Wednesday, 05 October 2011 19:05

Pastor’s Perspective

Written by Mike Chitwood, Cloverdale Baptist Church

The word “peace” may be a strange word to our culture, and even to us. The world we live in is certainly going through some troubling times. You as an individual may ask yourself, “What on earth can I do to make the world a more harmonious place?” Let me encourage you to begin with yourself. After all we have more control over our own behavior than we do anyone or anything else. By changing ourselves we can be an example to our community that we have a choice in how we respond to the chaos around us. In time this can inspire others to make the positive changes they may need to in their own attitudes.

Thursday, 01 September 2011 18:06

“Hyperadjectivity”

Written by Bob Crittendon

Lawmakers in Washington held their noses recently as they voted on legislation raising the debt ceiling, authorizing the U.S. Government to borrow more money in order to meet its obligations. A number of those lawmakers, some of whom were elected in 2010 advocating a message of a more responsible government, contributed to making this a watershed moment - they decided that the nation did not need to borrow more money without cutting spending. As the debate heightened, some advanced the idea of raising taxes to generate more revenue, while others believed that only spending reductions were necessary.

Thursday, 01 September 2011 18:04

Mastering Materialism Part 2

Written by Lou Priolo

Last time we looked at some of the characteristics of materialistic individuals (covetous people who love money and what it can do for them more). This month I would like to consider the dangers and pitfalls associated with the love of money. It is not just the wealthy who are in jeopardy, but the wanna-be wealthy as well.

Thursday, 01 September 2011 17:53

Enough for Retirement?

Written by Dave Ramsey

Question: I’ve heard you tell people that having $90,000 to $100,000 saved up for retirement isn’t enough. That’s what I’ve got set aside right now, and I’m pretty sure it’s all I’ll ever need. Why do you think everyone should have a million or two saved up?

Thursday, 01 September 2011 17:51

Don’t Be a Phony

Written by Dr. Rob Couch

I managed to go through all of high school, earn a degree in English Literature from Auburn University, and complete seminary at Emory University without ever having read The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger. About ten years ago I decided to discover why so many have made such a fuss about this book, and I went down to the local bookstore and purchased a copy. Unfortunately, after reading it, I was underwhelmed. The book is basically about a young man named Holden Caulfield who goes about his life complaining about everything and everybody. The number one thing Holden Caulfield complains about, however, has stuck with me. In what seemed like every other sentence Holden Caulfield calls someone a “phony.”

Friday, 05 August 2011 12:25

Mastering Materialism

Written by Lou Priolo

Where in the Bible can we find the word materialism?
“I don’t ever remember coming across that term in my Bible reading. Are you sure it’s in there?”
The concept is in there, but you are right—it’s not referred to as materialism.
“Ok, so what is the biblical word for what we call materialism?”
How about covetousness?

Take heed and beware of covetousness, for one’s life does not consist in the abundance
of the things he possesses. (Luke 12:15, NKJV; C.f. Hebrews 13:5)

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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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