Dave Ramsey is on a mission to ‘Break the Chains of Pain’

EDITOR’S NOTE: One of my all time favorite interviews from North Mississippi Christian Family’s April 2007 edition!


Chains of bondage–chains of slavery to your finances–chains of pain. National radio talk show host and financial counselor Dave Ramsey believes chains are only good when they are used to pull you out of the mud and the muck. If you are stuck in the mud, Dave’s plan has the chains you need to get out.

And he knows a little bit about mud and all the cleaning up you have to do afterward. It was almost 20 years ago when a 28-year-old Dave lost his $4 million real estate fortune as the banking industry made big changes in the late 80s in real estate lending. With loans and lines of credit keeping him in bondage, the bank called all his loans–at the same time. Dave lost his business and over the course of two-to-three years, truly learned the meaning of the chains of pain.

“Losing everything was crushing, emotionally and financially,” said Dave. “I came to know Christ before the bankruptcy, but afterwards, we were waving the white flag, saying ‘I really do surrender all!’ The song had a whole new meaning for us.” Continue reading

Visiting with one of Mississippi’s Favorite Gardeners — Norman Winter

New Norm 2ccSpring is in the air and if the weather will cooperate, we can get in the yard and create our own “Garden of Eden.”

As the pollen swirls in the air this month, causing either serious allergies or a “hankering” to dig in the dirt, we wanted to visit with one of Mississippi’s favorite gardeners, Norman Winter. (Who has retired since this article was originally published in April 2008). You may remember him from Mississippi Public Radio and local television stations. He is also an author, a columnist in many local newspapers and he tours the state doing guest lectures. But there’s so much more to the friendly Extension Service horticulturist than meets the eye.  We hope you enjoy… Continue reading

Candace Cameron Bure has a ‘Full House’ of Blessings

CandaceAtGameEDITOR’S NOTE: I was looking for something else and found this article from April 2007 that was published in North Mississippi Christian Family. I hope you enjoy!

The Mississippi Riverkings welcomed actress Candace Cameron Bure to Mississippi in March (2007) as their special guest at the final home game of the season in Southaven and gave her the opportunity to share her faith with hockey fans prior to the game.

Candace is best known for her role as oldest daughter, D.J. Tanner in ABC’s hit television series, “Full House.”  But for the past 10 years, hockey fans have come to know her as the wife of  Los Angeles Kings’ player Valeri Bure. Cameron Bure has developed a love of the ice, but says she still has work to do on the ins and outs of the game. Continue reading

Life, Love and Marriage with Gary Chapman

0001_2_Gary copyDr. Gary Chapman said people needed help and wanted to talk, so he got into marriage counseling “through the back door.”

His passion for healthy marriages began with roots in college ministry. When he would offer marriage preparation classes, they were always well attended. Becoming one of the nation’s leading experts on marriage and relationships was not part of Chapman’s plan, but God had other ideas.

“It began with single college students making preparation for marriage, because most college students have marriage in the back of their minds,” Chapman said, “and they are wanting to make sure they are making a wise decision.” Continue reading

Making Holy Week memorable

Holy-Week-2015-POSTWhat a wonderful time of the year! From Palm Sunday to Easter Sunday, the church remembers the journey of Jesus from his entry in Jerusalem to his last meal, trial, crucifixion, death, and resurrection. These are the pivotal events for our faith. Much more than Christmas, this week deserves our attention at home and with the children in your life.

Look to the structure of Holy Week to guide your family activities. It’s especially helpful to plan for Friday and Saturday to be quiet, at-home days, with a few activities that reflect the scripture and the earth-shaking story being remembered on those days.  A few ideas: Continue reading