Another year means another camp meeting celebration at Pleasant Grove African Methodist Episcopal Church. No matter how bleak the world may seem, nothing dampens the spirits of the church's congregants during this annual event.
In Ephesians, the Holy Spirit, in and through Paul, reveals what Jesus Christ did for every believer. Every faithful believer has life only in Jesus Christ, meaning believers live and act in the Lord's sphere. Believers have unions with Christ, fellowship with Him, relationships with Him and they are intimate with Him. Believers are in love with Jesus Christ and they fall more in love with Him daily.
Bryan Neck Presbyterian Church chapel means more to some South Bryan residents than just a place to congregate. It's a bond to the past and ancestors buried at the adjacent Burnt Church Cemetery.
This cooler air moving in reminded me of a time when as a young boy I learned a valuable lesson.
What a spectacle of God's power must have been shown during the days of creation – the shifting of the land masses, the forming of the seas and water ways, the great lights set to rule day and night to control the seasons and the years as the great designer made a world that was ready for man to inhabit; the plant and animal life formed and given to man to have dominion over them (Gen. 1:28, 29).
We have had some rather extreme weather in this calendar year. Back in the winter it rained and rained, and then rained some more. Then during the summer the heat was absolutely intense, and we had long periods where there was no rain.
"O foolish Galatians, who hath bewitched you, that ye should not obey the truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ hath been evidently set forth, crucified among you?" - Galatians 3:1
Today we celebrate Halloween. Although the day and date of some holidays may change, Halloween is always on October 31.
Have you ever noticed that even in our Lord's life, men were following the words of men and not those of God?
At the beginning of this summer, I got a call from my sister concerning my favorite uncle who lives in Indiana. He had been battling cancer and had taken several chemotherapy treatments.
Only 62 more shopping days until Christmas! Can you believe it? Do you have your list made yet?
Miguel Ayala appreciates clergy members and he understands the inherent stress and difficulties many ministers encounter while performing their duties.
I am excited about the role of Christians in today's world.
The apostle Paul wrote, "Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus" (Phil. 3:13,14).
There used to be a thing called "telephone etiquette" in our society. It seems no longer to exist.
In our recent election between the Democrats and Republicans, the Republicans seized control over the Senate by winning an additional seven seats.
When I was growing up in the church, we used to quite often sing a song called, "Count Your Blessings." It goes something like this: "Count your blessings, name them one by one; Count your blessings, see what God hath done."
I have a new computer. It is a laptop and literally is the size of the leather binder I carry in my book satchel. It is only a pound or so in weight.
When Elijah the prophet called for Ahab to gather all Israel to Mount Carmel, he started his address with the following words: "How long halt ye between two opinions? If the Lord be God, follow him. But if Baal, then follow him" (1 Kings 18:21).
We live in a world that is fueled by agendas. Man, by nature, tends to look out for himself. Occasionally, (it is one of the rarest occurrences) you come across a person who's only true agenda is the success and betterment of those to whom he or she is related. There is a person who is never quite understood. There is a person who is often rejected on the basis of trust. A pure heart often leads the bearer to be alone, even among thousands.
It just amazes me how the stock market operates. It changes at the drop of a hat. Investors react both positively and negatively when a particular news story breaks.
As I write this column, I am sitting in the waiting room of a car dealer. My wife's car was recalled, and the work is being done to fix the issue.
Last week, it was shown that Christians are to "seek those things above" (Colossians 3:1). Why should the Christian seek to do these things?
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