Monday, 02 June 2014 14:30

Blessed to Be a Blessing!

I have known a few folks who were truly blessed to be a blessing. One was my mother. She loved supporting missionaries and pastors, even though she had very little money. Her eyes would shine when she talked of someone she knew who had made it their life’s work to spread the gospel of Christ in a remote country. But the effect on her did not stop with her eyes. She shared all she could whenever she could. One particular instance stands out in my memory.

Monday, 02 June 2014 17:06

Giving Money and Mortgage Payments


Q. My wife and I have a friend we met through the Big Brothers Big Sisters program. She has a 1-year-old child, and she recently asked us for some money. We don’t really approve of how she’s choosing to spend her money—she’s spending a lot of it on alcohol and cigarettes—but she does need financial help. What should we do?


Published in Dave Ramsey Says
Monday, 02 June 2014 17:04

Praise Can Set You Free

Can our praises set us free?  Undoubtedly...look at the story of Paul and Silas in Acts 16, as they sang in the midnight hour - in prison.  We’re told that they were praying and singing hymns, when there was a great earthquake and the prison doors were opened.   The keeper of the prison was distraught, but Paul assured him no one had left.  The man then asked Paul and Silas what he must do to be saved.   They told him to believe on Jesus and he, along with his household, would be saved.


Published in Bob Crittendon
Monday, 02 June 2014 17:01

The Best Gift You Can Give Your Father


June, 2003

I have a story to tell.  A story that has been embedded in my soul my entire life.  It’s not just my story; it’s my father’s story as well.  I talked to him today.  He was alone on Father’s Day, which made me feel sad.  We talked about each of my children and about his failing marriage.  With him, it is easy to move from sharing about the toils of the day to a deeper pool of shared regret and pain. 


Monday, 02 June 2014 16:55

Practicing the Art of Good Fathering


Although Kris Kristofferson is a well known singer-songwriter and actor who enjoys the company of many important individuals, it is his father who had the greatest impact on his life. Among the many important life lessons Kristofferson learned from his dad, the one which stands out was his father’s hidden acts of kindness.


Published in Articles
Monday, 02 June 2014 16:53

Kathy Grate, R.N.


Published in Faith @ Work
Monday, 02 June 2014 16:49

Should Christians Expect to Suffer?


What does Paul say about suffering in his letter to the Romans?  His letter and example illuminates us so much about suffering, even for the faithful. 



Published in Counselors Corner



It’s not a secret that we all struggle. We can hide it, push our thoughts away, and tell ourselves “it’s not a big deal” or “this is just how I am,” but at our core we want to believe God has more for us than being controlled or held captive by wounds from the past or struggles of the present. Jesus came to set captives free. Which means all of us. He didn’t just come to set us free so we could go to heaven when we die, but he came for more than that. He came so that his good news could bleed over into our struggles, whether with things we hide or things we’ve done that have hurt others.

Published in Articles
Monday, 02 June 2014 16:46

Evolution and Atheism



Last month, I argued that Christians should be more open-minded about evolution than many of us usually are. There is nothing inherently atheistic or unchristian about the possibility that God used Darwinian processes to create life on Earth. This month, I’d like to make two further points about evolution. The first is a challenge to my fellow Christians; the second is a challenge to skeptics who think that the theory of evolution, in the words of Oxford biologist Richard Dawkins, makes it “possible to be an intellectually satisfied atheist.”

Published in Matthew Jordan
Monday, 02 June 2014 16:42

Be Strong and Courageous

Joshua 1:9: “Have I not commanded you?  Be strong and courageous.  Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”



Published in Shine - Kim Hendrix
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