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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?

Will you not revive us again, that your people may rejoice in you? ~ Psalm 85:6

A revival culture is actually normal in the Church’s experience. In the Upper Room the gathered 120 believers prayed and fasted for ten days for the Holy Spirit to come and empower their proclamation of the gospel. And He did. On Pentecost three thousand were saved in Peter’s first sermon. Later another five thousand were saved through Peter and John’s witness.

Thursday, 05 July 2012 13:40

Resources for a RIGHTeous Life

Written by Jason Watson

As the designer of our bodies and minds and the entire creation, God gives us a way to live that works “rightly.” We call it a righteous life.

Thursday, 05 July 2012 13:05

Hang in There! Donít Give Up on the Church

Written by Karen Wingate

Remember when teenagers plastered their walls with poster art? One amusing poster depicted a wide-eyed, desperate cat barely hanging from a high bar by its claws. The caption read, “Hang in there, baby.” Yeah, right.

Thursday, 05 July 2012 13:01

July Vacation Bible Schools

Written by Staff

Five years ago, Jeff and Jennifer Hand were living what they believed was “the good life.” Jeff worked in construction and Jennifer owned half of four businesses. Their multiple cars, investment properties and large home seemed to say they were living “The American Dream.”

Wednesday, 06 June 2012 14:32

Choosing Forgiveness

Written by Karen Wingate

I remember the sick feeling in my stomach when I heard about the brutal shooting of ten Amish girls at a rural school near Nickel Mines, Pennsylvania in October, 2006. Five girls died and, to this day, one survivor still remains semi-comatose in her parents’ home. How could anyone be so vicious? News reports validated that I wasn’t the only one who felt horror - and yes, a tinge of anger - at this unfair and evil act.

Tuesday, 01 May 2012 20:22

2012 Vacation Bible Schools

Written by Staff

Did you know there is a tangible way for the Church in the River Region to make a substantial difference in the lives of the children who fill our public elementary schools?

Tuesday, 01 May 2012 17:43

Seizing Teachable Moments with Children

Written by Karen Wingate

After teaching children in the local church for more than 30 years, I have reached two conclusions. First, there’s never enough time to teach all I want to teach. Second, my students may not be ready to hear what I have to say on any particular day.

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