Tuesday, 02 September 2014 18:50

Debt and Identity Theft

Q. My wife and I have $25,000 in credit card debt, $2,500 in medical bills and $89,000 each in student loan debt from when we each got our masters’ degrees. We make about $100,000 combined. Our son is 6 years old, and we have $18,000 in a 529 plan for him. Should we use that money to pay off debt instead?


Published in Dave Ramsey Says

Let’s face it. Being single can be hard. Especially in the South and especially in Montgomery and the River Region. Marriage, while a good gift, is often times elevated to something the Church places a high premium on and it’s easy for the single friends around us to walk a confusing path of defining life by whether or not they are married in the midst of walking out their faith.  River Region’s Journey sat down with singles ranging in age from 26 to 51 to hear about their experiences. Whatever their age, all of them agreed there seems to be a focus on the challenges instead of the opportunities to being single within the Church. However, we also talked with a few ministries in the River Region serving singles in a way that equips them to walk with Jesus, find healing for past hurts and companionship for the journey.

Published in Articles
Tuesday, 02 September 2014 18:27

7 Lies Christians Believe


We have to be so careful that we do not buy in to lies that creep into our own consciousness that would discourage us, distort our view of God and His faithfulness, and make us unproductive in our Christian life.  Sometimes we will fall victim to the aggressive lies that the enemy, who is termed by Jesus as the “father of lies,” will place in our minds.  Other times we believe the press that we write about ourselves willingly -- ultimately, the origin is the same, the delivery method is similar -- in our minds.  We make a conscious choice to walk in a false spiritual reality.


Published in Bob Crittendon
Tuesday, 02 September 2014 18:24

What Are God’s Instructions for Marriage?

Dr. Emerson Eggerichs is known for his work with helping couples find happiness in marriage through Paul’s simple instructions. He shares how frustrated he had become counseling couples until he was struck by two words found in Ephesians 5: love and respect.  Suddenly, the words in this familiar Bible verse transformed his marriage counseling ministry.  Since then, he has found that by embracing these Biblical instructions, marriages are changed from chaotic to calm or from feeling shaky to stable.  What exactly does Ephesians 5:33 say?   “However, each one of you also must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband.”  Is it really that simple?


Published in Counselors Corner
Tuesday, 02 September 2014 18:11

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


RRJ: Lane, thank you for sharing your story with our readers.  To begin, tell us about your relationship with Christ.  Have you been a devoted follower of Christ for a long time? 


Published in Faith @ Work
Tuesday, 02 September 2014 16:17

Post Office Mercy


Many of us scratch our heads at the biblical statement that “… judgment without mercy will be shown to anyone who has not been merciful. Mercy triumphs over judgment!” James 2:13


Tuesday, 02 September 2014 16:15

Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life


It is a question I often receive: What books do you recommend for new Christians? There is a short list of books I would love for every Christian to read shortly after they put their faith in Christ: Jerry Bridge’s The Discipline of Grace and R.C. Sproul’s The Holiness of God, to name just a couple. Another one I recommend widely is Donald Whitney’s Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life. First published in 1991, the book has finally been expanded and updated in a second edition. It is better than ever.


Published in Books to Read
Tuesday, 02 September 2014 16:03

God Loves Underdogs



Remember Rocky Balboa? Here are some facts you might not know...


The entire Rocky series was the most successful sports movie franchise of all-time. The series was the recipient of three Oscars, while winning best picture.  With a production budget of $1.1 million, it grossed $225 million.  Rocky was filmed in a record twenty-eight days.  Sylvester Stallone wrote the script by hand in 3 1/2 days.


Published in Pastor's Perspective
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