Sunday, 06 November 2011 19:10

Helping Your Child with Identity and Worship

Written by Brenda Payne

Ever since our children were born, my husband Paul and I told them who they are and who they ought to worship. They were the covenant children of Paul and Brenda Payne and we worship King Jesus! For a long time, they never questioned this identity or the faith we held so dear. But one day that changed. My adolescent children, in varying degrees, began to question who they were and who or what they desired to worship. I have had a number of parents come to see me in despair because their once happy and obedient child seems to have been abducted by aliens! Perhaps, you are experiencing something like this and wondering when the alien will return your child in a normal state. After all, why would a daughter raised in a solid Christian family reject anything that is “girlie” or a son adopt the persona of a “wanna be gangster rapper”?

Think about the metamorphosis that is taking place in your child to grow from boy to man or girl to woman; while it may be normal, it’s absolutely monumental! It’s easy to take for granted how much is changing physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually in our children as they transition from child to adult. And at the core of what is happening they must come to grips with two foundational questions: “Who am I?” and “What am I living for?” These are the questions of identity and worship. If the process of discovery is a tumultuous road it can produce fear in the hearts of both parent and child leading to stress and strain in the relationship. As difficult as it may be, the quest for identity and worship is necessary for your child. I’ve heard it said, “God does not have any grandchildren only children”. Your child cannot get to heaven on your identity in Christ or your worship of the Savior; he must embrace these truths for himself.

Sunday, 06 November 2011 19:02

New Family, Lifestyle Changes

Written by Dave Ramsey

Question: I just got married to a wonderful lady with two children. We’ve talked over our financial situation, and we’re determined to get out of debt within two years. This will mean some big changes in our teenager’s lifestyles. How can we break this to them gently?

Sunday, 06 November 2011 19:00

iWonder

Written by Pastor Allen Newton, Saint James UMC

A teacher asked her students to list on a sheet of paper the present Seven Wonders of the World. While gathering the votes, the teacher noted that one student had not turned in her paper yet. She asked the girl if she was having trouble with her list. The girl replied, “Yes, a little. I couldn’t quite make up my mind because there were so many.” The teacher said, “Well, tell us what you have, and maybe we can help.” The girl hesitated, then read, “I think the Seven Wonders of the World are to see, to hear, to touch, to taste, to feel, to laugh, and to love.

Wednesday, 05 October 2011 19:19

Thoughts About Trust

Written by Bob Crittendon

There was a time in America when a handshake meant that two parties agreed with each other, when people believed the best of one another, and when the words of someone’s mouth were reliable. These are values that are consistent with Biblical principles, such as “Thou shalt not bear false witness” or “Let your ‘Yes’ be ‘Yes’ and your ‘No’ be ‘No’”. But, in an age of moral relativism, when so many people engage in doublespeak and swim in a sea of ambiguity, collectively, we could ask the question, “So, who do you trust?”

Wednesday, 05 October 2011 19:17

Overcoming the Love of Money

Written by Lou Priolo

Last month we reviewed some of the dangers and pitfalls associated with the love of money. This time I would like to suggest what you can do to overcome the love of money.

Wednesday, 05 October 2011 19:06

Should We Buy a House Now?

Written by Dave Ramsey

Question: My husband and I have been married for three months, and we’re debt-free. Right now, we’re trying to save up a 20 percent down payment for a house. I work for a real estate company, and they’re really pushing us to take advantage of a first-time homebuyer deal. The program offers 100 percent financing, no money down and no private mortgage insurance. They say it’s a great deal. What do you think?

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Book Reviews

  • Books to Read

    From Death to Life: How Salvation Works

    by Allen S. Nelson IV

     

     

    The doctrine of salvation is awash on a sea of Pelagianism and Semi-Pelagianism. Marked by the curse of sin, the image-bearers of God have a need to “earn” their salvation. “Surely, there must be something I can do to merit favor before a holy God,” says the modern man. This false “gospel” is propagated in churches around the world and creates chaos and confusion.

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Faith at Work

  • Glenn Wilson, Regional Mortgage Sales Manager

    RRJ:  As a regional manager of BBVA Compass, what does your job entail?

     

    Glenn:  I manage all aspects of Mortgage Lending for BBVA Compass across the East Region.  I lead a team of mortgage banking officers and area sales managers that work directly with clients to help them finance their real estate needs.  I also work very closely with realtors, builders and developers to create product offerings specific to their client’s needs. 

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