When Peter penned the following words, he was being directed by the Holy Spirit to give a warning to Christians. "Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: Whom resist steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world" (1 Peter 5:8, 9). While those in the world may not care about this warning, the child of God should treat it seriously.
This week has been a time of reflection for me. Monday would have been my mom's birthday. Thursday marked the day she passed away. And today is the sixth anniversary of her funeral. Interestingly enough, this year those dates fell on the same days of the week as the final week of her life. I've thought a lot about Mom and life and eternity this week.
This past week, several communities across the nation held events honoring those who served the United States during the Vietnam War. Some states have proclaimed the last Sunday of every March as "Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day."
Members of Life United Pentecostal Church in Hinesville are ready for their revival.
As we head into a very special time of the year for Christians, we must take the time to truly understand what Easter is all about.
The other day I was talking to someone about what I paid for my house about 10 years ago, what it was worth a couple of years ago and what it is worth today. The value went up and then came crumbling down again. We have not been hit with devaluation of property nearly as bad as most communities in our country.
On Sunday evenings in our church, I have been preaching a series entitled, "Ten Dumb Things Smart Christians Believe: Modern Christian Urban Myths." I got the idea from a book by the same title written by a pastor named Larry Osborne. It really has been a fun study, both for the church and for me.
When it comes to our salvation, we need to remember to put God first. There are some hard things to understand in the Bible, but how to be saved is not one of them.
The fifth annual Alliance of Administrators' Conference, which has become one of the largest in Liberty County, is coming up. The event will be Thursday-Saturday, April 14-16, at Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church in Hinesville. The theme is "A heart for the harvest."
One of my favorite scriptures is Romans 8:28, which says, "And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose."
There are not too many things more beautiful than the colors of spring – anything from flowering trees to flowering bushes to flowering plants. My favorite is the azaleas, which are about in full bloom.
Well, I did it again. I embarrassed myself with something I said. No surprise there.
As Jesus was concluding what has become known as the "Sermon on the Mount," he said, "But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof" (Matt. 6:33, 34).
Ushers often are taken for granted as the church's doorkeepers. But they play a vital role in the ministry. It takes a special, skilled person to serve as an usher.
Matthew 25:33-40 says, "And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left.
A dramatic rise in the number of spiritually "unaffiliated" Americans, mirroring a decline in the number of American Christians, has occurred in the past seven years, signaling significant changes for mainline Protestant denominations and the Roman Catholic Church, a new report reveals.
M is for the many things she gave me.
Several groups gathered Thursday in Ludowici to observe the 64th annual National Day of Prayer.
Imagine having a child who gets rejected by her peers — on her birthday. As a parent, your heart breaks for her.
Six ministers led scores of Hinesville residents in prayer on the old courthouse steps Thursday morning in observance of the National Day of Prayer.
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?
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.
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.
On Saturday, sports fans anticipated what was promoted as "The Fight of the Century," the boxing match between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao.
In three more days, we will celebrate Mother's Day. It will be one of the most-attended Sundays for worship in most churches.