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Faith At Work

Believers Fulfulling Their Calling Where God Has Placed Them

Monday, 08 May 2017 13:09

Judah and Samantha Helms

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RRJ:  You both had exposure to Jesus and His church as children, but you were still left wanting more.  What would you two say were the ingredients for your powerless (ho-hum) Christianity?

 

Judah: Growing up in the South, I identified with Christianity as a part of my culture. Going to church was expected of you, just like it was expected that you be an obedient child and make good grades. For me, falling in line with those cultural expectations was my lone incentive to be a Christian. I didn’t want to be an outcast or generate any controversy around myself. So I became the “good Christian boy” that my family could be proud of. But in the end, that is a very disingenuous lifestyle that isn’t sustainable. 

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RRJ:  Your faith became real during college as you got involved in campus ministries. What was different about that environment and how did your faith change?

 

Mia:  As a child, church was instilled in me by my grandmother. She was a pianist for two churches and would travel between the two on Sundays with myself and my siblings in tow. When I was eleven she died and I didn’t get back to church until I got my driver’s license.  I would drive myself and was baptized at the age of 17. 

Joining the Baptist Campus Ministries on the campus of Alabama A&M University taught me that faith is walked out daily not just a Sunday experience. Listening and sharing testimonies helped me to see God in all things. It was then that I began to ask God for direction and intentionally look for is gracious hand in my life. 

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RRJ:  You grew up around a family and church that celebrated and explained the Good News of Jesus, yet when you left home and headed to West Point, you drifted from following Christ.  What was the cause?

 

Travis:  I believe the parable of the sower told by Jesus in Mark 4:18-29 describes my situation at the time.  I chose the cares and pleasures of “The World”.  Starting in high school, I chose to follow what I considered the “in-crowd”.  I became increasingly concerned with being popular, especially with women.  I was influenced not only by popular culture, but also by the friends I chose to hang out with. 

Monday, 30 January 2017 17:56

Mike Vinson, Owner of Adams Drugs

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RRJ:  Growing up you said you were a church-going straight-laced kid, but not a Christian.  Can you explain the difference?

 

Mike:  Growing up, I went to Sunday School and church every Sunday with my family.  I was never involved in church activities, so I didn’t feel like it was a big part of my life.  I believed in God and Jesus, but never felt like I was filled with the true spirit of Christianity.  I was a pretty straight-laced kid because I had a father who made sure I behaved.  I was never part of the partying crowd in high school.  I really didn’t have time for it, because all my extra time was filled with sports and athletics. During those years, I had some good coaches that tried to steer me in the right direction. One of those was Lee High School Coach Jim Chafin, who I went to visit out in Texas last year.  He definitely was an influence for good in my life.

Thursday, 05 January 2017 14:07

LaBarron and Lori Boone, Married 16 Years

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RRJ:  Have you both been Christ-followers since a young age?

 

Lori:  We both attended church from the time we were babies. We were both baptized as teenagers. However going to church is much different than living a Christ-filled life. That transformation happened while in law school for LaBarron. When adversity hit, his faith was tested and God clearly revealed Himself to him.  LaBarron said it was as if he was having a conversation with God when God clearly said you cannot expect my blessing unless you live a life worthy of my mercy and grace.  At that time LaBarron’s journey began anew and He strove to Honor the Lord. My journey began after law school when I had reached all of my goals and still felt something was missing from my life. I began reading the Bible and experienced my life being transformed when the words came to life for the first time.

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RRJ:  As the President at the Chamber of Commerce Association of Alabama what does your job entail?

 

Jeremy:  CCAA exists to strengthen the vital role local Chambers of Commerce play in economic and community development. We provide our members with exceptional services in the areas of advocacy, professional development, and communication of issues that affect the local business community and serve as a clearinghouse for business-related information, peer-to-peer networking opportunities, and other contacts that serve the needs of local Chamber of Commerce professionals.  I get to represent 100+ local chambers of commerce in local communities across the great State of Alabama!

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RRJ:  You grew up in Gadsden, Alabama in a Christian home. How did your parents create an environment for you to come to know God’s love through Christ?

 

Jodi:  I was blessed to have parents who provided a home of unconditional love. It was not until I became a parent that I began to understand just how much my parents created a home environment of love and support, which established my foundation of confidence and security in my faith.

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RRJ:  Even though you were exposed to Christ as a young child, late in high school God began speaking into your heart that He wanted a deeper relationship with you.  How did that happen and how did you respond?

 

Katrina:  I grew up in a very ritual-based church, also attending that church’s school from kindergarten through 9th grade. I practiced those rituals “religiously”, but felt God was calling me in a different direction. So, the summer after I graduated from high school, I was baptized and began attending a new church. It was then that I felt I could truly be expressive with my faith. As I studied the Bible, I realized Christ and the unwavering word of God was all that mattered. I had a relationship and not a religion!

Thursday, 01 September 2016 07:28

Larry Stevens, President, SMI Advertising

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RRJ: Many people associate you with Montgomery because of your nearly 30-year career on radio, but where did you grow up?

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RRJ: Linette and Jeff, can you share how each of you came to be a Christ follower and child of God?

 

Linette: I became a Christian when I was nine years old. I understood at that time all I needed to know at that young age…I was a sinner whom Jesus loved and died to save, and the only way to have eternal life was through Him. Over the years, there have been several milestones in my spiritual growth, lots of ups and downs, but my desire is to follow Him and serve Him every day.

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