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By Laura Lee Leathers The remarkable Mary Kitchens often wears a small locket displaying these words, “Never, Never, Never Give Up.” It reminds her to keep moving forward regarding the vision God...

Am I doing too much, or do I just need a vacation?

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Meet the columnist

“Redefining Retirement” columnist Laura Lee Leathers often interviews retirement-age folks who are living out their faith boldly – but we thought it was time to turn the tables and ask her a few...
How to live a wealthy AND righteous lifestyle

How to live a wealthy AND righteous lifestyle

By Laura Lee Leathers Several years ago, Morgan White Group Chief Operations Officer Richard (Rick) L. Eaton was enjoying a deer hunting trip with his oldest grandson, Carter, who said, “Granddaddy,...
How a godly family impacted my financial career

How a godly family impacted my financial career

By Bobby Dye I believe the way you were raised has a direct influence on how you view money and manage your finances as an adult. As a matter of fact, what you are taught about finances comes from...

What do I say when a friend is considering – or has had – an abortion?

By Olivia Hornsby Situation 1: My friend just told me she’s considering abortion. This can be an anxiety-inducing situation. Even in Christian communities, this scenario isn’t uncommon. Research...

Laying a Strong Foundation: The Importance of Pre-K Programs in JPS

By Dr. Felicia Thomas “Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew...

TOUGH QUESTIONS — How do we stay connected when my spouse returns to work?

By RUSS AND RACHEL SCHULTE     QUESTION:  I’m about to head back into the workforce after 10 years of marriage. How can my spouse and I stay connected through this transition?  ...

TOUGH QUESTIONS — How can I learn to love my daughter better?

By WENDY MAXWELL, LCSW     QUESTION: I struggle to show my daughter the love and affection she needs. How can I learn to love her better?   ANSWER:  Loving others is a central tenet...

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