I was talking to a friend the other day, and the discussion went to Matthew 6:33 where it states "Seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness and all these things will be given to you."
"How long will you waver between two opinions? If the Lord be God then follow Him…" - 1 Kings 18:21
Most Christians and many non-Christians observe Lent, traditionally held during the six weeks before Easter Sunday. These 40 days between Ash Wednesday and Maundy Thursday are a commemoration of the time Jesus spent fasting in the desert before the beginning of His public ministry, in which He endured temptations by the devil.
We have received some much-needed rain in the last week or so. Some of us wonder if we are receiving more than we need, but we also know that drought conditions have been very real in recent months. I will not complain about the rain.
Many people have given up on God. They feel that because things have not worked out the way they planned, serving God is not worth the time or the effort.
"From the same mouth come blessing and cursing. My brothers, these things ought not to be so. Does a spring pour forth from the same opening both fresh and salt water? Can a fig tree, my brothers, bear olives, or a grapevine produce figs? Neither can a salt pond yield fresh water." James 3:10-12
GAINESVILLE - Dr. Marcus Borg will present three lectures March 1-2 at Brenau University as part of a newly formed partnership of North Georgia churches and academic institutions.
Nationally, members of the 100-year-old Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. have been doing a lot of celebrating this year.
Christianity has been misunderstood as it pertains to its attitude towards sin. I realize there are spokespersons for the faith that don't always speak correctly when representing it. They either refuse to call sin what the Bible calls sin, or they have a wrong attitude and end up hating the sinner as well as the sin. The Bible is clear on what our attitude should be towards sin: We must hate it. One of the ...
They don't teach cursive writing any more. That's what I was told. It has been made obsolete by the computer.
Life is worth living. Some do not think so and take their lives, not realizing there is a better answer.
The Scriptures, along with the promises of God, teach us about certain boundaries which God has set up for those who choose to follow him and can be classified as moral, ethical or financial in nature.
Last week, I talked about contradictions in life. I wrote about the fact that we praise God and speak poorly of others with the same tongue, and that ought not to be.
The Apostle Paul wrote, "Grace be to you and peace from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ. Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort; Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God" (2 Corinthians 1:2–4).
The other day, I entered in a discussion with some friends on the topic of older teens to 20-somethings. Someone thought it was a common practice for people in this age group to fall away from their Christian teaching and living.
"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.
Our God is a God who always has been on the move.
I recently went to the Atlanta area for a couple of board meetings and stayed at one of the local motels. In the morning before my first meeting, I turned on the television and started listening to a minister, expecting to hear something from God's word to help me through the day.
Football season is in full swing, whether high school, college or the pros. Stadiums are filling up with excited fans all across this country as they prepare to cheer their teams to victory.
We must never forget that we were created to worship and love God. We are the creation he is the creator. We are to serve him. All the blessings that his word tells us about are there for us if we will follow him.
If we look around today, we truly can say that we're experiencing hard times.
In 2 Corinthians 12:7, the Apostle Paul said he was given a thorn in the flesh in order to keep him from exalting himself. In other words, Paul experienced some sort of pain that kept him from being conceited and to trust completely in the grace and strength from God.
When I was in college, and even when I moved to New Orleans to attend seminary, there were many things that brought me encouragement. But there was one thing in particular that brought me joy: I always could count on receiving a letter every week from my mom.
God's word tells how mankind can have a better life, but many fail to heed the divine advice.
It's time to invite someone to church.
"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
Throughout my ministry, I have heard a lot of complaints about the problems in our world and our nation in particular.