There are many obstacles we must overcome or maneuver around in our lives. Sometimes these hurdles seem like they're almost too much to handle and we feel like giving up altogether. Life can hit so hard that it knocks the wind right out of us.
When Peter penned the following words, he was being directed by the Holy Spirit to give a warning to Christians. "Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: Whom resist steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world" (1 Peter 5:8, 9). While those in the world may not care about this warning, the child of God should treat it seriously.
This week has been a time of reflection for me. Monday would have been my mom's birthday. Thursday marked the day she passed away. And today is the sixth anniversary of her funeral. Interestingly enough, this year those dates fell on the same days of the week as the final week of her life. I've thought a lot about Mom and life and eternity this week.
This past week, several communities across the nation held events honoring those who served the United States during the Vietnam War. Some states have proclaimed the last Sunday of every March as "Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day."
Members of Life United Pentecostal Church in Hinesville are ready for their revival.
As we head into a very special time of the year for Christians, we must take the time to truly understand what Easter is all about.
The other day I was talking to someone about what I paid for my house about 10 years ago, what it was worth a couple of years ago and what it is worth today. The value went up and then came crumbling down again. We have not been hit with devaluation of property nearly as bad as most communities in our country.
On Sunday evenings in our church, I have been preaching a series entitled, "Ten Dumb Things Smart Christians Believe: Modern Christian Urban Myths." I got the idea from a book by the same title written by a pastor named Larry Osborne. It really has been a fun study, both for the church and for me.
When it comes to our salvation, we need to remember to put God first. There are some hard things to understand in the Bible, but how to be saved is not one of them.
The fifth annual Alliance of Administrators' Conference, which has become one of the largest in Liberty County, is coming up. The event will be Thursday-Saturday, April 14-16, at Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church in Hinesville. The theme is "A heart for the harvest."
One of my favorite scriptures is Romans 8:28, which says, "And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose."
There are not too many things more beautiful than the colors of spring – anything from flowering trees to flowering bushes to flowering plants. My favorite is the azaleas, which are about in full bloom.
Well, I did it again. I embarrassed myself with something I said. No surprise there.
As Jesus was concluding what has become known as the "Sermon on the Mount," he said, "But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof" (Matt. 6:33, 34).
Ushers often are taken for granted as the church's doorkeepers. But they play a vital role in the ministry. It takes a special, skilled person to serve as an usher.
When Melanie and Doug Pritchard were preparing to have their first child, they searched for a doctor who would fight, if necessary, for both Melanie and the baby's lives.
Not too long ago my 60-something friend Curtis was asked to help supervise a Cub Scout hike. Soon after the hike began, one of the Cubs — 8-year-old Josh — started shadowing Curtis, and the two quickly became good friends.
A group of 19 religious organizations has filed a friend-of-the-court brief asking the U.S. Supreme Court to rule against same-sex marriage.
"And when the queen of Sheba had seen all Solomon's wisdom, and the house that he had built, and the meat of his table, and the sitting of his servants, and the attendance of his ministers, and their apparel, and his cupbearers, and his ascent by which he went up unto the house of the LORD, there was no more spirit in her. And she said to the king, 'It was a true report that I heard in mine own land of thy acts and of thy wisdom.'" -1 Kings 10:4-6