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Be thankful we live in land of free

For Americans, the Fourth of July is a time to look back - and look up. On Independence Day, we take a break from our busy schedules to appreciate the blessings of freedom and liberty - the noble values upon which our nation was built. We look back with gratitude at our founding fathers' vision. We appreciate the courage of those who have protected our freedoms.

July 05, 2011 | By Edith Anderson Correspondent | Faith


God uses ordinary to do extraordinary

When God uses ordinary people beyond what is usual, ordinary or regular, He establishes the extraordinary. People do not usually think they are noteworthy, remarkable or exceptional in character. Outside of occasionally having a special, often temporary, task or responsibility, we may not address the possibility of being extraordinary. But there are "gifted" people among us. We celebrate their accomplishments with enthusiasm and amazement. What we may not consider is that God depends on ordinary people. The Bible shows us that ordinary people are chosen by God for phenomenal and special service.

July 05, 2011 | By Rev. Kathleen Ayala Columnist | Faith


Choose what matters most

When I was 16 years old, I had my dad drop me off at a lake to go fishing on his way to a church board meeting. This 30-acre private lake sat about a half of a mile off the road.

July 05, 2011 | By Pastor Steve Lane New Beginnings Community Church | Faith


Sing to the Lord with all your might

I have to admit that I love to sing. I sing along with the radio in the car. I sing in the shower. I sing as I work. (I'm not a good whistler, so I can't follow the advice of the Seven Dwarfs).

July 05, 2011 | By Pastor Brad Butler First Baptist Church, Pembroke | Faith


God lets us decide; are we deciding right?

God made man a free moral agent: "And if it seem evil unto you to serve the Lord, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord" (Joshua 24:15).

July 05, 2011 | By Minister Riley Nelson Richmond Hill Church of Christ | Faith


God has purpose for all of us

In the book of Psalms we are told that God has a purpose for each one of us.

June 29, 2011 | By Pastor Steve Lane New Beginnings Community Church | Faith


Persistence pays off

I have a friend who is an author. Mark has published multiple books in the past decade. He served as a pastor for 15 years but has spent the past 10 years writing and submitting manuscripts.

June 29, 2011 | By Pastor Brad Butler First Baptist Church, Pembroke | Faith


How to be pleasing to God, part 3

In the preceding weeks, we have talked about pleasing God. Last week, we saw that if we really want to please God, we must understand that Christ is a part of God's plan and must be followed. As we think more about that, there are a few more things we need to know about Christ.

June 29, 2011 | By Minister Riley Nelson Richmond Hill Church of Christ | Faith


Pursue a year of prosperity

"Here at Live Oak, we have declared that this is the year of total prosperity," said Pastor Aaron Cowart, senior pastor of Live Oak Church of God in Hinesville.

June 27, 2011 | By Edith Anderson Correspondent | Faith


Take time to celebrate milestones

King Solomon, a man who had great wisdom from God - examined life and summed up the greatest milestone of a person's life. King Solomon said the whole duty of man is to fear God and keep His commandments.

June 27, 2011 | By Rev. Kathleen Ayala Columnist | Faith


It’s time to show dad you care

Society tends to hold mothers in high regard, but fathers - and the important roles they play - sometimes are overlooked. Dads are special too, and they deserve to be honored and recognized, which is why we have Father's Day.

June 20, 2011 | Edith Anderson Coastal Courier correspondent | Faith


True believers share their possessions

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 ...

June 20, 2011 | Rev. Katrina E. Deason | Faith


Understand the consequences

One of the bad habits that I have is goofing off with my grandkids.

June 13, 2011 | By Pastor Steve Lane New Beginnings Community Church | Faith


Just who are you trying to please?

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.

June 13, 2011 | By Minister Riley Nelson Richmond Hill Church of Christ | Faith


Fulfilling your purpose worth the effort

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.

June 13, 2011 | By Pastor Brad Butler First Baptist Church, Pembroke | Faith


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No one was coming to this girl's birthday party. Then something amazing happened



Imagine having a child who gets rejected by her peers — on her birthday. As a parent, your heart breaks for her.

May 11, 2015 | Wendy Jessen FamilyShare | Faith


Hinesville marks National Day of Prayer

Six ministers led scores of Hinesville residents in prayer on the old courthouse steps Thursday morning in observance of the National Day of Prayer.

May 11, 2015 | By Randy C. Murray | Faith


Military chaplains' role evolving while under fire from critics

Some 240 years after the Continental Congress authorized the presence of chaplains in the colonist's revolutionary forces, do clergy in the military still have a prayer?

May 11, 2015 | Mark A. Kellner Deseret News | Faith


Life in Syria for Christians: teaching tolerance and harmony among the faithful

It was a chilly afternoon in January at the Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan. In a makeshift city, thousands of Syrian families had reluctantly made their homes in tents and caravans, fleeing their country for safety. Under a cloudy and dark blue sky, I stood in front of a group of 50 kids who had gathered between several tents to attend an art and conflict-resolution workshop.

May 10, 2015 | Nousha Kabawat Deseret News | Faith


Q&A: Raising spiritual kids in a society that has forgotten how

Today's moms and dads often treat parenting like a science, studying books, blogs and articles on how to raise well-adjusted and successful children. But, according to a new book, one important aspect of childhood may be getting lost in the shuffle: spirituality.

May 10, 2015 | Kelsey Dallas Deseret News | Faith


You won't be disappointed in Jesus

On Saturday, sports fans anticipated what was promoted as "The Fight of the Century," the boxing match between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao.

May 09, 2015 | By Pastor Steve Lane New Beginnings Community Church | Faith


Seek the Lord to bless our families

In three more days, we will celebrate Mother's Day. It will be one of the most-attended Sundays for worship in most churches.

May 08, 2015 | By Pastor Brad Butler First Baptist Church, Pembroke | Faith


Take the path to Heaven through Christ

Man sinned in the Garden of Eden. It was the choice God's creation made.

May 07, 2015 | By Minister Riley Nelson Richmond Hill Church of Christ | Faith


It's official: Vatican to canonize missionary Junipero Serra, despite controversy

Bypassing opposition, the Vatican said Wednesday missionary Junipero Serra, who walked the length of California to establish religious outposts and evangelize the native population, will be canonized by Pope Francis on Sept. 23 in Washington, D.C., during the pontiff's American tour.

May 07, 2015 | Mark A. Kellner Deseret News | Faith


What made us happy 80 years ago isn't what makes us happy today

In 1938, Mass Observation placed a small advertisement in the Bolton Evening News in Bolton, England, asking readers to respond to the simple question, “What is happiness?”

May 07, 2015 | Tyler Stahle Deseret News | Faith


New image of what Jesus may have looked like as a boy surfaces in Italy

There may be no way to number the pictures of Jesus extant in the world today, but you can add one more to their ranks — a computer-generated "photo fit" image of Christ as a boy, courtesy of Italy's police.

May 06, 2015 | Mark A. Kellner Deseret News | Faith


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