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Monday, 30 January 2017 09:46

What's On Your To-Do List?

Written by Sam Whatley

I have noticed that some people are list makers and some are not. Some folks make a detailed grocery list before going to the store, while others get there and wander down every aisle. List makers are trying to be efficient, trying to do more in less time. So, they plan ahead.

Monday, 30 January 2017 09:07

The Story of Reality by Greg Koukl

I was wrong. I read the opening words of The Story of Reality and thought, “Here we go again.” Over the past few years we’ve been inundated with books that tell the story of the world, the story of history, through what we might call a biblical-theology lens. You are probably familiar with the standard categories: creation, fall, redemption, consummation, and new creation. Through these headings we can trace and tell the story of what God is accomplishing in this world. It’s helpful, it’s good, and it’s been done a lot recently to the benefit of the church. But this book is not that book. Not quite.

Monday, 30 January 2017 07:34

The Only Love That Endures Forever

Written by Grady Smith

Have you been to a wedding recently and noticed the faces of the couple?  I love the way they beam with delight experiencing the height of the feeling of love.  Yet, in that very emotional moment, when I officiate weddings, I remind us all that we cannot relegate love to being only an emotional feeling that comes and goes.  In reality, love is not simply a feeling, though it does have an emotional component.  Love is something that also is demonstrated by action. 

Thursday, 05 January 2017 17:55

Dave Says

Written by Dave Ramsey

What Dave has to say about a responsible wedding budget and transferring IRA to gold...

Thursday, 05 January 2017 17:42

Addiction Lies

Written by Kay Cannaday, LPC

Addiction lies.  It tells you it will bring comfort while causing unbearable pain.  It promises happiness yet sadness follows.

Thursday, 05 January 2017 17:28

Grace to Finish Well

Written by Kemi Searcy

There is one thing I absolutely love, and that is a clean house. I came to that realization a few years back, after I had returned from a ministry trip to find my house in shambles. My children had entertained their friends with some sort of party in my absence. After I couldn’t get them to admit to the reason for the mess, I immediately got into my “cleaning mode.” After hours of cleaning and rearranging to my satisfaction, I sat on my reclining chair with a glass of water and a sense of a “Yeah! I got it done” feeling swept over my soul. This was the first time I had admitted to what my children had always jokingly accused me of, saying that while people will be worshiping in heaven, I will be cleaning. 

Thursday, 05 January 2017 14:38

Resting in a Perpetually Busy World

Written by Bob Crittendon

We have rolled over into a new year, on the heels of what is traditionally a busy season.  We may search for pockets of rest that can help rejuvenate our souls and our bodies when weariness sets in.  Actually, it’s really not just a seasonal thing...Jesus tells us to come to Him for rest, but the demands and distractions of everyday life can keep us from enjoying that experience.

Thursday, 05 January 2017 14:07

LaBarron and Lori Boone, Married 16 Years

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RRJ:  Have you both been Christ-followers since a young age?

 

Lori:  We both attended church from the time we were babies. We were both baptized as teenagers. However going to church is much different than living a Christ-filled life. That transformation happened while in law school for LaBarron. When adversity hit, his faith was tested and God clearly revealed Himself to him.  LaBarron said it was as if he was having a conversation with God when God clearly said you cannot expect my blessing unless you live a life worthy of my mercy and grace.  At that time LaBarron’s journey began anew and He strove to Honor the Lord. My journey began after law school when I had reached all of my goals and still felt something was missing from my life. I began reading the Bible and experienced my life being transformed when the words came to life for the first time.

Thursday, 05 January 2017 13:50

Transforming Throwaways

Written by Sam Whatley

I recently saw an exhibit called “Transformart” at the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts. The exhibit is expansive. As you enter the three-room panorama of tropical animals and plants you hear the sounds of a waterfall and birds chattering. The centerpiece is a twenty-five-foot tree made from clothes. As you look around, you see that everything is created from items that most of us discard. There is a life-like sheep of computer cables and a giant bird of shoe laces. The neck and head of a giraffe made of broken pencils protrudes from the wall above you. Perhaps the most startling creatures of all are the animals created from hundreds of empty ammunition shells.

Thursday, 05 January 2017 12:25

The Disciple-Making Parent by Chap Bettis

A core component of my regular reading diet is books on parenting. As long as I am a parent, and especially a parent of tweens and teens (parenting babies and toddlers is straightforward by comparison!), I want to stay sharp, to be challenged, to be equipped. A good book helps me better understand the purpose of parenting and helps me better fulfill my God-given duties.

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