Have you ever had a time in your life when it seemed that none of your prayers were being answered? Has there been a season when you simply could not feel God's presence?
Some people try to tell us that the old way of doing things religiously will not work. They say we must be more willing to accept the ways of others if we expect to convert them.
The Men of Integrity 2011 Coed Conference has come a long way. It has evolved from a small gathering of men who occasionally met for fellowship into an annual conference.
When I was growing up as a child, I always heard the story of David and Goliath. I pictured this small boy with a slingshot that he used as a toy, running up to this huge and strong ugly giant, then shooting a rock from the slingshot, hoping by chance that it hit its target. Then I pictured David, after opening his eyes, surprised yet thankful for the success of the shot.
The love that God showed to us should show in our relationship to others. We need to stand ready to forgive even as God has forgiven us.
The summer after graduating high school, I headed out with a friend to cruise the Okefenokee Swamp of Southeast Georgia. We had a map that outlined all the places we should expect to find alligators. We also had a very small amount of water to keep us hydrated in the agonizing heat and humidity.
"O foolish Galatians, who hath bewitched you, that ye should not obey the truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ hath been evidently set forth, crucified among you?" (Galatians 3:1).
ATLANTA - Georgia was the first state in the nation to allow Bible classes in public schools, but the number of districts offering the classes has dwindled to just a handful as budgets tighten.
In Proverbs 12:22, the scripture says, "The Lord detests lying lips, but he delights in men who are truthful." This scripture tells us that God doesn't approve of us telling lies. It really is saying that he hates it when we lie and it makes him happy when we tell the truth.
I have a friend who recently was put in the hospital with heart troubles. That, in and of itself, is not surprising. After all, I am on the north side of 50 years old. Some of my friends are going to encounter health issues. In fact, it could happen to me.
The "law of the Lord is perfect." God's word is able to change the life of a person, turning them from sin and bringing them to God.
When I was a child, I asked my father for a bicycle for Christmas. My older brother had a 10-speed racing bike and he would ride off for hours at a time. He was 10 years older than me, and it seemed like he had so much more freedom than I did. If I'd had a bicycle like his, I might have been allowed to ride with him when he left on those long adventures. I was very specific when describing my request - I knew just what I wanted. After asking for the bike, I waited and hoped.
Fall is here. Many people look forward to this time of year when they can enjoy good weather and participate in outdoor activities.
The Bible opens our eyes and our minds to the life and times of many wonderful individuals and their legacies. We can read about men and women who strived to execute great deeds, all in the name of their God. Great names like Noah, Abraham, Samson, Moses, Jesus and Mary - just to name a few - have continued to compel and intrigue believers and skeptics since the Bible was canonized and printed for all to read. There are many examples to follow, many characters to imitate and many individuals to light the path of our Christian walk as we follow after ...
I've had homecoming on my mind in recent days. Two Fridays ago, Bryan County High School celebrated homecoming. Today is homecoming at my college. It has been 30 years since I graduated – I was a 9-year-old child prodigy, of course. And Sunday is homecoming at First Baptist of Pembroke.
For founders of the first Buddhist Greek organization on a U.S. college campus, striving to show compassion proves more important than starting controversy.