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.

Sunday, 06 November 2011 19:08

Spotlight on the Barnabus Group

Written by Dr. Anthony G. Adcock

She said she did not see how anyone as messed up as she was could contribute anything to a support group. This comment by a middle-aged woman whose daughter had been in the lesbian life style a long time was a reaction to the suggestion that she could contribute a lot to the group. Similar feelings of frustration are not uncommon among prospective participants in the Barnabas Group.

Sunday, 06 November 2011 19:08

Why Consider Support Groups?

Written by Don Hill, Ph.D., LPC

The phenomenal idea of support groups is really not something that was popular in just the last few decades. It actually goes back to many, many years ago. Perhaps the first one that brought some recognition was on June 10, 1935 when the origin of Alcoholics Anonymous was established. Since that time, but more recently, there have been myriads of support groups developed for nearly every situation of coping with emotional or physical pain. Technically, from birth on, each individual is really a member of a support group composed of himself or herself and their parents. Our lives become a succession of group memberships growing from the basic family unit to peer groups, play groups, school groups, business, and church. In some way we are directly or indirectly participating in one of these activities until death.

“Daddy, I know what I wanna put in our blessing basket,” said six-year-old Dena as her father walked in from the office. “I got to be line leader at school. Can we thank God for that?”

It has now been revealed through the appearing of our Savior, Christ Jesus, who has destroyed death and has brought life and immortality to light through the gospel. (1 Timothy 1:10)

Wednesday, 05 October 2011 19:11

Why Reformation is Still Important

Written by Reed DePace

There is an interesting alternative to the secular holiday of Halloween, one that has been around for a long time in some churches. In recent years others have picked up on this tradition, and have joined in the celebration of what is called Reformation Day.

I believe Christian education is the kind of education that combines the truths of the Gospel with curriculum for all grades. Through the years I have seen this kind of education provide many benefits that other types of education do not offer. I have always been in Christian private schools and have enjoyed the atmosphere, teachers, classmates, and classes I have had over the years.

Thursday, 01 September 2011 18:01

Three Reasons to Consider Christian Education

Written by Steve Pierce Johnson

Public schools are still the choice of the majority of families in Montgomery. There’s no cost for tuition or books, plus public schools are usually close by and (even when they’re not) school buses provide convenient transportation. The academic success stories of the top achievers in public schools are publicized in local and national news stories.

For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:6). Choirs all over the world proclaim these powerful descriptions of Jesus Christ in song, especially during Easter and Christmas celebrations. Whenever I hear them spoken or sung I feel a rush, a tingling up my spine, and my eyes water in wonder and gratitude for our loving God who would send his only begotten Son to counsel, govern, parent, and comfort us.

Friday, 05 August 2011 12:26

When You Canít Hear Godís Voice

Written by Doris Schuchard

There are times when I hear God’s voice loud and clear--selling our home in one day was a definite confirmation to move--and other times when it’s more of a still, small whisper--should I go back to work or stay home with my children? We’ve all been in that place where God seems unresponsive and distant in our lives. But silent does not mean abandoned. God is always there, ready to answer our needs. “I the Lord will answer them; I, the God of Israel, will not forsake them.” (Isaiah 41:17)

Thursday, 07 July 2011 07:26

Free Indeed! What is True Freedom?

Written by Candy Arrington

Freedom was an essential element in the formation of our country. People fought and died for the freedoms that we enjoy today. And while liberty is still a hallmark, many people in America, and around the world, are in bondage to beliefs and actions that make them anything but free.

Every year brings new methods of getting information and establishing connections. Twitter, Facebook, podcasts, and streaming video have definitely served the Christian community well in allowing people to hear and see “the family” in ways that were previously unavailable. However, we cannot substitute actual in-person interaction with members of a local church with this new technology.

All of us enjoy our summers. It is the time we feel the family can reconnect and spend some quality time together. That was what was going through Jay Hinton’s mind a few years ago when he asked his dad, Jack Hinton, a retired dentist from Eufaula, about spending some time with him on a mission trip to Brazil and the Amazon River Basin. Jay says that his father had so fondly told him about his experience there that it made him also want to go.

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