This week all around this country of ours, communities and organizations have paid honor to the many soldiers who have served our country in times past.
In the past five years I have had to cut down six trees on my property. For one reason or the other they had all died. I've been able to get five of them down without incident. But one was a problem.
Today, members of the Allenhurst Presbyterian Church are celebrating their church's 50th anniversary.
Ephesians 1:4-5 says, "Even as [in His love] He chose us [actually picked us out for Himself as His own] in Christ before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy (consecrated and set apart for Him) and blameless in His sight, even above reproach, before Him in love."
My wife and I recently refinanced our home. With interest rates below 4 percent, it made no sense not to do so.
The other day I was sitting in the hospital parking lot when I noticed that a hawk had landed in the tree next to my car. It then proceeded to fly down and land on the hood of a car sitting across from mine.
When the focus of a home is on material things, before long the gathering of possessions becomes the most important thing to the household.
Another year means another camp meeting celebration at Pleasant Grove African Methodist Episcopal Church. No matter how bleak the world may seem, nothing dampens the spirits of the church's congregants during this annual event.
In Ephesians, the Holy Spirit, in and through Paul, reveals what Jesus Christ did for every believer. Every faithful believer has life only in Jesus Christ, meaning believers live and act in the Lord's sphere. Believers have unions with Christ, fellowship with Him, relationships with Him and they are intimate with Him. Believers are in love with Jesus Christ and they fall more in love with Him daily.
What a spectacle of God's power must have been shown during the days of creation – the shifting of the land masses, the forming of the seas and water ways, the great lights set to rule day and night to control the seasons and the years as the great designer made a world that was ready for man to inhabit; the plant and animal life formed and given to man to have dominion over them (Gen. 1:28, 29).
This cooler air moving in reminded me of a time when as a young boy I learned a valuable lesson.
We have had some rather extreme weather in this calendar year. Back in the winter it rained and rained, and then rained some more. Then during the summer the heat was absolutely intense, and we had long periods where there was no rain.
"O foolish Galatians, who hath bewitched you, that ye should not obey the truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ hath been evidently set forth, crucified among you?" - Galatians 3:1
Today we celebrate Halloween. Although the day and date of some holidays may change, Halloween is always on October 31.
Have you ever noticed that even in our Lord's life, men were following the words of men and not those of God?
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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.