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Friday, 03 February 2017 11:27

How to be a Better Friend

Just before the Christmas holidays, Lesley Dormen’s phone rang. The voice at the other end was so frail and frightened she had a hard time recognizing that it was Toni, her former college roommate. Though they had been close in school, they didn’t speak often nor did they see each other much as both lived in different cities. “What’s wrong?” asked Lesley. “I have cancer,” Toni replied. She was anxious because it was a recurrence of the breast cancer she’d been treated for 10 years earlier and had now spread to her stomach and ribs. Unmarried and living alone, Toni had recently experienced her first three rounds of chemotherapy. Extremely weary and discouraged, she phoned her college friend who listened compassionately. When the conversation was over, Lesley immediately called an airline and made a reservation. Next she phoned her husband at work to let him know that they would have to cancel all their weekend plans. Finally, she called Toni back saying “I am coming over this very weekend.”

Published in Articles
Tuesday, 31 January 2017 07:56

Dave has Answers to Your Money Questions!

Q.  My dad has been really bad with money his entire life. Anytime he would get into trouble, my grandparents would always bail him out. This time he came to my wife and I, asking for $350 to get out of overdraft at the bank. We’re trying to live on a budget and get control of our finances, and $350 would make things kind of tight at the moment. What do you think we should do?

Published in Dave Ramsey Says
Tuesday, 31 January 2017 07:46

Parenting 101: Back to Basics

Everyone seems to have an opinion about how to be a good parent. Books by experts and personal stories abound. You can find research testing a number of theories about different parenting styles showing the benefits and limitations of each one.  As much as the new parent educates him or herself, this information is of limited use until you deal with your own children, their personalities, and the other important part of the equation – the other parent’s own ideas. Children, families, and parents are unique, thus it is hard to have a recipe book on how to do this amazing job perfectly. However, parents need to keep in mind the general focus on their obligation and responsibility for their children’s spiritual growth, emotional and physical health, and ability to become good citizens of the world. But how?

Published in Counselors Corner
Tuesday, 31 January 2017 07:39

The Top 10 Topics of 2016

It is time for my annual activity, listing the “Top 10 Topics” from the previous year impacting the Christian community.  Here are the “Top 10 Topics of 2016,” as announced on The Meeting House on Faith Radio the first week of the year.

Published in Bob Crittendon
Tuesday, 31 January 2017 07:25

When Jesus says, "I Love You"

Often, those who have injured us the most have been love’s greatest spokesmen.

The unfaithful husband sang, “My bride, my jewel, I love you!” — only to kiss

her cheek and depart to his mistress’s bed. A seemingly faithful friend swore, “Brother, I love you!” — only to leave the dagger in your back after his embrace. The co-dependent mother muttered, “It’s only because I love you my child!”

as she devoured him like a black widow.

Published in Articles
Tuesday, 31 January 2017 07:19

The Power of Giving

Have you ever given to someone and felt something powerful in the act? There is power released when we give. I read an amazing story that illustrates perfectly the thoughts in my spirit about what even a small gift has the power to accomplish.

Published in Pastor Kemi Searcy

Michael Coleman had a vision in which chronically unemployed men and women could learn to find and sustain employment without judgement. In January of 2012, he brought this vision to life.

Michael is now the Executive Director of Hope Inspired Ministries, a ministry that takes the jobless, the undereducated and the unequipped and provides them with the tools they need to become self-sufficient citizens with self worth and dignity. His dream is that “anyone who desires to go to work, provide for his or her family, break the destructive cycle of dependency, and become a productive citizen in the community will have the means to do so.”

Published in Articles
Monday, 30 January 2017 17:56

Mike Vinson, Owner of Adams Drugs

RRJ:  Growing up you said you were a church-going straight-laced kid, but not a Christian.  Can you explain the difference?

 

Mike:  Growing up, I went to Sunday School and church every Sunday with my family.  I was never involved in church activities, so I didn’t feel like it was a big part of my life.  I believed in God and Jesus, but never felt like I was filled with the true spirit of Christianity.  I was a pretty straight-laced kid because I had a father who made sure I behaved.  I was never part of the partying crowd in high school.  I really didn’t have time for it, because all my extra time was filled with sports and athletics. During those years, I had some good coaches that tried to steer me in the right direction. One of those was Lee High School Coach Jim Chafin, who I went to visit out in Texas last year.  He definitely was an influence for good in my life.

Published in Faith @ Work
Monday, 30 January 2017 07:34

The Only Love That Endures Forever

Have you been to a wedding recently and noticed the faces of the couple?  I love the way they beam with delight experiencing the height of the feeling of love.  Yet, in that very emotional moment, when I officiate weddings, I remind us all that we cannot relegate love to being only an emotional feeling that comes and goes.  In reality, love is not simply a feeling, though it does have an emotional component.  Love is something that also is demonstrated by action. 

Published in Pastor's Perspective
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