Earl D. Williams, pastor of Wilderness Baptist Church in Midway, loves to fish, but seldom has the time to enjoy his hobby. He said he's too busy fishing for souls.
Growing up in church has given me a unique perspective on walking the Christian walk. I've had opportunities to share the room with gifted men and women of God. Generally, as pastors and parishioners, we're able to quote scripture dealing with the "fruits of the spirit" - love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, faith, etc. However, we all know that quoting scripture and actually practicing what you preach are two separate things.
The prophet Isaiah was sent to the people of Israel to try and get them to turn back to God, putting all their trust in Him.
In 1 Peter 3:15, Christians are told to "always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have."
Okay, I have to admit it. I love baseball. I know that many in the younger generation are bored by the game. But I find it fascinating.
During the week of Aug. 9-14, First Calvary Missionary Baptist Church in Hinesville will celebrate its ministry anniversaries at 7:30 p.m. Bishop Victor Couzens Sr., of the Inspirational Baptist Church in Cincinnati, will speak Monday through Friday. At 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 14, the Rev. William Miller, of New Fellowship Baptist Church in Glennville, will speak.
Another day up, another day down. Let's look at life one day at a time. Yes, we all have a calendar full of appointments and events. But we must slow down and thank God for letting us live one day at a time. We won't live forever, so it's important to be grateful for every hour and every day.
I will never forget the day for as long as I live. I was sitting on the living room sofa in my home in Warren, Mich., listening to my sister on the phone from Atlanta.
Despite what some may believe and even try and teach, God is a loving God.
The other day I was walking around the house and just happened to notice out of the corner of my eye a lily that had just bloomed.
School starts this week and parents in the area are busy shopping and making sure their children have everything they need for the first day of the new academic year. Teachers are returning from vacations, putting together lesson plans and setting up their classrooms. Children are excited about new schools, new uniforms and new friends. Many are bored with summer and look forward to this day. Yes, it's back-to-school time. Children are rested and ready to return with clean slates and high expectations.
Peter wrote, "Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you" (1 Peter 5:7). In order to be able to have the faith to trust God with our cares we must keep our faith strong.
"Man, it's hot!"
Lindsay Lohan has been in the news a lot lately, which is probably exactly what she wants for publicity reasons. A news network recently covered the story of her trip to jail and described it as her beginning her "hard labor."
Father William "Buck" Lea has been in the ministry for 32 years. He is serving as the interim pastor at St. Phillips Episcopal Church in Hinesville.
As members of the Liberty Prayer Chapel family of Hinesville prepare for their church's 11th anniversary, they are reflecting and anticipating a great time of fellowship.
While recently driving through our wonderful city, my attention was arrested by this inscription written on a church marquee: "Know Jesus, Know Peace, No Jesus, No Peace."
"What if" - these words carry a little bit of uncertainty; they are conditional in nature.
Every generation looks at its elders and wonders why those folks are so hopeless out of date.
Every person faces an eternal destiny. When we study the word of God, it is seen to be a fact. One of these, heaven or hell, will be our place of eternal destiny when this life is over.
Sarah Steward Izzard started playing piano in churches at the age of 12 - and still is playing more than 50 years later.
From the moment I read Philippians 1: 20-21, I knew this verse would be my "new standard."
In 1 Corinthians 11, the Apostle Paul issued a brave request. He stated, "Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ."
"Count your blessings, name them one by one. Count your blessings, see what God has done." Those words first were written in 1897 by a man named Johnson Oatman Jr. But they remain wonderful words of truth even today.
The apostles suffered many things because of their desire to proclaim the message of Jesus to the world.
"Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light." - Matthew 11:28-30