This week a lot of people were glued to the TV screen or the internet or were listening to the radio awaiting the verdict of the Casey Anthony trial.
Some recent court cases have been decided in a way that many people thought was wrong. Right or wrong, I could not say because I do not have all the facts. Without all the facts, it is impossible to come to the right conclusion.
For Americans, the Fourth of July is a time to look back - and look up. On Independence Day, we take a break from our busy schedules to appreciate the blessings of freedom and liberty - the noble values upon which our nation was built. We look back with gratitude at our founding fathers' vision. We appreciate the courage of those who have protected our freedoms.
When God uses ordinary people beyond what is usual, ordinary or regular, He establishes the extraordinary. People do not usually think they are noteworthy, remarkable or exceptional in character. Outside of occasionally having a special, often temporary, task or responsibility, we may not address the possibility of being extraordinary. But there are "gifted" people among us. We celebrate their accomplishments with enthusiasm and amazement. What we may not consider is that God depends on ordinary people. The Bible shows us that ordinary people are chosen by God for phenomenal and special service.
When I was 16 years old, I had my dad drop me off at a lake to go fishing on his way to a church board meeting. This 30-acre private lake sat about a half of a mile off the road.
I have to admit that I love to sing. I sing along with the radio in the car. I sing in the shower. I sing as I work. (I'm not a good whistler, so I can't follow the advice of the Seven Dwarfs).
God made man a free moral agent: "And if it seem evil unto you to serve the Lord, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord" (Joshua 24:15).
In the book of Psalms we are told that God has a purpose for each one of us.
I have a friend who is an author. Mark has published multiple books in the past decade. He served as a pastor for 15 years but has spent the past 10 years writing and submitting manuscripts.
In the preceding weeks, we have talked about pleasing God. Last week, we saw that if we really want to please God, we must understand that Christ is a part of God's plan and must be followed. As we think more about that, there are a few more things we need to know about Christ.
"Here at Live Oak, we have declared that this is the year of total prosperity," said Pastor Aaron Cowart, senior pastor of Live Oak Church of God in Hinesville.
King Solomon, a man who had great wisdom from God - examined life and summed up the greatest milestone of a person's life. King Solomon said the whole duty of man is to fear God and keep His commandments.
Society tends to hold mothers in high regard, but fathers - and the important roles they play - sometimes are overlooked. Dads are special too, and they deserve to be honored and recognized, which is why we have Father's Day.
Today's scripture reading is Acts 4:32-35 (NIV): "All the believers were one in heart and mind. No one claimed that any of their possessions was their own, but they shared everything they had. With great power the apostles continued to testify to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus. And God's grace was so powerfully at work in them all that there were no needy persons among them. For from time to time those who owned land or houses sold them, brought the money from the sales and put it at the apostles' feet, and it was distributed ...
One of the bad habits that I have is goofing off with my grandkids.
During spring, it's not uncommon to receive a lot of rain. And it's not uncommon for us to complain about it.
Today is my dad's birthday. He is 78 years young.
The governors of North Carolina and Michigan, where legislators are weighing bills to strengthen religious freedom protections, are cooling to the idea after similar pushes in Indiana and Arkansas ignited controversy, media reports indicate.
In this life, there are many things that a person needs: a place to live, clothes, food and such things.
When Annabel Beam was five years old, she was diagnosed with two incurable life-threatening digestive disorders — pseudo-obstruction motility disorder and antral hypomotility disorder. As a result, she spent much of her life in and out of hospitals.
The excitement is building. Extensive planning and coordinating have gone into this conference.
Married mothers are more religious than single and cohabiting mothers, according to a new study from the Bowling Green National Center for Family and Marriage Research.
"Truly, my soul finds rest in God; my salvation comes from him. Truly, he is my rock and my salvation. He is my fortress; I will never be shaken." - Psalm 62:1-2
You know those mean, nasty, negative little things you say to yourself all day? The ones about your weight, looks or perceived failures that you berate yourself over?
At the start of the Boston Marathon next Monday, runners will congregate by a church that posts a banner with an appropriate Bible verse: “Those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will run and not grow weary; they will walk and not be faint.”
One of my favorite flowers is the azalea. I love to go through Bonaventure Cemetery this time of year just to see row after row of assorted colors of this beautiful flowering bush.
Farewell, Lou Holtz.
Did you celebrate Wednesday?
No one has to be lost, for God has provided a way of salvation for all mankind.
When Melanie and Doug Pritchard were preparing to have their first child, they searched for a doctor who would fight, if necessary, for both Melanie and the baby's lives.