While the Israelites had no children's-story Bibles, they were given pictures of the Gospel in the Old Covenant types and ordinances. Among them were the Passover, Exodus, sacrificial system, festivals, priesthood and ceremonies of the Tabernacle and Temple worship. There is one picture to which I often have loved to return – the picture of the Ark of the Covenant.
"Let the elders who rule well be considered worthy of double honor, especially those who labor in preaching and teaching." (1 Timothy 5:17 - ESV)
Recently at the airport, I overheard someone speaking these words very adamantly on a cell phone, "It's not our fault – it's theirs."
I have been crying out and seeking Jesus Christ, asking him what He wants me to do and what He wants me to say to His people. We need to know what Jesus has done for us. We must experience Jesus personally.
There is a sense of anticipation in the air. Members of A New Beginning Church in Ludowici are gearing up to move into their new sanctuary. For months, work has been going on at the church and the excitement has become contagious.
I know that there was a movie that had such a title, but I don't believe it had a source backing it up as truth.
I recently had computer problems. Nothing crashed or burned, but my computer was running extremely slowly. It would take up to three minutes to send or receive emails. It would take a minute or two for a website to load.
Feasting on the word of God will help us realize our need for God in our lives more each day. It will also help us come to realize our responsibility to "feed" the starving masses with this same word.
My family and I recently went to see an inspiring movie that received rave reviews. "The Help" is a unique story of an American author who, during the civil rights movement of the 1960s, writes a book from African-American maids' points of view. It's about the white families the maids work for and the hardships they go through on a daily basis. The movie was wonderful and brought back a lot of memories from my childhood in the South. It was an eye-opener for my sheltered teenage children.
Browsing a gift shop the other day, I happened on a decorative plaque on which was inscribed a quote attributed to the late "power of positive thinking" guru Norman Vincent Peale: "Change your thinking, and you change your world."
Being physically and spiritually fit can be beneficial.
Last week I concluded my column by alluding to how frustrated we have become as a society. I suggested that our frustrations are related to our disrespect and dishonor for God and anything that is honorable, holy, pure and right.
I was recently speaking with a good friend and fellow minister who is laboring in a spiritually barren part of the country about how things were going in ministry.
Lessons regarding wealth and prosperity are popular today, and they teach it is God's will for every Christian to be materially wealthy and that they will never have to experience any type of sickness.
Many years ago, the church I served as pastor had a number of members who were involved in "Lay Renewal."
At first, the screams didn’t register with me.