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Q.Our son is about to graduate from law school. He took out a loan to cover the cost, but we’ve always been debt-free and have been paying on it to help him out while he finishes his studies. The balance on the loan right now is around $30,000. He has a job waiting for him after he graduates, so we’re thinking about telling him it will be his responsibility to finish paying off the loan at that point. Is that wrong?

Monday, 08 January 2018 14:14

Hope and the Angel Gabriel

Written by Rebecca Rose Morris

Four days before Christmas, I found myself at the Montgomery Humane Society adopting a beautiful little black puppy. 

I was finally ready after losing my beloved 11-year-old shelter dog to cancer last year. He was named Clarence, after the guardian angel inIt’s a Wonderful Life, because I truly believe that he was a gift from God to give me hope and comfort during an extremely difficult time in my life.

Monday, 08 January 2018 14:11

The Importance of Lineage

Written by Bob Crittendon

During my Advent series, 25: A Christ-mas Adventure,we walked through Scriptures that focused on reasons why we can worship Jesus.  One area concentrated on some of the prophecies written about the coming of Jesus.  The Bible says that He would be born of virgin, in the city of Bethlehem, from the tribe of Judah.

 

We get a clear picture of the lineage of Jesus from the Old Testament. It has been said that Jesus fulfilled over 300 prophecies written about Him. We can have certainty that He is our Messiah and, as Scripture foretold his first coming, so we can trust the Bible’s reliability on His second.

Monday, 08 January 2018 13:11

Are You Being Useful?

Written by Kemi Searcy

I eagerly am anticipating the good things 2018 has in store. January is often the time of reflection where we make resolutions. We may promise to improve the quality of our lives by eating right, exercising, stopping being grumpy mothers and wives, cutting off credit cards, seeking further education, etc.  All of these are excellent resolutions. We should want to be the best we can, striving to achieve levels of success in our lives.

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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.

Monday, 08 January 2018 12:46

A Bumping Noise

Written by Sam Whatley

 

One day my wife, Debi, and I were startled by a bumping noise coming from somewhere behind the clothes dryer. The noise would make repetitive bumps and then stop for a time and start back. I pulled the dryer out from the wall and disconnected the cord from the outlet.

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Book Reviews

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    The Gospel Comes With a House Key

    by Rosaria Butterfield

     

    “Imagine a world where the power of the gospel to change lives is ours to behold.” This is the soul-stirring, gospel-focused message that Rosaria Butterfield proclaims in her most recent book, The Gospel Comes With a House Key.

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Faith at Work

  • Charnelle Joiner

    RRJ:  What goals have you set and achieved? In your opinion, where does your drive come from?

     

    Charnelle:  Two of the first goals I set were to obtain my cosmetology license and become a certified group fitness instructor. Once those goals were met, I started setting new ones. I graduated from Mississippi State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management, commissioned in the Air Force, obtained my Teachers of English to Students of Other Languages (TESOL) certification and began teaching English as a Second Language. 

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