Wednesday, 01 October 2014 16:18

“All That Glitters…”

 

It had been described as a “mirror-like bauble of a hotel,” the most visible presence on the skyline of a city that is experiencing economic decline and dramatic job loss, propped up by an industry that has a dubious premise - build up the false hope of patrons, making some winners while creating a mass number of losers.

 

Published in Bob Crittendon

 

In 1996, Tom Benz was working as a Regional Director with IBS, the International Bible Society, developing partnerships to underwrite new translations of Scripture and see those new translations published and distributed. His work took him across the world, and in the spring of 1996 he took a trip that changed his life. The Bible Society invited Tom to observe a Bible camp in the southernmost part of Ukraine, in Yevpatoria, a coastal community on the Black Sea. Soon after the collapse of the Soviet Union, IBS launched a program aimed to place age appropriate Scripture in the hands of every one of the million plus orphans in the former Soviet empire. Though Tom was initially apprehensive (he grew up in the midst of the Cuban Missil Crisis – these were the bad guys!) this trip would allow Tom to have firsthand understanding of the initiative and ignite a passion in his heart that would go beyond anything he could have imagined.

 

 

Published in Articles
Wednesday, 01 October 2014 16:06

Little is Much When God Is in It

 

 

Do you remember this popular 1970s and 80s hymn written by Kittie L. Suffield? The chorus says, “Little is much when God is in it! Labor not for wealth or fame; There’s a crown, and you can win it, If you go in Jesus’ name.”

 

Published in Counselors Corner
Wednesday, 01 October 2014 15:55

Dr. Sophie Kim, E-Dental


RRJ: Dr. Kim, thank you for taking the time to share your “Faith @ Work” story with our readers.  To begin, please tell us how you came to believe in God and His plan of redemption through Christ.

 

Published in Faith @ Work
Wednesday, 01 October 2014 15:51

Budgets, Student loans, and 529s

 

Q. My husband and I have been living on a budget for a few months, and for some reason there seems to be leaks in our budget. It’s just a few dollars here and there, but added together it makes a huge dent. Can you give us some advice?

 

Published in Dave Ramsey Says
Wednesday, 01 October 2014 15:17

Sex: It’s Time to Talk

 

“Mom, I’m pregnant.”

 

I think this may be at the core of what every parent of a teenager is secretly hiding in their heart. It’s the fear that one day their son or daughter may make that one mistake that will change the course of the entire future. On the outside this fear is often masked. We have to appear we have it all together, right? Our children would never do something that bad. Yes, they are human, and we all make mistakes, but we are a Christian family and they have been taught to do the right thing. It will be okay.

Published in Articles
Wednesday, 01 October 2014 15:06

Two Wind Chimes

 

There are different kinds of wind chimes. There are different kinds of Christians.

 

My wife and I had wanted wind chimes for years, but just never made them a priority. Then this past year we received two of them as gifts. We put the colorful one in the front yard for everyone to see. It resembles a 19th century hot air balloon, made with something that looks like red, yellow, and blue panes of curved glass. The bronze balloon basket is the circle that holds the wind chime mechanism together with tiny chains of bronze, hollow tubes of bronze, blue crystal balls and a white crystal pendant hanging from the bottom. It is captivating. So we put it just above eye level in a tree near the front door.

 

Wednesday, 01 October 2014 14:48

Hidden in the Gospel

I have a simple rule with books by William Farley: If he writes it, I read it. The common element in all of his books is easy to spot: the gospel. Outrageous Mercy is a long look at the cross, Gospel-Powered Parenting is a personal favorite that describes the centrality of the gospel in parenting; Gospel-Powered Humility looks at the cardinal virtue of the Christian life and how we can have it through the power of the gospel. And now, in Hidden in the Gospel he teaches why you ought to preach the gospel to yourself every day. Even better, he models how to do it.

Published in Books to Read
Wednesday, 01 October 2014 14:40

“The Dearest Place on Earth”

 

He is known as the “Prince of Preachers.” Charles Haddon Spurgeon was the pastor of the Metropolitan Tabernacle in London, England where he regularly preached to over 10,000 people. The following is a quote from a sermon he preached on April 5, 1891. He said,

 

Published in Pastor's Perspective
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