Good mothers are needed today more than ever.
When it comes to cold weather, I will admit that I am a sissy.
Last week I talked a little about Coach John Wooden, the legendary basketball coach at UCLA from the 1950s through the 1970s. The reason I had Coach on my mind was that I was reading a book about him and the seven principles by which he lived his life.
"This World is Not My Home" is a song from which we need to learn a lesson.
It's a new year and a time for new goals, programs and relationships. Since October 2007, Pastor David Daus, an Indiana native, has served as pastor of Gumbranch Baptist Church. He said he is excited about the things happening at the church and the far-reaching impact members have on their community.
Writing this column is always a joy for me. I consider it a privilege to share the gospel with others, and I do not take it lightly when people take the time to listen to what I have to say. As a result, I am thrilled when I receive feedback regarding something I have written or shared. It lets me know that people understand what I am saying and that it has touched their life in some way.
This weekend could be considered Valentine's weekend with Valentine's Day right around the corner.
When God gave the Ten Commandments to man, he made it plain that nothing was to come before him.
If you read my column regularly, you realize that I enjoy basketball a great deal. I have played, coached, refereed and watched since I was about 6 years old. When you speak of basketball coaches, no matter the level, one name stands above all of the rest: John Wooden.
Once again, clergy members came from every corner of Georgia and nearby states - some even traveled from as far away as New York - for the Annual Ministers' Conference of the General Missionary Baptist Convention last week in Macon.
I hear it all the time: "I am spiritual. I just don't go to church." Or, "I believe in God. I just can't handle how church people act." They are some of the most common explanations people offer to me when I ask them about their spiritual lives. Another version of this is: "Why do I need to go to church? God loves me as I am. I can worship Him (Actually, they seldom use that phrase.) and I can experience Him anywhere."
There was a time when I could eat anything, at any time and lots of it, without any repercussions at all. In high school, I probably consumed 3,000 or more calories a day during basketball season.
Recently, my wife and I went out to eat at a restaurant in the Savannah area. After being seated, the waitress said to us, "Today, I am going to be taking care of you."
Man, it seems, has always been looking for answers since the beginning of time. Some have sailed the oceans to search for new lands just to get an answer to the question, "What is out there?" Others have searched the world over to find the answer to the questions of life.
Pastor Richard Williams Jr. served 29 years training soldiers in the military. Now he is training men and women for the kingdom of God.
"GRACE: Girl of the Year," by Mary Casanova, American Girl, $9.99, 200 pages (f) (ages 10 and up)
I have always enjoyed getting my hair cut.
The audio Bible is often an add-on in a scripture-rich place such as America, where installing a smartphone application is a matter of a few clicks. But for believers in places where even a printed copy of the Bible isn't easily available, the evolving high-tech delivery of audio Bibles has become their first and only exposure to the holy book.
Recently, I was sitting at a counter in our kitchen and happened to look up at a bouquet of roses I gave my wife for Valentine's Day.
I am writing this column on payday. I know that some think we preachers talk too much about money. Some avoid church altogether because of that.
Often times, the love of Jesus is not seen in the lives of his creation.
Have you ever needed a hug?
We could all use a pick-me-up from time to time — a friendly smile, lunch with a friend or an encouraging word.
I first noticed Anita — really noticed her — at a church Valentine’s Day dance.
Do you fill your time with negativity — making negative comments to others on social media, complaining to others or focusing on your own faults?
We've lost several very good friends in the past few years, along with my mother and sister. Circumstances change with each loss, but that doesn’t mean people we have loved in our lives who have died are then gone from our thoughts. The joys of those friendships and relationships are with us as long as we have memories.
Michael Bolton sang that love is a wonderful thing. And it is.
As caring parents, we want to protect our children from any harm. We teach our children not to touch hot burners. We teach them to look both ways before crossing the street. The list of ways we teach our children to protect themselves is endless. We want them to enjoy the best lives possible.
Taking Valentine's Day seriously — or finding a partner of compatible beliefs — can be equally challenging tasks for some.
There is one thing I know I hate: cold weather.