Spring is the season of First Holy Communion. Parents, aunts, uncles, and even older brothers and sisters often look on with pride when their young relatives receive the sacrament for the first time. One of three Sacraments of Initiation within the Catholic church, the sacrament of First Holy Communion, or the Eucharist, is a momentous event in the life of a young Catholic.
I remember looking forward to Easter Sunday when I was a child. Part of it was the Easter-egg hunt at our small country church after service, but a lot of it was the spirit of celebration. That was evident starting with getting ready for church and carrying on through the service itself. The music was a little more upbeat, and the preacher spoke with a little more excitement. This definitely was a step up from ...
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 ...
It is Labor Day Weekend. What does that mean to you?
Who is God?
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