Although New Day Outreach Ministry in Walthourville was established just four years ago, Pastor Richard Hayes and his congregants are always thinking of ways to reach the community.
Let me begin by quoting Proverbs 22:6: "Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it."
Well, tonight is not one of my favorite times of the year. No, tonight we "spring forward." That is, we move our clocks ahead one hour so that we can enjoy daylight savings time for the next few months. I have to admit that in enjoy the sun being out later as we move through the summer. But oh how I hate to lose that hour of sleep tonight. And as a pastor I know ...
I have a habit of reading bumper stickers; some of which I like, some that I think are distasteful, and some which I just don't get.
I am often amazed and amused by those who say that the Bible "contradicts" itself.
Can you imagine how any of the Olympic games would be played if there was not a rule book? Every team or player would be able to do whatever they wanted to win. Chaos would prevail rather than order. Fairness would be a thing of the past. Therefore, all 35 sports and close to 400 events are governed by rules.
A week or so ago my grandson, Zion, was trying to catch butterflies while they were landing on the flowers in front of the house. My wife said to him, "Quit trying to catch my butterflies!" His response was kind of funny but full of truth when he said, "Nana, those butterflies aren't yours, they belong to God."
Last Sunday in Catholic Churches and in many Protestant Churches that follow the Common Lectionary, we heard from the Gospel of Mark the story about Jesus calming the storm while his disciples showed great fear in the midst of the storm.
When my sons were quite young (six and two), we moved to the upper Midwest.
In order to "run" in the Christian race, you must be on the team, in other words you must be a Christian. There are many people who posses Christian qualities in their life, but they have never obeyed all the rules set forth by God. They feel that they are "Christians" but their feelings do not make it so. It is like the athlete who tries out for the Olympics, but fails to ...
I was reading today about the time a Jewish leader came to Jesus asking Him to do something for him.
My wife and I have been on vacation this week. We drove up to the north Georgia mountains, spending a few days just outside of Helen. I have to admit something. I love that particular part of the world. The Smoky Mountains of Tennessee and North Carolina, and the somewhat smaller ones in north Georgia are absolutely beautiful places to visit. One of the reasons I enjoy the mountains so ...
The Apostle Peter wrote, "As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby" (I Peter 2:2).
Yesterday was the 232nd birthday of our great country. I was a history major in college, and I focused particularly on American history. But I still have to admit something. It boggles my mind to consider the imagination and thoughtfulness it took to develop the type of government we have. There were truly a number of great leaders at work in those days.
This 4th of July we celebrate the freedom we have here in America. We as Americans still enjoy freedoms not experienced and only dreamed of by most of the world's population.
There are so many ways one can misuse the tongue. Cursing, tale bearing, gossip, boasting and lying are just a few ways that words can be misused. Cursing in our day seems to have become a way of life for so many. It is as if some people could not talk unless they used a curse word in their speech.
"Now, brothers and sisters, we ask you to appreciate those who work hard among you, who lead you in the Lord and teach you. Respect them with a very special love because of the work they do. Live in peace with each other." - 1 Thessalonians 5:12-13 (NCV)
"So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it." - Isaiah 55:11
Recently, my wife and I went on a short trip to the mountains. We happened to be there over a Sunday, so we went to a church close to the motel.
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.