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Monday, 08 May 2017 15:24

Recapturing the Joy of Motherhood

Written by Kemi Searcy

Once the New York Timeswas asked to help a group of club women decide on the twelve greatest women in the United States. After due consideration, the editors replied, “The twelve greatest women in the United States are women who have never been heard of outside of their own homes.”

Monday, 08 May 2017 13:23

The Refuge

Written by Sam Whatley

I watched a movie recently called The 33. It is the gripping dramatization of the 68 days that 33 miners spent trapped in a collapsing mine in Chile in 2010. One thing that enabled these men to survive was their ability to reach “the refuge” through the falling debris. The refuge was a large room with a table, benches, and some semblance of food, water, and medical supplies. By severely rationing their little water and a few cans of fish, they held out there for the seventeen days it took someone to drill a hole through 2,300 feet of very hard rock. The tunnels around them continued to crumble. The mountain, itself, kept moving.

Monday, 08 May 2017 13:09

Judah and Samantha Helms

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RRJ:  You both had exposure to Jesus and His church as children, but you were still left wanting more.  What would you two say were the ingredients for your powerless (ho-hum) Christianity?

 

Judah: Growing up in the South, I identified with Christianity as a part of my culture. Going to church was expected of you, just like it was expected that you be an obedient child and make good grades. For me, falling in line with those cultural expectations was my lone incentive to be a Christian. I didn’t want to be an outcast or generate any controversy around myself. So I became the “good Christian boy” that my family could be proud of. But in the end, that is a very disingenuous lifestyle that isn’t sustainable. 

Monday, 08 May 2017 12:57

Like the Shepherd by Robert Wolgemuth

The great challenge in marriage is not to love our wives more but to love ourselves less, for it is self-love that generates so much of the strife we experience. To be successful husbands we must continually put to death within us whatever causes us to prioritize ourselves, our own interests, our own comfort, our own good. To do this successfully we need counsel, we need men who can make us aware of our self-love and who can provide examples of selflessness.

I may be in a small group of people who love Mondays, but I love Mondays!  I’m so energized from the weekend and I’m ready to start another week of conquering whatever is in front of me.  It’s probably because I like being busy!  Busyness makes me feel like I’m accomplishing something.  I feel fulfilled when I’m busy.  I probably feel that way for a few different reasons.  I’ve told myself things like, “The more I do, the more I succeed” or “busyness produces results”.  I’ve quickly found out that those things aren’t necessarily true, nor healthy. 

Tuesday, 04 April 2017 05:02

Dave Ramsey has the Answers to Your Questions!

Written by Dave Ramsey

We ask Dave about wholesale shopping and writing our own will.  This is his advice...

Tuesday, 04 April 2017 04:47

Another Gospel

Written by Bob Crittendon

After attending a National Religious Broadcasters Convention, certainly there is much to process.  It is a time for many to receive training and exhortation, to connect with practical tools in order to be better communicators of the gospel.  For others, it is a time for encouragement, to be built up in the faith.

My NRB experience for years has been to hear firsthand from Christian communicators, including authors, musical artists, commentators, actors, and more.  I believe that one of the threads upon which I was able to explore this year at the convention in Orlando was the conflict between the true gospel and what I have referred to as “another gospel,” borrowing from the verse in Galatians 1:8 - “But even if we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel to you than what we have preached to you, let him be accursed.”

Tuesday, 04 April 2017 04:39

The Promise of Amazing Grace

Written by Sam Belkofer, LPC

Spring reminds us of God’s promise that there is constant and consistent rebirth. For Christians, the Resurrection of Christ is God’s most loving and powerful Promise and gift of all.  Each year, Christians honor and practice the rituals of Lent, leading us to the sacred despair of the crucifixion of Jesus and the joy of the Resurrection of Christ.  This affirms God’s promise of eternal life by the path to him through our faith that Christ will lead us there. This time of year it is easy to see this promise in nature’s gifts of blooming trees and flowers, the greening of grass and the gradual warming of the temperature. The earth is made new before us. We have the choice to be made new as well.

Tuesday, 04 April 2017 04:23

What Makes a Woman "Phenomenal"

Written by Kemi Searcy

What makes a lady to be considered “phenomenal”?  Is it the one with a sassy personality? A fine stature?  A beautiful face?  A cut above the rest of us?

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RRJ:  Your faith became real during college as you got involved in campus ministries. What was different about that environment and how did your faith change?

 

Mia:  As a child, church was instilled in me by my grandmother. She was a pianist for two churches and would travel between the two on Sundays with myself and my siblings in tow. When I was eleven she died and I didn’t get back to church until I got my driver’s license.  I would drive myself and was baptized at the age of 17. 

Joining the Baptist Campus Ministries on the campus of Alabama A&M University taught me that faith is walked out daily not just a Sunday experience. Listening and sharing testimonies helped me to see God in all things. It was then that I began to ask God for direction and intentionally look for is gracious hand in my life. 

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