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.
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.