Thursday, 09 June 2011 06:53

Jelly Jar Blessings

Written by Mike and Lisa Conn

2nd Kings Chapter 4 tells about a poor widow whose husband had died, leaving her in debt. Despairing because his creditors are coming to take her two sons as slaves, the widow cried out to the prophet Elisha for help. He told her to gather all the empty jars she could find—not only from her home, but from all her neighbors. After responding in faith and obedience, she received God’s mercy and provision—each jar she gathered was filled with oil. The widow sold the oil to pay her debts and support her family.

Thursday, 09 June 2011 06:47

Hands and Feet

Written by Bob Crittendon

I want to be Your hands/
I want to be Your feet/
I’ll go where you send me…
I’ll go where you send me
--from “Hands and Feet” by Audio Adrenaline

Thursday, 09 June 2011 06:42

Am I Too Late to Save for Retirement?

Written by Dave Ramsey

Question: I’m 42, and I haven’t started saving for retirement. I’m self-employed and not making a lot of money right now, plus I have about $8,000 in debt. It feels like I’m living paycheck to paycheck, and I just can’t seem to save or get anything paid off. Can you help?

Do you know someone who experienced tragedy or trauma associated with the tornadoes of April 2011? Do you have a military service member in your family who has rotated in and out of Iraq or Afghanistan? Have you been through a terrifying situation which was beyond your ability to control, where you believed life and limb was at stake, and where, at that time, there seemed to be no resources available for help? Does it seem to have changed you, or the person you’re thinking of, in a harmful way?

Thursday, 09 June 2011 06:32

Pre-Nuptial Agreement?

Written by Rev. Francis Turner

With a royal wedding behind us and the most traditional wedding month now upon us, let’s take a look at marriage.

Wednesday, 04 May 2011 11:41

Modeling True Marital Love For Your Kids

Written by Brenda Payne

As a Christian wife and mother, I have a responsibility to love my husband biblically and to teach my children the true meaning of marital love. I cannot teach them what I do not understand. I cannot convince them of what I do not practice. If I allow my children to be informed by the culture, the view of love they will develop will be the very opposite of true love. Think about it. Most modern movies, TV shows, and songs picture marital love as something to get not give; something to feel not do; and something that is easily dissolved not fiercely protected. In fact, if I leave my children with no biblical explanation to shape their mindset and no godly example to follow, why would they get married at all? The predominant cultural view of marriage flies in the face of the sanctity of marriage found in the Scriptures. Hollywood portrays shacking up and splitting up not only as the norm, but desirable. Of course, Christians know that the eroding of marriage leads to a host of family and societal problems. So, what am I am to do as a mother who desires that my children embrace marital love as defined by the Scriptures? I can only do what I can do: teach, model and pray!

Book Reviews

  • Books to Read

    Essentialism

    by Greg McKeown

     

    Life is complicated. Life is full of responsibilities and opportunities, planned duties and serendipitous possibilities. There is so much we could do, but so little we can do. Many of us battle our whole lives to focus on those few, significant items that we should do must do, and yet so few of us ever feel like we are even nearly succeeding.

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Faith at Work

  • Keon Addison, School Teacher and Fitness Coach, Unleashed Potential

     

    RRJ:  Was there a specific moment in your life where you understood Jesus as Savior and Lord, or did that happen gradually?

     

    Keon:  I was raised in church because my mom was a Christian and pianist at five different churches in Mississippi. (Back then, church was only open one Sunday a month.)

    I was baptized at an early age, but it wasn’t until I was 17 and my friends invited me to their youth retreat called DiscipleNow, hosted by First Baptist Church, that I truly believed. The youth minister, Troy Amster, gave an invitation. During that moment I felt God’s presence like never before. I accepted Him in my heart and that’s when I drew closer to Him. I received Him as my Father, Savior and Lord.

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