We all have ways of doing things. As human beings, created in the image of God and given the ability to make choices, sometimes we disagree. God gives us this license when it comes to earthly things.
The scripture tells us that "it is more blessed to give than to receive."
It is very easy during this time of the year to lose focus on what is important. With the pressure of society, family and friends, sometimes we find ourselves caught in a whirlwind of wants, requests and desires that blur the vision that was so clearly mapped out for us just a few months earlier.
Christmas is almost here and people are gearing up for the holiday with a variety of festivities and activities.
At this time of year, we hear a lot about the things we should be thankful for, such as family, good health, financial resources and the things we need that they buy. It is important to give thanks for the blessings of life that we receive. But there is another question that needs to be answered: Who is the recipient of our thanks?
The God of creation did not just create man and leave him to his own devices. God speaks to man so man can know what God desires of him. The way God speaks to man has changed thorough the centuries of time.
Many years ago, my wife and I moved away to New Orleans to go to school. We were both in our early 20s, having been married only a year and a half. We were scared and excited, all at the same time. I imagine that our parents (both sets) were more frightened than excited.
It has been my prayer that as this article is read you all had a joyful Thanksgiving and the choicest blessing of God was upon you, and everyone is giving thanks with a grateful heart.
There is a sense of anticipation in the air. In just a few months, a new church will be launched.
In just a matter of days, the malls and shopping centers will be filled to capacity with shoppers looking for the bargains that will change their lives.
"Master, which is the great commandment in the law? Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets" (Matt. 22:36-40).
It is really interesting that the media's No. 1 story the other day was about Prince William and Katie Middleton's engagement. You couldn't find an outlet that wasn't covering this story, as if it was so important.
We are now entering the holiday season, which traditionally kicks off when we celebrate Thanksgiving. I feel we should remind ourselves of the importance of this time of giving thanks. Living in the United States is one of the most blessed opportunities anyone can experience. As we observe and enjoy the benefits of this great nation, we can only say thanks to the one who provides us with such bountiful blessings.
Daniel was placed in a den of lions for breaking a decree set forth by king Darius. This decree was an evil tool set in place by the enemies of Daniel.
This week all around this country of ours, communities and organizations have paid honor to the many soldiers who have served our country in times past.
Last week, we began talking about how obedience to God is a must. We looked at two Old Testament examples of this idea: the Israelites and the brazen serpent (Numbers 21) and the account of Naaman (2 Kings 5).
Teachers in Bryan County schools go back to work Monday, and the students will only be a week behind them.
Human beings always have had conflict with one another. Conflict can sever once-good relationships that can go unresolved throughout one's lifetime.
I recently read a story of a lady who spent $30,000 so she could look like Kim Kardashian. Now, she has to spend the next few years paying it off.
Back in the summers of my college days, I worked for a builder. For the most part, I kept the skilled laborers (carpenters and brick layers) supplied with materials. Then, there was the biggest mistake I made during my first summer.
Anyone who desires to be saved needs to realize that God's will must be obeyed.
On most Fourth of Julys, our family, which this year included 17 of us, meets at our house for food, fun and fireworks.
It has become popular today in some circles to say, "I love Jesus, but I hate the church."
Life gets busy sometimes, and it is easy to forget to think of the important things.
The United States celebrates its freedom on the Fourth of July. It was on this day that the Declaration of Independence from the kingdom of Great Britain was signed.
Most of us have just celebrated, in one way or another, Independence Day and are enjoying what is commonly called the Fourth of July weekend.
Our country is 238 years old. We have been a world leader, almost since our first days as a democracy.
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