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.
Have you ever had a time in your life when it seemed that none of your prayers were being answered? Has there been a season when you simply could not feel God's presence?
Some people try to tell us that the old way of doing things religiously will not work. They say we must be more willing to accept the ways of others if we expect to convert them.
The Men of Integrity 2011 Coed Conference has come a long way. It has evolved from a small gathering of men who occasionally met for fellowship into an annual conference.
When I was growing up as a child, I always heard the story of David and Goliath. I pictured this small boy with a slingshot that he used as a toy, running up to this huge and strong ugly giant, then shooting a rock from the slingshot, hoping by chance that it hit its target. Then I pictured David, after opening his eyes, surprised yet thankful for the success of the shot.
The love that God showed to us should show in our relationship to others. We need to stand ready to forgive even as God has forgiven us.
The summer after graduating high school, I headed out with a friend to cruise the Okefenokee Swamp of Southeast Georgia. We had a map that outlined all the places we should expect to find alligators. We also had a very small amount of water to keep us hydrated in the agonizing heat and humidity.
"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).
For many public health officials, the news of the deaths of more than 700 Muslim pilgrims near Mecca on Thursday was tragic but unsurprising.
As I walked out of my home Wednesday morning, I was met with the crisp, cool autumn air.
Another year, another accolade.
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