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Tuesday, 12 September 2017 17:10

Dear Moms of College Freshmen

Written by Brenda Payne

I dropped my youngest child off at college this week. I can definitely tell you it was NOT the experience I had six years ago when I took my first child.

Communities of Transformation is an organization lead by Laurel and Fred Blackwell and dedicated to guiding families toward self-sufficiency while focusing on reconciliation, restoration and healing. Communities of Transformation is a collaborative initiative of the United Methodist Church. Other denominations and agencies are welcome to partner with C.O.T. to work with the poor.

Wednesday, 09 August 2017 07:26

Training Debt-Free Children

Written by Jennifer Slattery

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?

“I am convinced,” says Child Evangelism Fellowship of Central Ala. Chairman Chris Carver, “that there is no greater opportunity today for spreading the Gospel than in reaching out to children.”

For most honest Christians, becoming like Jesus Christ—or what Scripture calls sanctification—can be a supremely anticlimactic process. No matter how much better we become over time, no matter how much more loving, joyful, peaceful, patient, kind, good, faithful, gentle, and self-controlled we are this year compared to last year (Galatians 5:22-23), we never progress in our character to the degree that we once hoped that we would. Ironically, the more like Jesus we actually become, the more unlike Jesus we realize that we are.

“I got involved with S.T.E.P. several years ago by volunteering as a college student to help with outreach events. I must say, I feel as passionate about the mission of S.T.E.P. today as I did in my college years.”  

 

Sederick Fluker is the current director of

Montgomery S.T.E.P. (Strategies to Elevate

People) Foundation. Established in 1986, this faith-centered nonprofit organization has

successfully impacted the inner city missions of Montgomery for more than 30 years.

Saturday, 08 July 2017 04:57

The Local Church: Love It or Leave It

Written by Scott Sauls

There is a trend, especially among younger generations, of people who are saying goodbye to the local church. We’ve heard statisticsof those who leave because they no longer believe. But, surprisingly, others leave because they say they want more of God in their lives and the church just isn’t doing it for them.

Monday, 08 May 2017 16:21

The 2017 VBS Guide

Written by Staff

It's time to register your kids for one or more of the great VBS opportunities happening throughout the River Region this summer.  Our guide has all the info you need!

For more than 30 years, S.K.I.P. (Save Children of Incarcerated Parents) Incorporated has been advocating for children of incarcerated parents and their families. S.K.I.P.’s research and experience have indicated that the highest achieving students are those who are supported by their families, schools and communities. S.K.I.P. Incorporated’s vision is that children across the United States have the opportunity to become self-reliant, strong and healthy adults.

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.

Monday, 08 May 2017 15:18

Connecting with Your Children

Written by Kent Hughes

Do you feel the pressure and obligation to raise Godly children in a godless society? We place our children in private schools. We home school them. We involve them in church youth groups. We parent them with Christian values and do our best to train, protect, and guide them through the maze of childhood and adolescence. All these decisions are an attempt to give them what they need to face this culture and take a stand for what is right. I would like to suggest one other priority that will empower your children into a healthy adulthood.

Tuesday, 04 April 2017 17:03

2017 River Region Easter Events

Written by Staff

2017 River Region Easter Events

“I didn’t want to start a missions organization that looked like existing ones. I wanted to set myself apart from everyone else.”

In 1999, after 15 years of being a Youth Pastor, Shawn Doss took his students on a short-term mission trip. It was this first-ever mission trip that inspired Shawn to continue taking these trips, and eventually spearhead his own missions organization.

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