Monday, 06 February 2012 19:20

The Necessity of Friendship

Written by Brenda Payne

In my years of working as a counselor, I have been struck by the number of Christian women who are disconnected from relationships in their local church. Many of these women have spent the bulk of their lives raising children and working a job. And by the time you add maintaining a husband and home, they simply have not had the time or energy to invest in meaningful relationships outside their family. If they have “friends”, they are often built on convenience and lack substance beyond an acquaintanceship. Unfortunately, when “the day of evil” comes they struggle to find the people resources needed to help them through their trial. They are in need of wisdom, encouragement, and accountability, but they don’t have anyone who knows them intimately.

Monday, 06 February 2012 19:16

Top 10 Topics of 2011

Written by Bob Crittendon

I released my “Top 10 Topics of 2011” on The Meeting House on Faith Radio recently, including commentary from a variety of guests. I wanted to review those topics, chosen and ranked based on their relevance to Christians.

Monday, 06 February 2012 19:05

Finding Foreclosure Homes

Written by Dave Ramsey

Question: We’ll be completely out of debt in September and looking to buy a home in the next year or two. We’re thinking of buying a repo home. Do you have any suggestions on where to find these?

Monday, 06 February 2012 19:03

Praying for the Next Generation

Written by Kyle Searcy

1 Give the king thy judgments, O God, And thy righteousness unto the king’s son. 2 He will judge thy people with righteousness, And thy poor with justice. 3 The mountains shall bring peace to the people, And the hills, in righteousness. 4 He will judge the poor of the people, He will save the children of the needy, And will break in pieces the oppressor. 5 They shall fear thee while the sun endureth, And so long as the moon, throughout all generations. 6 He will come down like rain upon the mown grass, As showers that water the earth. 7 In his days shall the righteous flourish, And abundance of peace, till the moon be no more. 8 He shall have dominion also from sea to sea, And from the River unto the ends of the earth. 9 They that dwell in the wilderness shall bow before him; And his enemies shall lick the dust. 10 The kings of Tarshish and of the isles shall render tribute: The kings of Sheba and Seba shall offer gifts. 11 Yea, all kings shall fall down before him; All nations shall serve him. 12 For he will deliver the needy when he crieth, And the poor, that hath no helper. 13 He will have pity on the poor and needy, And the souls of the needy he will save. 14 He will redeem their soul from oppression and violence; And precious will their blood be in his sight: 15 And they shall live; and to him shall be given of the gold of Sheba: And men shall pray for him continually; They shall bless him all the day long. 16 There shall be abundance of grain in the earth upon the top of the mountains; The fruit thereof shall shake like Lebanon: And they of the city shall flourish like grass of the earth. Psalm 72:1-16

Wednesday, 04 January 2012 13:24

Becoming a Cultural Conscience

Written by Bob Crittendon

This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all. If we claim to have fellowship with him yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live by the truth. But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin. (1st John 1:5-7, NAS)

Wednesday, 04 January 2012 12:57

Guilt and Cynicism

Written by Dave Ramsey

Question: I’ve noticed that lots of people get defensive when it comes to talking about money and living on a plan. Why is this?

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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