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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. 

But Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them,

for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.”(Matthew 19:14)

 

 

For the past 10 years, Montgomery has had the pleasure of being home to one of the leading Christian Community Development Programs, The Nehemiah Center.  The Nehemiah Center was created using the model of community development which involves going into an under served area and enabling and empowering the community to better help themselves.

Thursday, 07 May 2015 15:20

5 Simple Ways to Teach Your Kids Theology

Written by Aaron Earls

Teaching your kids can feel daunting.

But teaching your kids theology can feel downright terrifying.

 

Some feel overwhelmed with time issues. They just don’t see how they can fit something else into their day. Others may not feel as if they have adequate theological training. They feel uncomfortable instructing their kids beyond, “Jesus loves you.”

“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all you strength and all your mind; and love your neighbor as yourself.”

Luke 10:27

Friday, 03 April 2015 19:02

Overcoming Negative Cheerleaders

Written by Candy Arrington

When I was a child, we attended all the football games for the high school where my father was once a football star. Not only did we have season tickets for the home games, we traveled to all the “away” games as well. For years, I took a book and read during the games because I didn’t understand what was happening on the field. Even though I wasn’t looking at the field, or the cheerleaders, I still heard the cheers and learned them from sheer repetition. One that still resonates with me today goes like this: “Whup ‘em up the side of the head, hey, whup ‘em up the side of the head, hey, hey, hey!”

Easter is the most celebrated day on the Christian calendar. Church attendance is high, shouts and greetings of “He is Risen! He is Risen Indeed!” are heard in churches across the land, there is a lot of joy - in addition to really nice clothes! I have heard people say how they love Easter because of the Resurrection, but how some do not like to focus on the Cross as much because it is more depressing. This is an unhelpful perspective, of course, and most mature Christians would see it as being poor theology. For many Christians, though, Easter gets the focus and Good Friday is often overlooked.

Everyone--all of us, every last person on God’s earth--deserves decent shelter. It speaks to the most basic of human needs --our home--the soil from which all of us,mevery last person, either blossom or wither.  We each have need of food, clothing, education, medical care and companionship; but first, we must have a place to live and grow. (Millard Fuller, founder of Habitat for Humanity)

 

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