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Is guilt going unpunished

This week a lot of people were glued to the TV screen or the internet or were listening to the radio awaiting the verdict of the Casey Anthony trial.

July 11, 2011 | By Pastor Steve Lane New Beginnings Community Church | Faith


We need to know all the facts

Some recent court cases have been decided in a way that many people thought was wrong. Right or wrong, I could not say because I do not have all the facts. Without all the facts, it is impossible to come to the right conclusion.

July 11, 2011 | By Minister Riley Nelson Richmond Hill Church of Christ | Faith


Be thankful we live in land of free

For Americans, the Fourth of July is a time to look back - and look up. On Independence Day, we take a break from our busy schedules to appreciate the blessings of freedom and liberty - the noble values upon which our nation was built. We look back with gratitude at our founding fathers' vision. We appreciate the courage of those who have protected our freedoms.

July 05, 2011 | By Edith Anderson Correspondent | Faith


God uses ordinary to do extraordinary

When God uses ordinary people beyond what is usual, ordinary or regular, He establishes the extraordinary. People do not usually think they are noteworthy, remarkable or exceptional in character. Outside of occasionally having a special, often temporary, task or responsibility, we may not address the possibility of being extraordinary. But there are "gifted" people among us. We celebrate their accomplishments with enthusiasm and amazement. What we may not consider is that God depends on ordinary people. The Bible shows us that ordinary people are chosen by God for phenomenal and special service.

July 05, 2011 | By Rev. Kathleen Ayala Columnist | Faith


Choose what matters most

When I was 16 years old, I had my dad drop me off at a lake to go fishing on his way to a church board meeting. This 30-acre private lake sat about a half of a mile off the road.

July 05, 2011 | By Pastor Steve Lane New Beginnings Community Church | Faith


Sing to the Lord with all your might

I have to admit that I love to sing. I sing along with the radio in the car. I sing in the shower. I sing as I work. (I'm not a good whistler, so I can't follow the advice of the Seven Dwarfs).

July 05, 2011 | By Pastor Brad Butler First Baptist Church, Pembroke | Faith


God lets us decide; are we deciding right?

God made man a free moral agent: "And if it seem evil unto you to serve the Lord, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord" (Joshua 24:15).

July 05, 2011 | By Minister Riley Nelson Richmond Hill Church of Christ | Faith


God has purpose for all of us

In the book of Psalms we are told that God has a purpose for each one of us.

June 29, 2011 | By Pastor Steve Lane New Beginnings Community Church | Faith


How to be pleasing to God, part 3

In the preceding weeks, we have talked about pleasing God. Last week, we saw that if we really want to please God, we must understand that Christ is a part of God's plan and must be followed. As we think more about that, there are a few more things we need to know about Christ.

June 29, 2011 | By Minister Riley Nelson Richmond Hill Church of Christ | Faith


Persistence pays off

I have a friend who is an author. Mark has published multiple books in the past decade. He served as a pastor for 15 years but has spent the past 10 years writing and submitting manuscripts.

June 29, 2011 | By Pastor Brad Butler First Baptist Church, Pembroke | Faith


How to be pleasing to God: Part 2

Last week we looked at the question, "Who are you trying to please?" The thought was that in spiritual matters, we must study and obey his word if we are trying to please God.

June 21, 2011 | Minister Riley Nelson Richmond Hill Church of Christ | Faith


Honor Father's Day by being a good example

Tomorrow is Father's Day, which reminds me of baseball player-turned-evangelist Billy Sunday, who once said, "Give a child a good mother and any old stick will do for a father."

June 21, 2011 | Pastor Brad Butler First Baptist Church, Pembroke | Faith


Salvation isn't always easy

Several years ago I ran across a little gospel tract titled, "God's simple plan of salvation." It gave the simple truth that God loves his creation, and he made a way so mankind could get forgiveness for its sins and receive everlasting life.

June 21, 2011 | Pastor Steve Lane New Beginnings Community Church | Faith


Understand the consequences

One of the bad habits that I have is goofing off with my grandkids.

June 13, 2011 | By Pastor Steve Lane New Beginnings Community Church | Faith


Just who are you trying to please?

In life it seems we are always trying to please someone. It may be our parents, or it may be our children, a spouse, friends, employers, teachers, etc.

June 13, 2011 | By Minister Riley Nelson Richmond Hill Church of Christ | Faith


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Actions speak louder than words

The other day, I was watching the news when a political ad featuring the politician came across my TV screen. He told what he believed and what he would do if elected. Immediately, I thought, "I wonder if his past voting record in politics mirrored what he was saying."

October 18, 2014 | By Pastor Steve Lane New Beginnings Community Church | Faith


Everyone can be adopted in God's family

The world is full of people wanting to know, "What is in it for me?" This attitude keeps many from ever checking out God's word and obeying the Gospel. They see no benefit coming their way, so why bother with religion?

October 17, 2014 | By Pastor Brad Butler First Baptist Church, Pembroke | Faith


What is in it for me? Eternal life with Father

The world is full of people wanting to know, "What is in it for me?" This attitude keeps many from ever checking out God's word and obeying the Gospel. They see no benefit coming their way, so why bother with religion?

October 16, 2014 | By Minister Riley Nelson Richmond Hill Church of Christ | Faith


What do we really need to fear?

Recently, there has been quite a bit of fear concerning the confirmed Ebola case on U.S. soil.

October 11, 2014 | By Pastor Steve Lane New Beginnings Community Church | Faith


We should look back to go forward

I was moved recently after reading an article titled "Down Blige Road" in Richmond Hill Reflections magazine. As "transplanted" African-Americans here in Richmond Hill, it helped us understand and get more insight into the pasts of other African-Americans who lived in, worked in and built this community.

October 10, 2014 | By Craig Butts Special to the News | Faith


Don't wait until 'someday' to follow God

Life is but for a little while. James wrote, "Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away" (James 4:14). What a great reminder of life's brevity, as it can be seen many times during a year.

October 09, 2014 | By Minister Riley Nelson Richmond Hill Church of Christ | Faith


Gardening teaches to lean on God

As I usually do, earlier this year I planted a little vegetable garden. It's not too elaborate, but it gives me something to enjoy and provides us with a variety of wonderfully fresh things to eat.

October 04, 2014 | By Pastor Brad Butler First Baptist Church, Pembroke | Faith


Which way will you go with eternity on line?

Perhaps one of the greatest questions asked by a Bible character was the one asked by Elijah the prophet.

October 02, 2014 | By Minister Riley Nelson Richmond Hill Church of Christ | Faith


Our past life is behind us, thanks to God

A couple of months ago, I went to have surgery. In that process, I had to look at my medical records to make sure they were correct, including medicines I had taken and previous surgeries.

October 02, 2014 | By Pastor Steve Lane | Faith


Show your pastor love, appreciation

October is Clergy Appreciation Month, that time of year to show pastors just how much they are appreciated.

October 02, 2014 | By Edith Anderson Correspondent | Faith


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