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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.

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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.

 

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Wednesday, 21 February 2018 10:57

4 Marks of a Godly Husband's Love

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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We have all heard the statistics: 50% of people make some kind of New Year’s resolution, but 88% of those resolutions ultimately fail. That is more than a little discouraging. But I still believe in New Year’s resolutions. I believe in them as a convenient opportunity to evaluate life and to make choices about living life better. I have done a fair bit of reading on how to make resolutions work, and it turns out that though there are many reasons your resolutions may not work, the most common ones are easy enough to avoid. Here are some tips on making wise resolutions and on making them stick.

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We crave affirmation and praise. This is so because we are made in the image of God, who is both the object and source of love, adoration, praise and wonder. Yet we are haunted because there is much about us that invites shame more than it does admiration. We miss the mark and we miss the boat, failing not only to measure up to God’s standard, but also our own.

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Monday, 08 January 2018 13:22

7 Signs Your Budget Needs a Fresh Start

A sloppy budget is a lot like a car that won’t start.

It may look nice, but if it doesn’t take you where you need to go, what’s the point?

Planning a monthly budget takes time and practice, and it needs to be refreshed every now and then. It’s time to look under the hood and get your budget working for you again.

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Wednesday, 13 December 2017 08:56

Ministry Spotlight: Family Sunshine Center

“Our mission is big and important and the work that is done dramatically impacts the communities we serve.”

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Wednesday, 13 December 2017 08:34

Keeping Christ the Center of Christmas

We keep one of our family treasures in a white cardboard box, tucked in a corner of our attic - until each December. That’s when it’s carried down the stairs into our den.  After carefully removing the yellowed newspaper protecting the handmade figures, one by one the pieces are revealed: a shepherd, a wiseman, a donkey, an angel, a cow, Mary, Joseph, and of course…baby Jesus. It’s tradition.

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Wednesday, 08 November 2017 10:56

In Pursuit of a Truer Christianity

In my role as a “public Christian” who leads a church and weighs in on the issues of our day through speaking, discourse, and writing, I am eager to nurture environments in which people can openly disagree…but without the fear of being caricatured, labeled, or demonized. In other words, I am for disagreeing in an agreeable fashion. I guess you could say that I am a strong advocate of tolerance.

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I knew that the Lord was leading me to culinary school. I didn’t know that would lead me to go out and serve the less fortunate and build the ministry I now have.”

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