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Rosa, speaking with her best friend, laments: “Sometime in early December I begin to feel it – seasonal insanity! Too much expense. Too many parties. Too much food. Too commercial. Too exhausting. This month I feel little joy but large stress. Is this really what the Christmas holidays are all about?” she asks.

Monday, 09 November 2015 15:35

Iron Men Outdoor Ministries, Inc.

Written by Laura Bell

In obedience to the mandate of Jesus given in Matthew 28:19:

 

Make disciples of all nations,” Iron Men Outdoor Ministries commits to the mission of being living examples of and to act upon the seven virtues of their ministry: love, mercy, justice, honesty, faithfulness, integrity, charity, as well as the irrevocable guiding premise of the ministry that the Bible is the inspired word of God and the sole authority for faith, life, and moral guidance. Also the belief that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and the only source of salvation given to man by our Father God in heaven for those who believe. With all this in mind, they therefore commit themselves to compassionately reach out and bless those in need, particularly those who are handicapped, children in need, the impoverished, and the abandoned.

Sunday, 08 November 2015 20:29

3 Ways to Live with Joy by Tim Challies

Written by Tim Challies

 

 

Last week I was captivated by a sunrise. I am one of those people who is “early to bed, early to rise” and have watched many sunrises.

I love the dawning of a new day because every day is so full of promise and possibility.

 

Every sunrise lays a new day before us and asks, “What will you do with this day? What will this day be?”

If there was ever any uncertainty as to whether or not human trafficking happens in America, you can be assured that is it presently attacking not only our nation, but Alabama itself. 

Blanket Fort Hope, a non-profit in our very own River Region area, is fighting against all of 

its forms of horrific exploitation with an emphasis on children and the attacks that they 

have faced. 

Tuesday, 06 October 2015 14:03

2015 Fall Festivities Guide

Written by Candy Arrington

2015 Fall Festivals Guide

Mark Fronduti, hair dresser by day, God Speed Biker Ministries minister by Sunday, has had quite the “ride” in life and could not sit still any longer.  His new ministry, only active a little over a month, is working at a capacity that only God could orchestrate.  God Speed Biker Ministries takes place in A&P Automotive, 430 Eastern Blvd. in Montgomery, two Sundays per month and grows by the week. 

Mark A. Fronduti, wasn’t always a minister of the Gospel to those around him. In fact, he says he spent years living life without God, throwing “the best parties.” But when his brother came to know Christ and later died of colon cancer, Mark claims it was his brother’s “peace about dying” that intrigued him most about who God was. Mark gave his life to Christ shortly after, and soon found that the things that made him feel the most alive in life were cars and motorcycles. It took 20 years before he felt God begin calling him to a position of ministry, but when he felt the nudge to start something he spent time thinking and praying with his girlfriend.  After much prayer, the two felt that God was leading him towards a ministry to those who are riders and needed encouragement. 

It is rare to see a ministry serve at the length Fellowship of Christian Athletes has within our community, state, nation, and world.  They have been committed to coaches and students around the globe for more than 60 years, and they aren’t stopping. Don McClanen, founder and creator of FCA, said these words in May of 1954, while projecting his idea before a board: “For some time, I have had the idea of forming an organization of athletes and coaches in this hero-worshiping nation of ours.  If athletes can endorse shaving cream, razor blades, and cigarettes, surely they can endorse the Lord, too.  So my idea is to form an organization that would project you as Christian men before the youth and athletes of our nation.”

Tuesday, 04 August 2015 20:22

Overcoming Hurt

Written by Candy Arrington

It’s not unusual for others to take advantage of us—our talents and abilities, ideas, willingness to work—to ease their own load or make them look better. At first, we may enjoy the attention, and often pride factors in because we feel important or necessary. But it doesn’t take long to realize the relationship is more about usury than friendship, and when the person abandons us for a more useful or popular friend or makes us look foolish, the hurt we feel is real and sometimes overwhelming.

 

Tuesday, 07 July 2015 15:45

5 Reasons You Need to Join a Church

Written by Staff

1. FOR ASSURANCE. While a person should not feel he needs to join a church in order to be saved, he ought to join a church to be certain that he has been saved. Christians, those who are indwelt by the Holy Spirit, will naturally gravitate towards other Christians and will desire to be with them, to learn from them, and to serve them.

Tuesday, 07 July 2015 15:43

The Bride of Christ

Written by Tim Challies

It’s easy to grow discouraged at the state of the church...

 

As a person who invests a lot of time and attention to studying the church, her health and what Jesus requires of her, I often find myself prone to lamenting her state. Writers from all backgrounds and denominations have written about the church, and I have read many of these books and publications. The standard book begins with a few chapters outlining all the ways the church has failed with the rest of the book providing the solution. If only we did this or that or the other thing, we would make the church what she was intended to be. I haven’t read too many books that give the church a pat on the back and say “good job!” Maybe for good reason. Maybe not.

“Christ has no body on Earth but yours, no hands but yours, no feet but yours.  Yours are the eyes through which Christ’s compassion for the world is to look out; yours are the feet with which He is to go about doing good; and yours are the hands with which He is to bless us now.”

–Saint Teresa of Avilla

 

A few years ago, an organization began in Montgomery that has become the true hands and feet of Christ.  Transformation Montgomery is a faith-based community development organization that has focused its thoughts and efforts on the Garden Square neighborhood located in the Chisholm area of north Montgomery.  In this area, they have transformed not just houses for families to move into, but also the lives of these families.

“Even the smallest person can change the course of the future.” –J.R.R. Tolkien

 

There are few things in life that bring more joy than holding a newborn baby.  The way they look up at you and the look in their eyes is one of love, innocence, and trust.  As the old hymn says, “How sweet to hold a newborn baby, and feel the pride and joy he gives; but greater still the calm assurance: This child can face uncertain days because He lives.”

Thursday, 04 June 2015 14:37

Parenting Well in a Digital World

Written by Tim Challies

Even at the best of times there is nothing simple about raising children. But throw in a million new technologies—new devices and social networks and apps—and things get far more complicated still. This is every parent’s challenge today. 

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