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Thursday, 09 June 2011 06:53

Jelly Jar Blessings

Written by Mike and Lisa Conn

2nd Kings Chapter 4 tells about a poor widow whose husband had died, leaving her in debt. Despairing because his creditors are coming to take her two sons as slaves, the widow cried out to the prophet Elisha for help. He told her to gather all the empty jars she could find—not only from her home, but from all her neighbors. After responding in faith and obedience, she received God’s mercy and provision—each jar she gathered was filled with oil. The widow sold the oil to pay her debts and support her family.

Thursday, 09 June 2011 06:47

Hands and Feet

Written by Bob Crittendon

I want to be Your hands/
I want to be Your feet/
I’ll go where you send me…
I’ll go where you send me
--from “Hands and Feet” by Audio Adrenaline

Thursday, 09 June 2011 06:42

Am I Too Late to Save for Retirement?

Written by Dave Ramsey

Question: I’m 42, and I haven’t started saving for retirement. I’m self-employed and not making a lot of money right now, plus I have about $8,000 in debt. It feels like I’m living paycheck to paycheck, and I just can’t seem to save or get anything paid off. Can you help?

Do you know someone who experienced tragedy or trauma associated with the tornadoes of April 2011? Do you have a military service member in your family who has rotated in and out of Iraq or Afghanistan? Have you been through a terrifying situation which was beyond your ability to control, where you believed life and limb was at stake, and where, at that time, there seemed to be no resources available for help? Does it seem to have changed you, or the person you’re thinking of, in a harmful way?

Thursday, 09 June 2011 06:34

Lessons Learned

Written by Kim Hendrix

Isaiah 55:9: “As the heavens
are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways and My thoughts than
your thoughts.”

Thursday, 09 June 2011 06:32

Pre-Nuptial Agreement?

Written by Rev. Francis Turner

With a royal wedding behind us and the most traditional wedding month now upon us, let’s take a look at marriage.

Wednesday, 04 May 2011 11:41

Modeling True Marital Love For Your Kids

Written by Brenda Payne

As a Christian wife and mother, I have a responsibility to love my husband biblically and to teach my children the true meaning of marital love. I cannot teach them what I do not understand. I cannot convince them of what I do not practice. If I allow my children to be informed by the culture, the view of love they will develop will be the very opposite of true love. Think about it. Most modern movies, TV shows, and songs picture marital love as something to get not give; something to feel not do; and something that is easily dissolved not fiercely protected. In fact, if I leave my children with no biblical explanation to shape their mindset and no godly example to follow, why would they get married at all? The predominant cultural view of marriage flies in the face of the sanctity of marriage found in the Scriptures. Hollywood portrays shacking up and splitting up not only as the norm, but desirable. Of course, Christians know that the eroding of marriage leads to a host of family and societal problems. So, what am I am to do as a mother who desires that my children embrace marital love as defined by the Scriptures? I can only do what I can do: teach, model and pray!

Wednesday, 04 May 2011 11:37

The Community I’d Like to Live In

Written by Bob Crittendon

The room was full of anticipation and apprehension as about a dozen people gathered with two discussion leaders for a “Community Conversation”, as part of the “Believe It!” campaign, sponsored by the Montgomery Education Foundation. The session I attended was part of a series of community gatherings intended to collect from people throughout the community about how to improve education in our area.

Wednesday, 04 May 2011 11:33

Are Unemployment Benefits Moral?

Written by Dave Ramsey

Question: I recently lost my job due to layoffs. I’m luckier than most, because I’m debt-free except for my house, and I have three months of expenses saved. I’ll also receive a severance package from my former employer, and my wife still has her job. I’m struggling with whether or not to file for unemployment compensation. Do you think it’s morally okay to do this?

Wednesday, 04 May 2011 11:05

Did You Get It?

Written by Kim Hendrix

John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life.” (KJV)

Just a couple of weeks ago we celebrated Easter. We gathered for special worship services throughout Holy Week, we marked the death of Jesus on the cross; we celebrated His resurrection and the gift of the Holy Spirit. So, did you get it?

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