Friday, 05 August 2011 12:26

When You Canít Hear Godís Voice

Written by Doris Schuchard

There are times when I hear God’s voice loud and clear--selling our home in one day was a definite confirmation to move--and other times when it’s more of a still, small whisper--should I go back to work or stay home with my children? We’ve all been in that place where God seems unresponsive and distant in our lives. But silent does not mean abandoned. God is always there, ready to answer our needs. “I the Lord will answer them; I, the God of Israel, will not forsake them.” (Isaiah 41:17)

Thursday, 07 July 2011 07:26

Free Indeed! What is True Freedom?

Written by Candy Arrington

Freedom was an essential element in the formation of our country. People fought and died for the freedoms that we enjoy today. And while liberty is still a hallmark, many people in America, and around the world, are in bondage to beliefs and actions that make them anything but free.

Every year brings new methods of getting information and establishing connections. Twitter, Facebook, podcasts, and streaming video have definitely served the Christian community well in allowing people to hear and see “the family” in ways that were previously unavailable. However, we cannot substitute actual in-person interaction with members of a local church with this new technology.

All of us enjoy our summers. It is the time we feel the family can reconnect and spend some quality time together. That was what was going through Jay Hinton’s mind a few years ago when he asked his dad, Jack Hinton, a retired dentist from Eufaula, about spending some time with him on a mission trip to Brazil and the Amazon River Basin. Jay says that his father had so fondly told him about his experience there that it made him also want to go.

Thursday, 09 June 2011 06:50

Boundaries and Servanthood

Written by Candy Arrington

As Marc helped his wife clear the dinner dishes from the table, he realized he was weary. It had been a long, stressful week and he was looking forward to Friday evening at home with his family.
“Dad, let’s play a game,” his son called from the family room.
“Great! Set up the board and find your sister while I help Mom finish in the kitchen.”
Marc loaded the remaining plates, closed the dishwasher, and gave the control knob a spin. He slipped his arms around his wife as she clicked off the stove light. As they walked toward the family room, the phone rang. Marc stepped back into the now darkened kitchen, and grabbed the receiver without checking the caller ID.
“Marc, I’m so thankful you’re at home! I was afraid you’d be out since it is Friday night. I really need to talk to you. I’m very upset. This has been the worst week of my life. You just won’t believe what my son said to me. I wish he was more like you. You are the only one who cares about me.”

Thursday, 09 June 2011 06:36

Accepting Godís Call to Missions

Written by Jeff Moody

Graduation from college normally marks a young person’s transition into the “real world” of life. School is over and it is now time to consider what he or she will do for the next phase of life, whether it is graduate school or entering the workforce. For Montgomery native Jonathan Smyth, the next step was full-time missionary work in China.

Wednesday, 04 May 2011 12:09

2011 Vacation Bible Schools

Written by Staff
Wednesday, 04 May 2011 11:38

Helping Children Grieve

Written by Candy Arrington

I am acquainted with grief. Over several months, I watched my mother transform into a person I hardly recognized. Her quick wit and sharp mind disappeared following a fall the night before her ninetieth birthday. Within a week, she began a sojourn in a frightening world of befuddlement, paranoia, and fear. I walked each step of the journey with her, reassuring her of her safety, our love for her, God’s love and plan for her life, and the hope of heaven. Grief was my constant companion, and the day she entered the “memory” unit at a care facility, I wept.

Wednesday, 04 May 2011 11:09

Meet Kevin, Nicole and Kaiya King

Written by Kevin and Nicole King

When the Bible says children are a gift, it has been proven true over the years. After being told by doctors nine years ago that we would never have children outside of a miracle, God graced our lives with a precious daughter. Parenting Kaiya can be both a joy and a challenge at times. It is during those difficult times, we believe, that God removes us and begins to show our daughter just how weak we are and how much we need the same Savior we try to point her to everyday.

Wednesday, 04 May 2011 11:06

Modeling REAL Christianity for Your Children

Written by Alan Cross

I stood at the back of the ball field in the pouring rain. It was a particularly cold May morning as a front had come through, bringing rain and a drop in temperatures. My son was playing t-ball and even though it was freezing and rainy that morning, the games had not been called off because there was no lightning – mostly just drizzle and cold wind. I looked around at the kids jumping in puddles and the family members in the stands, cheering for their kids and laughing at the fun in the cold, rainy weather. I thought about how much fun it was to be a kid and was really encouraged by the attitude of the parents and grandparents. No one was “babying” these kids. They had signed up for baseball and they were going to fulfill their commitments, rain or shine. Personally, I would have rather been someplace else, but, hey, you do what you have to do, right? I mean, you sacrifice for your kids to make sure they have the childhood experiences they are supposed to have. It builds character, or something like that.

Thursday, 07 April 2011 14:37

The Value of a Mentor

Written by Candy Arrington

Chris grew up poor and with no father around. He was constantly in trouble. One summer he went to a camp and met a man who became his mentor—a friend, counselor, and instructor. Chris heard words of affirmation and encouragement from his mentor and his life turned around. He became the first person in his family to graduate from high school and college. He later played pro ball and now works for a national ministry. Having a mentor made a huge impact on Chris’ life.

Thursday, 07 April 2011 14:18

How the Resurrection Changes Lives

Written by Karen O'Connor

As Lynn Morrissey, author and journaling instructor, stood at her father’s?graveside on what would have been his 80th birthday, “all hope vanished,” she said. “I was in deep grief and doubt in that moment.”

Oh God, she anguished, How can you raise up my father’s body, which is decaying to dust?

“Then suddenly, I heard overhead a joyful noise...

Friday, 11 March 2011 10:46

Cultivating Talent

Written by Candy Arrington

God gave each of us talents and creative minds. The first verse of the book of Genesis says, “In the beginning, God created the heavens and earth.” God is Creator and He formed us in His image.  When He formed our universe, God could have made a boring environment that only sustained life. Instead He used all His creative ability to form majestic mountains, scenic lakes, vast oceans, and awe-inspiring deserts. He incorporated multiple colors, and created unusual animals and interesting plants. Instead of a drab world, he created beauty and variety for us to enjoy.

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