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Commit to pray today and every day

Prayer is one of the most essential elements of a Christian's life. To think that we can speak with the God of creation is a mind-boggling thought. But it is the truth. God has invited us to speak to him regularly. Paul wrote, "Pray without ceasing." And so we know that prayer is essential.

May 02, 2011 | By Pastor Brad Butler First Baptist Church, Pembroke | Faith


Following God takes life changes

If you truly desire to be close to God, you have to make some changes in your life. If you are like most people, you have been caught up with the "what's in it for me" mentality.

May 02, 2011 | By Minister Riley Nelson Richmond Hill Church of Christ | Faith


He is risen, let us rejoice

"He is not here; for He is risen, as He said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay. And go quickly and tell His disciples that He is risen from the dead, and indeed He is going before you into Galilee; there you will see Him. Behold, I have told." - Matthew 28:6-7 - New King James Version

April 25, 2011 | By Edith Anderson Correspondent | Faith


Commit every moment to Him

While every day is significant, the last few days have been amazingly powerful for me as I remembered the significance of living a committed life - one dedicated to God. We must reflect His unconditional love in every interaction we have. We must give more than we take, and we must remain alert with compassion for others.

April 25, 2011 | By Pastor Daisy Jones Columnist | Faith


UMA tackles challengs in community

The United Ministerial Alliance of Liberty County is a nonprofit organization focused on community ministry. It is under the leadership of Pastor Richard D. Hayes of New Day Outreach Ministry.

April 25, 2011 | Special to the Courier | Faith


Some things we need in our lives

There are many things needed in our lives in order to live. We need food and water, shelter and such. Most people spend the biggest part of their lives trying to provide these things for themselves and their families. There is nothing wrong with working to have such things as long as doing so does not become our only goal.

April 25, 2011 | By Minister Riley Nelson Richmond Hill Church of Christ | Faith


There will always be Sunday

Several years ago, I heard a sermon titled, "It's Friday, but Sunday's a coming." I don't remember everything about it, but I do remember where the idea came from.

April 25, 2011 | By Pastor Steve Lane New Beginnings Community Church | Faith


Celebrate that Jesus is alive

Easter is later this year than usual. It is very rare for Easter to come on the last Sunday of April. We have to wait much longer than we usually do. But we wait with great anticipation. We know, as Paul Harvey used to say, "the rest of the story."

April 25, 2011 | By Pastor Brad Butler First Baptist Church, Pembroke | Faith


Don't use excuses to not obey

"I am as good as they are."

April 20, 2011 | By Minister Riley Nelson Richmond Hill Church of Christ | Faith


Jesus will help fulfill destiny

When we think of why Jesus Christ came to earth more than 2,000 years ago, we might think of how he taught, healed or preached the good news of salvation. We might even think of how he lived a perfect life of example. All of these are important, but they are not the main reason he came.

April 20, 2011 | By Pastor Steve Lane New Beginnings Community Church | Faith


Let your soul be regulated by Holy Spirit

It's that time of year when I am so glad I have a programmable thermostat in my home. That is one of the most remarkable gadgets I ever have installed.

April 20, 2011 | By Pastor Brad Butler First Baptist Church, Pembroke | Faith


Fans await Singing Shepherds concert

The eighth Annual Shepherds in Concert event is set for 6 p.m. April 30, at Good Shepherd Missionary Baptist Church in Allenhurst. Billed as an evening of praise and worship, the concert promises to be memorable.

April 18, 2011 | By Edith Anderson Correspondent | Faith


Jesus proved it's possible to get back up

There are many obstacles we must overcome or maneuver around in our lives. Sometimes these hurdles seem like they're almost too much to handle and we feel like giving up altogether. Life can hit so hard that it knocks the wind right out of us.

April 18, 2011 | By Pastor Tom Johnson III Columnist | Faith


Never give up, give in to Satan

When Peter penned the following words, he was being directed by the Holy Spirit to give a warning to Christians. "Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: Whom resist steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world" (1 Peter 5:8, 9). While those in the world may not care about this warning, the child of God should treat it seriously.

April 11, 2011 | By Minister Riley Nelson Richmond Hill Church of Christ | Faith


Those who trust will live forever

This week has been a time of reflection for me. Monday would have been my mom's birthday. Thursday marked the day she passed away. And today is the sixth anniversary of her funeral. Interestingly enough, this year those dates fell on the same days of the week as the final week of her life. I've thought a lot about Mom and life and eternity this week.

April 11, 2011 | By Pastor Brad Butler First Baptist Church, Pembroke | Faith


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Know the goodness of the Lord

Today is my dad's birthday. He is 78 years young.

April 24, 2015 | By Pastor Brad Butler First Baptist Church, Pembroke | Faith


After flareups, religious freedom bills get cold shoulder in two states

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.

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


What do you need in life? God's word

In this life, there are many things that a person needs: a place to live, clothes, food and such things.

April 23, 2015 | By Minister Riley Nelson Richmond Hill Church of Christ | Faith


After falling 30 feet, this girl died and visited heaven. Then, another miracle happened.

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.

April 22, 2015 | Wendy Jessen FamilyShare | Faith


Pastor, administrator conference is chance to refresh

The excitement is building. Extensive planning and coordinating have gone into this conference.

April 21, 2015 | By Edith Anderson Correspondent | Faith


Does being married bring you closer to God?

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.

April 21, 2015 | Herb Scribner Deseret News | Faith


Go to the rock of Jesus to get salvation

"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

April 20, 2015 | By Pastor Robert Norwood Columnist | Faith


If you wouldn't say it to someone else, why do you say it to yourself?



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?

April 20, 2015 | Wendy Jessen FamilyShare | Faith


Running for God: why marathons are catching on among the faithful

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.”

April 19, 2015 | Jennifer Graham Deseret News | Faith


Shine all the time as a Christian

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.

April 18, 2015 | By Pastor Steve Lane New Beginnings Community Church | Faith


5 quotes from former ESPN college football analyst Lou Holtz on faith

Farewell, Lou Holtz.

April 18, 2015 | Tyler Stahle Deseret News | Faith


What are the certain things in life?

Did you celebrate Wednesday?

April 17, 2015 | By Pastor Brad Butler First Baptist Church, Pembroke | Faith


Salvation is possible by obeying God

No one has to be lost, for God has provided a way of salvation for all mankind.

April 16, 2015 | By Minister Riley Nelson Richmond Hill Church of Christ | Faith


She died giving birth to her daughter, but an amazing miracle happened

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.

April 16, 2015 | Chris Ayres FamilyShare | Faith


What if the 'fat talk' voice in your head was the actual label on your clothes?



I'm guilty.

April 16, 2015 | Wendy Jessen FamilyShare | Faith


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