It is very easy during this time of the year to lose focus on what is important. With the pressure of society, family and friends, sometimes we find ourselves caught in a whirlwind of wants, requests and desires that blur the vision that was so clearly mapped out for us just a few months earlier.
Christmas is almost here and people are gearing up for the holiday with a variety of festivities and activities.
At this time of year, we hear a lot about the things we should be thankful for, such as family, good health, financial resources and the things we need that they buy. It is important to give thanks for the blessings of life that we receive. But there is another question that needs to be answered: Who is the recipient of our thanks?
The God of creation did not just create man and leave him to his own devices. God speaks to man so man can know what God desires of him. The way God speaks to man has changed thorough the centuries of time.
Many years ago, my wife and I moved away to New Orleans to go to school. We were both in our early 20s, having been married only a year and a half. We were scared and excited, all at the same time. I imagine that our parents (both sets) were more frightened than excited.
It has been my prayer that as this article is read you all had a joyful Thanksgiving and the choicest blessing of God was upon you, and everyone is giving thanks with a grateful heart.
There is a sense of anticipation in the air. In just a few months, a new church will be launched.
Community leaders, clergy members, Fort Stewart officials and Liberty County residents filed into the cushioned pews at Hinesville's Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church on Sunday evening where Major Jim Thomas hosted the city's eighth annual Mayor's Thanksgiving Service.
Next Wednesday, Dec. 1, is World AIDS Day. It would be great if we could say that the threat of HIV and AIDS is over, but that isn't the case in the United States and in many other less developed countries. AIDS/HIV remains an enormous health-care problem. It is present in every corner of the world, infecting more than 40 million men, women and children today. Approximately 95 percent of all AIDS cases occur in the world's poorest countries, such as sub-Saharan Africa.
In just a matter of days, the malls and shopping centers will be filled to capacity with shoppers looking for the bargains that will change their lives.
"Master, which is the great commandment in the law? Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets" (Matt. 22:36-40).
It is really interesting that the media's No. 1 story the other day was about Prince William and Katie Middleton's engagement. You couldn't find an outlet that wasn't covering this story, as if it was so important.
We are now entering the holiday season, which traditionally kicks off when we celebrate Thanksgiving. I feel we should remind ourselves of the importance of this time of giving thanks. Living in the United States is one of the most blessed opportunities anyone can experience. As we observe and enjoy the benefits of this great nation, we can only say thanks to the one who provides us with such bountiful blessings.
The Mayor's Annual Thanksgiving Program includes song, prayer, fellowship and, of course, giving thanks.
Daniel was placed in a den of lions for breaking a decree set forth by king Darius. This decree was an evil tool set in place by the enemies of Daniel.
Have you ever felt that you were at the end of the road? Feel like you were down to your last?
As the family of the Liberty Prayer Chapel of Hinesville prepare for their church's 12th anniversary, they are reflecting and anticipating a great time of fellowship.
"I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect." - Romans 12:1-2
Getting to know God through conversation and dialoguing with Him in prayer is the mold in which the character of our lives is shaped.
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