Wednesday, 03 December 2014 12:26

In All Things (Romans 8:28)

Romans 8:28 has long been one of my favorite Bible verses--a “life verse” if you will, that has helped define my life and make sense of the seemingly senseless things that happen in a life time: 

Wednesday, 03 December 2014 12:20

25: A Spiritual Advent-ure

The Christmas season provides the believer in Christ an incredible opportunity to retrace events leading up to the coming of Jesus and surrounding His birth.  We can also consider how we can respond in a fresh way to the reality of His coming. 

Published in Bob Crittendon
Wednesday, 03 December 2014 12:14

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.

Published in Articles
Wednesday, 03 December 2014 12:09

College and Cars

Q. My daughter is a freshman in college, but I didn’t save for her education. My parents said it was my job to pay for my college, and that’s what I’ve told her. She’s going to have about $12,000 in student loan debt after her first year, but how do I talk to her about not ending up with $50,000 in debt when she’s through?

Published in Dave Ramsey Says
Wednesday, 03 December 2014 12:06

Unwrapping THE Gift!

John 14:27: “I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart.  And the peace I give isn’t like the peace the world gives.  So don’t be troubled or afraid.”


Is it already happening in your house--gifts wrapped in beautiful festive paper, with perfectly tied bows, stacking up under the Christmas tree?  It’s that time again.  Our homes are decorated, our budgets are probably stretched thin, all as we attempt once again to focus on the reason for the season. 

Published in Shine - Kim Hendrix
Wednesday, 03 December 2014 11:49

Making the Most of Your Holidays

“And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.”(Luke 2:10)


The upcoming Christmas holidays can be marked with profound conflicting experiences.  Christmas may include joy, time for personal reflection, spiritual growth, gathering with family and friends or long held family traditions.  However, family tension, stressful schedules, financial strain, sad memories, childhood disappointments, pain, conflicts, grief and unfulfilled expectations may also be unwelcome guests.  

Published in Counselors Corner

It’s rare for a ministry to successfully serve in the capacity that the Montgomery S.T.E.P. Foundation has for almost 30 years without losing enthusiasm and a sense of mission. Since 1986, the Montgomery S.T.E.P. Foundation has touched nearly every at-risk community in the area and had a critical presence in the Montgomery public school system. Most importantly, S.T.E.P. has invested in the lives of youth and played a foundational role region-wide as they faithfully execute “Strategies To Elevate People”. Through its partner churches, staff, and volunteers, S.T.E.P. has been a pillar for the community by transforming lives one heart at a time.

Published in Articles
Wednesday, 03 December 2014 11:45

Quirinius and Christmas

“In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered. This was the first registration when Quirinius was governor of Syria…”

Published in Matthew Jordan
Wednesday, 03 December 2014 11:41

The Real Answer for Ebeneezer Scrooge

A popular story portrayed on stage and screen at Christmastime is Charles Dickens’ “The Christmas Carol.” Children delight in the colorful costumes and scariness of spirits flying around the room. The chain-laden ghost of Jacob Marley and the Ghosts of Christmases Past, Present, and Yet to Come succeed in scaring the daylights out of miserly Ebenezer Scrooge. Scrooge ends up being a super nice guy, furnishing the ghost story with a happy ending.

Thursday, 04 December 2014 07:53

Purity is Possible

I am often asked where the Christian book market is lacking. While there are certain topics that have been addressed by a multitude of good books (e.g. prayer, marriage, evangelism) there must be a few that have yet to receive substantial attention. For a long time I have pointed to the lack of good books on sexual purity that are targeted at women. Thankfully, Christian publishers are beginning to address the issue, and to address it well.

Published in Tim Challies
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