Tom Russell - Heritage Christian Counseling Ministries
Every Thursday during the 8 o'clock and 9 o'clock hour, WVMC General Manager Scott Saunders and Tom Russell from Heritage Christian Counseling Ministries sit down and talk about issues facing the family.
Topic for November 7th, 2013: Trends, Facts and Emerging Realities
For The Record: The Foster Report by Gary D. Foster, B.A.
These trends, facts, and emerging realities are influencing you and your clients' world today!
Statistics from this report:
- Nineteen precent of American Protestant churchgoers read the Bible daily, 25% a few times a week, 14% once a week, 27% once a month and 18% rarely or never.
- About three in four "nones" (no religious affiliation) grew up in homes with some religious affiliation.
- Only one out of every 10 people who does not belong to a religion says he or she is seeking a faith orientation.
- The religiously unaffiliated constitutes the third largest religious group in the U.S. after Christians and Muslims.
- In the last 30 years, pastoral salaries in the U.S. have been cut in half compared to other educated professionals.
- Fifty-nine percent of American women have no tattoos vs. 41% of men.
- Only 45% of Americans ages 15 to 17 are being raised by their married, biological parents.
- In the U.S. only about 17% of African - American children and 41% of Hispanic children reach age 17 in an intact household.
- Forty-two percent of Facebook fans admit they are addicted to the social network site or know someone who is.
- More than 41% of U.S. births were to unwed mothers in 2010, compared with 33% a decade earlier.
For more information visit www.GaryDFoster.com.
Topic for November 14th, 2013: 8 Signs of Cell Phone Addiction
8 Signs of Cell Phone Addiction
by Bonita Carol, Grass Valley Holistic Health Examiner
Topic for November 21st, 2013: Thankfulness
Copyright 2010 by Kurt Bruner.
Being Thankful is Good for Your Heart
Think / By Traci Brosman, November 2012.
Here are 3 reasons why Thankfulness is a key-ingredient to a Christian revival lifestyle.
1. Thankfulness keeps us in His presence.
Whenever God blesses us in any situation, we should from then on have no more reason to doubt His blessings or provision in any similar situation ever again. The real point behind His miraculous works in our lives is to reveal His heart for us. The more we get to know His heart and nature, the more we'll live life in anticipation of His goodness. I believe that one of the main reasons Israel turned away from God so often is that they "forgot His works and His wonders that He had shown them." (Psalm 78:11) As Christians who want to live a revival lifestyle, thankfulness is key to never forgetting what He's done and how good He is.
Dr. Ron Breazeale, author on the secular Blog Psychology Today, writes in his article on Practicing Gratitude: "...when you are in a deep state of gratitude, you may feel the presence of grace...Learning to practice gratitude is one of life's most valuable lessons." It seems like even the world is beginning to understand the power behind gratitude. Let us be the ones who show them how to walk it out!
2. Thankfulness releases supernatural increase.
I love the stories about Jesus multiplying little amounts of food to feed thousands. Isn't it stunning that He never prayed: "Oh Father, please hear my prayer and multiply this food by your mights hand." All He did was to give thanks for what He had: "And He took seven loaves and the fish and gave thanks, broke and gave them to His disciples; and the disciples gave to the multitudes." (Matt. 15:36) Supernatural increase, breakthrough, provision or however you want to call it happened as Jesus gave thanks for the little He had. In which area in life do you feel like you're lacking? Watch what happened when I couldn't afford to buy a MacBook Pro and chose to give thanks! Get ready for increase and multiplication!
3. Thankfulness makes us happier.
"Feeling thankful and expressing that thanks makes us happier and heartier. Once you get started, you find more and more things to be grateful for.", says Robert Emmons, a leading gratitude researcher (what a fun job!) at the University of California at Davis. Studies have shown that purposefully expressing one's thankfulness is more effective than any other exercise in positive psychology! At least one guy has known this secret thousands of years earlier. King David was "on it" so much, that he'd get up in the middle of the night to give thanks to God: "At midnight I will rise to give thanks to you, because of your righteous judgements." (Psalms 119:62) Way to go, David! I mean, seriously, who would do that if it was boring?