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Monday, 18 June 2018 10:53

Reality & Truth Ministries

Written by Angela Hardgrave

“I’ve witnessed first hand how God can reach into your personal moment of need, whether it be a need for understanding, or a physical, emotional, or spiritual need, and speak Truth that is applicable to you personally. We all need life spoken into us, whether we are poor, rich, educated, uneducated, skilled, unskilled, healthy, unhealthy, happy or sad. I love receiving this from the Lord, and I desire all to receive the same.”

Friday, 15 June 2018 07:34

10 Reasons to be Thankful for Fatherhood

Written by Tim Challies

Cuddles

 

I am thankful to be a dad for the cuddles. My sixteen-year-old son doesn’t cuddle me anymore, but my girls still do, and I love them for it. I love to hold them close, I love to tell them they are loved, I love to let them know that they are safe, protected, provided for. I cuddle them gently to know that I treasure them. I gather them in my arms and carry them up to bed to let them know I’m strong. And they cuddle me to let me know I’m loved in return. I think I might need their cuddles just as much as they need mine.

Thursday, 17 May 2018 06:55

Simple Gesture for Honoring Mom on Mother's Day

Written by Gayla Grace

As a young mom, I thought Mother’s Day should be all about me.  Surely I deserved recognition for my never-ending sacrifices as a mom and stepmom to five children, right?  However, after driving away from my parents’ home recently with tears spilling down my cheeks, I sensed God asking me to honor my mom with the time we have left. Unable to deny that Alzheimer’s is consuming Mom’s every fiber, Mother’s Day carries an overwhelming sadness, as she no longer knows me as her daughter.

Thursday, 17 May 2018 06:28

5 Simple Ways to Teach Your Kids About God

Written by Aaron Earls

Teaching your kids can feel daunting. But teaching your kids about God 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.”

From Montgomery, Alabama to 1,300 miles across the ocean in the nation of Haiti, Children’s Hope has been changing children’s lives for the past eight years. Their mission is caring for children, strengthening families, and serving communities in Jesus’ name, and they faithfully carry out this mission every day.

The most important need for someone going through a hard or life-changing time in his or her life is to know, without a doubt, that they are not alone. For women or couples facing an unexpected pregnancy, First Choice Women’s Medical Center of Montgomery gives the comfort and assurance that is so critical during this time. According to their mission statement, First Choice provides “Christ-centered medical, parenting, and life-skill services to extend help, offer hope, and promote healing.”

Friday, 06 April 2018 08:56

Perseverance Wins the Prize in Step Families

Written by Gayla Grace

In the early years of our marriage, I wondered if we would make it to our next anniversary. Blending four children, grappling with our stepparent roles while learning to parent together, combating ex-spouses, and trying to stay afloat with job, church and community obligations seemed impossible.  As we celebrated 21 years of marriage recently, I’m thankful we never quit.

There are circumstances and decisions that take our lives in unexpected and sometimes heartbreaking directions. It is then that we must take up the broken pieces and begin again with a fresh start and a new life. However, forging a new life for ourselves is never easy. The process can be made more bearable with someone to share the burden with us. For some in Montgomery, that help comes from an incredible ministry called Renascence Inc. Their mission is “to assist men recently released on parole for non-violent offenses to successfully reintegrate into the community.”

 

According to statistics from Renascence, over 8,500 men are released from the Alabama Department of Corrections each year. Many of these men have no support from family or friends, no job, and no marketable skills. They may have other circumstances that make finding employment difficult, such as a lack of education, a history ofchemical dependence, physical or mental disabilities, or a lack of transportation. Over half return to prison within a few years.

Monday, 12 March 2018 06:29

Easter: Pathetic or Genius?

Written by Scott Sauls

Jesus didn’t stutter when he said that he is the truth:

 

I am the way, and the truth, and the life,” he said, “no one comes to the Father except through me (John 14:6).

 

Why did Jesus claim to be the truth, versus one single truth among many other truths? Why did he say that he would not share his glory with any other God or any other religious leader? Why was he unwilling to accept the mere designation of Rabbi or of a good moral teacher or of an exemplary human being? Furthermore, why do his followers seem stuck on the idea that Jesus, in being the truth, is the singular path to God? CS Lewis, a secular atheist intellect turned Christian, answers this question as well as anyone inMere Christianity:

Wednesday, 21 February 2018 11:42

What's the Purpose of Marriage?

Written by Tim Challies

What’s the purpose of marriage?

A brief search turns up a host of answers representing a multitude of worldviews. These answers reveal no end of confusion, but most perspectives can be summarized under two headings.

When and where were you two married? What are your fondest memories of your wedding and the days leading up to it?

 

Alice:  We got married on August 19, 2017 at the Oaks Plantation in Pike Road, Alabama.  My fondest memory is all of my family being together.  I am the baby of four and I have ten nieces and nephews who were all in the wedding.  Anywhere we go, it tends to be a party due to how big our family is. We had a small family ceremony and a brunch afterward with more friends and family. It was very special to be surrounded by the many people who have impacted our lives so greatly.

With catering, flowers, music, and a myriad of other details to arrange, planning your wedding can be both exhilarating and anxiety provoking.  Discover the latest trends and follow these tips to reduce stress and survive the months leading up to your big day.

 

Wednesday, 21 February 2018 10:57

4 Marks of a Godly Husband's Love

Written by Tim Challies

A self-sacrificing love.

A husband’s love is self-sacrificing. “Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her,” (Ephesians 5:25).  Every husband knows that he is called to love his wife to such a degree that he would be willing to die for her. But God calls for far more than this. “It is easy for men to think of dying dramatically—and bloodily—for our wives in some grand gesture. But what Paul specifically has in mind is for husbands to live sacrificially for their wives. This means a dying to self-interest to place her needs before your own. It means a willingness to crucify your sins and selfish habits and unworthy character traits. I remember a husband who told me he had always thought that if a man came into the house with a knife to attack his wife, sure, he would be willing to die defending her. ‘Then I realized,’ he said, ‘that emotionally and spiritually, I am that man who assaults my wife and threatens her well-being. What God calls me to do is put my own sinful self to death’.” Exactly so. You would die for your wife, but will you live for her?

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