We have had some rather extreme weather in this calendar year. Back in the winter it rained and rained, and then rained some more. Then during the summer the heat was absolutely intense, and we had long periods where there was no rain.
"O foolish Galatians, who hath bewitched you, that ye should not obey the truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ hath been evidently set forth, crucified among you?" - Galatians 3:1
Today we celebrate Halloween. Although the day and date of some holidays may change, Halloween is always on October 31.
Have you ever noticed that even in our Lord's life, men were following the words of men and not those of God?
At the beginning of this summer, I got a call from my sister concerning my favorite uncle who lives in Indiana. He had been battling cancer and had taken several chemotherapy treatments.
Only 62 more shopping days until Christmas! Can you believe it? Do you have your list made yet?
Miguel Ayala appreciates clergy members and he understands the inherent stress and difficulties many ministers encounter while performing their duties.
I am excited about the role of Christians in today's world.
The apostle Paul wrote, "Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus" (Phil. 3:13,14).
There used to be a thing called "telephone etiquette" in our society. It seems no longer to exist.
The other day my son and I were out in the boat fishing near St. Catherines Sound. We had taken along some frozen shrimp I had caught in a net earlier this month, and since I didn't want them to spoil I decided I needed to get rid of them.
The Bible says, in Proverbs 18:21, "the power of life and death is in the tongue." I can remember being told, as a little boy in the third grade, that I wouldn't be able to accomplish much. I was an African-American child living in the deep South. I had six siblings and a public education that ranked amongst the worst in the country. We drove around in an old station wagon. My family was poor financially, but rich spiritually and, as I grew older, I found out that I was not alone.
The Rev. Johnny Fleming has only been in the ministry a short time, but he is certainly intent on spreading the word of God.
We are taught in God's word that faith is necessary to be pleasing to God. "But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him" (Heb 11:6).
The other day I had written down several things I needed to do while I was in town. Since I was in a hurry, I scribbled the things down on a scrap piece of paper.
Funny things happen in churches. People do funny things, and sometimes funny things just happen.
When confronted with danger, it can be hard to see the big picture.
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I have always enjoyed getting my hair cut.
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.