Encouragement

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When “Likes” Aren’t Enough: Social Media & the Search for Value

January 26, 2019

Parenting Points In the mind of every teenager echoes a simple question: “Am I enough?” One of the greatest struggles of the teenage experience is determining who they are, where they fit, and if they matter. Students seek to be cool enough, smart enough, athletic enough, popular enough, or successful enough. No matter what area …

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Navigating Life’s Issues

January 25, 2019

Encouraging Word The longer we experience life, the more aware we become that we control very little of life’s happenings. Situations occur; circumstances vary; events come and go; and issues develop; all without our permission. Our primary goal is to manage as best we can what has crossed our path and successfully get through it. …

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My Two Front Teeth

January 24, 2019

Publisher’s Note My oldest son Benton tried to make his teeth wiggle all through Kindergarten in hopes of having his name on the “snaggel tooth” bulletin board. Finally, at the age of six and a half, he came running to me with not one- but two loose teeth. He grinned and bared it as he …

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Ruth Graham, Prayer & the Presence of God

January 23, 2019

It’s been one year since Ruth Graham’s father, the evangelist Rev. Billy Graham, went to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. As she and her siblings rode from Asheville, N.C., to his final resting place in Charlotte, N.C., the interstate overpasses were crowded with well-wishers kneeling, waving flags, holding signs and praying. “I’m …

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Let Your Light Shine Through Prayer

December 26, 2018

Special Feature Let your light shine.  That’s a snippet of Matthew 5:16, and it’s the theme verse for this year’s Legacy League Scholarship Luncheon at Samford University. And while there are countless ways we can live out this charge—ways we can let our light shine, reflecting the light of God’s love—one of my favorites is …

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Healthy Pursuits for 2019

December 26, 2018

Encouraging Word  As we begin a new year, I thought of two Bible verses that will encourage and enable us to successfully deal with the obstacles and challenges that life can bring. II Timothy 1:7 says, “For God has not given us a spirit of timidity (fear), but of power and love and discipline.”  A …

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How Is Your Relationship?

November 24, 2018

Encouraging Word When it comes to God, how is your relationship? Relationship is defined as having a connection; association; or involvement. What is amazing is Almighty God, the Creator of heaven and earth; desires to have a personal relationship with mankind. The question is, “Does man desire to have a relationship with God?” A relationship …

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A True Story of Renewal & Restoration

November 13, 2018

Special Feature This story begins in 1980 in Miami, Fla. when a young, inexperienced pastor fresh from seminary arrived at his first pastorate to encounter some startling realities. Excited to pastor his first church, he soon learned of the desperate situation. Church attendance had diminished from over 1,000 to an average of 55. There were …

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3 Stress Relievers

October 25, 2018

Encouraging Word In our world today, stress is unavoidable. There is confusion, chaos and conflict all around. No one is excused or exempt from the trials and troubles of life. In John 16:33 Jesus says, “…In this world you have tribulation, but take courage, I have overcome the world.” Stress is that which causes tension, …

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3 Ways to Strengthen Your Christian Walk

September 26, 2018

Encouraging Word The term “Christian Walk” refers to living out your faith. It involves one’s daily lifestyle and includes your personal belief system, behavior and conversation. The hymn “Trust and Obey” says it best; “When we walk with the Lord in the light of His Word what a glory He sheds on our way. When …