March 2008 Blog Posts (6)

No Freedom in Choice

During my English 121 class at Pikes Peak Community College in 2001, we were given a persuasive essay assignment after reading "Abortion is Too Complex to Feel All One Way About" by Anna Quindlen out of The Mercury Reader; 2000 edition. I received a perfect "100," along with the comment, "This paper should be published," from my teacher, Tesa Pace.

With that in mind, here is the original PERSUASIVE ESSAY in its entirety:

Every human in the world, no matter his or her age or… Continue

Added by Stephanie Merchant Johnson on March 24, 2008 at 6:00pm — No Comments

Extreme Makeover Part 2

The Extreme Makeover - Church Edition is still going on at Radiant Church!

For the last few months, Radiant Church has been undergoing extensive remodeling with the help of church volunteers and Arkansas-based company, Premier Consulting/Premier Concepts. Many people have come forward to demolish and rebuild, frame, drywall, paint, clean and cook so that by the timeeverything isfinished, Radiant will have new children and office "wings," a new coffee shop, new classrooms, renovated… Continue

Added by Stephanie Merchant Johnson on March 18, 2008 at 7:30pm — No Comments

Women of Courage Success Story: Melanie

Melanie S. grew up in San Jose, Calif., but moved to Colorado in 1987 due to her father's job. When she became pregnant out of wedlock, her father insisted she have an abortion; her mother supported her whatever decision she made, and was with Melanie at the hospital when her daughter, Sherri, entered the world 14 years ago.

Melanie experienced trauma from an early age, as she was repeatedly raped by a daycare provider's son from the age of 8 to 11. This trauma led to… Continue

Added by Stephanie Merchant Johnson on March 13, 2008 at 6:00pm — No Comments

Hey Y'all! The Colorado Wranglers are Comin'!

Just a reminder that the Colorado Wranglers are coming to Radiant Church at 7 p.m., Thursday, March 13, 2008, where they will be performing live in concert to raise money for Radiant's Celebrate Recovery ministry.

This is information straight off their Web site (

...Colorado Wranglers was [formed] 29 years ago when Vern Thomson and Scotty Vaughn began working together with the Flying W Wranglers at the world famous Flying W Ranch in… Continue

Added by Stephanie Merchant Johnson on March 12, 2008 at 6:30pm — No Comments

Women of Courage Success Story: Santina

Santina B. is a single mom of daughter, Dayiseen, who is 8, and son, Kaylias, 6. In 2006, her friend Debra R. introduced her to Women of Courage, Inc. (WOC), where she became a partner-mom in 2007. WOC has taught Santina how to be a stronger woman -- spiritually, emotionally and financially -- through the mentoring, teachings and workshops that are offered by this vital single mom ministry.

Raised Baptist in Salt Lake City, Santina never developed a personal relationship with God… Continue

Added by Stephanie Merchant Johnson on March 8, 2008 at 5:30pm — No Comments

Women of Courage Success Story: Debra

Women of Courage, Inc., was founded in 1993 to help single moms grow spiritually, develop life skills and achieve financial self-sufficiency. It is not a "Band-Aid" approach to helping single moms; rather, personal accountability is highly stressed.

Some of the program benefits include: monthly meetings to learn fundamental life skills and scriptural truths while connecting with others in similar circumstances; one-on-one mentoring for budgeting, parenting, relationships and… Continue

Added by Stephanie Merchant Johnson on March 4, 2008 at 6:00pm — No Comments

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