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What Christian Happenings Would You Like to See More of in the River Region?









 

Q. My husband owns a small landscaping and masonry company. His profits over the last couple of years have been about $80,000 annually. We were wondering if we should be setting aside some retained earnings.

 

A. Yes, all businesses should have retained earnings. In the personal finance world, we would call that an emergency fund. It can be difficult in the business world sometimes though. You’re talking about running a business, making a profit, feeding your family, and saving money in the business. This isn’t an easy process no matter how long you’ve been in business.

Published in Dave Ramsey Says
Monday, 05 December 2016 08:24

Advent-ure 2016: Symbols of Christmas

This installment of my annual series of Advent devotionals features symbols that relate to the coming of our Savior.

Published in Bob Crittendon
Monday, 05 December 2016 08:15

Hope Expanded

In this season of hope our attention is drawn to the celebration of the hope given us by the birth of Jesus Christ. In my practice, I have always considered hope an important component in therapy as well as in spirituality. For this reason, the word hope has been visible in my office in letters that have stood on my bookcase for several years. In thinking about the topic of hope in writing this article, I found several quotes and Bible verses that further stimulated my thinking.

Published in Counselors Corner
Monday, 05 December 2016 08:09

Adullam House: Broken Hearts on the Mend

Eggs frying in the pan, praise and worship music playing in the background, dozens of tiny mouths on sleepy faces telling of their dreams and the happenings of the day before. This is a typical morning scene for Angie Spackman, and she wouldn’t have it any other way.

Published in Articles
Monday, 05 December 2016 08:02

Work to Build, Prepare to Defend

Much of life is about rebuilding. This is obvious the older you get. Once you are past forty something you start to realize that there is more sand at the bottom of your hourglass than there is at the top. When you are young you are trying to build your life. After middle age, you start trying to rebuild the walls that have fallen down from neglect. They may be walls of physical health, finances, family relationships, or your own spiritual walk with Christ. But those areas are going to require work and diligence to repair.

Monday, 05 December 2016 07:58

Say "Yes" to Jesus: The Star of Christmas

I took a stroll to a nearby local departmental store on the evening of November 1, just to window shop. To my surprise, Christmas lights greeted me throughout the displays, a mere day after Halloween! All the bells and whistles of Christmas caught me off guard. It was hard to imagine Christmas displays so far from Christmas.

Published in Pastor Kemi Searcy

While being “the most wonderful time of the year” for some, the holidays tend to be a lonely, alienating and isolating time for others. Loneliness, alienation, and isolation often come from struggles related to the nuclear family. As I wrote about last week, many of us have at least one “Cousin Eddie” situation that confronts us during the holidays, and that tempts us to look at nuclear and extended family with cynicism, anger, and even despair.

Published in Articles
Monday, 05 December 2016 07:27

The Radical Book for Kids by Champ Thornton

I’m glad to say that this book passed the kid test. I deliberately left it lying on the table before my kids got home from school. My ten-year-old walked in, dumped her shoes and knapsack in the middle of the floor (we’re still working on that) and sauntered toward the kitchen. But she didn’t get there because she saw the book and just had to explore it. That’s a good sign.

Published in Tim Challies
Monday, 05 December 2016 07:11

The Wonderful Gift of God and His Presence

Jesus told his disciples, “I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So, don’t be troubled or afraid.”

John 14:27 (NLT)

Published in Pastor's Perspective
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