School starts this week and parents in the area are busy shopping and making sure their children have everything they need for the first day of the new academic year. Teachers are returning from vacations, putting together lesson plans and setting up their classrooms. Children are excited about new schools, new uniforms and new friends. Many are bored with summer and look forward to this day. Yes, it's back-to-school time. Children are rested and ready to return with clean slates and high expectations.
Peter wrote, "Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you" (1 Peter 5:7). In order to be able to have the faith to trust God with our cares we must keep our faith strong.
"Man, it's hot!"
Lindsay Lohan has been in the news a lot lately, which is probably exactly what she wants for publicity reasons. A news network recently covered the story of her trip to jail and described it as her beginning her "hard labor."
Father William "Buck" Lea has been in the ministry for 32 years. He is serving as the interim pastor at St. Phillips Episcopal Church in Hinesville.
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.
Last week, we began talking about how obedience to God is a must. We looked at two Old Testament examples of this idea: the Israelites and the brazen serpent (Numbers 21) and the account of Naaman (2 Kings 5).
Teachers in Bryan County schools go back to work Monday, and the students will only be a week behind them.
Human beings always have had conflict with one another. Conflict can sever once-good relationships that can go unresolved throughout one's lifetime.
I recently read a story of a lady who spent $30,000 so she could look like Kim Kardashian. Now, she has to spend the next few years paying it off.
Back in the summers of my college days, I worked for a builder. For the most part, I kept the skilled laborers (carpenters and brick layers) supplied with materials. Then, there was the biggest mistake I made during my first summer.
Anyone who desires to be saved needs to realize that God's will must be obeyed.
On most Fourth of Julys, our family, which this year included 17 of us, meets at our house for food, fun and fireworks.
It has become popular today in some circles to say, "I love Jesus, but I hate the church."
Life gets busy sometimes, and it is easy to forget to think of the important things.
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