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Saturday, 07 April 2012 10:47

I Can Read It…But Can I Understand It?

Written by Reed DePace

In a nightmare, I was in a classroom with lots of other students, taking one of the standardized tests like the SAT. Nervous enough, as such tests make most, I froze as I looked at the next section of it. It was a reading comprehension test, “Read the following paragraph and then explain what it means. You will be graded on how well you comprehend what the writer is saying.” Anxiety gripped me. I could read the words, but what if I didn’t read them rightly? What if I didn’t comprehend, didn’t understand what I was reading? Ahhh!!!.

Each Easter an age old question comes to mind: did Jesus really rise from the dead? This is not an unimportant question. The Apostle Paul makes it clear that if Jesus did not rise from the dead, if the Resurrection is nothing more than a quaint holiday tradition with no factual basis, then we who profess him to be our Savior are at best silly and naïve. At worst, if Jesus died and that was it, end of story, we’re still in a heap of trouble (1 Corinthians 15:14, 17).

A Chinese church leader once met with some American businessmen. “How do you share Christ in your workplace?” he asked one man.

“We couldn’t do that!” came the horrified answer. “We would get fired.”

The Chinese man quietly asked, “And the problem with that is . . . ?”

Monday, 06 February 2012 19:19

Real Repentance; A Picture Worth Considering

Written by Reed DePace

So what does real repentance look like? A good picture can be seen in Jacob’s repentance to his twin brother Esau. Remember that these twins did not have the best of relationships. Esau was rash and irresponsible. Jacob was conniving and manipulative. In fact it is fair to say that Jacob had a made a career out of tricking and taking advantage of his older twin’s weaknesses. Theirs was not a relationship of brotherly love.

Monday, 06 February 2012 19:13

What is the Cost of Adoption?

Written by Sam McLure

How much does adoption cost? Granted, this is not the most basic question about adoption. It is however, one of the most important. Many couples are philosophically on-board with the idea of caring for the fatherless through adoption, but consider it to be out of God’s will for them because it costs too much.

Monday, 06 February 2012 19:11

Embracing Orphan Care and Adoption

Written by Sam McLure

Some things in Scripture are not so clear. Revelation, for example, is a hard letter to understand and the geographic descriptions in Isaiah can be confusing. That’s one reason that I smile when I come across passages like James 1:27: “Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world.”

Monday, 06 February 2012 19:07

What a Teen Daughter Needs From Dad

Written by Kimberly Davidson

Would you believe that 11 percent of all alcohol consumed in America is consumed by teenagers? Being a teen isn’t easy, and it seems to be getting worse. Drinking, drugs, premarital sex, eating disorders, and the pressure to be attractive are shoved into teens’ faces more than anything else. One of the main reasons teens turn to substances or extreme dieting is low self-worth and their desire to feel accepted by peers. It’s uncomplicated to follow the crowd when you don’t have anyone showing you the way to the truth.

Question: Most couples spend the majority of their engagement time planning for their “wedding” rather than planning for their “marriage”. How would you say you prepared for your marriage in order for it to start off on the right foot and grow even better with time?

Wednesday, 04 January 2012 13:15

Top Trends for Your 2012 Wedding

Written by Mary Sanders

As we say goodbye to 2011, we say hello to some fun new wedding trends for a new year! Brides planning their wedding in 2012 have a lot of places to find inspiration for their big day. Let’s take a look at some of the hottest trends finding their way into the wedding world this year.

Wednesday, 04 January 2012 13:00

What is Marriage, Really?

Written by Lou Priolo

What Is Marriage? This is the question I would like to answer in this marriage edition of Journey magazine. Is marriage simply an expedient way of sorting out responsibilities? Is it merely the legal authorization for a man and a woman to experience the joy of physical intimacy or to have children? No! Marriage is first and fundamentally “a covenant of companionship.” As Jay Adam’s puts it:

Wednesday, 04 January 2012 12:53

Time, God’s Gift for the New Year

Written by Ivy O. Johnson

2012... a New Year... Leap Year... 366 days... 8,784 hours... 527,040 minutes... 31,622,400 seconds! Time... an amazing gift from God! As I prepare for a new year, I feel compelled to reflect on the previous year. How did I spend my time? Did I spend this past year working “as unto the Lord” or am I ashamedly guilty of letting time pass by with only momentary inquiries into God’s plan for my life? God’s word clearly states, “There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven.” (Ecclesiastes 3:1)

Monday, 05 December 2011 17:36

Are You in a Holidaze? Take Five with the Lord

Written by Karen O'Connor

“I look forward to the holidays--and I dread them at the same time,” said my friend Peg over a cup of tea. “November and December are usually a big blur. Thanksgiving comes and goes and then it’s time to prepare for Christmas. Next thing I know it’s the new year. I look back and I can hardly remember what happened or how I felt.”

Monday, 05 December 2011 17:31

Local Ideas for Charitable Giving

Written by Wade Watson

Do you give from the head or from the heart? Why is the Christmas season consistently the most charitable time of the year? How much does faith play a role in the deed of giving? These are some questions to contemplate this holiday season as we prepare to celebrate our Lord’s birthday.

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