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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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As the U.S. returns to Cuba, Christianity rises

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August 19, 2015 | Herb Scribner Deseret News | Faith


'Today' show host Kathie Lee Gifford explains how faith helped her after her husband's death

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August 19, 2015 | Herb Scribner Deseret News | Faith


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August 18, 2015 | By Pastor Bernard Harper Columnist | Faith


God is calling us to share good news

After these things, the Lord appointed 70 others also, and sent them two by two before his face into every city and place where he ...

August 17, 2015 | By Cynthia Bryant Guest columnist | Faith


This man spent an entire year taking the Bible literally. Here's what happened

What would it be like to take every commandment in the Bible literally?

August 17, 2015 | Herb Scribner Deseret News | Faith


Failed expectations can be gifts from God

Recently, I wanted to buy a good used vehicle and checked on craigslist.org. I found what I thought matched my expectations, but I had ...

August 15, 2015 | By Pastor Steve Lane New Beginnings Community Church | Faith


Be who the Lord made you to be

I have two dogs, sisters from the same litter. They will be 9 years old in two months. They are really funny dogs. They do ...

August 14, 2015 | By Pastor Brad Butler First Baptist Church, Pembroke | Faith


Can we change God's word to fit today?

In our world today, many say that the way moral issues are looked at must change.

August 13, 2015 | By Minister Riley Nelson Richmond Hill Church of Christ | Faith


Want to see Pope Francis in your home? For $160, an official cutout can be yours

In keeping with previous papal visits, Pope Francis' U.S. visit in September has spurred a mad dash among souvenir sellers. For $160, you can ...

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


Catholics, unaffiliated are big in cities, survey reveals, showing changing faith landscape

In America's largest metropolitan markets people are more likely to be either Roman Catholic or religiously unaffiliated than to hold any other faith tradition ...

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


Seattle wants to help Muslims buy homes

Seattle is taking strides to make homeownership possible for more Muslim families.

August 11, 2015 | Omar Etman Deseret News | Faith


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