Another year means another camp meeting celebration at Pleasant Grove African Methodist Episcopal Church. No matter how bleak the world may seem, nothing dampens the spirits of the church's congregants during this annual event.
In Ephesians, the Holy Spirit, in and through Paul, reveals what Jesus Christ did for every believer. Every faithful believer has life only in Jesus Christ, meaning believers live and act in the Lord's sphere. Believers have unions with Christ, fellowship with Him, relationships with Him and they are intimate with Him. Believers are in love with Jesus Christ and they fall more in love with Him daily.
Bryan Neck Presbyterian Church chapel means more to some South Bryan residents than just a place to congregate. It's a bond to the past and ancestors buried at the adjacent Burnt Church Cemetery.
This cooler air moving in reminded me of a time when as a young boy I learned a valuable lesson.
What a spectacle of God's power must have been shown during the days of creation – the shifting of the land masses, the forming of the seas and water ways, the great lights set to rule day and night to control the seasons and the years as the great designer made a world that was ready for man to inhabit; the plant and animal life formed and given to man to have dominion over them (Gen. 1:28, 29).
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.
In the Christmas story, we find the wise men who came from the east searching for the Christ child, the savior of the world.
Are you through with your Christmas shopping yet? I thought I would ask this week because by the time you are reading my column next week, it will be too late.
During this time of year, many people begin to think about Christ. More attention is given to trying to live as he lived - helping others, giving of himself to others.
We did it - we have finally reached the last month of the year.
The other day, I glanced up at a sign at a business that read, "We all go somewhere, make sure you get there."
The day after Thanksgiving, we began our Christmas decorating. It always is my job to get everything down from the attic, put the tree up and put lights on it. My wife does most of the rest. I put a few decorations near the top, including "the topper." Any outside decorations usually are my responsibilities, too.
Last week, we began studying about the crown God offers to all and how to achieve the goal of receiving the crown.
All mankind has to do is to look at God's creation and conclude from it that God exists.
If you are a fan either of the Bulldogs or the Yellow Jackets, you rode that coaster hard last Saturday. In all of my years of watching football (or any other sport), I do not remember a time when a game has swung back and forth like that. Even a basketball game with a one-point difference doesn't feel like that.
The Gospel message is to be preached to the entire world.
"But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for God's own possession, so that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light." - 1 Peter 2:9
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