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Monday, 14 January 2013 10:40

Before You Say “I Do” A Premarital Checklist

Written by Lou Priolo

Dr. Anthony Florio likens certain premarital danger signs to traffic lights.

 

Like red blinking danger signs mean STOP, then proceed with caution (if at all)...

Negative traits may be hidden from you, and just the tips show

what is going on beneath a supposedly mature exterior.

 

In my counseling ministry I have given the following checklist to many couples along with the following advice. “If there are more than a couple of these ‘danger signs’ in your relationship, you should probably be concerned. The greater number of these issues you encounter between the two of you, the more you should consider putting your relationship on hold, not necessarily breaking up, but slowing things down (or at least not moving forward) until these issues are resolved.”

Friday, 07 December 2012 01:25

The Christmas Advantage

Written by Lettie Kirkpatrick

 

Unique Opportunities to Share Christ this Season

 

It can be almost “cool” to be a Christian at Christmas.  Even unbelievers assume many of the trappings of our faith.  And they are blissfully unaware that most of their decorations represent truths about Christianity.  It’s a great time to take advantage of opportunities to share Christ and give witness to the events that led to this celebration.  Consider these ideas for helping lost friends and relatives see the Savior in this season.

Friday, 07 December 2012 01:05

Angels Among Us

Written by Rachel Fisher

 

The Salvation Army Blesses the Needy at Christmas

Whether or not you have children of your own, it’s hard to overlook the giddy grins and sheer excitement that illuminates from them during this time of year. For most of us, the children we know will have full stockings and bellies, not to mention a Christmas tree bursting with gifts they can’t wait to unwrap on December 25th. 

 

Friday, 07 December 2012 00:54

Overcoming Rejection

Written by Candy Arrington

 

Devon walked away from the list posted on the board outside the drama classroom. Once again, he’d been bypassed. Oh, he’d be in several crowd scenes, but he’d auditioned for a lead role in the play, and Samuel had gotten the part. Samuel always got the lead. “I don’t know why they even bother having auditions,” Devon muttered. “They cast the same people for the lead roles every time.”

 

Impacts Future Leaders for Christ

Alabama State University is made up of 5,600 racially and culturally diverse students from over 42 states and 7 countries. Eddie Chambers and the students he ministers alongside at ASU would tell you this campus is an important one, not only because it is one of the largest historically black colleges, but because it is a college campus ripe for the gospel. They also hope to ignite a passion in the heart of the local church in Montgomery. That passion is fixated on a desire to see people not only in right relationship with God, but in right relationship with one another, and to see the gospel as it truly is-one that transcends race and culture, especially in a city like Montgomery.

 

About six years ago, our family went through a period of unemployment. Fear and bitterness consumed me, and although I knew in my head I needed to cling to God, my heart propelled me in the other direction. Through that experience I learned, experientially, God is good even when life is hard, and His love is greater than our emotions.

 

 

The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) is an uncertain and scary place for any new parent. Brie and Jason Smith know this all too well, along with thousands of other families in the River Region. Brie and Jason’s son, Colby, was born at only 23 weeks old on July 28th, 2012. For the past two months, the Smith family says they have experienced fear and uncertainty, but also love.  That love has come not only in the form of the support of family and friends, but through a ministry that reaches out to families like the Smiths, who are walking through having a baby in the NICU.

 

Wednesday, 10 October 2012 14:39

Why Christians SHOULD Be Involved in Politics

Written by Pastor Alan Cross

 

Over the years, I have advocated a position that I call Prophetic vs. Political when it comes to a Christian’s relationship with the political realm. What I have meant by that is that Christians should not be beholden to a political party or be involved in grasping after power on this earth, even if they think that they can use it for good purposes. Having worldly power in the temporal sphere almost always happens through worldly means, and eventually, corruption is the result. The Christian siding with one political party or another is eventually led down the road of compromise as his allegiance is used for whatever the Party wants to do. So, I have advocated a Prophetic stance. What I mean by that is that Christians should affirm righteousness wherever it is found and should denounce evil and injustice wherever it is found - no matter which party is doing either right or wrong. We see this when John the Baptist denounced Herod’s immorality and when the prophets of Israel called the Hebrew Kings to account for the evil that they tolerated and promoted in turning against God and oppressing the poor and powerless. The Church is to be Salt and Light (Matthew 5:13-16) and we do that best when we are independent of political party allegiances, but we are engaging our Prophetic role.

 

How can we rejoice in the Lord when we’re in constant pain? Is it possible to stay cheerful and positive in the middle of unremitting suffering and maladies beyond our control? How can we maintain a vibrant faith when we’re hurting?

Today, we live in a region and a nation where the conversation of education is a hot topic with many voices. While the solutions for improving education are vast and complex, there are a handful of schools, committed teachers, and administrators across the country making a difference in the lives of children. Montgomery Christian School is one of those schools standing in the gap.

Wednesday, 05 September 2012 20:39

The Mission of Mission Life

Written by Hamilton G. Richardson

Talking about ministering to the needy and supporting mission trips to far-off places is easy--most Christians do it—but it’s actually following through that’s the tough part.

For more than 100 years, Nellie Burge Community Center has committed to meeting the needs of under served women and children in the River Region. Originally established by a group of women at Court Street UMC in 1904 as the North Montgomery Settlement House, it began as a day nursery to assist working mothers. Ten years later, they expanded their services to needy women, children and families. At the turn of the millennia, a state-of-the-art day care facility opened and began a new chapter for the center. Nearly a decade later, the Nellie Burge Community Center was on the brink of closing. Longtime board members like Harriet Owen were committed to continuing the legacy of the center.

Saturday, 04 August 2012 16:07

Training Debt Free Children

Written by Jennifer Slatterly

In Proverbs 22:7, God warns us of the dangers of debt: “Just as the rich rule the poor, so the borrower is servant to the lender” (NLT). In 2008, many Christian families realized too late the truth in those words. With the recent economic crisis, our country saw the tragic effects of mounting debt as families lost homes and jobs. For many Americans, this was a call for drastic change, and families began to pare back spending and look for ways to reduce their debt. But are we teaching our youth to do the same? When we drop our teenagers off at college, are they prepared to handle the onslaught of credit card offers they’ll receive?

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