For almost 20 years, Pastor Richard Sheffield has served as the pastor of Riceboro Church of God. He said he enjoys leading the small congregation.
Today's article is directed toward people who are not Christian. God is calling through the good news of Jesus of Nazareth to accept the gift of salvation. Therefore, I am inviting you to come to a Christian church to accept Jesus as your lord and savior. I really do pray that you will go to any of the more than 200 Christian churches in Liberty County. I know you would be welcome at any of them.
The King James Version of the Bible, first printed in 1611, turned 400 this year, but not many churchgoers are aware of that fact, according to local ministers.
For a few days this past week I was reminded of how uncertain the weather can be. The forecasters gave us, here in our area, the possibility of snow and ice, which never materialized.
Paul wrote, "For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope" (Rom. 15:4). There is much to be learned by the mistakes of others. Seeing what others have done and the consequences of their actions ought to lead us to want to be as faithful as possible to God.
It is really rather fascinating, some of the things I have been asked through the years. One question I have heard more than once: "Preacher, where in the Bible does it say, 'God helps those who help themselves?'"
Elim Baptist Church in Ludowici is growing and there's a new pastor on board.
Choose, on this day, who you will serve. Choose to become who God is through Jesus Christ. Many are called but few are chosen. God has lain before man life, death, blessings and curses. It is our choice to listen to and obey God's word. We choose to be chosen through our obedience and willingness to do what the Father tells us to do.
When I went to the bank the other day I was joking with the teller, who I have known for several years, that there were only 356 days until Christmas.
Mom always said, "Think before you speak." Dad used to say, "Son, you don't have to say everything you think." And in spite of all of that good advice, I have said more dumb things that I care to remember.
Remember Jesus' suffering. The cross was designed as an instrument of torture. He endured physical pain, emotional grief, social humiliation and spiritual despair.
The ladies in pink and green, who proudly proclaim their heritage as members of the oldest African-American sorority, are preparing for their annual Founder's Day celebration.
God placed Adam in the Garden of Eden to tend to it, guard it and keep it. The Lord God told the man, "You may freely eat of every tree of the Garden, but of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil and Blessing and Calamity, you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it, you shall surely die." - Genesis 2:15-17
As soon as Christmas day is over, many people begin to take down the tree, the decorations and every sign of the holidays.
Do you remember the scare of Y2K? There were those who said computers were going to shut down at the stroke of midnight Jan. 1, 2000.
Sometimes life throws us curve balls - situations, circumstances and problems that we just don't know how to handle.
Over 2,000 years ago, there was this one called Jesus Christ who came on the scene in history. He preached, taught and healed the sick. Crowds gathered just to see if he was going to perform another miracle.
Dad used to tell me, "What doesn't kill you makes you stronger." Coach would say, "No pain, no gain." And one teacher would remark, "We learn best through adversity."
The Bible plainly states that all men have sinned (Romans 3:23). Sin, though not inherited, has been a plague of each generation of mankind. Each individual sins and is responsible for their sins.
There is no doubt that we are living in some difficult times. Many are struggling to make ends meet. Many are wondering if there is a light at the end of the tunnel.
Sunday was an exciting time, and those at St. Luke Missionary Baptist Church are celebrating a great accomplishment in the life of their church.
This week has been beautiful, and I think spring is finally here to stay. We have been fooled before with a cold front sneaking its way back in. Well, speaking of being fooled, Tuesday was April Fool's Day where many a folk were hoaxed or tricked. Most of this was all done in fun and brought much-needed laughter.
Well, did you survive April Fool's Day? Or are you one of those who pulls the pranks on others?
Often, the love of Jesus is not seen in the lives of his creation.
"Jesus said, 'Take ye away the stone.' Martha, the sister of him that was dead, saith unto him, 'Lord, by this time he stinketh, for he hath been dead four days.' Then they took away the stone from the place where the dead was laid. And Jesus lifted up his eyes, and said, 'Father, I thank thee that thou hast heard me.' And when he thus had spoken, he cried with a loud voice, 'Lazarus, come forth.' And he that was dead came forth, bound hand and foot with graveclothes, and his face was bound about with a napkin. Jesus ...
The older I get, the more I pay attention to my surroundings. I notice the beauty of flowers, trees, stars and even little details.
Spring has come. It's obvious on the calendar. We already have moved the clocks forward for daylight saving time. And where we live, trees and flowers are blooming all over.
Last week, we looked at Isaiah 1:18 and saw that God was willing to give his people an opportunity to come to their senses and turn back to him. Those people failed to heed God's warnings. Surely, man can learn from their mistakes (Romans 15:4).
The August Birth Month Committee of Bryan Neck Missionary Baptist Church will hold a fundraiser dinner from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. April 18-19 at the church in Richmond Hill.
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