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Let us tend our own gardens first

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.

July 20, 2010 | By Pastor Brad Butler First Baptist Church, Pembroke | Faith


Children also need quantity time

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.

July 20, 2010 | By Pastor Steve Lane New Beginnings Community Church | Faith


Bethel AME members' sacrifices pay off

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.

July 19, 2010 | By Edith Anderson Correspondent | Faith


We must follow the Holy Spirit

"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)

July 19, 2010 | By Rev. Katrina Deason Columnist | Faith


Grow in wisdom with the Lord

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.

July 12, 2010 | By Pastor Brad Butler First Baptist Church, Pembroke | Faith


Take advantage of love Christ has for you

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.

July 12, 2010 | By Minister Riley Nelson Richmond Hill Church of Christ | Faith


Thoughts of uncertainty

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.

July 12, 2010 | By Pastor Steve Lane New Beginnings Community Church | Faith


Assistant pastor is one of God's generals

In the U.S. military, Dr. Diane Curry was a non-commissioned officer. In God's army; however, she is a general.

July 12, 2010 | By Edith Anderson Correspondent | Faith


Cross is symbol of independence

If I would ask the average American what the symbol is for our freedom, I believe most people would say that it is our flag.

July 05, 2010 | By Pastor Steve Lane New Beginnings Community Church | Faith


Happy Fourth and God bless

I have always considered myself to be a Patriot. I love my country, and I am grateful for all of the blessings God has bestowed upon us. But in the last five years I have become increasingly more aware of the reality of the sacrifices made by those in our armed forces so that the rest of us might enjoy the freedoms we have.

July 05, 2010 | By Pastor Brad Butler First Baptist Church, Pembroke | Faith


Freedom is in Jesus Christ

Our nation was built upon a belief in and a desire to worship God. Brave men and women took a stand for freedom, that, too, many seem like an insurmountable undertaking – to take on an entire nation in a battle for freedom.

July 05, 2010 | By Minister Riley Nelson Richmond Hill Church of Christ | Faith


Take a breather, enjoy life

In spite of their hectic schedules, a group of busy, local Christians have decided it's time to get away. On July 10-17, they will escape the hustle and bustle of daily life and spend a week in paradise.

July 05, 2010 | By Edith Anderson Correspondent | Faith


Freedom comes at a cost

Today's key scripture verse: "Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty".

July 05, 2010 | By Rev. Katrina Deason Columnist | Faith


Stat close to the One who loves you most

Where has the year gone? It seems like only yesterday that we were celebrating Christmas and then the New Year. And later this week we will reach the half-way point of 2010. That seems so difficult to believe.

June 28, 2010 | By Pastor Brad Butler First Baptist Church, Pembroke | Faith


God is always the most important

"But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof" (Matt. 6:33, 34).

June 28, 2010 | By Minister Riley Nelson Richmond Hill Church of Christ | Faith


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Share your burdens with the Lord

They are having snow up north.

November 21, 2014 | By Pastor Brad Butler First Baptist Church, Pembroke | Faith


You have to choose for yourself -- part 1

Most religious people believe that God loves everyone and wants all to be saved. Yet some fail to understand that he created man to have his own will so he can determine what to do or not do.

November 20, 2014 | By Minister Riley Nelson Richmond Hill Church of Christ | Faith


Continue to trust in God, fight for faith

In our recent election between the Democrats and Republicans, the Republicans seized control over the Senate by winning an additional seven seats.

November 17, 2014 | By Pastor Dr. Larry S. Murray Columnist | Faith


Count your blessing, thank the Lord

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."

November 15, 2014 | By Pastor Steve Lane New Beginnings Community Church | Faith


God creates the wonder in everything

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.

November 14, 2014 | By Pastor Brad Butler First Baptist Church, Pembroke | Faith


Chose God over things of this world

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).

November 13, 2014 | By Minister Riley Nelson Richmond Hill Church of Christ | Faith


Live life with a pure heart

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.

November 03, 2014 | By Pastor Dr. Tim Byler Columnist | Faith


Our unchanging God will be faithful

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.

November 01, 2014 | By Pastor Steve Lane | Faith


Let God help you handle the sin in your life

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.

October 31, 2014 | By Pastor Brad Butler | Faith


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