Prayer is one of the most essential elements of a Christian's life. To think that we can speak with the God of creation is a mind-boggling thought. But it is the truth. God has invited us to speak to him regularly. Paul wrote, "Pray without ceasing." And so we know that prayer is essential.
If you truly desire to be close to God, you have to make some changes in your life. If you are like most people, you have been caught up with the "what's in it for me" mentality.
"He is not here; for He is risen, as He said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay. And go quickly and tell His disciples that He is risen from the dead, and indeed He is going before you into Galilee; there you will see Him. Behold, I have told." - Matthew 28:6-7 - New King James Version
While every day is significant, the last few days have been amazingly powerful for me as I remembered the significance of living a committed life - one dedicated to God. We must reflect His unconditional love in every interaction we have. We must give more than we take, and we must remain alert with compassion for others.
The United Ministerial Alliance of Liberty County is a nonprofit organization focused on community ministry. It is under the leadership of Pastor Richard D. Hayes of New Day Outreach Ministry.
There are many things needed in our lives in order to live. We need food and water, shelter and such. Most people spend the biggest part of their lives trying to provide these things for themselves and their families. There is nothing wrong with working to have such things as long as doing so does not become our only goal.
Several years ago, I heard a sermon titled, "It's Friday, but Sunday's a coming." I don't remember everything about it, but I do remember where the idea came from.
Easter is later this year than usual. It is very rare for Easter to come on the last Sunday of April. We have to wait much longer than we usually do. But we wait with great anticipation. We know, as Paul Harvey used to say, "the rest of the story."
"I am as good as they are."
When we think of why Jesus Christ came to earth more than 2,000 years ago, we might think of how he taught, healed or preached the good news of salvation. We might even think of how he lived a perfect life of example. All of these are important, but they are not the main reason he came.
It's that time of year when I am so glad I have a programmable thermostat in my home. That is one of the most remarkable gadgets I ever have installed.
The eighth Annual Shepherds in Concert event is set for 6 p.m. April 30, at Good Shepherd Missionary Baptist Church in Allenhurst. Billed as an evening of praise and worship, the concert promises to be memorable.
There are many obstacles we must overcome or maneuver around in our lives. Sometimes these hurdles seem like they're almost too much to handle and we feel like giving up altogether. Life can hit so hard that it knocks the wind right out of us.
When Peter penned the following words, he was being directed by the Holy Spirit to give a warning to Christians. "Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: Whom resist steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world" (1 Peter 5:8, 9). While those in the world may not care about this warning, the child of God should treat it seriously.
This week has been a time of reflection for me. Monday would have been my mom's birthday. Thursday marked the day she passed away. And today is the sixth anniversary of her funeral. Interestingly enough, this year those dates fell on the same days of the week as the final week of her life. I've thought a lot about Mom and life and eternity this week.
Farewell, Lou Holtz.
Did you celebrate Wednesday?
No one has to be lost, for God has provided a way of salvation for all mankind.
When Melanie and Doug Pritchard were preparing to have their first child, they searched for a doctor who would fight, if necessary, for both Melanie and the baby's lives.
Not too long ago my 60-something friend Curtis was asked to help supervise a Cub Scout hike. Soon after the hike began, one of the Cubs — 8-year-old Josh — started shadowing Curtis, and the two quickly became good friends.
A group of 19 religious organizations has filed a friend-of-the-court brief asking the U.S. Supreme Court to rule against same-sex marriage.
"And when the queen of Sheba had seen all Solomon's wisdom, and the house that he had built, and the meat of his table, and the sitting of his servants, and the attendance of his ministers, and their apparel, and his cupbearers, and his ascent by which he went up unto the house of the LORD, there was no more spirit in her. And she said to the king, 'It was a true report that I heard in mine own land of thy acts and of thy wisdom.'" -1 Kings 10:4-6
When Indiana passed the initial version of its Religious Freedom Restoration Act, an adaptation of the federal law passed in 1993, the backlash was tremendous.
Because Jesus died for us and then rose from the grave, we also can rise up in two ways. First, we can have new and different life, but also, after we die, we can go to a new and exciting place (heaven). The Easter holy day has passed, but the effect of the actual event lives on through those who have chosen to follow Jesus.
Sixteen-year-old Abby Snider, was diagnosed with leukemia last year. She was unable to celebrate her fifteenth birthday, because of intensive treatements she was going through. For her sixteenth birthday, her parents wanted to do something really special for her, as Abby, like most girls her age, had been dreaming of it for years. However, due to mounting medical bills accruing over the last year, this was more of a wish than a possibility.
Here in Bryan County, it is the week of spring break for our students and teachers.
The often complicated spectre of divorce is being made even more difficult for one group of women: Orthodox Jews, whose faith requires not only a civil court divorce, but a religious decree from the husband granting his wife a divorce.
Seven decades after his execution for his role in a plot to assassinate Nazi leader Adolf Hitler, theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer continues to inspire Christians and others around the world with his message of spirituality and faith.
Maturing as a Christian helps one show Christ to the world.