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Monday, 13 March 2017 07:24

Dave Ramsey has the Answers to Your Questions!

Written by Dave Ramsey

 

Q. My husband and I have four kids, and I make $50,000 a year. He runs a small business that has been floundering for a while now, so we’re basically living off my income. Part of that income is going into the business. Plus, we don’t have much in savings, and we’re behind on our house payments. Do you have any advice?

Friday, 10 March 2017 12:51

Celebrating Your Femininity

Written by Kemi Searcy

Today’s woman faces a tremendous identity crisis. Many want to be something other than what they are. In my years of ministry I have encountered a fair number of people who are women biologically but desire to be men. Others don’t want to be men necessarily, but do not embrace their femininity. I have a burden for women to learn how very valuable and astounding the qualities are that God has placed within them.

How do we as Christians keep hope alive when things in our world, our communities, our families, and perhaps even our own lives are not looking very hopeful?  This is a question that many believers struggle with and I count myself among them.  It is worth thinking about and struggling with because a person without hope can quickly fall into feelings of resignation and despair.  The Bible says in Proverbs 13:12, “Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but when the desire cometh, it is a tree of life.”  So in the above verse it seems to be referring back to the tree of life in the Garden of Eden. The tree represents the life that God had originally intended us to have before sin came into the world.  It represents full life, life abundant, peace with God, perfect communion with Him...knowing that He has our best interests at heart. 

Friday, 10 March 2017 12:18

Choosing to Be "Constructive"

Written by Bob Crittendon

In a time in which awards shows have become politicized, it seems that those responsible for the Academy Awards had become concerned, according to a piece on the Deadline Hollywood website. After the Screen Actors Guild Awards ceremony became open season on President Trump, and specifically his refugee policy, it seemed that the Oscars might have been taking a second look.

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RRJ:  You grew up around a family and church that celebrated and explained the Good News of Jesus, yet when you left home and headed to West Point, you drifted from following Christ.  What was the cause?

 

Travis:  I believe the parable of the sower told by Jesus in Mark 4:18-29 describes my situation at the time.  I chose the cares and pleasures of “The World”.  Starting in high school, I chose to follow what I considered the “in-crowd”.  I became increasingly concerned with being popular, especially with women.  I was influenced not only by popular culture, but also by the friends I chose to hang out with. 

Friday, 10 March 2017 08:50

Detours: Part of God's Provision

Written by Sam Whatley

We have all had to deal with detours in our lives, and not just on the highway. Detours are usually unexpected, unavoidable, and inconvenient. They are situations or events that take us in a different direction than the route we had planned. They can send us miles away from our goals and completely derail our time schedules. But sometimes they are a blessing, the means of God’s grace.

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Book Reviews

  • Books to Read

    If I Had Two Lives

    by Dan Vorm

     

    I feel like I should have been familiar with the name Costas Macris, but confess it was unknown to me until a biography unexpectedly showed up in the mail. Written by Dan Vorm, If I Had Two Lives is a stirring tale of an amazing life. I don’t know how it got to me, but I’m glad it did.

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Faith at Work

  • Kim Kervin, Lawyer, Prattville AL

    RRJ:  Kim, you grew up in Athens, Alabama in a Christian home.  How did your parents create an environment for you to know God’s love through Christ? 

     

    Kim:  Growing up, my parents were both hard working. My father worked in a textile plant in Decatur, Alabama and my mother worked in the home.  We attended church on Sunday mornings, but were not really involved in other church activities. My parents also used our home and life routines to create an environment for us to connect to God and know his love through Christ. While I was raised in a Christian home, it was much later before I invited Jesus into my heart.

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