Key Scripture: Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he. (Prov 29:18 KJV)
Men often weigh their experiences, opinions, family history and views filtered through the words of friends and influences to arrive at an identity of Jesus. Learning Jesus through an honest study of scripture will be more productive.
Clouds come into our lives in many ways. Last Tuesday they arrived with dark, cold overcast skies and icy rain, causing spirits to sink.
Lent, the 40 days before Easter, begins on Ash Wednesday, which is this week. Sundays are not counted during the 40 days, because Sundays commemorate the Resurrection. A season for soul-searching and repentance, Lent is a time to reflect and take inventory of one's life. It originated in the early days of the church as a preparatory time for Easter. During this season traditionally, the faithful rededicate themselves and converts were instructed in the faith ...
Gum Branch Baptist Church is experiencing great things. A new pastor is at the helm and construction of a new sanctuary is under way.
Established in 1934, the Midway United Methodist Church in Midway is a rapidly growing church. It is an exciting time for members and growth is evidence.
At the beginning of each new year, someone says: "Last year just flew by." In reality, each year takes roughly the same amount of time to pass.
"I am the voice of your choice, the first thing in the morning and the last one at night. The host with the most. The hardest working, longest working gospel announcer in all of gospeldom. I am your friend and servant. I am The Happy Preacher."
On behalf of the United Ministerial Alliance of Liberty County, we wish you a merry Christmas (celebration of Christ) and happy New Year.
The year 2008 is a new year and eight represents a new beginning. We sometimes say, "It's time for a change." If what we are doing is not working or helping us meet the goal or vision that God gave us, we need to change. During my military service I saw others make decisions to get out or retire. I sometimes asked why and how they knew when it was time. Some told me that ...
Today, we prepare to come to the end of yet another year - a year filled with many tragedies and blessings.
Do you find the title appalling or maybe even offensive? This holiday has taken quite a beating over the last few years. But this year, my senses seem to be heightened to its plight.
"And when they had come unto the house, they saw the young Child with Mary His mother, and fell down and worshiped Him. And when they had opened their treasures, they presented gifts to Him: gold, frankincense and myrrh" (Matthew 2:11 - NKJV).
The name "Judah" immediately grabs your attention. One might ask why a pastor would name the church "Judah." "Because we love to praise God," said Pastor Melvin Elliott." The name Judah means, "praise." Of the 12 tribes of Israel, Jesus was from the tribe of Judah.
This is the time of the year that the anticipation of joy is going out all over the world. Christmas cheer and smiles are everywhere and people are rushing to buy gifts as they prepare for the Christmas season. You can feel that special "something" in the air. There is a feeling in the air that something good is about to happen. These feelings of joy and goodwill put you in the spirit of giving ...
I think that since history began, mankind has used numbers on a regular basis.
You may have noticed this - the "holiday season" is here.
Thanksgiving Day is approaching fast. At this time of year, many stop and take stock of all that they should be thankful.
They came to simply say, "Thank you."
"Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might." - Ephesians 6:10
In Matthew's gospel, we find a story about John the Baptist coming on the scene as a New Testament prophet proclaiming the coming of the Christ. He was baptizing those who wanted to be identified with the new coming kingdom later called Christianity.
We are in the middle of home improvement projects at our house. We have added a new room and are replacing the flooring and painting in others. Right now, the place is a mess.
We continue our thoughts on the poem of Joseph M. Scriven. His poem that later was put to music serves to encourage all who seek to follow God.
Each Nov. 11, we give our men and women of the military a special salute and shout-out.
On His journey through Galilee, Christ tried to prepare the minds of His disciples for the scenes before Him.
James 5:16 tells us to "confess your faults one with another." There are several benefits in doing this.
Last week, I went to visit my son. He is greatly improving in so many ways, though he remains in a wheelchair.
Joseph M. Scriven (1819-96), who wrote the poem "What a Friend We Have in Jesus," was no stranger to trials and sadness.
"The church has many critiques but no revivals." This anonymous quote was an opening of careful reflection for me.
A few years ago there was a popular song called, "All You Need is Love." I agree that real love is needed and it's nice to be on the receiving end, but the thing most needed is hope.