On behalf of the United Ministerial Alliance of Liberty County, we wish you a merry Christmas (celebration of Christ) and happy New Year.
The year 2008 is a new year and eight represents a new beginning.
Today, we prepare to come to the end of yet another year - a year filled with many tragedies and blessings.
Do you find the title appalling or maybe even offensive? This holiday has taken quite a beating over the last few years. But this year, my senses seem to be heightened to its plight.
"And when they had come unto the house, they saw the young Child with Mary His mother, and fell down and worshiped Him. And when they had opened their treasures, they presented gifts to Him: gold, frankincense and myrrh" (Matthew 2:11 - NKJV).
The name "Judah" immediately grabs your attention. One might ask why a pastor would name the church "Judah." "Because we love to praise God," said Pastor Melvin Elliott." The name Judah means, "praise." Of the 12 tribes of Israel, Jesus was from the tribe of Judah.
This is the time of the year that the anticipation of joy is going out all over the world.
James Cannon was a typical ninth grader who was out riding his bicycle with a group of friends that fateful summer day. One moment he was riding his bike, the next he was laying paralyzed in the grass beside the highway.
We have been blessed with another year. In all that has happened this year, we still gather together to welcome and celebrate the joy of Christmas - the birth of the Christ Child, Jesus.
They currently have a powerful radio broadcast ministry and will soon establish a church.
Helping people is a key goal for the Mary Lou Fraser Counseling Center in Hinesville.
I am excited about the parables of Jesus. I have noticed there are multiple lessons in most of the parables Jesus used. The parable of the sheep and the goats as recorded in Matthew Ch. 25 is no exception.
In Psalms 100, we are reminded to "Enter His gates with thanksgiving." In 1 Thessalonians 5:18, Paul says that, "In everything gives thanks." A thankful attitude is not circumstantial or seasonal; it is a living part of Christian life.
At age 80, many people have retired and are relaxing and enjoying the children and grandchildren. Elder J.C. Kelly may have retired from his job working at the cleaners in New York, but he is still busy spreading the Word of God.
Although his church has only established since April 2006, Pastor Richard Hayes has a desire to see the community of believers come together for a time of fellowship. Consequently, he is hosting a Family of Believers' Fellowship at 1 p.m. Dec. 1 at Brewton Parker Auditorium in Hinesville.
In the Christmas story, we find the wise men who came from the east searching for the Christ child, the savior of the world.
Are you through with your Christmas shopping yet? I thought I would ask this week because by the time you are reading my column next week, it will be too late.
During this time of year, many people begin to think about Christ. More attention is given to trying to live as he lived - helping others, giving of himself to others.
We did it - we have finally reached the last month of the year.
The other day, I glanced up at a sign at a business that read, "We all go somewhere, make sure you get there."
The day after Thanksgiving, we began our Christmas decorating. It always is my job to get everything down from the attic, put the tree up and put lights on it. My wife does most of the rest. I put a few decorations near the top, including "the topper." Any outside decorations usually are my responsibilities, too.
Last week, we began studying about the crown God offers to all and how to achieve the goal of receiving the crown.
Deacon Lamar Tillman was recognized as layman of the year during the 114th annual session of the General Missionary Baptist Convention of Georgia Inc. on Nov. 12 in Atlanta.
All mankind has to do is to look at God's creation and conclude from it that God exists.
If you are a fan either of the Bulldogs or the Yellow Jackets, you rode that coaster hard last Saturday. In all of my years of watching football (or any other sport), I do not remember a time when a game has swung back and forth like that. Even a basketball game with a one-point difference doesn't feel like that.
This command was given by our Lord prior to his ascension back into heaven. "And he said unto them, 'Go ye into all the world and preach the Gospel to every creature. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned'" (Mark 16:15-16). No matter who or what the individual may be - king or beggar, rich or poor, educated or illiterate - the message of the Gospel is for all. It is by this message that man can learn what to do to obtain the grace God offers to all.
"But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for God's own possession, so that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light." - 1 Peter 2:9
United under the theme "One voice, one community," the 12th annual Mayor's Service of Songs, Prayer and Thanksgiving took place Nov. 23 at the Fort Stewart Main Post Chapel.
Psalm 107:1 tells us to "Give Thanks to the Lord, for he is good..." During this Thanksgiving season, we have much to be thankful for as a result of the goodness of God.
Thursday was Thanksgiving Day. For the first time in a few years, my wife and I will be celebrating at home. We have family coming in for dinner, and we are looking forward to a good day.