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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


First African Baptist marks 150th year

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.

June 13, 2011 | By Edith Anderson Correspondent | Faith


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Episcopal leaders vote on same-sex liturgy, revised marriage definition

Episcopal Church leaders adopted rituals for same-sex marriage ceremonies, making it the third mainline Protestant denomination in America to do so.

July 13, 2015 | Mark A. Kellner Deseret News | Faith


The significance of the last 10 days of Ramadan

Muslims throughout the world are observing Ramadan, also known as the month of fasting. Given the atrocities committed during this month by so-called Muslims, I find it necessary to give my view and understanding of the true obligations and purpose of this holy month.

July 12, 2015 | Sohaib Awan Deseret News | Faith


Faith-based prison seminaries help 'moral rehabilitation' of inmates

Darryl Waters says he was raised by devout Christian grandparents in the quaint bayou community of Gibson, Louisiana.

July 12, 2015 | Massarah Mikati Deseret News | Faith


Experience true freedom through Christ

Last weekend, we, as a country, celebrated our freedom.

July 11, 2015 | By Pastor Steve Lane New Beginnings Community Church | Faith


Pray for peace in life

It has been a few weeks since the shootings that took place in the church in Charleston. I usually write my columns four or five at a time and submit them in advance, but I would like to offer up my thoughts concerning the events of that day.

July 10, 2015 | By Pastor Brad Butler First Baptist Church, Pembroke | Faith


Seventh-day Adventists affirm women in ministry, but vote down their ordination

A contentious five-year battle over the ordination of women as Seventh-day Adventist ministers ended Wednesday with a 58 percent "no" vote at the group's quinquennial business session in San Antonio, Texas.

July 10, 2015 | Mark A. Kellner Deseret News | Faith


Believe in this: God's word will never change

Someone who believes in God must believe that his word is true and must be obeyed as it is given.

July 09, 2015 | By Minister Riley Nelson Richmond Hill Church of Christ | Faith


A banner Inter-dependence Day

The Fourth of July is five days behind us now, but while the scent of sulfur from the fireworks lingers, let me add a P.S.

July 08, 2015 | Jerry Johnston Deseret News | Faith


Let freedom ring by showing Jesus' love to all

This weekend, we are celebrating the liberty and freedom that we have in this great country of ours. We are truly blessed to live in America, aren't we?

July 06, 2015 | By Pastor Roland Banks Columnist | Faith


Study: Relationship with God gives life meaning

Soon after Jong Hyun Jung, a graduate student of sociology at Purdue University, first immigrated to the U.S. from South Korea, he noticed the importance of religion in the American culture in what people said and did.

July 06, 2015 | Massarah Mikati Deseret News | Faith


After Supreme Court marriage decision, Christian objectors ponder outsider status

America's evangelical Christians, at roughly 25 percent of the population, aren't really a minority group. But after the Supreme Court mandated same-sex marriage in all 50 states last week, evangelicals are pondering how to interact with a changing culture.

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


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