Sunday begins what is often called "Holy Week." Full disclosure here: My tradition does celebrate Holy Week as carefully as other Christian denominations. I have participated in Maundy Thursday observances. I have preached at the occasional Good Friday service. But for the most part, we Baptists place most of our emphasis on Easter Sunday and the resurrection. And that makes sense. After all, Easter is what the Christian faith is all about. Still, ...
God is not man. God is God. He is omnipotent, omniscient and omnipresent. Man's ways and God's ways are not the same. "For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the Earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts" (Isaiah 55:8-9). Man makes a mistake when he tries to bring God down to ...
"Love is blind, and marriage is an eye-opener." So goes the old saying. But what is love? To many, the word itself is exciting. Love is pure, positive emotion. Love is a force to be experienced. Love is uncontrollable, thrilling bliss!
Family planning is a controversial topic that brings out strong feelings and visions. The family is a focal point of life that God has designed. That's why the Apostle Paul devoted so much space in Ephesians to the issues of married couples (5:22-33), kids (6:1-3) and fathers (6:4). If two people marry in their 20s and live into their 70s, that's a substantial marriage commitment and a long life together. One would never enter into ...
In an Old Testament story, David, the one who killed Goliath, had 600 men with him as he literally was running for his life from King Saul of Israel.
In the Bible, man is told to put God first and not focus on the physical things of this life. Yet often, we see people putting making money and belongings before God.
As I get older, I seem to learn more lessons from the little. That's true in many areas of life, but especially in spiritual matters. Recently, I have learned a little more about what grace is. Last month, I put up three bird feeders in my backyard. I put out the first feeder, and I did not see a bird for two weeks. But then I noticed that it was empty. Something had eaten the ...
The Rev. Kathi Parchem is elated about her new position in the ministry. At the Savannah Presbytery winter meeting on St. Simons Island, Parchem, the interim pastor of the First Presbyterian Church of Hinesville, was elected unanimously as the moderator of the Savannah Presbytery. Comprised of 41 churches of Presbyterian Church USA, the Savannah Presbytery has approximately 6,000 members and covers Southeast of Georgia. The presbytery's mission is to engage, encourage and resource congregations so ...
Proverbs 3:5 instructs us to "Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not to thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy path."
Easter is right around the corner, and it's a time when more people think about Jesus Christ than any other time of the year.
"It's elementary, my dear Watson." Sherlock Holmes made this line famous as he always solved the crime, just in the nick of time.
Do you understand that Jesus loves you? Yes, you - you are important to God. John wrote, "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life" (John 3:16 KJV). When someone truly loves another, they are willing to do things for that person. Jesus has done something for us (Philippians 2:5-11). Have you ever thought about what Jesus gave ...
Sunday was a time of new beginnings for the Beach Hill Baptist Church in Midway. The church installed a new pastor, the Rev. Douglas Carter of Hinesville. Dr. Sinclair Thorne of the First Calvary Missionary Baptist Church of Hinesville will be the speaker. Carter, who was appointed as the pastor of the 133-year-old church in December 2012, is excited about his appointment. "The members are very enthusiastic and excited to see what God has ...
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
The other day, as I was walking past my mailbox, I took a long look at it. It is old, faded and slides a little bit forward when one opens it.
Tomorrow is Father's Day. We all know that it is not quite the same event that Mother's Day is, and that is fine. We all know the value of a godly mother.
God sent his Son to pay a debt that man could not and cannot pay - the debt of sin.
Father's Day does not receive the recognition that Mother's Day receives personally or commercially. Personally, I think Father's Day should have a greater appreciation and a greater recognition based on a biblical prospective.
Even during summer months, some children still are having fun at school.
In a few weeks, they will once again converge on St. Simons Island for a time of refreshing, renewal and relaxation.
Many teachings circulating in the church today concern the kind of prosperity believers should experience.
Morals can be defined simply as what a person has been taught and believes in regard to what is right and wrong.
Last week, I wrote that I have been preaching through the 23rd Psalm. I would like for you to consider an idea from that Psalm that remains a powerful image in my mind.
Last week, we began looking at the idea of putting our faith in God. Some people have a problem with this, for they trust only in themselves. Much of this comes from humanistic teaching in our schools today. Our young people are faced with instructors who do not believe in the Bible. Generations are being reared to believe that man has all the answers. This false idea makes it difficult for religious teaching to be accepted.
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