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









 

Q. My wife and I go to a small church where we tithe. The church is continually asking for contributions to other charities and causes, and we don’t have the money to give to them all while we’re sticking to our budget and getting out of debt. The worst part is that we get pretty aggressive pushback when we say no. What can we do?

Published in Dave Ramsey Says
Thursday, 04 June 2015 15:04

Cuba: Friend or Foe?…an answer (part 2)

 

About six years ago, an Air Force officer and his wife, who were members of our “Family Teams for Christ” Sunday school class, approached Mike with the idea of having a class coin, much like the military tradition of having a unit coin for each squadron member.  He suggested the “Armor of God” coin that detailed the armor or protective covering we must wear when fighting spiritual battles.  We adopted this coin to remind all who participate in our programs of the importance of putting on the full armor of God each day. 

Thursday, 04 June 2015 15:01

A System for Prayer

The diagram apparently was crafted over 1000 years ago - part of a book that was placed on sale by Manhattan’s Les Enluminures Gallery, a dealer in medieval manuscripts, a book written on vellum with a rather unique first page, according to a report on the Religion News Service website, which likens the circular diagram to a game board.

Published in Bob Crittendon

“Even the smallest person can change the course of the future.” –J.R.R. Tolkien

 

There are few things in life that bring more joy than holding a newborn baby.  The way they look up at you and the look in their eyes is one of love, innocence, and trust.  As the old hymn says, “How sweet to hold a newborn baby, and feel the pride and joy he gives; but greater still the calm assurance: This child can face uncertain days because He lives.”

Published in Articles
Thursday, 04 June 2015 14:43

Coping with Family Stress

Most of us have had the experience of family life becoming hard to manage at one time or another due to finances, career difficulties, demands of children, or marital conflict.  The tension in the family builds and children begin to squabble about everything, nothing gets done, and you feel guilty for not being able to function in complete bliss.  Does this sound familiar?

Published in Counselors Corner
Thursday, 04 June 2015 14:40

The Benedict Option

If you’re not reading Rod Dreher, you should be. Dreher is a native Louisianan, a practicing Eastern Orthodox Christian, the author of several books, and a blogger at The American Conservative website. He is a “conservative” in the sense that every orthodox (note the small ‘o’) Christian is a conservative: he believes that we citizens of the twenty-first century have inherited a tradition of spiritual, moral, and theological knowledge that is worthy of being conserved. And he recognizes more clearly than most that such conservation will not happen by accident. Dreher argues that we need to get serious about embracing “the Benedict Option.”

Published in Matthew Jordan
Thursday, 04 June 2015 14:37

Parenting Well in a Digital World

Even at the best of times there is nothing simple about raising children. But throw in a million new technologies—new devices and social networks and apps—and things get far more complicated still. This is every parent’s challenge today. 

Published in Articles
Thursday, 04 June 2015 14:31

Don’t Miss the Moments

Isaiah 41:10:“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God.  I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”

 

How often do you get fixed on a desired outcome and miss the moments along the way?  We can all have goals, in fact they’re encouraged, but when we put our entire focus on how things end, we can miss God’s powerful presence in the every day. 

Published in Shine - Kim Hendrix
Thursday, 04 June 2015 14:24

He Didn’t Say, “I Told You So”

In the 1980’s Randy Travis wrote and recorded a hauntingly beautiful song called, “I Told You So.” It was very popular, hitting #1 on the country charts. The song describes the anxiety of a man as he ponders what his girlfriend (wife?) might say if he apologizes and offers to come back to her. He wonders if she would forgive him for leaving and attempt to find the closeness they once knew. But he is afraid that she might say, “I told you so, but you had to go.” She might tell him that she found someone new and that he would never break her heart again. The singer does not resolve the question, and you know he will only find out if he faces the one he has wronged.

 

RRJ: Many people can relate to the role “going to church” played in your early exposure to Christianity.  What were some of the benefits you received being raised in the church?

Published in Faith @ Work
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