For most honest Christians, becoming like Jesus Christ—or what Scripture calls sanctification—can be a supremely anticlimactic process. No matter how much better we become over time, no matter how much more loving, joyful, peaceful, patient, kind, good, faithful, gentle, and self-controlled we are this year compared to last year (Galatians 5:22-23), we never progress in our character to the degree that we once hoped that we would. Ironically, the more like Jesus we actually become, the more unlike Jesus we realize that we are.

“I got involved with S.T.E.P. several years ago by volunteering as a college student to help with outreach events. I must say, I feel as passionate about the mission of S.T.E.P. today as I did in my college years.”  


Sederick Fluker is the current director of

Montgomery S.T.E.P. (Strategies to Elevate

People) Foundation. Established in 1986, this faith-centered nonprofit organization has

successfully impacted the inner city missions of Montgomery for more than 30 years.

Saturday, 08 July 2017 04:57

The Local Church: Love It or Leave It

Written by Scott Sauls

There is a trend, especially among younger generations, of people who are saying goodbye to the local church. We’ve heard statisticsof those who leave because they no longer believe. But, surprisingly, others leave because they say they want more of God in their lives and the church just isn’t doing it for them.

Monday, 08 May 2017 16:21

The 2017 VBS Guide

Written by Staff

It's time to register your kids for one or more of the great VBS opportunities happening throughout the River Region this summer.  Our guide has all the info you need!

For more than 30 years, S.K.I.P. (Save Children of Incarcerated Parents) Incorporated has been advocating for children of incarcerated parents and their families. S.K.I.P.’s research and experience have indicated that the highest achieving students are those who are supported by their families, schools and communities. S.K.I.P. Incorporated’s vision is that children across the United States have the opportunity to become self-reliant, strong and healthy adults.

As a young mom, I thought Mother’s Day should be all about me.  Surely I deserved recognition for my never-ending sacrifices as a mom and stepmom to five children, right?  However, after driving away from my parents’ home recently with tears spilling down my cheeks, I sensed God asking me to honor my mom with the time we have left. Unable to deny that Alzheimer’s is consuming Mom’s every fiber, Mother’s Day carries an overwhelming sadness, as she no longer knows me as her daughter.

Monday, 08 May 2017 15:18

Connecting with Your Children

Written by Kent Hughes

Do you feel the pressure and obligation to raise Godly children in a godless society? We place our children in private schools. We home school them. We involve them in church youth groups. We parent them with Christian values and do our best to train, protect, and guide them through the maze of childhood and adolescence. All these decisions are an attempt to give them what they need to face this culture and take a stand for what is right. I would like to suggest one other priority that will empower your children into a healthy adulthood.

Tuesday, 04 April 2017 17:03

2017 River Region Easter Events

Written by Staff

2017 River Region Easter Events

“I didn’t want to start a missions organization that looked like existing ones. I wanted to set myself apart from everyone else.”

In 1999, after 15 years of being a Youth Pastor, Shawn Doss took his students on a short-term mission trip. It was this first-ever mission trip that inspired Shawn to continue taking these trips, and eventually spearhead his own missions organization.

Tuesday, 04 April 2017 04:28

7 Ways to Experience Christ's Love This Easter

Written by Gena Hill

Don't let this Easter season pass you by without taking time to reflect on the Risen Christ.  Here are seven ways to truly savor the Savior.

Tuesday, 04 April 2017 04:15

Addiction and Your Loved One: The Toll it Takes

Written by Barbara B.

One Sunday, as my husband and I were leaving church, we drove by a well-dressed couple walking down the sidewalk to their car.  Though I tried not to stare, something about them caught my eye as we drove by slowly.   After we passed them, I turned to my husband and said, “I believe that man is an alcoholic.”   He quickly looked in the rearview mirror at the man and then asked, “How in the world can you tell?”  I said, “Because I looked at his wife.”  I saw it on her face.  I saw it in her eyes.  I’ve seen that same look many times on the faces of friends, family, and strangers.  I know the look all too well.  I have had that same look many times in the past.  It is a look of desperation... often a look of hopelessness.   Many months after that Sunday, I met that lady and learned my assumption was right.   Addiction had taken a big toll on her.

Friday, 10 March 2017 12:34

Beating Bitterness

Written by Victor Parachin

Recently a convicted felon wrote advice an columnist lamenting he was “on a one-way trip down a road that leads nowhere.” The man said he felt hopeless about his future behind bars and signed his name “Inmate on a Dead End.” A few weeks later another reader of the column wrote to say: “I want ‘Inmate’ to know that one is never beyond hope. Prison may be the best thing that ever happened to him - it was for my husband.” She signed off as “Proud Wife in New Jersey.”

In 2013, HE-man Ministries founder Todd Carmichael felt like it was time to leave his restaurant career and pursue international and domestic missions, ultimately leading to the creation of HE-man Ministries. 

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