Saturday, 08 July 2017 05:18

Dave has Answers to Your Questions!

Written by Dave Ramsey

Skipping to the Altar

Q. My wife and I make good money, and our daughter’s college education is pretty much paid for through pre-paid tuition and scholarships. We just started your plan to get out of debt and take better control of our finances. When we get to Baby Step 5, which is saving for college, can we substitute that with saving for a wedding?

 

In a rush to find romantic love, we often find ourselves accentuating the good parts of our relationships while minimizing the bad. In hindsight, after the disaster, we often reflect and notice warning signs and feel stupid and vow that we’ll never be that person again. We look back and can clearly see how we were manipulated and hurt.   Then it happens…again.  As a therapist, I talk to many women and men who hope to not repeat the past. 

Saturday, 08 July 2017 05:04

Celebrating the Holy Spirit

Written by Kemi Searcy

I sat on my bed on the morning of June 5th, reminiscing on the great outpouring of the Holy Spirit during our church service the previous day. I felt the sensations of joy, love, and peace wrapped around me like a thick warm blanket, with the comforting weight of His glory. The worship experience was in itself really awesome as we sang, worshiped, and expressed adoration to the one true God. I could see the glory of the Lord on people’s faces, as tears ran down many cheeks.  It didn’t surprise me to see such an incredible level of glory, because the Holy Spirit has always graced us with His presence.

Friday, 07 July 2017 15:06

Can We So Love the World?

Written by Sam Whatley

In 1954, when I was five years old, I had a friend about my age who lived nearby. Let’s call him Johnny. Nearby was about a quarter of a mile away on a dirt road in Macon County, Alabama.

 

For months, Johnny and I had a good time playing with marbles, blocks, and little plastic trucks in the sand. Then something terrible happened. I had a birthday.

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RRJ:  Growing up, you attended church with your grandparents and mom and were baptized at age 12.  Was this when you realized your need for Jesus’ offer of salvation? 

 

Brad:  No, my baptism felt very ceremonial, like it was a graduation event for taking the baptism class at church.  It wasn’t until Young Life camp at Windy Gap, North Carolina that I realized Jesus could truly change my life.  I realized that His path to eternal life was a better choice, my peer group was healthier, and just the experience of His grace was indescribable.

It’s summertime and one of the most popular things to do, especially in our state, is take a family vacation to the beach.  As I write this article, the threat of a tropical storm is looming in the Gulf of Mexico and, as you probably know, that makes the surf even more dangerous than usual.  One of the deadliest things about the ocean is not the sharks or the wildlife,  it is actually the undertow.  It is the rip current that lies behind the surface which will, if you do not have solid footing, suck you under the waves and drag you out to sea. 

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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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