Every Sunday morning, we have a time in our worship service that is called "Children's Moments." The younger boys and girls gather around me at the front of the church, and I tell them a story.
Destiny can be defined as the inevitable or necessary succession of events. When we study the word of God, we see that destiny is a fact that every person faces. It teaches us of two places, heaven and hell. One of these will be our place of eternal destiny when this life is over. God prepared hell for the devil and his angels, but sinful man will find himself there if he does ...
"Cry aloud, spare not, lift up thy voice like a trumpet, and shew my people their transgression, and the house of Jacob their sins" (Isaiah 58:1 KJV).
One of the reasons I like spring so well is that there are flowers blooming everywhere, and some not only look pretty but smell good, too.
It recently happened to me again in the local grocery store. Someone walked up to me, extended a hand and said, "Hey, Pastor Butler. How are you today?" I smiled and said I was doing well. We talked briefly about the weather and such, never getting into any specifics about anything.
Many are getting farther and farther away from God. If a person has the desire to go to heaven, he or she must search for and follow the steps of Jesus as they travel through this world.
KANDAHAR AIRFIELD, Afghanistan - Hundreds of service members and civilians celebrated Easter with a Holy Week of services.
"On the evening of the first day of the week, when the disciples were together, with the doors locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said 'Peace be with you.'" (John 20:19)
Easter is all about celebrating new life. Even the secular observance is all about the beginning of new life.
"Jesus is alive!" Can you imagine the excitement in the voices and faces of the women who told their good news to the disciples? Even more, can you imagine the disbelief in the hearts and the minds of those who heard the declaration?
Most people will say they love God, but their actions tell a different story. In one of his lessons, Jesus said, "Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit; neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. Every tree that ...
Well, another celebration of Easter is here, and many of us will rejoice in the good news of the stone being rolled away and the tomb found empty.
On a Sunday morning long ago, when the disciples of Jesus first encountered their risen Lord, they "came to him, clasped his feet and worshipped him." (Matthew 28:9)
I remember looking forward to Easter Sunday when I was a child. Part of it was the Easter-egg hunt at our small country church after service, but a lot of it was the spirit of celebration. That was evident starting with getting ready for church and carrying on through the service itself. The music was a little more upbeat, and the preacher spoke with a little more excitement. This definitely was a step up from ...
Sunday begins what is often called "Holy Week." Full disclosure here: My tradition does celebrate Holy Week as carefully as other Christian denominations. I have participated in Maundy Thursday observances. I have preached at the occasional Good Friday service. But for the most part, we Baptists place most of our emphasis on Easter Sunday and the resurrection. And that makes sense. After all, Easter is what the Christian faith is all about. Still, ...
"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.