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Wednesday, 04 January 2012 12:51

Bend the Knee

Written by Keith Waldrop

I believe the church is prayer-anemic and is in need of a serious infusion of dependency upon God. The scripture teaches that God is attracted to our weakness. Are you powerless? If you are, then the Lord invites you to place your trust completely in Him. “The great tragedy of life is not unanswered prayer, but unoffered prayer.” (F. B. Meyer)

Monday, 05 December 2011 17:38

Dealing with Grief at Christmas

Written by Brenda Payne

Christmas…the time to celebrate the birth of our Savior with family and friends! But not everyone will be surrounded by their loved ones this holiday season. Have you lost a spouse, child, close relative or friend? For those in mourning, Christmas can be the most difficult time of the year. If you are among the bereaved, the sounds and sites of Christmas are constant reminders of your loss. As in any heartbreaking situation, the greatest antidote for sadness, worry, or despair is to focus on loving God and your neighbor. I have had the privilege of watching great examples of grieving families tearfully, yet lovingly, deal with the pain of loss. The Word and their witness are my teachers and as a result I offer the following suggestions to help you as you grieve this holiday season.

Monday, 05 December 2011 17:35

Why Not Give a Goat This Christmas?

Written by Bob Crittendon

They gave the gifts to each other, Joseph, not to our Son…I don’t think they even knew Him. They never mentioned His name. Doesn’t it seem odd for people to go to all that trouble to celebrate someone’s birthday if they don’t know Him?

Monday, 05 December 2011 17:28

Moving Credit Card Balances Around

Written by Dave Ramsey

Question: Is it okay to move your credit card balances around to different companies in order to get lower rates?

Can you imagine wearing the sandals of Joseph, the husband of Mary, the mother of Jesus? He thinks he’s marrying a nice Jewish girl only to find out she’s “with child” without him. Endeavoring to do the right thing and not make a scene, but divorce her quietly, he’s visited by an angel who tells him to rethink that decision and proceed with the nuptials. Mary’s child, the angel announces, was conceived by the Holy Spirit. Is Joseph’s head swimming yet? Furthermore, this child is to be named Jesus “because He will save His people from their sins.” And most dads just hope their sons will save dad from lean retirement years!

Sunday, 06 November 2011 19:11

Show Justice, Love Mercy

Written by Bob Crittendon

Statistical knowledge can affect us in a variety of ways. It can fill our minds with information that basically has no relevance to us personally, or can tell us a story to which we can respond with Biblical action.

Sunday, 06 November 2011 19:10

Helping Your Child with Identity and Worship

Written by Brenda Payne

Ever since our children were born, my husband Paul and I told them who they are and who they ought to worship. They were the covenant children of Paul and Brenda Payne and we worship King Jesus! For a long time, they never questioned this identity or the faith we held so dear. But one day that changed. My adolescent children, in varying degrees, began to question who they were and who or what they desired to worship. I have had a number of parents come to see me in despair because their once happy and obedient child seems to have been abducted by aliens! Perhaps, you are experiencing something like this and wondering when the alien will return your child in a normal state. After all, why would a daughter raised in a solid Christian family reject anything that is “girlie” or a son adopt the persona of a “wanna be gangster rapper”?

Think about the metamorphosis that is taking place in your child to grow from boy to man or girl to woman; while it may be normal, it’s absolutely monumental! It’s easy to take for granted how much is changing physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually in our children as they transition from child to adult. And at the core of what is happening they must come to grips with two foundational questions: “Who am I?” and “What am I living for?” These are the questions of identity and worship. If the process of discovery is a tumultuous road it can produce fear in the hearts of both parent and child leading to stress and strain in the relationship. As difficult as it may be, the quest for identity and worship is necessary for your child. I’ve heard it said, “God does not have any grandchildren only children”. Your child cannot get to heaven on your identity in Christ or your worship of the Savior; he must embrace these truths for himself.

Sunday, 06 November 2011 19:02

New Family, Lifestyle Changes

Written by Dave Ramsey

Question: I just got married to a wonderful lady with two children. We’ve talked over our financial situation, and we’re determined to get out of debt within two years. This will mean some big changes in our teenager’s lifestyles. How can we break this to them gently?

Sunday, 06 November 2011 19:00

iWonder

Written by Pastor Allen Newton, Saint James UMC

A teacher asked her students to list on a sheet of paper the present Seven Wonders of the World. While gathering the votes, the teacher noted that one student had not turned in her paper yet. She asked the girl if she was having trouble with her list. The girl replied, “Yes, a little. I couldn’t quite make up my mind because there were so many.” The teacher said, “Well, tell us what you have, and maybe we can help.” The girl hesitated, then read, “I think the Seven Wonders of the World are to see, to hear, to touch, to taste, to feel, to laugh, and to love.

Wednesday, 05 October 2011 19:19

Thoughts About Trust

Written by Bob Crittendon

There was a time in America when a handshake meant that two parties agreed with each other, when people believed the best of one another, and when the words of someone’s mouth were reliable. These are values that are consistent with Biblical principles, such as “Thou shalt not bear false witness” or “Let your ‘Yes’ be ‘Yes’ and your ‘No’ be ‘No’”. But, in an age of moral relativism, when so many people engage in doublespeak and swim in a sea of ambiguity, collectively, we could ask the question, “So, who do you trust?”

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