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Wednesday, 15 August 2018 15:13

Books to Read

12 Faithful Men:

Portraits of Courageous Endurance in Pastoral Ministry

 

12 Faithful Menis a collection of portraits that capture the lives and ministries of godly men, scattered throughout church history. These men come from a variety of backgrounds and have all made significant contributions to the kingdom of God.

Christians embarking upon their faith journey in an ever-changing, fast paced technological society that is filled with the perils of times and stressors of life often find themselves putting the reading of God’s word on the back burner.  As we venture throughout our daily faith walk, we will experience some good days, but at other times we can feel overwhelmed, perplexed, discouraged and just simply want to give up.  That’s where the word of God comes in, for the Bible reminds us in 2 Corinthians 12:9 that “my grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness.”

Thursday, 12 July 2018 11:53

Dave Ramsey has the Answers to Your Questions!

Written by Dave Ramsey

Teach Them While They’re Young

 

Q. My wife and I want to begin teaching our son how make a budget and live on one. He’s 16, and he has a part-time job and a hand-me-down car. Is this a realistic idea?

Thursday, 12 July 2018 11:49

Trust Redux

Written by Dr. D. Kim Hamblin

Several months ago I wrote an article for River Region’s Journey about trust. After more thought, I have realized the importance of looking at any concept through multiple lenses. Trust is a complex concept. Trust is important in clinical work, but it is important in any relationship. A patient introduced me to Brene Brown. If you visit her website, brenebrown.com, you will find multiple videos on TedTalks, YouTube, and the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN). She begins with an anecdote about her 3rd grader who shared some hard things about herself with a couple of friends. When she later walked into her classroom, many children pointed at her and laughed. When telling her mother this story, she said, “I will never trust anybody again.” This is a decision that will isolate any of us as long as we refuse to trust anyone.

Thursday, 12 July 2018 11:44

His Will

Written by Bob Crittendon

The last will and testament of the late evangelist Billy Graham was recently released to the public, and it contains some wise words that not only apply to his family members, but can provide challenges for each of us.

Thursday, 12 July 2018 11:29

What a Man Needs

Written by Kemi Searcy

I have been married to Kyle Christian Searcy for 27 years. We obviously have learned a lot about each other. But there are surprises around the corners as we continue to grow our relationship. Instead of presuming I know everything about men based on what I know about Kyle, I asked him to share with you directly what men need as husbands. Here’s Kyle…

Thursday, 12 July 2018 11:24

Charnelle Joiner

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RRJ:  What goals have you set and achieved? In your opinion, where does your drive come from?

 

Charnelle:  Two of the first goals I set were to obtain my cosmetology license and become a certified group fitness instructor. Once those goals were met, I started setting new ones. I graduated from Mississippi State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management, commissioned in the Air Force, obtained my Teachers of English to Students of Other Languages (TESOL) certification and began teaching English as a Second Language. 

Thursday, 12 July 2018 10:48

When David Becomes Goliath

Written by Sam Whatley

In a recent church skit, a man named David played the part of Goliath. That irony set me to thinking, “Isn’t there a lesson here?  Did David become Goliath?”

Thursday, 12 July 2018 10:37

Books to Read

 

The Gospel Comes With a House Key

by Rosaria Butterfield

 

“Imagine a world where the power of the gospel to change lives is ours to behold.” This is the soul-stirring, gospel-focused message that Rosaria Butterfield proclaims in her most recent book, The Gospel Comes With a House Key.

My family recently received the exciting news that beginning in July we would have the opportunity to experience a “new beginning” and return to the River Region to serve Prattville’s First United Methodist Church.  What a true joy to return to a place that has been so formational in our spiritual and family journeys, but a transition that has caused us to lean even deeper into the love and provision of God in our lives.

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