Saturday, 07 April 2012 10:46

Hunt Down College Money

Written by Dave Ramsey

Question: I’m 24, and I don’t have any debt except for a small student loan. I’m going to law school to study international law, and I have a scholarship that pays 25 percent. However, I won’t really be able to work much while I’m studying. How can I do this without taking on more debt?

I have a six year old daughter who has the gift of gab. The problem is that if you listen carefully to all she says you’ll notice pretty quickly that not everything is truthful. It’s not that she intends to deceive you, but her rapid fire narration sometimes jumps track for a moment into the realm of speculation and exaggeration. She’s a good girl who loves Jesus and others, but she’s human, and unfortunately her little flaw is all too common.

Tuesday, 06 March 2012 17:10

The Process of Change

Written by Pamela Boswell

The change of seasons is a wonderful opportunity for us to evaluate our lives and “start anew”. Every time a new season is approaching, I say to myself, “I like this one best”. I now realize what I really like is the change and a sense of something new. This month marks the official beginning of spring. For some that means beautiful flowers, pastel colors and “the time of the singing of turtledoves”; for others, it means hay fever. For some it means spring break; for others--what to do with the children that week. For many, it will be a time of cleaning and throwing out or getting in the yard and cleaning up.
Through God’s provision of seasons we have opportunity to make fresh starts around our home. But, more importantly, God has provided a way for us to start again in our relationship with Him through His Son. In the Scripture it is described as a new birth, or the new man. With this new life or rebirth, the desire to please God may be immediate, but changes in our habits is not. It is a process.

Tuesday, 06 March 2012 17:07

Candidate Checklist

Written by Bob Crittendon

Very soon after the publication of this column, voters in Alabama will be going to the polls to cast their ballots in the Presidential primaries. Democrat voters will be affirming their selection of Barack Obama for a second term, and Republican voters will be making choices that will be somewhat significant in affecting the delegate count for the convention. I believe that Christians have a responsibility, as good citizens of our constitutional republic, to participate in the political process.

Tuesday, 06 March 2012 16:37

Leave the 401(k) Alone

Written by Dave Ramsey

Question: My husband has been transferred again in his job. Right now, we have three houses and about $60,000 in other debts. He just found out that he can borrow against his 401(k) without hardship at the beginning of the year. Is this a good idea?

Tuesday, 06 March 2012 16:35

Living a Life Worthy of the Gospel

Written by Tony McCollough

It happens to the best of us! In fact, it happens to all of us! What happens you say? Our performance never quite lives up to our profession of faith. All of us are aware of this when it comes to making our commitments for the Lenten season. Some are like the apostle Peter and make professions that we will follow Jesus unto death and then before the proverbial cock crows, like Peter, we deny Christ in our hearts and with our actions. We make a public profession of our faith, but every day we slip up and deny our Lord. We almost despair at the thought of a life to match our faith.

Book Reviews

  • Books to Read

    12 Faithful Men:

    Portraits of Courageous Endurance in Pastoral Ministry

     

    12 Faithful Menis a collection of portraits that capture the lives and ministries of godly men, scattered throughout church history. These men come from a variety of backgrounds and have all made significant contributions to the kingdom of God.

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Faith at Work

  • Shawn Cole, Attorney, Hill, Hill, Carter, Franco, Cole, and Black

    RRJ:  Growing up in the small town of Hoke’s Bluff, Alabama, what qualities did you gain from your community that led you to be a Christ follower?

     

    Shawn:  My grandparents, specifically my Baptist-preacher grandfather, my youth choir director, and a friend’s mom, influenced me by being loving, genuine Christian examples. They saw a kid who wasn’t perfect, but that knew what perfection in Christ was and they just fed into that. Being in a small town, with people who had good values instilled in them early in life, made loving Jesus much easier than today’s kids have it with so many electronic distractions. We were outside – a lot – soaking in all God had to offer us in nature. It was a simpler time with good, solid, mostly like-minded people.  It was also a community that allowed other parents to hold us accountable when we messed up. Loving Jesus was the norm, not the exception. Also, my parents’ generosity and loving spirits cannot be undervalued in who I am in Christ today.

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