The King James Version of the Bible, first printed in 1611, turned 400 this year, but not many churchgoers are aware of that fact, according to local ministers.
For a few days this past week I was reminded of how uncertain the weather can be. The forecasters gave us, here in our area, the possibility of snow and ice, which never materialized.
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" (Rom. 15:4). There is much to be learned by the mistakes of others. Seeing what others have done and the consequences of their actions ought to lead us to want to be as faithful as possible to God.
It is really rather fascinating, some of the things I have been asked through the years. One question I have heard more than once: "Preacher, where in the Bible does it say, 'God helps those who help themselves?'"
Gumbranch Baptist Church Pastor David Daus said his flock believes that by reaching out to their neighbors in need, they are being obedient to God's word as revealed in Scripture.
Elim Baptist Church in Ludowici is growing and there's a new pastor on board.
Choose, on this day, who you will serve. Choose to become who God is through Jesus Christ. Many are called but few are chosen. God has lain before man life, death, blessings and curses. It is our choice to listen to and obey God's word. We choose to be chosen through our obedience and willingness to do what the Father tells us to do.
When I went to the bank the other day I was joking with the teller, who I have known for several years, that there were only 356 days until Christmas.
Mom always said, "Think before you speak." Dad used to say, "Son, you don't have to say everything you think." And in spite of all of that good advice, I have said more dumb things that I care to remember.
Remember Jesus' suffering. The cross was designed as an instrument of torture. He endured physical pain, emotional grief, social humiliation and spiritual despair.
The ladies in pink and green, who proudly proclaim their heritage as members of the oldest African-American sorority, are preparing for their annual Founder's Day celebration.
God placed Adam in the Garden of Eden to tend to it, guard it and keep it. The Lord God told the man, "You may freely eat of every tree of the Garden, but of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil and Blessing and Calamity, you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it, you shall surely die." - Genesis 2:15-17
A local husband and wife team are trying to teach others about the importance of ministering in lands far, far away.
A 2010 Gallup poll shows more Americans are filling church pews than did two or three years ago. Liberty County, with its myriad of churches, appears to be following this national trend even with the transient nature of its military population.
As soon as Christmas day is over, many people begin to take down the tree, the decorations and every sign of the holidays.
We are living in a very chaotic world and complex times, but the "good news" is that God is still in charge.
The cold, January day that two Muslim shooters stormed the office of French magazine "Charlie Hebdo", killing 12 people and injuring 11, France united under the tragedy they called their 9/11.
The other day, I was returning home from a trip and turned on the radio. A song that caught my attention went something like this: "Long as I got King Jesus, I don't need nobody else."
As confetti and leaflets were cleared from the steps of the Supreme Court Friday after a 5-4 majority ruled in favor of a constitutional right to same-sex marriage, religious groups across the ideological spectrum reacted to the decision.
I heard a story one time about a church that was looking for a new pastor. When asked what they were looking for, the chairman of the search committee said that they only had two main criteria. One, they did not want a pastor who had studied Greek, and two, they did not want a pastor who had ever been to the Holy Land.
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" (Matthew 6:33-34). In this, we are told to put God first in our lives and not to concentrate all our beings on the physical things of this life.
An evangelical Christian organization and the state universities in California have reached a compromise to allow the organization to uphold its faith standards for leadership positions and retain official status on state campuses.
In this season of life, there are many worldly events that have the potential of robbing us of our peace.
I’m not saying the young woman in the fancy sports car was rude when she cut me off in the fast-food restaurant’s drive-through line.
Earlier this week, H.A. Heller and Nathan J Brown wrote a piece for Foreign Affairs that explored whether or not an Islamic authority figure could put an end to Daesh (or, as its commonly known, ISIS).
The Supreme Court unanimously ruled Thursday that an Arizona town's restriction of signs posted by a church violated its free speech rights.
On Saturday, I was on my way to conduct a wedding on Tybee Island scheduled to happen at 5 p.m. I was just a couple of miles west of the Bull River Bridge when all of a sudden, the traffic stopped.
I returned last week from a mission trip to Haiti. When asked about the trip, my first response often has been, "It was hot." I'm so glad that I came back home to cooler temperatures.
In a highly anticipated encyclical on the environment, Pope Francis this week condemned widespread disengagement with the issue of global warming, using both scientific and theological arguments, and creating an opportunity for leaders from all faiths to address what their religion teaches about caring for creation.
Most everyone wants to have a sure thing that can be counted on without any worries. Things like that come few and far between.