Wednesday, 04 January 2012 12:51

Bend the Knee

Written by Keith Waldrop

I believe the church is prayer-anemic and is in need of a serious infusion of dependency upon God. The scripture teaches that God is attracted to our weakness. Are you powerless? If you are, then the Lord invites you to place your trust completely in Him. “The great tragedy of life is not unanswered prayer, but unoffered prayer.” (F. B. Meyer)

Monday, 05 December 2011 17:38

Dealing with Grief at Christmas

Written by Brenda Payne

Christmas…the time to celebrate the birth of our Savior with family and friends! But not everyone will be surrounded by their loved ones this holiday season. Have you lost a spouse, child, close relative or friend? For those in mourning, Christmas can be the most difficult time of the year. If you are among the bereaved, the sounds and sites of Christmas are constant reminders of your loss. As in any heartbreaking situation, the greatest antidote for sadness, worry, or despair is to focus on loving God and your neighbor. I have had the privilege of watching great examples of grieving families tearfully, yet lovingly, deal with the pain of loss. The Word and their witness are my teachers and as a result I offer the following suggestions to help you as you grieve this holiday season.

Monday, 05 December 2011 17:35

Why Not Give a Goat This Christmas?

Written by Bob Crittendon

They gave the gifts to each other, Joseph, not to our Son…I don’t think they even knew Him. They never mentioned His name. Doesn’t it seem odd for people to go to all that trouble to celebrate someone’s birthday if they don’t know Him?

Monday, 05 December 2011 17:28

Moving Credit Card Balances Around

Written by Dave Ramsey

Question: Is it okay to move your credit card balances around to different companies in order to get lower rates?

Can you imagine wearing the sandals of Joseph, the husband of Mary, the mother of Jesus? He thinks he’s marrying a nice Jewish girl only to find out she’s “with child” without him. Endeavoring to do the right thing and not make a scene, but divorce her quietly, he’s visited by an angel who tells him to rethink that decision and proceed with the nuptials. Mary’s child, the angel announces, was conceived by the Holy Spirit. Is Joseph’s head swimming yet? Furthermore, this child is to be named Jesus “because He will save His people from their sins.” And most dads just hope their sons will save dad from lean retirement years!

Sunday, 06 November 2011 19:11

Show Justice, Love Mercy

Written by Bob Crittendon

Statistical knowledge can affect us in a variety of ways. It can fill our minds with information that basically has no relevance to us personally, or can tell us a story to which we can respond with Biblical action.

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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