work jobs for decades, learning a craft and a trade and they would put down roots. Sure, people have always moved around for various reasons – economic, mostly. But, having traveled and built, we would often stay in one place. Our spiritual life was also a rooted affair. Many would grow up in churches, get married, and raise children in the same church.

Saturday, 07 April 2012 11:01

On Whom Do We Depend?

Written by Bob Crittendon

The recent flap over the mandate by the Department of Health and Human Services requiring religious organizations, through their insurance companies, to provide free birth control (including types of contraception that can induce abortions) has brought to light an agenda that stands in contrast to the Judeo-Christian principles upon which America was founded and has long embraced. We have to recognize that our nation’s emphasis on dependence on God is being reduced, resulting in the rise of a sense of dependence on human wisdom, ingenuity, and control, embodied in a large, centralized government intent on managing the everyday lives of the citizenry. Please consider these points:

Saturday, 07 April 2012 11:00

A Hunger for Peace

Written by Mike and Lisa Conn

As I write this article, teens across the nation are excitedly anticipating the release of The Hunger Games, a popular “young adult” book series and now motion picture. The story is based upon an oppressed futuristic society controlled by a dictatorial government through hunger and an annual “Reaping”. Bob Hoose (March 16, Plugged In, Focus on the Family) describes the plot:

Book Reviews

  • Books to Read

    Sipping Saltwater

    by Steve Hoppe

     

    Is there any sin we commit more but admit less than the sin of idolatry? As people who have knowingly and willingly deserted the one true God, we turn our hearts this way and that to find the satisfaction we are meant to find in him alone. We try first one thing and then the other yet never find our thirst assuaged. It is not until we rest in Him that we find true rest. It is not until we are satisfied in him that we find true satisfaction. Idolatry is the curse of all mankind.

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Faith at Work

  • Dr. Den Trumbull, Pediatrician, Pediatric Healthcare

    RRJ:  You grew up knowing who Jesus was, but as a teen you say you saw Him in a different light.  What would you say brought you to this awareness?

     

    Dr. Trumbull:  Although I knew about Jesus, I didn’t know him personally.  In high school, I attended a summer camp with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and heard the late Dallas Cowboys Football Coach Tom Landry speak about his relationship with Christ.  It was then that I realized my sinful nature and my need for a Savior. 

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