If there was ever any uncertainty as to whether or not human trafficking happens in America, you can be assured that is it presently attacking not only our nation, but Alabama itself. 

Blanket Fort Hope, a non-profit in our very own River Region area, is fighting against all of 

its forms of horrific exploitation with an emphasis on children and the attacks that they 

have faced. 

Published in Articles
Tuesday, 06 October 2015 14:51

Why Me?

?Why Me?


A few years ago I had a dream that I had been invited somewhere to preach. As I arrived I saw thousands of women in a huge auditorium. Immediately, fear gripped my heart. I turned and told the organizer, “I can’t do this. There are too many people.” Immediately someone took my place preaching. As I sat watching my replacement fumble with her words, I realized I could have done a much better job.

Published in Pastor Kemi Searcy
Tuesday, 06 October 2015 14:03

Buy or Rent

Q. I’m accepting a new job out of state. My wife and I will be in this new area for at least two years, and we’re not sure if we should rent or buy a house.

Published in Dave Ramsey Says
Tuesday, 06 October 2015 14:03

Found Out

It’s unnerving to think that personal data could end up in the wrong hands.  We have perhaps experienced credit card information that has been compromised, and are learning that skilled hackers can gather data and perhaps use it against others.

This brings us to the situation involving the cheating-facilitation site Ashley Madison.  First of all, you recognize that these data miners are stealing, so they can take no moral high ground.

Published in Bob Crittendon
Tuesday, 06 October 2015 14:03

Pursue Goals Like a Champion

The word goal tends to make us cringe, as initial thoughts include sacrifice and misery.  Building goals from a platform of achievement and satisfaction, however, makes the process seem less daunting and more palatable.  Who better than Paul, an encourager and Champion in Christ, to guide us through goal creation and attainment?  In his pep talks, he uses athletic analogies involving achievement.  In true sports psychology fashion, Paul encourages visualization and mental rehearsal to persevere.  In 1 Corinthians 9:24-27, he writes, “run in such a way as to get the prize” instead of “running aimlessly” or “beating the air.”  If you feel like you’re fighting without purpose or spinning your wheels, here are some Paul-inspired tips for building and achieving goals.

Published in Counselors Corner
Tuesday, 06 October 2015 14:03

2015 Fall Festivities Guide

2015 Fall Festivals Guide

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RRJ:  Has Jesus been a part of your life as long as you can remember?


Yes, I was taught in Sunday School and by my parents who Jesus is and what He did.  I was taught that He is the son of God, born to the Virgin Mary, lived on Earth as a perfect man, died on the cross and rose from the dead after three days, and ascended into heaven where He lives now.  I learned all about the miracles He performed and the parables He told.  I have believed that all of my life.

Published in Faith @ Work
Tuesday, 06 October 2015 14:03

The Bridge to God

In the mid-15th century the armies of the emperor Tupac Inca swept down the western coast of South America conquering tribe after tribe. His empire would rival the Roman Empire in length and size. One of his greatest obstacles was the Apurimac River. This river splits two mountain ranges for hundreds of miles. In some places the mountains are four miles high and the gorges are a mile deep.

To conquer this land his armies had to crisscross the mountains and ravines. They needed bridges. But there were no trees for lumber and no metal for girders. At every place he needed a bridge, the emperor had hundreds of villagers harvest long grass, beat it flat, and twist it into cords the width of a finger. The cords were twisted into ropes and the ropes into cables as thick as a man’s thigh. The cables formed the ribs of the floor and the hand rails of massive suspension bridges, while ropes and cords connected the cables. Bush branches were plaited to create the floor.  When finished, these suspension bridges would accommodate dozens of men and llamas. But the bridges were always temporary.

Tuesday, 06 October 2015 14:03



by William Paul Young


On the positive side, I think [William] Paul Young has become a markedly better writer since The Shack. On the negative side, he continues to use his writing to undermine and redefine Christian theology. By my reckoning, that’s a net loss. Where The Shack was meant to revolutionize our understanding of God, his new novel Eve is meant to revolutionize and rescue our understanding of the relationship between men and women. And it is no less troubling.

Published in Books to Read
Tuesday, 06 October 2015 14:03

Striving to be a Faithful Father

My wife, Mimi, and I moved to Montgomery five months ago when I accepted the call to be the new Rector (a fancy Anglican word for “head pastor”) of Christchurch. Mimi was seven months pregnant when we arrived. Thus the craziness of moving to a new city to shepherd a whole new community was profoundly punctuated by the arrival of our first child, a son, Stephen Ebenezer (“Eben”) in June! 

Published in Pastor's Perspective
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