Friday, 06 March 2015 19:52

401k, Home Warranties, and Student Loans

Q.I’m 30 and debt-free. Do you think I should stop making contributions to my 401(k) account for a year in order to save up an emergency fund?

Published in Dave Ramsey Says
Friday, 06 March 2015 19:42

The Road to Selma

In John 15, Jesus talked about the power of sacrificial love, and one of the actors in the movie, Selma, used one of these verses as he discussed the love in action displayed by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  We read in verse 13: “Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends.” (NKJV)

Published in Bob Crittendon
Friday, 06 March 2015 19:26

Family Teams for Life: Military Edition

It was a cold, rainy day in West Germany in 1984 when I attended the mandatory NEO (noncombatant evacuation operation) briefing at Rhein-Main Air Base.  A non-combatant is a spouse or family member who may be in danger in the event of a natural disaster or military emergency.  East and West Germany were divided; and living in Frankfurt placed us near the Fulda Gap, an important strategic location during the Cold War.  Strategists on both sides of the Iron Curtain understood the Fulda Gap’s importance, and assigned forces to defend and attack it. 

Easter is the most celebrated day on the Christian calendar. Church attendance is high, shouts and greetings of “He is Risen! He is Risen Indeed!” are heard in churches across the land, there is a lot of joy - in addition to really nice clothes! I have heard people say how they love Easter because of the Resurrection, but how some do not like to focus on the Cross as much because it is more depressing. This is an unhelpful perspective, of course, and most mature Christians would see it as being poor theology. For many Christians, though, Easter gets the focus and Good Friday is often overlooked.

Published in Articles

Recently, it seems that we are touched by suicide more.  We would like to think that Christians never think about suicide, but unfortunately they do.  Faith is a deterrent to suicide for many Christians, but faith does not guarantee immunity from suicide in moments of despair.  How well equipped are you to help someone who is considering suicide?

Published in Counselors Corner
Thursday, 19 March 2015 00:58

Secularism, Faith and Politics


One problem with contemporary American secularism--by which I mean the “freedom from religion” folks, who object to any reference to God in the public square--is that it tends to be pretty selective in its focus. When conservative Christians seek to restrict legal access to abortion, or support laws that would define marriage as an exclusively heterosexual institution, some of their critics reflexively cry, “Separation of church and state!” The idea seems to be that there is something inherently unAmerican about applying theological convictions to public policy. But these same critics tend to be considerably less vocal when religious faith leads people to support environmental regulations, or amnesty for undocumented immigrants, or, for that matter, abortion rights and same-sex marriage--as some Christians do, in fact, do.

Published in Matthew Jordan

Everyone--all of us, every last person on God’s earth--deserves decent shelter. It speaks to the most basic of human needs --our home--the soil from which all of us,mevery last person, either blossom or wither.  We each have need of food, clothing, education, medical care and companionship; but first, we must have a place to live and grow. (Millard Fuller, founder of Habitat for Humanity)


Published in Articles
Thursday, 05 March 2015 00:49

Growth Trends


Colossians 2:6-7: “And now, just as you accepted Christ Jesus as your Lord, you must continue to follow him.  Let your roots grow down into him, and let your lives be built on him.  Then your faith will grow strong in the truth you were taught, and you will overflow with thankfulness.”

Published in Shine - Kim Hendrix

RRJ: Many people become followers of Christ when they’re young.  That wasn’t the case with you.  How did God call you to Himself?

Published in Faith @ Work
Thursday, 05 March 2015 00:42

Dropping Batons

I know very little about Track and Field events, but occasionally a story from the Olympics catches my attention. When I heard about the American baton drops in the 4x100 meter relay races in 2008 in Beijing, I was intrigued, but not by the mishap itself.

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