“I Finally Found God”

By Les Ferguson, Jr.

Les Ferguson, Jr. and I studied together at Magnolia Bible College many years ago. He and his wife Karen were Godly parents, and he served as a local minister for a church in Gulfport, MS.  One of their children was a son who had serious physical disabilities. A church member who had volunteered to help […]


Back-To-School Prayer

The lack of prayer FOR schools should concern us more than the lack of prayer IN schools.

For almost 3 centuries, the regular and accepted practice in most American educational institutions was to begin the day with an orally recited prayer or a reading from the Bible. This reflected the general understanding that our culture, our history and our laws all had a basic foundation in the Judeo-Christian scriptures. Recent historical perspective […]


Christians and Tattoos – Right or Wrong?

How Should a Practicing Christian View Them?

Are tattoos the mark of the beast mentioned in Revelation 13:16, 17, or are they simply a matter of personal freedom and expression? When I grew up, the only people I knew who had tattoos were old retired sailors. The images they wore on their arms and chests were faded and smeared-looking. Most were indecipherable […]


Don’t Be THIS Kind of Parent!

When I was a young father of 2, I had a great mentor and advisor by the name of Jim Naismith, who had already reared several kids into their late teens and twenties.  We would occasionally meet for lunch or casual discussions about life, religion, community service, and most often of all, parenting. Once when […]


God Our Father

By Dr. Ray Pasuer

Note:  I learned more from Dr. Ray Paseur about Bible study than I did from any other professor, graduate school included.  If those of us who are fathers want to be successful, we would do well to learn about “fatherhood” from our Heavenly Father.  (RJ) God’s Fatherhood Ray Paseur One of the most comforting and […]


Don’t Just Stand There

Is good always the enemy of great? Can insisting on doing everything right prevent us from taking action at all?  These are thought-provoking questions recently asked by Dr. L. Roger Owens of Pittsburg Theological Seminary. “If a Job’s Worth Doing, It’s Worth Doing Poorly” Found at: http://www.faithandleadership.com/l-roger-owens-if-job%E2%80%99s-worth-doing-it%E2%80%99s-worth-doing-poorly] When I was growing up, I was regularly given […]

Christian Family Financial Stewardship


Chip Hartzell teaches young couples at his local church about the Christian view of family finances.  Dr. Rick Janelle asked him to share a few basic things from the beginning of his set of classes.

Here are some of the things discussed in this video:

  • 2 key questions on many people’s minds:
    • How much money is enough?
    • Will I ever have enough money?
  • 1 definition:
    • “Steward” = “care-taker” not “owner”
  • 2 key ideas:
    • Gifts from God make us “stewards”
    • Those gifts can be a wide range of things, including money, mates, children, jobs, etc.
  • 2 key points:
    • What we have is God’s gift to us
    • What we do with it is our gift to God
  • 4 Points from Jesus’ Parable of the Talents (Matthew 25:14-30)
    • God Owns It All
    • Growth in Our Ability to Handle Things is the Key
    • The Amount/Value we start with isn’t Important
    • Faith requires Action and the Proper Usage of the Gift


Video shot at Lawson Creek Park, Downtown New Bern, NC with Chip Hartzell on April 22, 2015.

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Things NOT to Say to Suffering People

Have you ever noticed that people sometimes say the most ridiculous things when they try to comfort or encourage others? I have made some huge mistakes in this area, and I’ve seen others make huge mistakes as well.  In fact, some of my worst transgressions have been with my wife and kids. I applaud people […]