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Great gifts require some assembly

When I was a child, I asked my father for a bicycle for Christmas. My older brother had a 10-speed racing bike and he would ride off for hours at a time. He was 10 years older than me, and it seemed like he had so much more freedom than I did. If I'd had a bicycle like his, I might have been allowed to ride with him when he left on those long adventures. I was very specific when describing my request - I knew just what I wanted. After asking for the bike, I waited and hoped.

October 24, 2011 | By Pastor Tom Johnson III Columnist | Faith


St. Stephens readies for Family Fun Festival

Fall is here. Many people look forward to this time of year when they can enjoy good weather and participate in outdoor activities.

October 24, 2011 | By Edith Anderson Correspondent | Faith


Experience with God is life-changer

The Bible opens our eyes and our minds to the life and times of many wonderful individuals and their legacies. We can read about men and women who strived to execute great deeds, all in the name of their God. Great names like Noah, Abraham, Samson, Moses, Jesus and Mary - just to name a few - have continued to compel and intrigue believers and skeptics since the Bible was canonized and printed for all to read. There are many examples to follow, many characters to imitate and many individuals to light the path of our Christian walk as we follow after ...

October 17, 2011 | By Pastor Tom Johnson III Columnist | Faith


Homecoming a great time to get involved

I've had homecoming on my mind in recent days. Two Fridays ago, Bryan County High School celebrated homecoming. Today is homecoming at my college. It has been 30 years since I graduated – I was a 9-year-old child prodigy, of course. And Sunday is homecoming at First Baptist of Pembroke.

October 17, 2011 | By Pastor Brad Butler First Baptist Church, Pembroke | Faith


Mission trip called a success

Three members of the Africa on Fire Missions Agency from Liberty County traveled Aug. 11-20 to the mission fields at Gbemba, Yeyengou, Natargou and Kpendjal in Togo, West Africa. The traveling team was comprised of AOF Executive Director Dr. Deloris Mitchell, Executive Coordinator Elder Patricia O'Nery of Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church in Hinesville and Treasurer Albert Spencer of First Zion Baptist Church in Riceboro.

October 17, 2011 | By Edith Anderson Correspondent | Faith


Seeking the greates of inner rings

Standing before the student body of King's College, University of London, in 1944, C. S. Lewis delivered one of his most profound speeches.

October 17, 2011 | By Rev. Nick Batzig New Covenant Presbyterian Church | Faith


South Georgia has new Catholic bishop

SAVANNAH - The Catholic community of the Savannah area now has a new bishop.

October 12, 2011 | Special to the Courier | Faith


Music aims to inspire worshippers

Music is a very important part of church worship services.

October 11, 2011 | By Edith Anderson Correspondent | Faith


The secrets behind sanctification

Few things trouble the soul of the child of God so much as the presence of indwelling sin and the sober realization of the inability of the flesh to overcome it.

October 10, 2011 | By Rev. Nick Batzig New Covenant Presbyterian Church | Faith


The infiniteness of God: Part 2

The power of God is seen not only in creation but also in salvation (Rom. 1:16).

October 10, 2011 | By Minister Riley Nelson Richmond Hill Church of Christ | Faith


Always read the Bible

Recently I have been reading a book titled, "Reading the Bible for Life." The purpose of the book is two-fold.

October 10, 2011 | By Pastor Brad Butler First Baptist Church, Pembroke | Faith


God tests us because He loves us

In my cry unto Jesus, I have been asking Him, "What do You want me to say to Your people?" Jesus revealed to me that this is the Laodicean Church Age.

October 10, 2011 | By Pastor M. Willia Wesley Columnist | Faith


Early detection key to fightin breast cancer

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. While you are scheduling your appointment to get your mammogram this month, you'll want to make sure you also mark your calendar for the Susie Q's Pink Pancake Dinner, which is scheduled for 5:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 20, at Poole's Deli.

October 06, 2011 | By Linda Ratcliffe Columnist | Faith


God is infinite in power, love, justice

How is it that the God of heaven and earth, the Almighty, would even consider mere man in the scheme of things?

October 04, 2011 | By Minister Riley Nelson Richmond Hill Church of Christ | Faith


Study the Lord's intricate gospel

While the Israelites had no children's-story Bibles, they were given pictures of the Gospel in the Old Covenant types and ordinances. Among them were the Passover, Exodus, sacrificial system, festivals, priesthood and ceremonies of the Tabernacle and Temple worship. There is one picture to which I often have loved to return – the picture of the Ark of the Covenant.

