Today's scripture reading is Acts 4:32-35 (NIV): "All the believers were one in heart and mind. No one claimed that any of their possessions was their own, but they shared everything they had. With great power the apostles continued to testify to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus. And God's grace was so powerfully at work in them all that there were no needy persons among them. For from time to time those who owned land or houses sold them, brought the money from the sales and put it at the apostles' feet, and it was distributed ...
One of the bad habits that I have is goofing off with my grandkids.
In life it seems we are always trying to please someone. It may be our parents, or it may be our children, a spouse, friends, employers, teachers, etc.
By the time you are reading this, I will be in recovery mode. Our church just will have completed its vacation Bible school on Thursday night.
The 150th church anniversary of the historical First African Baptist Church begins this week; they have been planning and preparing for this historical occasion for months.
"When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them" Acts 1:2-4 (NIV).
At the age of 26, Michael P. Jones is settling in as a new pastor.
I once spoke with a young lady who felt like she was at the end of her rope. Things weren't working out; the children were acting up; her finances were in disarray. Though she was a Christian, she couldn't help but wonder where God was in the midst of all this.
A self-proclaimed prophet predicted that Jesus Christ would return May 21 for his saints.
It is Memorial Day weekend.
For the past two weeks, we have been discussing where our faith rests. We have seen that this should be a priority to us as we seek to please God.
In 1982, Thomas J. Peters and Robert H. Waterman wrote a bestselling book, "In Search of Excellence." The popular management book sets the standard for identifying characteristics of excellent, innovative companies.
Have you ever wanted to give up? If your answer to this question is yes, then I have a word of encouragement for you.
Last week, we asked the question, "Where does your faith rest?" Today, we will look at how we can be certain of where our faith must rest.
There is one group of letters I have heard all of my life – TGIF – that stands for "thank God it's Friday" or "thank goodness it's Friday."
Not too long ago my 60-something friend Curtis was asked to help supervise a Cub Scout hike. Soon after the hike began, one of the Cubs — 8-year-old Josh — started shadowing Curtis, and the two quickly became good friends.
A group of 19 religious organizations has filed a friend-of-the-court brief asking the U.S. Supreme Court to rule against same-sex marriage.
"And when the queen of Sheba had seen all Solomon's wisdom, and the house that he had built, and the meat of his table, and the sitting of his servants, and the attendance of his ministers, and their apparel, and his cupbearers, and his ascent by which he went up unto the house of the LORD, there was no more spirit in her. And she said to the king, 'It was a true report that I heard in mine own land of thy acts and of thy wisdom.'" -1 Kings 10:4-6
When Indiana passed the initial version of its Religious Freedom Restoration Act, an adaptation of the federal law passed in 1993, the backlash was tremendous.