For the last two weeks, I have shared with you the latest trial facing my family. A little more than three weeks ago, my youngest son was in a horrific accident in his work truck. In one brief moment, our lives were dramatically changed.
Many people believe that being a Christian is a life that is dull and unfulfilling. Instead of looking to the Lord, they spend their time doing activities that the world says comprise the great life.
"What causes fights and quarrels among you? Don't they come from your desires that battle within you? You desire but do not have, so you kill. You covet but you cannot get what you want, so you quarrel and fight. You do not have because you do not ask God. When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives that you may spend what you get on your pleasures. You adulterous people. Don't you know that friendship with the world is hatred toward against God? Therefore, anyone who chooses to be a friend of ...
"Will you not revive us again that your people may rejoice in you?" - Psalm 85:6
Many people have in their homes or offices the famous painting of Jesus knocking on the door. As with many paintings, most people don't look at the details, and if asked about them would be clueless.
For almost 31 years, I have preached and taught the truths of the Bible. "Trust in the Lord with all your heart…," "We walk by faith, not by sight…," and so on. I have emphasized that God can be trusted, no matter the circumstances, and have done so with conviction.
Jesus 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" (Matthew 6:33-34).
Plans for "UnityFest - A Community Praise Celebration" are coming together. The event committee is accepting entertainment proposals for the Sept. 14 festival, which will run from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Amphitheatre at Bryant Commons in downtown Hinesville.
I recently read that there are some in the Christian arena who do not believe that helping the poor and needy is a prime directive of Christianity.
In the book of Acts 2:22, it speaks of Jesus as "a man accredited by God to you by miracles, wonders and signs, which God did among you through him." All through the gospels we see where miracle working was part of Jesus's every day activities.
It is the phone call that no parent wants to receive. "Mr. Butler, this is the hospital. Your son has been in a very bad accident. You need to come"
It seems that man today is always looking for someone to blame. Children blame one another when they get in trouble for something. Husbands and wives blame each other when problems arise. Countries blame each other for difficulties, and on and on it goes.
This year marks the third year the In Search of Excellence leadership conference has been held at St. Peter's African Methodist Episcopal Church and Worship Center in Midway.
"O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye steadfast, unmovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, for as much as ye know that your labor is not in vain in the Lord." - I Corinthians 15:55-58
The writer of Psalm 136 starts with these words: "Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good." He then gives reason after reason why we should thank our God.
Second Corinthians 5 says, "Therefore, if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature, old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. And all things are of God …"
The other day, I was complaining to my wife about how I hated this damp, cold weather. We got into a discussion about how my complaint might sound to others like I was saying, "d*** cold weather."
The Winter Olympics ended just a couple of weeks ago. Many of us sat and watched events like the luge and curling, not having any idea of what was happening.
Everything God has done for human kind is for our own good. God gave us a place to live and the ability to live, work and enjoy life. God also has provided for our spiritual well-being so we can know when we is in a right relationship with God.
The 40-day Lent season begins Ash Wednesday, which is this Wednesday, and leads up to Easter. During this period, Sundays are not counted because they commemorate the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
As I looked out of my office window one day this week, I saw the rain coming down and my first response was, "Today is going to be a miserable day."
Last Saturday, I did some pretty significant yard work at my home. One of the "tools" that I used throughout the day was my wheelbarrow. I moved rocks and dirt and also transplanted some bushes and flowers to other places in the yard.
Death is a part of life. The writer of Hebrews recorded, "And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment" (Hebrews 9:27).
There was a farmer who had a pig. He loved this pig and decided to give the pig a better life.
This time of year, we see temperatures fluctuating quite a bit.
Go into any bookstore and ask to be directed to the "self-help aisle," and you will find yourself surrounded by books entitled "(Fill-in-the-blank) for Dummies."
When it comes to man's salvation, God has the only plan that will work.
In Galatians 6:7 is found one of the key principles in Scripture - that of sowing and reaping.
When I wrote this, early in the week, the forecast was, once again, winter weather.
Every February, love becomes the topic for a few weeks. There is nothing wrong with that idea, though it should be the topic of discussion all the time.