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.
When I was young, my mother read to me often. As I grew, the books were placed in my hands so that I could read them.
The book of Acts tells how the people in the first century obeyed the Gospel.
The other day, I went to one of my grandson's football game. Like most sporting events, the fans - in this case, mostly parents - were yelling words of encouragement as well as instructions to the referees.
Every Sunday morning in our church, we have a time that we call, "Children's Time." The boys and girls from about ages 3-8 come forward and gather around me while I tell them a Bible story, and try to apply it to their lives.
God has blessed Christians with so many things.
The ability to command spirits is given to the believer by the power of God, exercised only through the Holy Spirit.
"If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land." - 2 Chronicles 7:14
In 1 John 5:14-15, we read, "This is the confidence we have in approaching God: That if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us - whatever we ask - we know that we have what we asked of him."
Did you hear about the man who decided that he wanted to become the smartest man in the world?
The soul of man will live somewhere in eternity, either in a place of life or of death (Matthew 25:46). God has been clear in his word that his desire is for all men to be saved (1 Timothy 2:3-4).
They may not be playing in The Masters, but they are playing for a worthy cause.
"Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding" (NIV) - Proverbs 3:5
In Matthew 26, we are told that there was a woman who poured expensive perfume on Jesus' head.
Today is bill-paying day.
Most, if not all, newspapers have an obituary section. I have heard older people joke that they read that section to make sure they are not dead yet. Others read it to see if they know anyone listed.