Wednesday, 16 January 2013 09:59

From Melissa McKinney McInnis…

Clay and I have been married three happy months. With each day we grow more thankful for each other and God's big picture plan for our lives. We were blessed with a fairly seamless transition into married life and I truly believe it was the result of a constant awareness of God's role in our union.

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Monday, 14 January 2013 16:59

Counseling from the Life of Joseph

 

As a counselor, I often meet with troubled people. Sometimes, the difficulties they face are a result of their own sinful choices. In such cases it is necessary to call them to repentance and obedience.  But other times, the women I counsel are living uprightly yet facing misery at the hands of sinful people (or circumstances beyond their control). She may be a respectful and submissive wife whose husband is increasingly difficult to live with. She may be a godly single woman whose prospects for a husband are growing grim. Or, it could be a mom who has given her life to the biblical instruction of her children only to face a rebellious teenager. It is one thing to suffer as a result of our own sin, but what if we are “playing by the rules” and still suffer?  We tend to operate under the assumption that if we are “good” than God owes us: He will reward us with good or at least keep us from harm. How are we to view things when even in our obedience we are assaulted with misery and misfortune?

Published in Counselors Corner

 

Your close friend tells you that her husband has left her and her three small children.  “Please pray,” she weeps into the phone.  What do you ask for?

 

A Christian college newsletter reports a fatal car accident involving four young people on an outreach trip for the college.  “Pray for the families,” the newsletter implores.  For what, you wonder?

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Looking back over this past year of weddings, it has been fun to see the trends we read about and planned for really take shape as they were executed for many brides. It is always a challenge to make each wedding unique when many brides have similar tastes, but it certainly is a goal of mine. Looking forward to 2013 gets me excited after previewing some of the ideas that are trending and influencing weddings for this next year. Here are a few of the ideas that will inspire weddings and brides.

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Dr. Anthony Florio likens certain premarital danger signs to traffic lights.

 

Like red blinking danger signs mean STOP, then proceed with caution (if at all)...

Negative traits may be hidden from you, and just the tips show

what is going on beneath a supposedly mature exterior.

 

In my counseling ministry I have given the following checklist to many couples along with the following advice. “If there are more than a couple of these ‘danger signs’ in your relationship, you should probably be concerned. The greater number of these issues you encounter between the two of you, the more you should consider putting your relationship on hold, not necessarily breaking up, but slowing things down (or at least not moving forward) until these issues are resolved.”

Published in Articles
Monday, 14 January 2013 10:37

Let’s Hear It For the “Nones”

There is no doubt that the sphere of religious practice is changing before our very eyes.  We have beheld the development of a variety of worship styles, a broadening of the types of churches where people will worship, and a significant group of people who either do not worship at all or are what we might called unaffiliated or even unchurched.

Published in Bob Crittendon
Monday, 14 January 2013 10:12

Dave Says

Q.  We’re debt-free except for our house, and that’s on a 15-year, fixed-rate mortgage. We also have an emergency fund in place. We’d like to give back this year, and do a little extra giving than we have been able to do in the past. At what point should we start giving over and above what we tithe?

Published in Dave Ramsey Says
Monday, 14 January 2013 09:56

Desiring God: Not Just What He Can Give You

“Shoot for the moon and even if you fall short,

you’ll land among the stars.”

Okay...you do realize that the stars are actually farther away than the moon, right?  Too often we say we’re pursuing something great when we’re actually lowering our sights.

Published in Pastor's Perspective
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