There are circumstances and decisions that take our lives in unexpected and sometimes heartbreaking directions. It is then that we must take up the broken pieces and begin again with a fresh start and a new life. However, forging a new life for ourselves is never easy. The process can be made more bearable with someone to share the burden with us. For some in Montgomery, that help comes from an incredible ministry called Renascence Inc. Their mission is “to assist men recently released on parole for non-violent offenses to successfully reintegrate into the community.”


According to statistics from Renascence, over 8,500 men are released from the Alabama Department of Corrections each year. Many of these men have no support from family or friends, no job, and no marketable skills. They may have other circumstances that make finding employment difficult, such as a lack of education, a history ofchemical dependence, physical or mental disabilities, or a lack of transportation. Over half return to prison within a few years.

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Quit Job for School?


Q. My wife and I have $72,000 in debt from student loans and a car loan. We’re trying to pay off our debt using the debt snowball system, and we each make about $45,000 a year. She’s a teacher, and she’s planning on going back to school for her master’s degree, but she’s thinking about quitting her job to do this. She’ll be able to make more money with the additional education, and she would only be unemployed for two years. The degree program will cost us $2,000 out of pocket per semester for two years. Does this sound like a good idea?

Published in Dave Ramsey Says
Monday, 12 March 2018 07:05

Standing Alone

Standing alone has the potential to get attention and enact lasting change. On The Meeting House on Faith Radio recently, I interviewed Joyce Im Bartholomew, who is a singer who has recorded a pro-life song; the video of that song was banned from YouTube, and so she took legal action against the Internet behemoth. Even though she initially lost her challenge, others who had experienced restrictions came forward, as well. Ultimately her video was allowed to be posted. 

Published in Bob Crittendon
Monday, 12 March 2018 06:43

Prayer, Fasting and the Hands and Feet

Spring has sprung!  The azaleas are in bloom, and new life sprouts all around us. 


For Christians, the Easter celebration of the resurrection of Jesus is the ultimate spring – the reminder of the new life we have in Christ. Many Christian traditions observe Lent, the 40-day period before Easter of self-examination and reflection that can prepare us for the full joy of Easter.  Observation of Lent is an ancient Christian tradition, a season of penitence, repentance, prayer and fasting leading to a renewal of the soul to allow for greater dedication to serving God and others in the coming year.

Published in Counselors Corner
Monday, 12 March 2018 06:29

Easter: Pathetic or Genius?

Jesus didn’t stutter when he said that he is the truth:


I am the way, and the truth, and the life,” he said, “no one comes to the Father except through me (John 14:6).


Why did Jesus claim to be the truth, versus one single truth among many other truths? Why did he say that he would not share his glory with any other God or any other religious leader? Why was he unwilling to accept the mere designation of Rabbi or of a good moral teacher or of an exemplary human being? Furthermore, why do his followers seem stuck on the idea that Jesus, in being the truth, is the singular path to God? CS Lewis, a secular atheist intellect turned Christian, answers this question as well as anyone inMere Christianity:

Published in Articles
Monday, 12 March 2018 06:20

The Contented Heart

I love my 9-year-old granddaughter. One quality that has endeared her to me is her desire to read. Abby would come home from school, do her homework, eat dinner, and read until she had to be stopped in time for bed.  When Abby received an electronic tablet for a gift last Christmas, I assumed her love of reading would go to the next level. Yet, Abby used the device to watch MTV videos. She began to stand in front of her mirror, twitching her little body, and asking me, “Grandma, do you think I am pretty?” 

Published in Pastor Kemi Searcy
Monday, 12 March 2018 06:10

And I Helped!

Children can teach us a lot, especially young children. I learned something last fall by watching a landscaper and his four-year-old son. The father was unloading bales of pine straw, breaking them up, and spreading large handfuls around bushes and flowers. He quickly spread a thick layer of loose straw around all the plants, without covering them up. His son snatched a tiny handful of straw from a broken bale, dropped it close to a flower, then gleefully rushed back to get another handful. He repeated this over and over. The smile on the boy’s face and the shine in his eyes made it evident that he was proud to be helping his father with his landscaping.

RRJ:  Tiffany, you grew up in a Christian home, regularly going to church.  How has this foundation grown your faith in God?


Tiffany:  A foundation was most certainly laid, and my entire extended family were/are all believers. I grew up in a home where faith and church were a high priority and our lives and schedules were centered around the church.  I learned at an early age to value God’s Word and begin to grid my life and decisions through a Biblical lens.

Published in Faith @ Work
Monday, 12 March 2018 05:53

Book to Read

Kiss the Wave

by Dave Furman


None of us makes it through life without suffering. None of us escapes physical pain, emotional distress, or spiritual agony. At some times and in some ways, we all suffer. No wonder, then, that so many authors have turned to the subject. As Christians, we are well-served with books to help us suffer well and books that help us grapple with the deeper theological questions that inevitably arise in the midst of our darkness.

Published in Tim Challies
Monday, 12 March 2018 05:46

Are You Fully Enjoying God's Love?

I wonder if I’ve treated God’s love as paramount to my relationships with God and others, but failed to fully enjoy it?  A brief glance at a piece of beautiful art, a rushed taste of world-class cuisine, or a muffled hearing of a great piece of music may point to the value of those things, but not necessarily the enjoyment of them.   But, when fully taken in, appreciated, and allowed to affect our imaginations, affections, and attitudes we participate in the creator’s intentions.

Published in Pastor's Perspective
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