"O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye steadfast, unmovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, for as much as ye know that your labor is not in vain in the Lord." - I Corinthians 15:55-58
The other day, I helped cut someone's backyard, mainly with a weed eater because the grass was too high for just a lawn mower.
By the time you read this, I will have returned from a brief vacation with my wife. We spent a few days away from home near the beach in Florida.
We all should be seeking to please God. We all have ways of doing things. Being human beings created in the image of God and given the ability to make choices, sometimes we disagree on some things. God gives us this license when it comes to earthly things. Some drive Fords, others drive Chevrolets; the choice is up to the individual.
CLAXTON - Sister Janet Fischer, Claxton's only nun, was treated to her own day June 13 by county proclamation, with a reception and a bit of gentle roasting by her friends.
"No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord."
A free Father's Day concert held Saturday in Long County may make a return appearance.
The other day, as I was walking past my mailbox, I took a long look at it. It is old, faded and slides a little bit forward when one opens it.
Tomorrow is Father's Day. We all know that it is not quite the same event that Mother's Day is, and that is fine. We all know the value of a godly mother.
God sent his Son to pay a debt that man could not and cannot pay - the debt of sin.
Father's Day does not receive the recognition that Mother's Day receives personally or commercially. Personally, I think Father's Day should have a greater appreciation and a greater recognition based on a biblical prospective.
Even during summer months, some children still are having fun at school.
Morals can be defined simply as what a person has been taught and believes in regard to what is right and wrong.
Last week, I wrote that I have been preaching through the 23rd Psalm. I would like for you to consider an idea from that Psalm that remains a powerful image in my mind.
Last week, we began looking at the idea of putting our faith in God. Some people have a problem with this, for they trust only in themselves. Much of this comes from humanistic teaching in our schools today. Our young people are faced with instructors who do not believe in the Bible. Generations are being reared to believe that man has all the answers. This false idea makes it difficult for religious teaching to be accepted.
On His journey through Galilee, Christ tried to prepare the minds of His disciples for the scenes before Him.
James 5:16 tells us to "confess your faults one with another." There are several benefits in doing this.
Last week, I went to visit my son. He is greatly improving in so many ways, though he remains in a wheelchair.
Joseph M. Scriven (1819-96), who wrote the poem "What a Friend We Have in Jesus," was no stranger to trials and sadness.
"The church has many critiques but no revivals." This anonymous quote was an opening of careful reflection for me.
A few years ago there was a popular song called, "All You Need is Love." I agree that real love is needed and it's nice to be on the receiving end, but the thing most needed is hope.
There are so many ways one can misuse the tongue. Cursing, tale bearing, gossip, boasting and lying are just a few ways that words can be misused. Cursing in our day seems to have become a way of life for so many. It is as if some people could not talk unless they used a curse word in their speech.
"So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it." - Isaiah 55:11
Recently, my wife and I went on a short trip to the mountains. We happened to be there over a Sunday, so we went to a church close to the motel.
When I was young, my mother read to me often. As I grew, the books were placed in my hands so that I could read them.
The book of Acts tells how the people in the first century obeyed the Gospel.
"Now, brothers and sisters, we ask you to appreciate those who work hard among you, who lead you in the Lord and teach you. Respect them with a very special love because of the work they do. Live in peace with each other." - 1 Thessalonians 5:12-13 (NCV)
St. Philip's Episcopal Church hosted the 10th bishop of Georgia, the Right Reverend Scott Anson Benhase, for his annual visitation Sunday, Oct. 6.
The other day, I went to one of my grandson's football game. Like most sporting events, the fans - in this case, mostly parents - were yelling words of encouragement as well as instructions to the referees.
Every Sunday morning in our church, we have a time that we call, "Children's Time." The boys and girls from about ages 3-8 come forward and gather around me while I tell them a Bible story, and try to apply it to their lives.