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Commit to pray today and every day

Prayer is one of the most essential elements of a Christian's life. To think that we can speak with the God of creation is a mind-boggling thought. But it is the truth. God has invited us to speak to him regularly. Paul wrote, "Pray without ceasing." And so we know that prayer is essential.

May 02, 2011 | By Pastor Brad Butler First Baptist Church, Pembroke | Faith


Following God takes life changes

If you truly desire to be close to God, you have to make some changes in your life. If you are like most people, you have been caught up with the "what's in it for me" mentality.

May 02, 2011 | By Minister Riley Nelson Richmond Hill Church of Christ | Faith


He is risen, let us rejoice

"He is not here; for He is risen, as He said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay. And go quickly and tell His disciples that He is risen from the dead, and indeed He is going before you into Galilee; there you will see Him. Behold, I have told." - Matthew 28:6-7 - New King James Version

April 25, 2011 | By Edith Anderson Correspondent | Faith


Commit every moment to Him

While every day is significant, the last few days have been amazingly powerful for me as I remembered the significance of living a committed life - one dedicated to God. We must reflect His unconditional love in every interaction we have. We must give more than we take, and we must remain alert with compassion for others.

April 25, 2011 | By Pastor Daisy Jones Columnist | Faith


UMA tackles challengs in community

The United Ministerial Alliance of Liberty County is a nonprofit organization focused on community ministry. It is under the leadership of Pastor Richard D. Hayes of New Day Outreach Ministry.

April 25, 2011 | Special to the Courier | Faith


Some things we need in our lives

There are many things needed in our lives in order to live. We need food and water, shelter and such. Most people spend the biggest part of their lives trying to provide these things for themselves and their families. There is nothing wrong with working to have such things as long as doing so does not become our only goal.

April 25, 2011 | By Minister Riley Nelson Richmond Hill Church of Christ | Faith


There will always be Sunday

Several years ago, I heard a sermon titled, "It's Friday, but Sunday's a coming." I don't remember everything about it, but I do remember where the idea came from.

April 25, 2011 | By Pastor Steve Lane New Beginnings Community Church | Faith


Celebrate that Jesus is alive

Easter is later this year than usual. It is very rare for Easter to come on the last Sunday of April. We have to wait much longer than we usually do. But we wait with great anticipation. We know, as Paul Harvey used to say, "the rest of the story."

April 25, 2011 | By Pastor Brad Butler First Baptist Church, Pembroke | Faith


Don't use excuses to not obey

"I am as good as they are."

April 20, 2011 | By Minister Riley Nelson Richmond Hill Church of Christ | Faith


Jesus will help fulfill destiny

When we think of why Jesus Christ came to earth more than 2,000 years ago, we might think of how he taught, healed or preached the good news of salvation. We might even think of how he lived a perfect life of example. All of these are important, but they are not the main reason he came.

April 20, 2011 | By Pastor Steve Lane New Beginnings Community Church | Faith


Let your soul be regulated by Holy Spirit

It's that time of year when I am so glad I have a programmable thermostat in my home. That is one of the most remarkable gadgets I ever have installed.

April 20, 2011 | By Pastor Brad Butler First Baptist Church, Pembroke | Faith


Fans await Singing Shepherds concert

The eighth Annual Shepherds in Concert event is set for 6 p.m. April 30, at Good Shepherd Missionary Baptist Church in Allenhurst. Billed as an evening of praise and worship, the concert promises to be memorable.

April 18, 2011 | By Edith Anderson Correspondent | Faith


Jesus proved it's possible to get back up

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.

April 18, 2011 | By Pastor Tom Johnson III Columnist | Faith


Never give up, give in to Satan

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.

April 11, 2011 | By Minister Riley Nelson Richmond Hill Church of Christ | Faith


Those who trust will live forever

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.

April 11, 2011 | By Pastor Brad Butler First Baptist Church, Pembroke | Faith


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Zion Missionary Baptist celebrating 150 years

The Zionites have been preparing for this grand celebration all year.

July 14, 2015 | By Edith Anderson Correspondent | Faith


The psychology behind Islamic State group's Western recruits

In the summer of 1995, Mubin Shaikh traveled throughout Pakistan, volunteering with a missionary group in the sweltering summer heat.

July 13, 2015 | Massarah Mikati Deseret News | Faith


Episcopal leaders vote on same-sex liturgy, revised marriage definition

Episcopal Church leaders adopted rituals for same-sex marriage ceremonies, making it the third mainline Protestant denomination in America to do so.

July 13, 2015 | Mark A. Kellner Deseret News | Faith


The significance of the last 10 days of Ramadan

Muslims throughout the world are observing Ramadan, also known as the month of fasting. Given the atrocities committed during this month by so-called Muslims, I ...

July 12, 2015 | Sohaib Awan Deseret News | Faith


Faith-based prison seminaries help 'moral rehabilitation' of inmates

Darryl Waters says he was raised by devout Christian grandparents in the quaint bayou community of Gibson, Louisiana.

July 12, 2015 | Massarah Mikati Deseret News | Faith


Experience true freedom through Christ

Last weekend, we, as a country, celebrated our freedom.

July 11, 2015 | By Pastor Steve Lane New Beginnings Community Church | Faith


Pray for peace in life

It has been a few weeks since the shootings that took place in the church in Charleston. I usually write my columns four or five ...

July 10, 2015 | By Pastor Brad Butler First Baptist Church, Pembroke | Faith


Seventh-day Adventists affirm women in ministry, but vote down their ordination

A contentious five-year battle over the ordination of women as Seventh-day Adventist ministers ended Wednesday with a 58 percent "no" vote at the group's ...

July 10, 2015 | Mark A. Kellner Deseret News | Faith


Believe in this: God's word will never change

Someone who believes in God must believe that his word is true and must be obeyed as it is given.

July 09, 2015 | By Minister Riley Nelson Richmond Hill Church of Christ | Faith


A banner Inter-dependence Day

The Fourth of July is five days behind us now, but while the scent of sulfur from the fireworks lingers, let me add a P ...

July 08, 2015 | Jerry Johnston Deseret News | Faith


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