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)

Friday, 05 August 2011 12:24

Affirming Life

Written by Bob Crittendon

The founders of our country were forthright in declaring that we, as human beings, are endowed by our Creator with certain unalienable rights, including life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. According to Psalm 139, each of us was designed in our mother’s womb by God and have a right to live. In 1973, the U.S. Supreme Court created a conflicting right, a right for a woman to decide whether or not to give birth to her unborn child, and following the Roe vs. Wade ruling, over 50 million babies have lost their lives. Amazing to think about, isn’t it? Americans recently became so caught up in the court trial of a mother who was charged with murdering her 2-year-old child, and so many were offended when Casey Anthony was found “not guilty”, but where is the outrage when there are children who lose their lives every day in America before they even exit the womb?

Friday, 05 August 2011 12:06

Planning for the Future

Written by Dave Ramsey

Question: My husband and I are both spenders. We want to get on a plan and handle our money better, but is there anything that will help us learn to give up stuff now so that we’ll have more in the future?

Friday, 05 August 2011 12:03

No Free Lunch?

Written by Scotty Harris, Grace Pointe Church

“No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.” – Hebrews 12:11, NIV

Thursday, 07 July 2011 07:28

Helping Those Labeled with PTSD, Part 2

Written by Henry Beaulieu

Building on what I spoke to last month regarding a healthy response to traumatic situations, it’s critical to repeat that the basis of all genuine change begins when a person is yielded to Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior. Have you cried out to God to forgive you of your sins and cleanse your soul? Do you know the reality and the power of the Holy Spirit living in your life – do you know that you are a child of God, do you hate your sin, and do you desire to live for Christ? From my perspective and that of the Bible, this is the necessary foundation to good and lasting change.

Thursday, 07 July 2011 07:25

Sharing the Love of Christ in Haiti

Written by Mike and Lisa Conn

Go and make disciples of all
nations…. Matthew 28:19

For years, we’ve promised our daughter, Aimee, that when she was 12 years old we would take her on our annual Family Teams for Christ (FTC) overseas mission trip. This summer was her debut, along with Morgan, a 13 year old on her first mission trip with her parents, John and Mitzi Fleming, of Montgomery. The six of us met our group leader, Margaret, from 410 Bridge, an Atlanta-based non-profit group serving in Haiti. We also purposefully take couples on mission trips so that husbands and wives can share the life-changing experience together, and were excited when Chandler, Margaret’s husband of 30 years, joined his wife and our team!

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Book Reviews

  • The Incredibles, Cars… and The Pilgrim’s Progress: Interview with a Pixar Artist

    Generation after generation, Christians have devoured John Bunyan’s great allegorical work The Pilgrim’s Progress. It remains among the most-read books in all of human history. Among those who have been influenced by it is Garrett Taylor, an artist who works at Pixar Animation Studios and has been involved in some of their most important films. As a side project, he developed some beautiful maps of Christian’s journey to the Celestial City. Here is an interview I recently completed with Garrett in which he tells about his work, his salvation, and his illustrations of Bunyan’s world.

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Faith at Work

  • Jason Isbell, VP of Legal and Governmental Affairs, Alabama Bankers Association

    RRJ:  Jason, you have worn many hats in your professional career… from being a lawyer for politicians to being a lobbyist for bankers.  What is one standard you live by no matter what “hat” you are wearing?

     

    Jason:  The phrase “honesty is the best policy” might sound like an old cliché, but it’s a statement that has served me well.  If the general public made a list of trustworthy professions, chances are high that “attorney” and “lobbyist” would not be near the top.  Knowing that, I’ve worked especially hard to try and cultivate a reputation of being an honest broker.  To me, that means not only telling the truth but also presenting the opposing viewpoints so that folks can see all sides of the issue.  There are times when that standard might cause you to lose a battle, but it will never cause you to lose the war. 

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