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Be Careful

Be Careful

Be Careful And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through...

Reading the Red

Reading the Red

Reading the Red This then is how you should pray: Matthew 6:9 hese are turbulent times we are living in. Our country feels more divided than ever. We, as believers, are called to be different. We are called to be a light to others. We are called to...

Security In Giving

Security In Giving

Security In Giving  Let each one give [thoughtfully and with purpose] just as he has decided in his heart, not grudgingly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver [and delights in the one whose heart is in his gift]. 2 Corinthians 9:7...

Common Cents Part Four: Giving It All To God

Common Cents Part Four: Giving It All To God

CONTRIBUTORS Larry and Linda: Owners of a successful private dental practice turned career missionaries in West Africa and then Papua New Guinea. Currently reside in Owings Mills nearby to their grandchildren and daughter Kristen, who is the Nursery Coordinator here...

Dormant

Dormant

Dormant Daniel answered and said: “Blessed be the name of God forever and ever, to whom belong wisdom and might. He changes times and seasons; he removes kings and sets up kings;he gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to those who have understanding; he reveals deep...

Common Cents Part Three: Managing Dollars with Sense

Common Cents Part Three: Managing Dollars with Sense

CONTRIBUTORS Rob and Cora: A couple whose debt nearly caused the demise of their marriage before discovering Dave Ramsey’s program.  They’ve dedicated themselves as teachers of Ramsey’s Financial Peace University (FPU) and head up this ministry at LifePoint. Dave and...

Not Forgotten

Not Forgotten

Not Forgotten  For the Lord is the great God, the great King above all gods. In his hand are the depths of the earth, and the mountain peaks belong to him.Psalm 95:3-4  ately, I’ve been angry. As someone who doesn’t experience that emotion often,...

Common Cents Part Two: Delivered from Debt

Common Cents Part Two: Delivered from Debt

CONTRIBUTORS Rich and Stephanie: A financially comfortable couple who decided to get serious about overcoming their debt and changing their spending habits as their children approached college age. . Rob and Cora: A couple whose debt nearly caused the demise of their...

Tethered

Tethered

Tethered The terror you inspire and the pride of your heart have deceived you, you who live in the clefts of the rocks, who occupy the heights of the hill, though you build your nest as high as the eagle’s, from there I will bring you down,” declares the Lord. ...

Common Cents Part One: Finances and Faith

Common Cents Part One: Finances and Faith

CONTRIBUTORS Rob and Cora: A couple whose debt nearly caused the demise of their marriage before discovering Dave Ramsey’s program.  They’ve dedicated themselves as teachers of Ramsey’s Financial Peace University (FPU) and head up this ministry at LifePoint. Abang and...

Two Is One

Two Is One

Two Is One [The ant] stores its provisions in summer and gathers its food at harvest. Proverbs 6:8  here’s an old survivalist motto that my husband is fond of using (typically when I ask if three cartons of milk in our weekly online grocery order...

Focusing Our Gaze in the Year Ahead

Focusing Our Gaze in the Year Ahead

Focusing Our Gaze On The Year Ahead One thing I have asked from the Lord, that I shall seek: That I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord and to meditate in His temple. Psalms 24:7 ne of my...

Showing Up Small

Showing Up Small

Showing Up Small And she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them. Luke 2:7 has been a year for the books. We won’t forget it. We’ve all...

Immanuel

Immanuel

Immanuel Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel," which is translated, "God with us." Matthew 1:23 (NKJV) mmanuel…if I was ever responsible for naming a church, I’ve always known that’s what I...

Asking the Right Questions

Asking the Right Questions

Asking The Right Questions Zechariah said to the angel, “How can I be sure this will happen? I’m an old man now, and my wife is also well along in years.” Mary asked the angel, “But how can this happen? I am a virgin.” Luke 1: 18, 34 uring the...

A Spirit of Thankfulness

A Spirit of Thankfulness

A Spirit of Thankfulness Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 fter some unexpected circumstances, I recently had a very long, solo road...

A Traditional Christmas

A Traditional Christmas

A Traditional Christmasvery year when I pull out our personalized Christmas ornament from 2009, I laugh.  Instead of reading “Staggers Family—First Year of Homeschooling,” it reads “Straggers Family—First Year of Homeshooling.”  Thankfully, I had...

Living in the Moment

Living in the Moment

Living in the Moment This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.  Psalm 118:24 hen was little, my neighbor lived with her Sicilian grandmother who would make us homemade pizza. She has since passed, and I often dream...

Family: A Holiday Balancing Act

Family: A Holiday Balancing Act

Family: A Holiday Balancing Act friend and I were recently discussing our plans for the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday. I mentioned that in years past, we would typically spend it at home, with an open invite to my husband’s extended family (mother,...

Just Like Our Father

Just Like Our Father

Just Like Our Father Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children.Ephesians 5:1  y husband recently traveled for work, leaving me home alone with our three children. He very rarely travels, and my almost four-year-old daughter has been potty...

Parenting (Barely) Adult Children

Parenting (Barely) Adult Children

Parenting (Barely) Adult Childrenhen my kids were small, I dreaded the teenage years, much like one dreads going to the dentist. I viewed them as a painful but necessary season, one that I’d hopefully weather with as little bodily harm as possible....