Keep Your Money in Your Own Pocket

 

Q.  I just filed taxes, and it looks like I’ll get a pretty big refund this year. A friend of mine told me I should adjust my withholding, so I don’t get a refund. This seems pretty dumb to me. Why would I change my withholdings when I’m getting money back?

Published in Dave Ramsey Says
Friday, 06 April 2018 10:00

God is in Your Pain

I have been greatly perplexed lately, in need of a six-figure financial miracle. I had no idea of any possible source of that amount of money. It all came crashing down on me last weekend when I realized that the deadline for the money was quickly approaching. I couldn’t sleep well and woke up with a bad headache.

Published in Pastor Kemi Searcy
Friday, 06 April 2018 09:47

All Lives Should Shine

A few years ago, Joni Eareckson Tada shared a radio commentary which encouraged listeners to allow the light of Christ to shine even through hardships.  She included a reference to a passage in Philippians 2.  She writes:

 

The apostle Paul is writing from a dark

prison cell and he tells his friends: “Do everything without complaining or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation, in which you shine like stars in the universe...”

 

For years, the Gerber company has been displaying the famous baby picture on its products. And, now, each year, the company, according to Bill Partyka, chief executive and president of Gerber, “...we choose the baby who best exemplifies Gerber’s long-standing heritage of recognizing that every baby is a Gerber baby...”

That quote is from a Townhall.com story about the latest Gerber Spokesbaby, Lucas Warren, who was selected from 140,000 entrants.  Lucas is very unique - he has Down Syndrome. 

Published in Bob Crittendon

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.”

Published in Articles
Friday, 06 April 2018 09:30

Dark Night of the Soul

In Christian theology, there is something called “dark night of the soul”. This refers to a feeling of despair and no known way to end suffering.  This term is also used in in the world of psychological dynamics seen as depression, despair and anxiety when they become so severe that they interfere with having a life that has moments of joy as well as difficulties.  There are many perspectives of “a dark night of the soul,” but as a therapist and a Christian, I have come to view a feeling of separation from God as a “dark night of the soul”.

Published in Counselors Corner

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.

Published in Articles
Friday, 06 April 2018 08:40

Sunlight and Butterfly Dust

Butterflies are beautiful, but fragile. In fact, it has been said that if you touch a butterfly’s wings the creature may actually die. In the past few years, biologists have discovered why that’s true. If you catch a butterfly and release it, you will see a bright yellow or green iridescent dust on your hand. That shining dust is critical to the butterfly’s ability to fly. Without it, it cannot live.

RRJ:  Jason, you have worn many hats in your professional career… from being a lawyer for politicians to being a lobbyist for bankers.  What is one standard you live by no matter what “hat” you are wearing?

 

Jason:  The phrase “honesty is the best policy” might sound like an old cliché, but it’s a statement that has served me well.  If the general public made a list of trustworthy professions, chances are high that “attorney” and “lobbyist” would not be near the top.  Knowing that, I’ve worked especially hard to try and cultivate a reputation of being an honest broker.  To me, that means not only telling the truth but also presenting the opposing viewpoints so that folks can see all sides of the issue.  There are times when that standard might cause you to lose a battle, but it will never cause you to lose the war. 

Published in Faith @ Work

Generation after generation, Christians have devoured John Bunyan’s great allegorical work The Pilgrim’s Progress. It remains among the most-read books in all of human history. Among those who have been influenced by it is Garrett Taylor, an artist who works at Pixar Animation Studios and has been involved in some of their most important films. As a side project, he developed some beautiful maps of Christian’s journey to the Celestial City. Here is an interview I recently completed with Garrett in which he tells about his work, his salvation, and his illustrations of Bunyan’s world.

Published in Books to Read
Friday, 06 April 2018 07:56

Seven Steps to Renewing Your Mind

The human brain fascinates me. Its computing power is truly remarkable. Just one brain generates more energy (electrical impulses) in one day than all the cell phones on the planet. An unbelievable amount of activity occurs 24/7 in our brain; most of it is not at the conscious level. In fact about 90 – 99% of all brain activity happens in the non-conscious area of our brain at the speed of four hundred billion actions per second.The conscious level only accounts for about 10% of brain activity at two thousand actions per second.

Published in Pastor's Perspective
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