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We Christians put on a good face, don’t we? Each of us shows up on Sunday morning looking like we are doing just fine, like our lives are on cruise control, like we have had the best week ever. But ask a couple of leading questions, and probe just beneath the surface, and it soon falls apart. Each of us comes to church feeling the weight and the difficulty of this life. God has something he wants us to do in these situations. There is something he calls us to—something beautifully surprising and uncomfortable. Track with me for a couple of minutes here, and I’ll show you what it is.

Published in Books to Read
Tuesday, 08 September 2015 07:25

The Miracle of Cana

For many years I wrestled with Jesus’ first miracle as recorded in John 2:1–11.  It just did not make sense to me that His very first miracle would be turning water into wine in an out-of-the-way village like Cana of Galilee.  Wouldn’t it have been far better to start with a dazzling miracle like opening the eyes of the blind, or healing the lame, or feeding the 5,000?  But water into wine at a wedding reception…really?  This miracle got under my skin so much that I could not preach on it!

Published in Pastor's Perspective
Tuesday, 08 September 2015 07:25

The Compelling Community

 If the number of highlights in a book can serve as an indication of its worth, then The Compelling Community has already proven an especially valuable one to me. It is littered with notes and highlights (or the Kindle equivalent, at least) and many of its ideas and applications are still percolating somewhere in the back of my mind. There is a lot it taught me, and a lot within its pages that I intend to ponder and apply.

Published in Books to Read
Tuesday, 08 September 2015 07:25

Whose Money Is It, Anyway?

Not long ago two friends of mine debated whether or not a Christian owns the money in his bank account. One said, yes, the money was a gift from God and it was his to choose how to spend it. The other said, no, the money was God’s and a Christian was only the steward of those funds. They agreed to disagree.

Obviously, this was a spiritual, not legal, debate. But it brought to mind a lesson from Jesus’ famous parable, The Prodigal Son. Look at how the two sons viewed their father’s property in Luke 15:11-32.

“Jesus continued: There was a man who had two sons. The younger one said to his father, ‘Father, give me my share of the estate.’ So he divided his property between them.”

Tuesday, 08 September 2015 07:25

Anthony Brock Director of Valiant Cross Academy

RRJ:  Many people have major high points and low points - bouncing around until they crash and then looking for help from God.  You’re not that person.  It isn’t a perfectly straight progression from your childhood to where you are now, but it’s close.  I know you are quick to attribute your trust in God’s plan to your parents clear demonstration of the Gospel of Christ when you were a child.  Can you first explain what that looked like in your home and its impact on your life?

Published in Faith @ Work

Mark Fronduti, hair dresser by day, God Speed Biker Ministries minister by Sunday, has had quite the “ride” in life and could not sit still any longer.  His new ministry, only active a little over a month, is working at a capacity that only God could orchestrate.  God Speed Biker Ministries takes place in A&P Automotive, 430 Eastern Blvd. in Montgomery, two Sundays per month and grows by the week. 

Mark A. Fronduti, wasn’t always a minister of the Gospel to those around him. In fact, he says he spent years living life without God, throwing “the best parties.” But when his brother came to know Christ and later died of colon cancer, Mark claims it was his brother’s “peace about dying” that intrigued him most about who God was. Mark gave his life to Christ shortly after, and soon found that the things that made him feel the most alive in life were cars and motorcycles. It took 20 years before he felt God begin calling him to a position of ministry, but when he felt the nudge to start something he spent time thinking and praying with his girlfriend.  After much prayer, the two felt that God was leading him towards a ministry to those who are riders and needed encouragement. 

Published in Articles
Tuesday, 08 September 2015 07:25

Pastoral Care: When to Refer

Faith communities are the crisis hospital for souls and provider of mental and spiritual health services in our culture.  Through worship, education, fellowship and mission, the church invites people into healthy relationships with God, self and others.  Since churches offer these services to the community, then the church can count itself among the providers of mental health.

Sometimes it is appropriate for clergy to partner with service providers in the community to care for an individual, couple or family due to the degree of severity, need, availability of time, and level of training required.  In these instances, the ministry and art of referral are extensions of the Church’s ministry.

Published in Counselors Corner
Tuesday, 08 September 2015 07:25

Truths for a Lasting Marriage

Recently, my wife, Beth, and I celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary, and coinciding with it, we opened up a box from our storage room full of wedding memorabilia - including the guest books from our wedding, the program, and even the script for the ceremony.  It was a fun journey to relive some of those moments, and one that I would highly recommend for married couples.  We also celebrated by pulling out our wedding video (that’s right, on VHS).

Looking back at milestones in our lives can help reinforce some of those glorious moments on life’s journey, especially when you consider some of those spiritual moments.  We devoted our marriage ceremony to be a time of worship and celebration.  One of the ministers performing our ceremony encouraged those in attendance, as we spoke words of affirmation to one another, to take some time to affirm their spouse along with us.

Published in Bob Crittendon
Tuesday, 08 September 2015 07:25

Lost Job and Mortgage, Buying First Home

Q.  My wife and I are thinking about selling our home. I was recently let go from the military due to downsizing, and I’ve begun a job in real estate but things are starting slowly. My wife brings home about $3,500 a month as a teacher, and the only debt we have is our house payment of $1,616 a month. I was given a $35,000 severance package, but we need some advice to help bridge the financial gap.

Published in Dave Ramsey Says
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