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Wednesday, 21 February 2018 12:11

Dave Ramsey has the Answers to Your Questions!

Written by Dave Ramsey

Mortgage Ratios

 

Q.  Do you have a guideline ratio for mortgage debt to income?

 

A.  When it comes to buying a home, I always tell people to get a 15-year, fixed rate mortgage, with monthly payments that are no more than 25 percent of their take home pay. This type of mortgage is the only debt I don’t beat up people for having. Still, I urge folks to pay off these loans in less than 15 years.

Wednesday, 21 February 2018 12:04

Top 10 Picks of 2017

Written by Bob Crittendon

Each year on The Meeting House program, I list and explore the “Top 10 Topics” impacting the Christian community from the previous year.  Here are the “Top 10 Topics of 2017.”

Wednesday, 21 February 2018 11:58

Your Relationships: Healthy or Not?

Written by Jessica Gibbs-Fernandez, Ph.D.

The human brain pushes individuals to relate in groups, families, and the community. As well, and most importantly, humans have the drive to be in “meaningful” relationships (from marriages, friendships, even children/parents). There are healthy relationships that have “manageable problems”, and then there are toxic relationships that are destructive to mind, body, and spirit.

Wednesday, 21 February 2018 11:05

Keeping Love Alive

Written by Pastor Kemi Searcy

Selma is like so many people I know: “My marriage is stale. I thought our love would last forever when I met Devon, but now…” Finding love in this love-crazy culture is often easy, but finding real love, staying in love, and keeping that love alive requires hard work, which we  are often reluctant to do.  The passionate, romantic love we desire in our marital relationships, or a dating relationship, means we must be willing to put forth time and energy to give to our boyfriend or spouse what we wish to receive from them.

Wednesday, 21 February 2018 10:23

Jean Noel and Tonya Thompson

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RRJ: How long have you two been married and how long did you date prior to marriage?

 

Thompsons: We have been married for 26 years, dated for four years and were engaged for seven months.

 

 

RRJ:  Where did you meet?

Jean-Noel: We actually attended the same junior high school and high school in Arizona.  In junior high we were in marching band together, and in high school we had several classes together, yet did not date until just after graduation.  That summer of 1987, prior to starting as a freshman at Arizona State University, I went to spend some time in the public library to do some pre-studying in college algebra. 

Wednesday, 21 February 2018 10:13

It's Not Too Late

Written by Sam Whatley

Every journey, every venture, every project has three stages: beginning, middle, and end. In the beginning there is the promise of adventure and the quest of the unknown. At the end there is a sense of accomplishment. But in the middle, that is where the whole experience can just seem like a lot of work. Things are not so new anymore and the end seems far away. That’s when we are all tempted to stop halfway through and settle for less than we had hoped for. But if we do that, we miss God’s best for us.

Wednesday, 21 February 2018 10:03

Books to Read

Love Thy Body

by Nancy Pearcey

 

It is always a big deal when Nancy Pearcey releases a new book. It’s a special pleasure when that release is timed for the beginning of a new year. Such is the case with Love Thy Body: Answering Hard Questions about Life and Sexuality. In this new work she brings her unique voice to some of the most pressing moral issues of our day.

Wednesday, 21 February 2018 09:39

Making a Marriage Work

Written by Gene Ziesel, Lighthouse Baptist Church

Ah, the sounds of wedding bells are in the air with this month’s Wedding & Marriage Issue of River Region’s Journey! I’ve been married to my wife going on 35 years. To this day I know that, other than trusting Jesus as my Savior, it was the best decision I ever made.

You're Under No Obligation

 

Q.Our son is about to graduate from law school. He took out a loan to cover the cost, but we’ve always been debt-free and have been paying on it to help him out while he finishes his studies. The balance on the loan right now is around $30,000. He has a job waiting for him after he graduates, so we’re thinking about telling him it will be his responsibility to finish paying off the loan at that point. Is that wrong?

Monday, 08 January 2018 14:14

Hope and the Angel Gabriel

Written by Rebecca Rose Morris

Four days before Christmas, I found myself at the Montgomery Humane Society adopting a beautiful little black puppy. 

I was finally ready after losing my beloved 11-year-old shelter dog to cancer last year. He was named Clarence, after the guardian angel inIt’s a Wonderful Life, because I truly believe that he was a gift from God to give me hope and comfort during an extremely difficult time in my life.

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