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God's joy is our strength

One of my favorite scriptures is Romans 8:28, which says, "And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose."

April 04, 2011 | By Rev. Dr. Alvin Jackson Columnist | Faith


Some beauty is well worth the wait

There are not too many things more beautiful than the colors of spring – anything from flowering trees to flowering bushes to flowering plants. My favorite is the azaleas, which are about in full bloom.

March 28, 2011 | By Pastor Steve Lane New Beginnings Community Church | Faith


Christians should think as the Lord does

Well, I did it again. I embarrassed myself with something I said. No surprise there.

March 28, 2011 | By Pastor Brad Butler First Baptist Church, Pembroke | Faith


What place have you given God?

As Jesus was concluding what has become known as the "Sermon on the Mount," he said, "But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof" (Matt. 6:33, 34).

March 28, 2011 | By Minister Riley Nelson Richmond Hill Church of Christ | Faith


Area ushers are a committed crowd

Ushers often are taken for granted as the church's doorkeepers. But they play a vital role in the ministry. It takes a special, skilled person to serve as an usher.

March 28, 2011 | By Edith Anderson Correspondent | Faith


Manna House needs help with important work

Matthew 25:33-40 says, "And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left.

March 28, 2011 | By Rev. Dr. Alvin Jackson Columnist | Faith


Baptismal pool to be a park

It was known as the "Round Hole," a pooling spot where muddy waters cooled the skin and stained the white robes of slaves who were baptized there more than 200 hundred years ago.

March 28, 2011 | Frenchi Jones Coastal Courier correspondent | Faith


God cares for man

With the natural disasters that happen in the world, some want to say God does not care for mankind. This is far from the truth. The natural disasters that happen are just that – things of nature. They have happened down through the ages. To those who are involved in the disasters, our prayers go up to God that they soon will be able to go about their normal lives.

March 21, 2011 | By Minister Riley Nelson Richmond Hill Church of Christ | Faith


Place your full trust in the Lord

Do you have a favorite verse of Scripture? My favorite verse in the entire Bible is 1 John 5:13. "I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life."

March 21, 2011 | By Pastor Brad Butler First Baptist Church, Pembroke | Faith


Lets not forget the real St. Patrick

Most of America has just celebrated St. Patrick's Day in some form or another and now we are into the St. Patrick's weekend.

March 21, 2011 | By Pastor Steve Lane New Beginnings Community Church | Faith


Faith will keep us marching forward

The Israelites were instructed to march once around Jericho for six days and seven times around on the seventh day. Then they were to shout and the city walls would fall. Some of the Israelites probably were questioning God in their minds and, at the same time, becoming tired and weary. I can't help but think that some may have been a little excited about what the outcome would be. Either way, they obeyed God and shouted out in faith and experienced God's miraculous intervention as they conquered Jericho. The walls fell as God had promised (Joshua 6 ...

March 21, 2011 | By Pastor Daisy Edwards Columnist | Faith


Choir prepares for Easter performance

Easter is fast-approaching and it is the time of year for cantatas, plays, concerts, special programs and other Easter-related events.

March 21, 2011 | By Edith Anderson Correspondent | Faith


New gender-neutral Bible draws critics

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - In the old translation of the world's most popular Bible, John the Evangelist declares: "If anyone says, 'I love God,' yet hates his brother, he is a liar." Make that "brother or sister" in a new translation that includes more gender-neutral language and is drawing criticism from some conservatives who argue the changes can alter the theological message.

March 21, 2011 | Associated Press | Faith


Be content, thankful for what you have

In the book of 1 Timothy, we are told that if we have food and clothes, we need to be content. This idea is far from "the American dream," in which we strive to have all our wants as well as our needs met. For most of us to be satisfied we even dictate what kind of food we eat and what brand of clothes we wear.

March 14, 2011 | By Pastor Steve Lane New Beginnings Community Church | Faith


Spiritual growth is in His hands

It is not yet officially spring, but we can see the signs. Flowers and trees are budding. Grass is greening up. And some of us have started to plant a few things in the garden. I have planted broccoli, onions, cabbage and potatoes. To date, everything looks good, except I have yet to see any evidence of potatoes.

