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Thursday, 01 September 2011 18:04

Mastering Materialism Part 2

Written by Lou Priolo

Last time we looked at some of the characteristics of materialistic individuals (covetous people who love money and what it can do for them more). This month I would like to consider the dangers and pitfalls associated with the love of money. It is not just the wealthy who are in jeopardy, but the wanna-be wealthy as well.

Thursday, 01 September 2011 17:53

Enough for Retirement?

Written by Dave Ramsey

Question: I’ve heard you tell people that having $90,000 to $100,000 saved up for retirement isn’t enough. That’s what I’ve got set aside right now, and I’m pretty sure it’s all I’ll ever need. Why do you think everyone should have a million or two saved up?

Thursday, 01 September 2011 17:51

Donít Be a Phony

Written by Dr. Rob Couch

I managed to go through all of high school, earn a degree in English Literature from Auburn University, and complete seminary at Emory University without ever having read The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger. About ten years ago I decided to discover why so many have made such a fuss about this book, and I went down to the local bookstore and purchased a copy. Unfortunately, after reading it, I was underwhelmed. The book is basically about a young man named Holden Caulfield who goes about his life complaining about everything and everybody. The number one thing Holden Caulfield complains about, however, has stuck with me. In what seemed like every other sentence Holden Caulfield calls someone a “phony.”

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 07:24

What If It Were True?

Written by Bob Crittendon

Around 9:00 on the morning of Saturday, May 21, I checked the Internet for the latest news, and determined, since there had not been a rash of natural disasters in parts of the world where 6 pm had already passed, that the world would not end that day. That was no surprise…

Thursday, 07 July 2011 07:18

The Weak Canít Help the Weak

Written by Dave Ramsey

Question: My husband and I have been married less than a year, and already we’re having huge disagreements over money. He’s got a big heart, but often he’ll just give money to friends and family. Sometimes, this leaves us short when it comes to monthly bills, paying off debt, and saving anything. I guess he thinks we’ll get by somehow, but it scares me. What can I do?

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