Have you written your first check yet this year?
James wrote, "If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him" (James 1:5).
Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God. Therefore whoever resists the authorities resists what God has appointed, and those who resist will incur judgment. – Romans 13:1-2 (ESV)
"Then the angel said to her, 'Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bring forth a Son, and shall call His name Jesus'" (Luke 1:30-31 NKJV).
In the Christmas story, we find the wise men who came from the east searching for the Christ child, the savior of the world.
Are you through with your Christmas shopping yet? I thought I would ask this week because by the time you are reading my column next week, it will be too late.
During this time of year, many people begin to think about Christ. More attention is given to trying to live as he lived - helping others, giving of himself to others.
We did it - we have finally reached the last month of the year.
The other day, I glanced up at a sign at a business that read, "We all go somewhere, make sure you get there."
The day after Thanksgiving, we began our Christmas decorating. It always is my job to get everything down from the attic, put the tree up and put lights on it. My wife does most of the rest. I put a few decorations near the top, including "the topper." Any outside decorations usually are my responsibilities, too.
Last week, we began studying about the crown God offers to all and how to achieve the goal of receiving the crown.
All mankind has to do is to look at God's creation and conclude from it that God exists.
If you are a fan either of the Bulldogs or the Yellow Jackets, you rode that coaster hard last Saturday. In all of my years of watching football (or any other sport), I do not remember a time when a game has swung back and forth like that. Even a basketball game with a one-point difference doesn't feel like that.
The Gospel message is to be preached to the entire world.
"But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for God's own possession, so that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light." - 1 Peter 2:9
Something that intrigues me is what I hear every morning as I wake up - the singing of birds.
Paul was a man who sought to do what God wanted him to do, no matter the cost. He tried to live in a manner that brought glory to God, and pointed people to Jesus.
Sometimes, habits are not good.
Nile isn’t a good speechwriter — he’s a great speechwriter.
A new year means planning, new expectations and setting goals.
Have you ever asked yourself, "Who would I like to become?" What people or events in life have hindered your reaching that goal? To achieve something, you have to remove all distractions that are blocking you from making progress. Fear stops most people from getting what they want - fear of failure, fear of success, fear of rejection, of the unknown, of disappointment. Then, of course, the "what if" fears always fuel these hindrances.
I went to a conference last week in Florida and when traveling home on Interstate 95, I noticed some flashing lights to my left in the oncoming lanes.
I'm still getting used to my new computer. It is a Mac as opposed to a PC; those letters mean something to some of you.
Many still believe the lie of Satan today; they fail to see that sin separates man from God (Isaiah 59:1-2). They fail to understand that when they give in to their desires to do wrong things, they - not God - are causing the problem.
At the beginning of a new year, many resolutions are made. If someone could find a way to fine or charge people for broken resolutions, they would quickly become very wealthy.
Sunday afternoon, I was watching a football game between the Dallas Cowboys and the Green Bay Packers. I'm not a fan of either team; the only reason I was watching it was that it was the playoffs.
I like books. I dearly love to read. When I was a young boy my mom took me to the local library every week. I checked out all kinds of books - mystery, sports, biography and others.
"God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds" - Hebrews 1:1-2
"So Elijah went from there and found Elisha son of Shaphat. He was plowing with 12 yoke of oxen, and he himself was driving the twelfth pair. Elijah went up to him and threw his cloak around him. Elisha then left his oxen and ran after Elijah. 'Let me kiss my father and mother goodbye,' he said, 'and then I will come with you.' 'Go back,' Elijah replied. 'What have I done to you?' So Elisha left him and went back. He took his yoke of oxen and slaughtered them. He burned the plowing equipment to cook the meat and ...
Mankind, in general, is selfish. We want what we want now, and we think we deserve it.
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