America declared herself free July 4, 1776, when our forefathers signed the Declaration of Independence. The 13 original colonies protested the limitations placed on them by the king of England and broke away from his rule.
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. The world has the idea that man can do just about whatever he wants and God will still save him. God has never promised salvation to one who will not obey Him. "Not everyone that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father ...
God is demanding His people to return to prayer! God had me to deliver a soul stirring, searching, shaking message on July 3 and had me to call an all night prayer from Sunday night, July 4-5.
Well, my driver's license is about to expire. That means that I will soon be five years older than I used to be. I thought about simply renewing it online, but I want a new picture. No, I'm not that vain. But since I last got a license I have had laser eye surgery. I no longer wear glasses, and my old picture has me in glasses. I don't want to have to explain that to an officer.
I was disappointed recently to hear a professional athlete tell of his decision to sign a contract that would have him living some 15 hours away from his kids. He had an opportunity to sign with a team right in the same area where his kids live and could still make the millions of dollars that he will be making.
Through prayer, hard work, unity, love and sacrifices, Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Chruch of Hinesville paid off its mortgage ahead of schedule. It only took 16 years.
"But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on his own; He will speak only what He hears, and He will tell you what is yet to come." (John 16:13 NIV)
I am sitting here typing away on the computer in my office at church. When I finish writing what I want to say to you, I will save the document, attach it to an e-mail and send it to the editor of the paper.
Do you understand that Jesus loves you? Yes you, you are important to God. Most likely you have sung the song "Jesus Loves Me," but have you ever taken it to heart that He loves you personally.
I was driving to the office the other day when out of the corner of my eye I saw a squirrel come out of the grass and dart right in front of my car. There was no time to brake and sad to say, the only nuts that that squirrel is eating is in squirrel heaven if there is such a place.
In the U.S. military, Dr. Diane Curry was a non-commissioned officer. In God's army; however, she is a general.
If I would ask the average American what the symbol is for our freedom, I believe most people would say that it is our flag.
I have always considered myself to be a Patriot. I love my country, and I am grateful for all of the blessings God has bestowed upon us. But in the last five years I have become increasingly more aware of the reality of the sacrifices made by those in our armed forces so that the rest of us might enjoy the freedoms we have.
Our nation was built upon a belief in and a desire to worship God. Brave men and women took a stand for freedom, that, too, many seem like an insurmountable undertaking – to take on an entire nation in a battle for freedom.
In spite of their hectic schedules, a group of busy, local Christians have decided it's time to get away. On July 10-17, they will escape the hustle and bustle of daily life and spend a week in paradise.
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