March 14, 2011 | By Pastor Brad Butler First Baptist Church, Pembroke | Faith


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A place where Jesus actually stood

Holy Week is upon us, and that means the sheep of the Good Shepherd are flocking to Jerusalem once again.

March 29, 2015 | Jerry Johnston Deseret News | Faith


State bills to protect religious freedom advance, alarming some

As Indiana Gov. Mike Pence signed a new law this week guaranteeing religious freedom against governmental interference, a debate over whether those laws can be used to trump anti-discrimination protections for lesbians and gays continues, along with the question of how best to legislatively balance those competing interests.

March 29, 2015 | Mark A. Kellner Deseret News | Faith


This 10-year-old plays the trumpet. And he was born without arms



Kids are amazing human beings and are mostly willing to try new things and seek to overcome obstacles. Sometimes, there are pretty huge obstacles to overcome along the way.

March 29, 2015 | Wendy Jessen FamilyShare | Faith


Be grateful for the beauty around us

In the very beginning of time, the Bible states in Genesis 1:1 that "God created the heavens and the Earth."

March 28, 2015 | By Pastor Steve Lane New Beginnings Community Church | Faith


Why religious confession is good for the mind and soul

Janet Perry has been a Catholic for more than 30 years, yet going to confession still makes her sweat.

March 27, 2015 | Kelsey Dallas Deseret News | Faith


Do religions try to keep their scriptures inaccessible?

The late Christopher Hitchens once ranked, with Sam Harris, Richard Dawkins and Daniel Dennett, among the “four horsemen” of the New Atheism. His most comprehensive attack on religious faith came in a best-seller called — and don’t miss the title’s lowercased first word — “god is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything” (Twelve, 2009).

March 27, 2015 | Deseret Connect Deseret News | Faith


'Who am I?' Let God help you answer

Many lessons can be drawn from the account of Moses given in the book of Exodus.

March 26, 2015 | By Minister Riley Nelson Richmond Hill Church of Christ | Faith


Words can say so much

Last week, I wrote about the power of words. I want to pick up on that theme one more time because I think it matters so much.

March 26, 2015 | By Pastor Brad Butler First Baptist Church, Pembroke | Faith


Would you help this child? What happens next will have you in tears



If you passed someone in need, in desperation, would you stop to help?

March 26, 2015 | Wendy Jessen FamilyShare | Faith


Heaven (visitation stories) can wait, Christian bookstore chain says

Heaven, apparently, can wait, a chain of Southern Baptist-owned bookstores says.

March 25, 2015 | Mark A. Kellner Deseret News | Faith


The door is open, but why won't this dog come inside?



Have you ever walked into what you thought was an open door, but it was really a closed screen door or a really clean glass door?

March 25, 2015 | Wendy Jessen FamilyShare | Faith


First degree: How America recovered from a murder epidemic

Editor's note: This article is part of "The Ten Today," a series that examines the Ten Commandments in modern society. This story explores the sixth commandment: "Thou shalt not kill."

March 24, 2015 | Eric Schulzke Deseret News | Faith


OMG: Is profanity losing its punch?

Editor's note: This article is part of "The Ten Today," a series that examines the Ten Commandments in modern society. This story explores the third commandment: "Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord the God in vain."

March 24, 2015 | Mark A. Kellner Deseret News | Faith


The surprising reason you're not achieving your goals



Do you have a goal or dream that isn't going anywhere? What is keeping you from achieving it?

March 24, 2015 | Wendy Jessen FamilyShare | Faith


Kara Tippetts, Christian who blogged against assisted suicide, succumbs to cancer

Kara Tippetts, the Christian blogger and author who begged fellow cancer sufferer Brittany Maynard not to take her own life but let death take its course, died Sunday from breast cancer. She was 38 years old, a pastor's wife and mother of four.

March 23, 2015 | Mark A. Kellner Deseret News | Faith


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