October 04, 2011 | By Rev. Nick Batzig New Covenant Presbyterian Church | Faith


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Remember the One who gave us life

We are approaching Memorial Day weekend, and it is sneaking up on many of us. It is a bit of a quirk that Memorial Day does not follow the last Sunday of May this year. Nevertheless, we pause this weekend to remember.

May 22, 2015 | By Pastor Brad Butler First Baptist Church, Pembroke | Faith


President Obama to attend 'Solidarity Sabbath' service Friday evening

President Obama will be among worshippers Friday evening at a Washington, D.C., synagogue to mark "Solidarity Sabbath," in which Jews and others around the world will stand against anti-Semitism.

May 22, 2015 | Mark A. Kellner Deseret News | Faith


Muslim refugees risk life to flee Burma's persecution

Rohingya Muslim refugees from Burma — which now denies them citizenship — are risking their lives on the sea or in earthquake-ravaged Nepal to seek safety. The Rohingyas say they are victims of religious persecution.

May 22, 2015 | Mark A. Kellner Deseret News | Faith


Technology for religion: good or bad?

"The Holy Words — it matters not how I got them, it's 'have I retained them?'"

May 22, 2015 | Sarah Mikati Deseret News | Faith


Learn from past, let God lead you

As I've written before, Paul wrote, "For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning that we through patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope" (Romans 15:4). The Old Testament serves as a lesson to all to see how God has dealt with man and how man has dealt with God.

May 21, 2015 | By Minister Riley Nelson Richmond Hill Church of Christ | Faith


Skydiving grandmas? You'll want to hear their wise words



Grandmothers have lived quite a life being kids, teens, adults and raising children from birth to adulthood. Naturally, they may be willing to take more risks, but they also have wisdom to pass along.

May 19, 2015 | Wendy Jessen FamilyShare | Faith


Let grace of God be your destination

"The will of God will not take us where the grace of God cannot sustain us." Billy Graham said this best.

May 19, 2015 | By Anita L. Scurry Columnist | Faith


Pope Francis' Philly upcoming visit has homeowners renting rooms

Pope Francis' upcoming visit to the United States in September — his first as pontiff — is maxing out available lodging in Philadelphia, where he is due to celebrate an outdoor Mass attended by between 1.5 million and 2 million people.

May 19, 2015 | Mark A. Kellner Deseret News | Faith


Dying father gets early father-daughter wedding dance with his girls



Learning of a terminal diagnosis causes us to pause and focus on things that really matter in life. If you're a parent, you realize all the "firsts" you will miss in the life of your child — dates, school dances, graduations and weddings.

May 18, 2015 | Wendy Jessen FamilyShare | Faith


About half of atheist kids find religion later in life, report shows

The Pew Research Center released a report earlier this week that looked at the religious landscape of the United States.

May 18, 2015 | Herb Scribner Deseret News | Faith


The difference between free speech and hate speech

The satirical minds behind the controversial French weekly Charlie Hebdo received a standing ovation on Tuesday as they accepted the PEN American Center’s Toni and James C Goodale Freedom of Expression Courage Award, despite protests claiming that the magazine "violates the acceptable."

May 18, 2015 | JJ Feinauer Deseret News | Faith


Visiting the Grand Mosque of Abu Dhabi

Contemporary media are filled with relentlessly negative news from the Middle East: murders, kidnappings, bombings, suicide attacks, torture, brutal executions, missile attacks, air and drone strikes, failed leaders and states, anarchy, hundreds of thousands dead in wars, millions displaced and widespread human suffering.

May 18, 2015 | Deseret Connect Deseret News | Faith


Make sure every day is Mother's Day

Last weekend, people all across America celebrated Mother's Day. It is a time when children, husbands and churches found ways to show appreciation for what mothers do.

May 16, 2015 | By Pastor Steve Lane New Beginnings Community Church | Faith


Religion in America is changing, not dying, some observers say

Many of the initial reports on the Pew Research Center's study on America's changing religious landscape could leave the impression that religion is on the decline in the United States.

May 16, 2015 | Sarah Mikati Deseret News | Faith


What this homeless man did with his final 18 cents ‘moved’ a church

Leaders of a church in Charlotte, North Carolina, were emotionally moved by a donation they received this week from a homeless man who donated what could have been his final 18 cents to the congregation, according to WBTV, a local news station in North Carolina.

May 16, 2015 | Herb Scribner Deseret News | Faith


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