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Some beauty is well worth the wait

There are not too many things more beautiful than the colors of spring – anything from flowering trees to flowering bushes to flowering plants. My favorite is the azaleas, which are about in full bloom.

March 28, 2011 | By Pastor Steve Lane New Beginnings Community Church | Faith


Christians should think as the Lord does

Well, I did it again. I embarrassed myself with something I said. No surprise there.

March 28, 2011 | By Pastor Brad Butler First Baptist Church, Pembroke | Faith


What place have you given God?

As Jesus was concluding what has become known as the "Sermon on the Mount," he 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" (Matt. 6:33, 34).

March 28, 2011 | By Minister Riley Nelson Richmond Hill Church of Christ | Faith


Area ushers are a committed crowd

Ushers often are taken for granted as the church's doorkeepers. But they play a vital role in the ministry. It takes a special, skilled person to serve as an usher.

March 28, 2011 | By Edith Anderson Correspondent | Faith


Manna House needs help with important work

Matthew 25:33-40 says, "And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left.

March 28, 2011 | By Rev. Dr. Alvin Jackson Columnist | Faith


God cares for man

With the natural disasters that happen in the world, some want to say God does not care for mankind. This is far from the truth. The natural disasters that happen are just that – things of nature. They have happened down through the ages. To those who are involved in the disasters, our prayers go up to God that they soon will be able to go about their normal lives.

March 21, 2011 | By Minister Riley Nelson Richmond Hill Church of Christ | Faith


Place your full trust in the Lord

Do you have a favorite verse of Scripture? My favorite verse in the entire Bible is 1 John 5:13. "I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life."

March 21, 2011 | By Pastor Brad Butler First Baptist Church, Pembroke | Faith


Lets not forget the real St. Patrick

Most of America has just celebrated St. Patrick's Day in some form or another and now we are into the St. Patrick's weekend.

March 21, 2011 | By Pastor Steve Lane New Beginnings Community Church | Faith


New gender-neutral Bible draws critics

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - In the old translation of the world's most popular Bible, John the Evangelist declares: "If anyone says, 'I love God,' yet hates his brother, he is a liar." Make that "brother or sister" in a new translation that includes more gender-neutral language and is drawing criticism from some conservatives who argue the changes can alter the theological message.

March 21, 2011 | Associated Press | Faith


Faith will keep us marching forward

The Israelites were instructed to march once around Jericho for six days and seven times around on the seventh day. Then they were to shout and the city walls would fall. Some of the Israelites probably were questioning God in their minds and, at the same time, becoming tired and weary. I can't help but think that some may have been a little excited about what the outcome would be. Either way, they obeyed God and shouted out in faith and experienced God's miraculous intervention as they conquered Jericho. The walls fell as God had promised (Joshua 6 ...

March 21, 2011 | By Pastor Daisy Edwards Columnist | Faith


Seek memories to bring God closer

Memories are an important part of life. Most people can remember their first ride on a bicycle, their first job or how it felt to drive for the first time with a license. There are memories of those who have passed away, stories they told, things they did.

March 14, 2011 | By Minister Riley Nelson Richmond Hill Church of Christ | Faith


Spiritual growth is in His hands

It is not yet officially spring, but we can see the signs. Flowers and trees are budding. Grass is greening up. And some of us have started to plant a few things in the garden. I have planted broccoli, onions, cabbage and potatoes. To date, everything looks good, except I have yet to see any evidence of potatoes.

March 14, 2011 | By Pastor Brad Butler First Baptist Church, Pembroke | Faith


Be content, thankful for what you have

In the book of 1 Timothy, we are told that if we have food and clothes, we need to be content. This idea is far from "the American dream," in which we strive to have all our wants as well as our needs met. For most of us to be satisfied we even dictate what kind of food we eat and what brand of clothes we wear.

March 14, 2011 | By Pastor Steve Lane New Beginnings Community Church | Faith


Church, new pastor ready for revival

St. Thomas African Methodist Episcopal Church in Walthourville is a small church, but the people have large hearts and they are ready to move forward.

March 14, 2011 | By Edith Anderson Columnist | Faith


Try God's way of doing things

Proverbs 3:5 says, "Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding."

March 14, 2011 | By Pastor Daisy Edwards Columnist | Faith


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It's about more than Sundays

I often wonder who reads the articles I write for the newspaper.

September 23, 2014 | By Pastor Brad Butler First Baptist Church, Pembroke | Faith


Embracing the love of Christ, part 2

"A soap manufacturer and a [preacher] were walking together down a street in a large city. The soap manufacturer casually said, 'The Gospel you preach hasn't done much good, has it? Just observe. There is still a lot of wickedness in the world, and a lot of wicked people, too!' The [preacher] made no reply until they passed a dirty little child making mud pies in the gutter. Seizing the opportunity, the [preacher] said, 'I see that soap hasn't done much good in the world, for there is much dirt and many dirty people around.' The soap manufacturer ...

September 22, 2014 | By Minister Riley Nelson Richmond Hill Church of Christ | Faith


Let's being discussing social issues

All throughout Jesus' ministry, he constantly condemned the religious leaders of his day for being like their forefathers.

September 17, 2014 | By Pastor Steve Lane New Beginnings Community Church | Faith


Know the truth through Jesus Christ

I'm sure you have seen the commercial at some point. She says, "It has to be true. I read it on the Internet." And then she meets her date -the "French supermodel." And you chuckle because you know someone who is that naïve.

September 16, 2014 | By Pastor Brad Butler First Baptist Church, Pembroke | Faith


Embracing the love of Christ, part 1

Do you understand that Jesus loves you? Yes, you - you are important to God.

September 15, 2014 | By Minister Riley Nelson Richmond Hill Church of Christ | Faith


You're never too old to embrace life

Recently, a celebrity made the news because of an illness and death.

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


Learn to rein in bad things you say

I recently spent much of a day on hold with customer service - with two different companies. I pressed 2 and 3 and the pound sign and almost every other button on my phone as I was transferred back and forth.

September 10, 2014 | By Pastor Brad Butler First Baptist Church, Pembroke | Faith


Christ made greatest sacrifice for mankind

The sacrifice made by Christ caused him to suffer humiliation and pain.

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


Followers are the face of Christianity

Second Corinthians 5:20 says, "We are therefore Christ's ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us." The writer here is saying that if the message of Jesus Christ is going to get out, it will be through his followers.

September 04, 2014 | By Pastor Steve Lane New Beginnings Community Church | Faith


Looking forward to the Lord's feast

I'm so excited - he's coming home this weekend. By the time you read this, he should be here.

September 03, 2014 | By Pastor Brad Butler First Baptist Church, Pembroke | Faith


We all can win at life by following Christ

It is in Christ whom man can find victory.

September 02, 2014 | By Minister Riley Nelson Richmond Hill Church of Christ | Faith


We all can win at life by following Christ

It is in Christ whom man can find victory.

September 02, 2014 | By Minister Riley Nelson Richmond Hill Church of Christ | Faith


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