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Only what’s done for Christ will last

After Christmas, I was burning boxes that some of the presents were wrapped in. Those boxes were reduced to ashes not recognizable at all.

January 12, 2008 | Steve Lane | Faith


God allows you to start anew

Christmas is past, and now we look forward to the new year. I have to admit that I have been described as a "stick in the mud" when it comes to the celebration of New Year's Day. That is especially true in light of my view of Christmas.

January 12, 2008 | Brad Butler | Faith


See more than a baby in a manger

This time of year we celebrate the birth of Christ, but who is this one that was born in a manger over 2000 years ago? The Bible says that this child is the Son of God; for the Holy Spirit overshadowed Mary bringing about the conception. This is a great mystery but Christ was both God and man. While he was on this earth He was an example to those who watched His life and is our example as we read about that life. He also was a great teacher, instructing people how to live a life pleasing to God ...

December 29, 2007 | | Faith


Why do we collect angels?

When I was a little boy I collected baseball cards. I had a few football and basketball cards, but the ones that mattered most to me were the baseball players. Like so many other boys my age, I dreamed of one day becoming a professional baseball player.

December 29, 2007 | | Faith


How do you use your Bible?

When a soldier goes to battle, he must have a weapon. The Christian is engaged in the most important battle of all time.

December 29, 2007 | | Faith


Do you believe in Santa Claus?

This is a question that you will hear time and time again during this Christmas season; including many movies where this is the key issue. Kids will ask their parents or grandparents if Santa is really real or just a made up character. I am not going to give you advice on how to answer this very important question, but may God give us all wisdom and guidance as we attempt to without sapping the fun out of this season.

December 22, 2007 | Steve Lane | Faith


Get ready

I will never forget the events of the first meal that my wife cooked for me. My "then fiancée" took had invited me come to dinner on a particular day. I later learned that she carefully selected the groceries, and then took a half day from work in order to prepare the meal for me. Imagine her feelings when I sat down and wolfed down a plate full (and seconds) in less than ten minutes. I mean, eating is one of my favorite pastimes. I thought it was a compliment. She thought I should take my time.

December 22, 2007 | Brad Butler | Faith


The Bible speaks of Heaven, part 2

What a great blessing it is to know that heaven will be ours for eternity. Many times it is said of heaven that is a going home. The use of the word "home" gives a sense of peace and comfort to the idea of heaven. A home is the place where no matter what befalls us during the day we know it is our safe haven, for there the ones who care about us and who love us reside, this being coupled with the idea of a garden of rest, make one long even more for heaven.

December 22, 2007 | Riley Nelson | Faith


Be thankful for the blessings He gives

It is the week leading up to Thanksgiving. We must admit that the actual giving of thanks can get lost in the shuffle of the week. After all, look at all that we will be doing. Traveling to be with family is a huge issue. Wednesday, the day before the holiday, is the largest travel day in the United States.

December 13, 2007 | Brad Butler | Faith


Thoughts on an unsuccessful try

The other day I went to the hospital to see a couple of parishioners. Before I went in I attempted to eat some hamburgers I had picked up at a drive through, from which some grease dripped down on my shirt which I first thought was water.

December 13, 2007 | Steve Lane | Faith


Trust the Lord all year long

Well, did you finish your Christmas shopping yesterday? Did you do your part to stimulate the economy? I have to admit that I probably did not (I say probably, because I wrote this before the week of Thanksgiving).

December 13, 2007 | Brad Butler | Faith


It is a good thing to give thanks

At this time of year many stop and take stock of all for which they should be thankful. There are so many blessing to be enjoyed. Health, family, friends, prosperity, jobs, and the list could go on and on. Taking time to give thanks is a good thing, but it should be happening continually not just on one special day. Everyone should also realize to whom the giving of thanks should be addressed.

December 13, 2007 | Riley Nelson | Faith


Thankful in all circumstances

I Thessalonians 5:18 says, "Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus." Paul first tells us to give thanks "in" every circumstance not "for" every circumstance.

December 13, 2007 | Steve Lane | Faith


Go and seek the crown, part two

As Paul neared the end of his life he wrote in 2 Tim. 4:8, "Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing."

December 13, 2007 | Riley Nelson | Faith


Setting up false gods

Last week my wife and I went to Charleston, S.C., to celebrate our anniversary of 30 years. While there, we took a tour of a mansion built in the nineteenth century. As we walked through this home we were directed to a room that was described as the owners' "religious room." It had an alter from a catholic church, which I had no problem with, but what was on this alter and around this alter got my attention. In front of the alter was a statue of Buddha and around the alter were other idols of worship representing about ...

November 17, 2007 | By Steve Lane Pastor, New Beginnings Community Church | Faith


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Help pastors keep pressing on

October is Clergy Appreciation Month, and I encourage everyone reading this article to spread the word to say "thanks" to a pastor.

October 28, 2014 | By Pastor K.E. Brown Columnist | Faith


RH congregation reconnects to roots

New Covenant Presbyterian Church, led by Pastor Nick Batzig, reconnected with its roots by having a service at the historical Midway Congregational Church on Oct. 19.

October 26, 2014 | By Tiffany King Correspondent | Faith


Holding onto marriage for a lifetime

The Scripture says about marriage, "What therefore God has joined together, let not man separate."

October 25, 2014 | By Pastor Steve Lane New Beginnings Community Church | Faith


The true meaning of Revelation

One of the most fascinating books in the Bible is Revelation. Many books have been written and movies produced in attempts to better understand the end times.

October 24, 2014 | By Pastor Brad Butler First Baptist Church, Pembroke | Faith


How to live a Christian life, part 1

How does one live the Christian life?

October 23, 2014 | By Minister Riley Nelson Richmond Hill Church of Christ | Faith


Actions speak louder than words

The other day, I was watching the news when a political ad featuring the politician came across my TV screen. He told what he believed and what he would do if elected. Immediately, I thought, "I wonder if his past voting record in politics mirrored what he was saying."

October 18, 2014 | By Pastor Steve Lane New Beginnings Community Church | Faith


Everyone can be adopted in God's family

The world is full of people wanting to know, "What is in it for me?" This attitude keeps many from ever checking out God's word and obeying the Gospel. They see no benefit coming their way, so why bother with religion?

October 17, 2014 | By Pastor Brad Butler First Baptist Church, Pembroke | Faith


What is in it for me? Eternal life with Father

The world is full of people wanting to know, "What is in it for me?" This attitude keeps many from ever checking out God's word and obeying the Gospel. They see no benefit coming their way, so why bother with religion?

October 16, 2014 | By Minister Riley Nelson Richmond Hill Church of Christ | Faith


What do we really need to fear?

Recently, there has been quite a bit of fear concerning the confirmed Ebola case on U.S. soil.

October 11, 2014 | By Pastor Steve Lane New Beginnings Community Church | Faith


We should look back to go forward

I was moved recently after reading an article titled "Down Blige Road" in Richmond Hill Reflections magazine. As "transplanted" African-Americans here in Richmond Hill, it helped us understand and get more insight into the pasts of other African-Americans who lived in, worked in and built this community.

October 10, 2014 | By Craig Butts Special to the News | Faith


Don't wait until 'someday' to follow God

Life is but for a little while. James wrote, "Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away" (James 4:14). What a great reminder of life's brevity, as it can be seen many times during a year.

October 09, 2014 | By Minister Riley Nelson Richmond Hill Church of Christ | Faith


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