Prayer is one of the most essential elements of a Christian's life. To think that we can speak with the God of creation is a mind-boggling thought. But it is the truth. God has invited us to speak to him regularly. Paul wrote, "Pray without ceasing." And so we know that prayer is essential.
If you truly desire to be close to God, you have to make some changes in your life. If you are like most people, you have been caught up with the "what's in it for me" mentality.
"He is not here; for He is risen, as He said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay. And go quickly and tell His disciples that He is risen from the dead, and indeed He is going before you into Galilee; there you will see Him. Behold, I have told." - Matthew 28:6-7 - New King James Version
While every day is significant, the last few days have been amazingly powerful for me as I remembered the significance of living a committed life - one dedicated to God. We must reflect His unconditional love in every interaction we have. We must give more than we take, and we must remain alert with compassion for others.
There are many things needed in our lives in order to live. We need food and water, shelter and such. Most people spend the biggest part of their lives trying to provide these things for themselves and their families. There is nothing wrong with working to have such things as long as doing so does not become our only goal.
Several years ago, I heard a sermon titled, "It's Friday, but Sunday's a coming." I don't remember everything about it, but I do remember where the idea came from.
Easter is later this year than usual. It is very rare for Easter to come on the last Sunday of April. We have to wait much longer than we usually do. But we wait with great anticipation. We know, as Paul Harvey used to say, "the rest of the story."
"I am as good as they are."
When we think of why Jesus Christ came to earth more than 2,000 years ago, we might think of how he taught, healed or preached the good news of salvation. We might even think of how he lived a perfect life of example. All of these are important, but they are not the main reason he came.
It's that time of year when I am so glad I have a programmable thermostat in my home. That is one of the most remarkable gadgets I ever have installed.
The eighth Annual Shepherds in Concert event is set for 6 p.m. April 30, at Good Shepherd Missionary Baptist Church in Allenhurst. Billed as an evening of praise and worship, the concert promises to be memorable.
There are many obstacles we must overcome or maneuver around in our lives. Sometimes these hurdles seem like they're almost too much to handle and we feel like giving up altogether. Life can hit so hard that it knocks the wind right out of us.
When Peter penned the following words, he was being directed by the Holy Spirit to give a warning to Christians. "Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: Whom resist steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world" (1 Peter 5:8, 9). While those in the world may not care about this warning, the child of God should treat it seriously.
This week has been a time of reflection for me. Monday would have been my mom's birthday. Thursday marked the day she passed away. And today is the sixth anniversary of her funeral. Interestingly enough, this year those dates fell on the same days of the week as the final week of her life. I've thought a lot about Mom and life and eternity this week.
This past week, several communities across the nation held events honoring those who served the United States during the Vietnam War. Some states have proclaimed the last Sunday of every March as "Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day."
The audio Bible is often an add-on in a scripture-rich place such as America, where installing a smartphone application is a matter of a few clicks. But for believers in places where even a printed copy of the Bible isn't easily available, the evolving high-tech delivery of audio Bibles has become their first and only exposure to the holy book.
Recently, I was sitting at a counter in our kitchen and happened to look up at a bouquet of roses I gave my wife for Valentine's Day.
I am writing this column on payday. I know that some think we preachers talk too much about money. Some avoid church altogether because of that.
Often times, the love of Jesus is not seen in the lives of his creation.
Have you ever needed a hug?
We could all use a pick-me-up from time to time — a friendly smile, lunch with a friend or an encouraging word.
I first noticed Anita — really noticed her — at a church Valentine’s Day dance.
Do you fill your time with negativity — making negative comments to others on social media, complaining to others or focusing on your own faults?
We've lost several very good friends in the past few years, along with my mother and sister. Circumstances change with each loss, but that doesn’t mean people we have loved in our lives who have died are then gone from our thoughts. The joys of those friendships and relationships are with us as long as we have memories.
Michael Bolton sang that love is a wonderful thing. And it is.
As caring parents, we want to protect our children from any harm. We teach our children not to touch hot burners. We teach them to look both ways before crossing the street. The list of ways we teach our children to protect themselves is endless. We want them to enjoy the best lives possible.
Carlos Rodriguez is a flawed pastor, and he’s happy to have you know it.
Taking Valentine's Day seriously — or finding a partner of compatible beliefs — can be equally challenging tasks for some.
There is one thing I know I hate: cold weather.
Only a day until Valentine's Day. Better place those orders, gentlemen - don't complain to me that you were not warned.