Earl D. Williams, pastor of Wilderness Baptist Church in Midway, loves to fish, but seldom has the time to enjoy his hobby. He said he's too busy fishing for souls.
Growing up in church has given me a unique perspective on walking the Christian walk. I've had opportunities to share the room with gifted men and women of God. Generally, as pastors and parishioners, we're able to quote scripture dealing with the "fruits of the spirit" - love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, faith, etc. However, we all know that quoting scripture and actually practicing what you preach are two separate things.
The prophet Isaiah was sent to the people of Israel to try and get them to turn back to God, putting all their trust in Him.
In 1 Peter 3:15, Christians are told to "always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have."
Okay, I have to admit it. I love baseball. I know that many in the younger generation are bored by the game. But I find it fascinating.
During the week of Aug. 9-14, First Calvary Missionary Baptist Church in Hinesville will celebrate its ministry anniversaries at 7:30 p.m. Bishop Victor Couzens Sr., of the Inspirational Baptist Church in Cincinnati, will speak Monday through Friday. At 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 14, the Rev. William Miller, of New Fellowship Baptist Church in Glennville, will speak.
Another day up, another day down. Let's look at life one day at a time. Yes, we all have a calendar full of appointments and events. But we must slow down and thank God for letting us live one day at a time. We won't live forever, so it's important to be grateful for every hour and every day.
I will never forget the day for as long as I live. I was sitting on the living room sofa in my home in Warren, Mich., listening to my sister on the phone from Atlanta.
Despite what some may believe and even try and teach, God is a loving God.
The other day I was walking around the house and just happened to notice out of the corner of my eye a lily that had just bloomed.
School starts this week and parents in the area are busy shopping and making sure their children have everything they need for the first day of the new academic year. Teachers are returning from vacations, putting together lesson plans and setting up their classrooms. Children are excited about new schools, new uniforms and new friends. Many are bored with summer and look forward to this day. Yes, it's back-to-school time. Children are rested and ready to return with clean slates and high expectations.
Summer vacation is over. It may have been a short, hot break, but it's time to hit those books once again.
"Man, it's hot!"
Peter wrote, "Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you" (1 Peter 5:7). In order to be able to have the faith to trust God with our cares we must keep our faith strong.
Father William "Buck" Lea has been in the ministry for 32 years. He is serving as the interim pastor at St. Phillips Episcopal Church in Hinesville.
Have you written your first check yet this year?
James wrote, "If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him" (James 1:5).
Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God. Therefore whoever resists the authorities resists what God has appointed, and those who resist will incur judgment. – Romans 13:1-2 (ESV)