Everyone loves gifts, especially during the Christmas season. Many people will go into debt buying gifts to give to their kids, families and friends. Often times in the hype of gift giving we forget the real purpose of this holiday. We forget that this is a day we have set aside to celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, God's gift to the world.
I often wonder how someone can say they love the Lord but they fail to love those around them. Christianity is all about love. If one professes to be a child of God, then the love of God should dwell within that person.
It was not until the early 1980s that people became aware of the deadly disease called AIDS.
Society consistently teaches us to take all we can, build a personal kingdom and look out for ourselves. You may have heard of "gold diggers," women who take advantage of men to receive material gain, or "hustlers," people who will do whatever it takes - legal or illegal - to make sure they have what they want. But the Bible encourages God's people to have a different mindset. We are taught to be givers.
Throughout the year, different weeks or days are set aside in recognition of various groups, individuals, events, diseases and other activities.
This season is my favorite time of the year. I believe it's because the whole nation takes part in the holiday seasons, including Thanksgiving and Christmas.
ATLANTA - Roman Catholic bishops from across the South were expected to attend Thursday's funeral of retired Archbishop John Francis Donoghue of Atlanta.
The holidays are a time to bring the community together for fellowship. Every year on the Sunday before Thanksgiving, members of the Liberty County and Fort Stewart communities of faith gather at one of the churches in the area. The annual gathering, called the Mayor's Thanksgiving Service, brings leaders and church goers together in the spirit of thanksgiving for a service of songs, prayer and gratitude.
Every Sunday morning at our church, we have what we call "children's moments." It's not unique to our church, but it was something new for us when we started it a few years ago.
Veterans make innumerable sacrifices every day to protect us. The brave men and women of the armed services go beyond the call of duty to protect our freedoms and ensure we live in a safe country. Often times, they must leave their families to deploy to foreign countries so our families can be protected.
As Americans, we have been accused of being spoiled as it pertains to our lifestyles, and there probably is some truth in these allegations.
Everything changes when you set your focus on God. You filter every situation through the knowledge you have of Him.
Tabernacle of Faith Church hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony Oct. 21 in conjunction with the Liberty County Chamber of Commerce. The Rev. Kathleen Ayalas and members of her congregation welcomed city officials, chamber staff, board members, ambassadors, members and people from the community.
I am excited about the parables of Jesus. I have noticed there are multiple lessons in most of the parables Jesus used. The parable of the sheep and the goats as recorded in Matthew 25 is no exception. Jesus says there will be a day when all the nations will stand before Him and He will divide them into two groups.
Members of the First Baptist Church in Hinesville have a new pastor, and a renewed sense of excitement has settled over the congregation.
On Saturday, I was on my way to conduct a wedding on Tybee Island scheduled to happen at 5 p.m. I was just a couple of miles west of the Bull River Bridge when all of a sudden, the traffic stopped.
I returned last week from a mission trip to Haiti. When asked about the trip, my first response often has been, "It was hot." I'm so glad that I came back home to cooler temperatures.
In a highly anticipated encyclical on the environment, Pope Francis this week condemned widespread disengagement with the issue of global warming, using both scientific and theological arguments, and creating an opportunity for leaders from all faiths to address what their religion teaches about caring for creation.
Most everyone wants to have a sure thing that can be counted on without any worries. Things like that come few and far between.
While 35,000 people will be closing their eyes and humming 'Om' in New Delhi for International Yoga Day, thousands of others in India will be angered — not calmed — by the practice.
Americans' confidence in religion is at an all-time low in four decades, according to a new Gallup poll, while it ranked fourth in the polling firm's confidence-in-institutions list.
Jana Al-Akhras, an American-born Muslim, began fasting during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan in the second grade and has managed to observe the annual practice ever since — in winter and summer, during high school soccer practices and games and through long days of classes in college.
Churches seeking to recapture the growing numbers of religiously unaffiliated should forget about preserving the past and instead focus on the needs of those who see no need for organized religion, one mainline Protestant thought leader said.
"For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord." - Romans 6:23
There's something — or, more precisely, someone — missing from many churches on Sunday mornings: men.
Would you classify your child as a Bible scripture aficionado?
New Beginnings Church in Ludowici is getting ready to deliver some love.
“People lost at sea” has been prominent in the news headlines in the past few days. Thousands of Rohingyas, a Muslim sect, have fled persecution in what they say is their homeland in hopes of finding justice elsewhere.
An evangelical Christian megachurch has received $71 million in pledges for what it says is a "daring" project aimed at expanding its global ministry, with an estimated $7 million in cash already received.
As the Supreme Court is poised to rule on same-sex marriage, evangelical Christian leaders, once unified on the topic, are expressing opposing viewpoints, even though polls show a majority of the movement's rank-and-file oppose it.