Serving as a pastor close to a military base has been a wonderful experience for me. I have met so many wonderful people who have served our country, and for that I am grateful.
God created man to worship and love him. He had prepared a place for man to dwell, providing all of man's needs. (Genesis 1, 2). In doing this, God allowed for his creation, man, to be able to decide to obey him or to follow another way (Joshua 24:15).
Few people may realize that the Apostle Matthew may have been the original party animal. You might be thinking, "Are you speaking of 'the' Apostle Matthew - the author of the first book of the New Testament?" It appears so. Matthew, a tax collector with great people skills, also appears to have been a gala guru with a plan for Jesus. Tax collectors of the day were Jews working for the Romans mainly to collect ...
I am convinced that the Bible is right, but somebody else is wrong. I cannot call right wrong and wrong right.
This week, I was at a conference in Florida. During a break, I went outside and sat down by a small lake. I glanced down and saw half of a bird's eggshell lying on the ground.
As I do almost every year, I have planted a vegetable garden. There are tomato, pepper, cucumber, squash, okra, cabbage, broccoli and lettuce plants growing even now.
Many people have things that they are going to "get around to." A trip is one thing many people say this about. They hear of a place or see something that makes them want to go there, but they can't go right now. However, one day they will "get around to it." Years pass, and they finally realize they waited too long. Many say, "One of these days, I am going to look into religion ...
The installation consecration service for Pastor Stanford L. Anderson, the new First District president of the General Missionary Baptist Convention of Georgia was April 6 at Calvary Missionary Baptist Church in Richmond Hill.
"And they came unto the brook of Eshcol and cut down from thence a branch with one cluster of grapes, and they bare it between two upon a staff; and they brought of the pomegranates, and of the figs … And there we saw the giants, the sons of Anak, which come of the giants, and we were in our own sight as grasshoppers, and so we were in their sight" (Numbers 13:23-33).
The other day, I went by one of the local volunteer fire stations and noticed a lot of vehicles there at what I presumed was a regular training session.
I fancy myself a golfer. Not a great one, mind you, but I usually play well enough to enjoy myself.
When things happen in the world, such as the recent bombings, some ask "Where was God when this happened?"
Three times a year, Jews still celebrate the Festivals of the Lord. The church world has just celebrated Easter, when we reflect on the death, burial and resurrection of Christ. For Jews, this season is called Passover, the Festival of Unleavened Bread and the Festival of First Fruits.
Members of Life United Pentecostal Church in Hinesville are having dual celebrations this weekend.
There is a verse in Proverbs that we Christians like to trust in as one of the great promises of God. Chapter 22, verse 6 reads like this: "Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it."
"Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might." - Ephesians 6:10
In Matthew's gospel, we find a story about John the Baptist coming on the scene as a New Testament prophet proclaiming the coming of the Christ. He was baptizing those who wanted to be identified with the new coming kingdom later called Christianity.
We are in the middle of home improvement projects at our house. We have added a new room and are replacing the flooring and painting in others. Right now, the place is a mess.
We continue our thoughts on the poem of Joseph M. Scriven. His poem that later was put to music serves to encourage all who seek to follow God.
Each Nov. 11, we give our men and women of the military a special salute and shout-out.
On His journey through Galilee, Christ tried to prepare the minds of His disciples for the scenes before Him.
James 5:16 tells us to "confess your faults one with another." There are several benefits in doing this.
Last week, I went to visit my son. He is greatly improving in so many ways, though he remains in a wheelchair.
Joseph M. Scriven (1819-96), who wrote the poem "What a Friend We Have in Jesus," was no stranger to trials and sadness.
"The church has many critiques but no revivals." This anonymous quote was an opening of careful reflection for me.
A few years ago there was a popular song called, "All You Need is Love." I agree that real love is needed and it's nice to be on the receiving end, but the thing most needed is hope.
There are so many ways one can misuse the tongue. Cursing, tale bearing, gossip, boasting and lying are just a few ways that words can be misused. Cursing in our day seems to have become a way of life for so many. It is as if some people could not talk unless they used a curse word in their speech.
"So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it." - Isaiah 55:11
Recently, my wife and I went on a short trip to the mountains. We happened to be there over a Sunday, so we went to a church close to the motel.
When I was young, my mother read to me often. As I grew, the books were placed in my hands so that I could read them.