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.
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.
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.
Psalm 100 is the song of a thankful heart, a command to worship and serve this God, who made us by entering into His gates with thanksgiving and into His courts with praise. These praises unto God must be sung from our lips and from the depths of our souls. We must praise the Lord in the place recognized by the world as His court and also within the gates of our secret lives. If there is no praise for our God, then surely our song will not be accepted.
The Pleasant Grove AME Church celebrated its annual camp meeting Oct. 26 at the original site of the church, formerly known as Taylors Creek, on Fort Stewart.
There was an event in our community this past weekend that honored the life of a local hero.
In five days, many of us will be gathered around a table with family to enjoy Thanksgiving dinner. For my family, that will mean lots of loud talking and laughter and the consumption of more food than we ever should eat.
Many people, including Christians, seem to think they cannot make a difference in the world.
Paul finds himself in a little bit of a predicament in Acts 27.
The annual Mayor's Thanksgiving Service is today. This communitywide fellowship brings the Liberty County and Fort Stewart communities of faith together for a celebration.
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.