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 ...
"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.
There was an event in our community this past weekend that honored the life of a local hero.
In five days, many of us will be gathered around a table with family to enjoy Thanksgiving dinner. For my family, that will mean lots of loud talking and laughter and the consumption of more food than we ever should eat.
Many people, including Christians, seem to think they cannot make a difference in the world.
They came to simply say, "Thank you."
"Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might." - Ephesians 6:10
I think that since history began, mankind has used numbers on a regular basis.
You may have noticed this - the "holiday season" is here.
Thanksgiving Day is approaching fast. At this time of year, many stop and take stock of all that they should be thankful.
Richmond Hill United Methodist Church has added a new contemporary worship service at 8:50 a.m. Sundays.
Each Nov. 11, we give our men and women of the military a special salute and shout-out.
On His journey through Galilee, Christ tried to prepare the minds of His disciples for the scenes before Him.
In Matthew's gospel, we find a story about John the Baptist coming on the scene as a New Testament prophet proclaiming the coming of the Christ. He was baptizing those who wanted to be identified with the new coming kingdom later called Christianity.
We are in the middle of home improvement projects at our house. We have added a new room and are replacing the flooring and painting in others. Right now, the place is a mess.
We continue our thoughts on the poem of Joseph M. Scriven. His poem that later was put to music serves to encourage all who seek to follow God.
"The church has many critiques but no revivals." This anonymous quote was an opening of careful reflection for me.