Religious freedom has changed its identity over the years. One could believe that religious freedom started when our nation's founders separated from the mother country and established a nation where people were free to worship God in their own way. Biblical freedom, however, is obtained when a person accepts and receives Jesus Christ as their personal savior - when a person is born again.
For the past three weeks, my topic for this column has been easy to determine. First, there was Easter, then I wrote about the National Day of Prayer and finally there was Mother's Day.
In one of Jesus's parables he said his kingdom on earth offered some of the same benefits a tree offers to the birds of the air.
Where does your faith rest? In other words, why do you believe the things you believe about religion and why do you profess to be a part of a certain group?
Whether nations, peoples, tongues or churches, mankind has been challenged to walk in a manner that is pleasing and acceptable to God and avoid violating the moral and civil standards that He has set forth.
Our televisions and newspapers have been filled recently with stories of natural disasters around the world. Our hearts go out and our prayers go up to God for those who have been devastated by these happenings. It may take years for life to return to normal for many of these families.
The other day I went to the bank to deposit my check and when I handed it to the teller she handed it right back. She let me know she could not deposit it because it didn't have a signature.
Sunday was Mother's Day. If you had forgotten that, I hope you are reading this early enough in the day to get to the store quickly.
Pastor Ben Beasley of Atlanta still is adjusting to a new position at a new church in a new city.
Communication is considered by many to be one of the most important elements of a relationship. Failure to communicate usually ends up being disastrous to a marriage.
There probably are more people in church on Easter than any other time of year and probably more activities going on involving Christian ministries during the season of Lent.
Prayer is one of the most essential elements of a Christian's life. To think that we can speak with the God of creation is a mind-boggling thought. But it is the truth. God has invited us to speak to him regularly. Paul wrote, "Pray without ceasing." And so we know that prayer is essential.
If you truly desire to be close to God, you have to make some changes in your life. If you are like most people, you have been caught up with the "what's in it for me" mentality.
"He is not here; for He is risen, as He said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay. And go quickly and tell His disciples that He is risen from the dead, and indeed He is going before you into Galilee; there you will see Him. Behold, I have told." - Matthew 28:6-7 - New King James Version
While every day is significant, the last few days have been amazingly powerful for me as I remembered the significance of living a committed life - one dedicated to God. We must reflect His unconditional love in every interaction we have. We must give more than we take, and we must remain alert with compassion for others.
"But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long-suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance. Against such, there is no law. And they that are Christ's have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. Let us not be desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, envying one another" (Galatians 5:13-25).
In a lot of movies, the words "The End" appear after the last scene, signifying that the movie is over.
One of the leading causes of divorce (or any other disagreement or estrangement) is the lack of communication.
Mankind needs to thank God for the fact that Jesus came to Earth, died at Calvary and rose again the third day. Without the blood of Christ, no man could be saved from sin. The debt of sin is too great for man to repay, but Christ paid the debt for all men.
The Apostle Paul was the greatest missionary to walk the earth, but always was having to deal with persecution.
On Sunday evenings in recent weeks, I have been teaching on the topic of spiritual gifts at my church. I believe it is one of the most important topics facing the church today.
God has done many things to provide for man's eternal resting place.
When Jesus came to Earth over 2,000 years ago, people had different expectations of him - if, indeed, he was who he said he was, the Messiah.
A little over eight years ago, my wife and I built our first house together. Over the past couple of years, we have been repainting the interior walls and have replaced carpeting, and now are replacing door jambs and repainting exterior doors.
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