Tuesday, 01 July 2014 08:29

Church Relevance in a Changing World

Written by Rachel Fisher



What makes the Church relevant to the everyday lives of Christians?


This is the question we set out to answer this month and the answers may surprise you. We had the unique opportunity to interview four leaders shepherding churches in four different places in the River Region. Each is seeking to serve the people in their community in ways that will reach them where they are, and while each leader carries a different vision for the different places God has called them to lead, they all work with the same goal in mind - to make Jesus known and to promote His Kingdom on earth.


Tuesday, 01 July 2014 08:18

Pride vs. Humility

Written by Candy Arrington


On the night Steven proposed to Hannah, she immediately took several pictures of the two of them, her left hand prominently displayed on his shoulder. Within moments, she posted the pictures on several social networking sites. When Hannah got home, her parents knew she was engaged, not because she had called them, but because one of their friends had seen her post and called with congratulations.


Monday, 02 June 2014 16:55

Practicing the Art of Good Fathering

Written by Victor Parachin


Although Kris Kristofferson is a well known singer-songwriter and actor who enjoys the company of many important individuals, it is his father who had the greatest impact on his life. Among the many important life lessons Kristofferson learned from his dad, the one which stands out was his father’s hidden acts of kindness.




It’s not a secret that we all struggle. We can hide it, push our thoughts away, and tell ourselves “it’s not a big deal” or “this is just how I am,” but at our core we want to believe God has more for us than being controlled or held captive by wounds from the past or struggles of the present. Jesus came to set captives free. Which means all of us. He didn’t just come to set us free so we could go to heaven when we die, but he came for more than that. He came so that his good news could bleed over into our struggles, whether with things we hide or things we’ve done that have hurt others.



Linnie Dickson grew up with parents who were World War II veterans determined to give their kids a better life. Working long hours eventually allowed them to move from public housing to an upscale neighborhood, but financial success did not bring the happiness they thought it would.  Instead, the pursuit of the American Dream, and the mounting pressure for more, eventually led to a broken family.





Recently, my son (age 2) looked up at his big sister (age 5) sitting on the bathroom counter next to the sink, raised his little arms and said confidently, “Jump my arms! My catch wu!” [Let the reader be aware that my son says “wu” instead of “you.”] When my daughter laughed and told her little brother that she was too big, he insisted confidently, “Wu not too big. My can catch wu!”



When you think about serving the working poor and homeless of our city does it feel overwhelming? The problem of family homelessness is often a hidden problem and the solutions can feel like something reserved for “other people.” But what if there was a way for any church to play a significant role in helping homeless families return to stability?


Choosing a college is one of the most important decisions young people face. Over 4,000 universities are scattered around the United States and the decision can be daunting, to say the least. This decision is not one to be taken lightly either. Choosing a college has lasting significance on the trajectory of the lives of the kids we love in more ways than one. College presents young people with new ideas and experiences that will shape them, mold them and, if they choose, allow them to be the best they can be for a waiting world.


Although I can’t recall the circumstances, I remember deciding to run away from home. I was mad because I didn’t get my way. While I jammed things into my bulging suitcase, my mind churned. How far could I walk before dark? Where would I sleep? What would I eat? Tears stung my eyes. I felt sorry for myself.


My mother appeared. “What are you doing?”


“Running away!” I announced, hoping to upset her.


Anyone who works with teenagers, or has one of their own, knows teenagers are vastly different and have significant needs. According to the Barna Research Group, “Most teens are desperately striving to determine a valid and compelling purpose for life. Most of them want to have influence and impact.” And in Montgomery, just like in any other city in our state, there are thousands of teenagers who walk through the doors of their schools every day wondering if someone will notice them. We all know how this goes. We’ve all been teenagers. That’s where the questions begin racing through their minds: Do they like me?  Am I attractive enough?
Cool enough?  Smart enough?  Talented enough?  Athletic enough? And while the ways teenagers arrive at the answers to these questions is constantly changing with the times, the questions are the same.

Wednesday, 05 February 2014 15:28

8 Ways to Address Your Stress

Written by Victor Parachin


I suffer from the syndrome “Too much to do; too little time”. I’m a professional woman with a heavy travel schedule, married, two children. Over the last several years I’ve become an expert at multi-

tasking. Outwardly, things appear to be running smoothly in my life, but inwardly I feel overwhelmed, tense and stressed. What’s happened to me?


Thursday, 02 January 2014 13:52

A Wedding to Remember: Hottest Trends of 2014

Written by Mary Sanders


Hello beautiful brides and brides to be!   Planning a wedding is such a special and fun experience for all parties involved. Every bride wants her wedding to be special, fun and memorable! The wedding planning process can become overwhelming at times so it is important to remember to stay calm and enjoy the experience; this is supposed to be the happiest moment of your life. 


How long have you been married and what are your fondest memories of your wedding and the days leading up to it?


We were married on March 2, 2013, so we have been married for a little under a year.

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