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May
7

Autism Involves Me

For most parents a trip to the movies with the kids is a pretty typical occasion. But for some families going to the movies is something they've only dreamed of, until AIM made it possible for them.

May
7

Laundry Lessons

My mom did what she could to send me off to adulthood prepared for the laundry challenges that would come at me like the waves of water swirling around in those cool front-loader machines with the big glass front.  My mom did what she could to teach, but in the end I have still failed; but what didn’t fail we’re incredible lessons on listening. 

If I were a silent voice inside your head helping you to build healthy relationships, you might hear me whispering in your ear something you’ve heard all your life: it’s "The Golden Rule."

That’s right, it comes straight out of scripture from Matthew 7:12, "Therefore however you want people to treat you, so treat them, for this is the Law and the Prophets." The Golden Rule rolls off the tongue like water off a duck's back. It has long been known as "The Standard" for how to treat others the way God intended, resulting in lasting healthy relationships.

Apr
23

Dad Says That We'll Be OK

"Ike! Get away from the window!" I can still hear my mom's voice coming from the next room as I pressed my head against the glass and watched the incoming storm. As a kid, there was something memorizing about the old trees in my yard swaying back and forth as the sky turned odd shades of blue, green, and gray. I was probably 9 or 10 years old at the time, but in spite of the warnings and the sirens in the distance,  I wasn't worried about the storm outside. I knew how this was all going to go down. The Weaver family "severe weather routine" went like clockwork, and we always made it out fine.

Several years ago, a government official was invited to be the commencement speaker for a small college in South Carolina.

The auditorium was filled with students excited about the opportunity to hear a person of her stature speak. After the governor gave the introduction, the speaker began by saying, “I was born to a mother who was deaf and could not speak. I do not know who my father is or was. The first job I ever had was in a cotton field. But nothing has to remain the way it is if that’s not the way a person wants it to be."

I'm Joe Butler, founder of Ability Tree, and parent of a child with autism. April is Autism Awareness Month. You've heard about autism, but what is it exactly?

According to the Autism Society, Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a complex developmental disability; signs typically appear during early childhood and affect a person’s ability to communicate and interact with others. ASD is defined by a certain set of behaviors and is a “spectrum condition” that affects individuals differently and to varying degrees. Autism affects 1 in 68 children.

In regard to racial reconciliation, people often ask me, “James, what are we supposed to do?”

For reconciliation to begin, the first and most important step is to listen and empathize with another person’s experience that is different than yours. If we cannot connect with each other’s experiences, then we cannot be a part of each other’s healing.

Apr
4

Canopy NWA

It's hard to pay attention to much of anything when you walk into a room and are greeting by a great big smile and deep brown eyes from the cutest 7 month old little boy. Elohim grabbed my attention the moment I saw him. A sweet baby, with a happy disposition, we became fast friends as I listened to his mom, Stephanie tell me the story about how their family had come to live in Northwest Arkansas. 

If I were a silent voice inside your head helping you to build healthy relationships you might hear me ask, “Are you speaking from the heart?” 

Let me use a metaphor to explain why I posed such an important question. Memorizing scripture can be a powerful part of our spiritual journey, or it can just be rote memorization. If it’s the latter, the words mean nothing; it's only an exercise in brain power.

Mar
16

You Hit the Goal!

Wow, what a week! On Friday morning we wrapped up the KLRC 2018 Spring Fundraiser by hitting 100% of the goal over an hour early, all thanks to YOU and your overwhelmingly generous support!

We are so thrilled that 1900 KLRC listeners decided to go ALL IN and share hope in Jesus with a gift of support to KLRC. 

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