Tuesday, 01 July 2014 14:36

Lilies in the Shade


A line of Osage orange (mock orange) trees grows by our house. This line once separated a forty-acre field from its twenty-acre neighbor. Mock orange trees grow profusely and their limbs intertwine with others, creating a dense, leafy, mesh of long thorns and green balls. Over the past fifty years the fields have turned into houses and streets, and the sixty-foot giants now separate cul-de-sacs.

Tuesday, 01 July 2014 12:19

401(k)s and Timeshares


Q. My current employer offers a regular 401(k) and a Roth 401(k). I’ve got several years before I retire, so which one should I choose?


Published in Dave Ramsey Says
Tuesday, 01 July 2014 12:11

Communicating With a Smile on Your Face


Montgomery is special in many ways.  One unique quality is that Montgomery is home to Maxwell Air Force Base, bringing the world to our city.  We have airmen and soldiers visiting and living here from every state and many other countries.  Air University at Maxwell is home to many of our country’s professional military schools, including Squadron Officer School (SOS), Air Command and Staff College, and Air War College.  Attending SOS alone each year are over 3600 young Captains who are pilots and navigators, combat support, engineers, medical providers, chaplains, and every career possible in the military.


Tuesday, 01 July 2014 10:56

Private Practice. Public Faith.



There is a direct relationship between the outward expression of our walk with Jesus and the private time we spend with Him.  I came across the findings of a LifeWay Research survey from the fall of 2012 which indicates we as believers could do better on our personal, private encounters with Christ as we engage His Word.


Published in Bob Crittendon
Tuesday, 01 July 2014 10:51

Where Do Christians Seek Help?


Our Church families have well established traditions for providing support.  What about support for mental health issues?


Through research across many denominations in the United States, Sidney Hankerson, MD, MBA and professor of Clinical Psychiatry at Columbia University, found that 27% of Church members or their family members have experienced mental health problems.  Astoundingly, this statistic does not include marriage and family problems.  If you add marriage and family difficulties, most of us are going to experience problems impacting mental health or family functioning.


Published in Counselors Corner
Tuesday, 01 July 2014 08:29

Church Relevance in a Changing World



What makes the Church relevant to the everyday lives of Christians?


This is the question we set out to answer this month and the answers may surprise you. We had the unique opportunity to interview four leaders shepherding churches in four different places in the River Region. Each is seeking to serve the people in their community in ways that will reach them where they are, and while each leader carries a different vision for the different places God has called them to lead, they all work with the same goal in mind - to make Jesus known and to promote His Kingdom on earth.


Published in Articles
Tuesday, 01 July 2014 08:26

Finding Yourself




Psalm 48:14:“He is our God forever

and ever, and he will be our guide until we die.”



Do you remember heading off to college?  Maybe that’s what you’re doing right now.  Many young people look at college as a chance to be out on their own, to come out from under Mom and Dad (until you need some money!), to make your own mark and well… find yourself.  Some people even later in life say they need some time away from it all so they can find themselves.  Have you found yourself or are you still looking?


Published in Shine - Kim Hendrix
Tuesday, 01 July 2014 08:23

The Bible Belt as Babylon


One of the most interesting—and important—changes in America over the last 30 years has been a shift away from “default Christianity” as the cultural norm. In my hometown in the 1980s, you could pretty much take it for granted that anyone you ran into on the street was a member of a church, and there was a shared assumption that good, decent people are also churchgoers. In addition, it was taken for granted by most people that Jesus deserves our respect and that the Bible is God’s word. These assumptions are not so widely held anymore.

Published in Matthew Jordan
Tuesday, 01 July 2014 08:18

Pride vs. Humility


On the night Steven proposed to Hannah, she immediately took several pictures of the two of them, her left hand prominently displayed on his shoulder. Within moments, she posted the pictures on several social networking sites. When Hannah got home, her parents knew she was engaged, not because she had called them, but because one of their friends had seen her post and called with congratulations.


Published in Articles


RRJ: Deanna, you’re the Branch Manager at Alabama Telco Credit Union.  For our readers who aren’t familiar with Alabama Telco, can you tell them about your services and what makes you unique?


Published in Faith @ Work
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