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Commit to pray today and every day

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.

May 02, 2011 | By Pastor Brad Butler First Baptist Church, Pembroke | Faith


Following God takes life changes

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.

May 02, 2011 | By Minister Riley Nelson Richmond Hill Church of Christ | Faith


He is risen, let us rejoice

"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

April 25, 2011 | By Edith Anderson Correspondent | Faith


Commit every moment to Him

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.

April 25, 2011 | By Pastor Daisy Jones Columnist | Faith


UMA tackles challengs in community

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.

April 25, 2011 | Special to the Courier | Faith


Some things we need in our lives

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.

April 25, 2011 | By Minister Riley Nelson Richmond Hill Church of Christ | Faith


There will always be Sunday

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.

April 25, 2011 | By Pastor Steve Lane New Beginnings Community Church | Faith


Celebrate that Jesus is alive

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."

April 25, 2011 | By Pastor Brad Butler First Baptist Church, Pembroke | Faith


Don't use excuses to not obey

"I am as good as they are."

April 20, 2011 | By Minister Riley Nelson Richmond Hill Church of Christ | Faith


Jesus will help fulfill destiny

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.

April 20, 2011 | By Pastor Steve Lane New Beginnings Community Church | Faith


Let your soul be regulated by Holy Spirit

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.

April 20, 2011 | By Pastor Brad Butler First Baptist Church, Pembroke | Faith


Fans await Singing Shepherds concert

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.

April 18, 2011 | By Edith Anderson Correspondent | Faith


Jesus proved it's possible to get back up

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.

April 18, 2011 | By Pastor Tom Johnson III Columnist | Faith


Never give up, give in to Satan

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.

April 11, 2011 | By Minister Riley Nelson Richmond Hill Church of Christ | Faith


Those who trust will live forever

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.

April 11, 2011 | By Pastor Brad Butler First Baptist Church, Pembroke | Faith


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5 quotes from former ESPN college football analyst Lou Holtz on faith

Farewell, Lou Holtz.

April 18, 2015 | Tyler Stahle Deseret News | Faith


What are the certain things in life?

Did you celebrate Wednesday?

April 17, 2015 | By Pastor Brad Butler First Baptist Church, Pembroke | Faith


Salvation is possible by obeying God

No one has to be lost, for God has provided a way of salvation for all mankind.

April 16, 2015 | By Minister Riley Nelson Richmond Hill Church of Christ | Faith


She died giving birth to her daughter, but an amazing miracle happened

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.

April 16, 2015 | Chris Ayres FamilyShare | Faith


What if the 'fat talk' voice in your head was the actual label on your clothes?



I'm guilty.

April 16, 2015 | Wendy Jessen FamilyShare | Faith


ValueSpeak: Memory's rocky road

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.

April 16, 2015 | Joe Walker Deseret News | Faith


Faith groups urge Supreme Court to uphold traditional marriage

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.

April 15, 2015 | Dennis Romboy Deseret News | Faith


Make your house excellent with God

"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

April 14, 2015 | By Pastor Richard D. Hayes Columnist | Faith


What religious tolerance looks like in the age of RFRA

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.

April 12, 2015 | JJ Feinauer Deseret News | Faith


Jesus can give us newness of life

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.

April 11, 2015 | By Pastor Steve Lane New Beginnings Community Church | Faith


Cancer patient receives a 'sweet 16' surprise



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.

April 11, 2015 | Wendy Jessen FamilyShare | Faith


Make the most of gift of time with God

Here in Bryan County, it is the week of spring break for our students and teachers.

April 10, 2015 | By Pastor Brad Butler First Baptist Church, Pembroke | Faith


When Orthodox Jewish husbands say 'no' to religious divorce, women languish in marital limbo

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.

April 10, 2015 | Mark A. Kellner Deseret News | Faith


Why people are still talking about this theologian who plotted to kill Hitler

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.

April 10, 2015 | Mark A. Kellner Deseret News | Faith


Spiritual maturity is a must for Christians

Maturing as a Christian helps one show Christ to the world.

April 09, 2015 | By Minister Riley Nelson Richmond Hill Church of Christ | Faith


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