I was talking to a friend the other day, and the discussion went to Matthew 6:33 where it states "Seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness and all these things will be given to you."
"How long will you waver between two opinions? If the Lord be God then follow Him…" - 1 Kings 18:21
Most Christians and many non-Christians observe Lent, traditionally held during the six weeks before Easter Sunday. These 40 days between Ash Wednesday and Maundy Thursday are a commemoration of the time Jesus spent fasting in the desert before the beginning of His public ministry, in which He endured temptations by the devil.
We have received some much-needed rain in the last week or so. Some of us wonder if we are receiving more than we need, but we also know that drought conditions have been very real in recent months. I will not complain about the rain.
Many people have given up on God. They feel that because things have not worked out the way they planned, serving God is not worth the time or the effort.
"From the same mouth come blessing and cursing. My brothers, these things ought not to be so. Does a spring pour forth from the same opening both fresh and salt water? Can a fig tree, my brothers, bear olives, or a grapevine produce figs? Neither can a salt pond yield fresh water." James 3:10-12
GAINESVILLE - Dr. Marcus Borg will present three lectures March 1-2 at Brenau University as part of a newly formed partnership of North Georgia churches and academic institutions.
Nationally, members of the 100-year-old Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. have been doing a lot of celebrating this year.
Christianity has been misunderstood as it pertains to its attitude towards sin.
They don't teach cursive writing any more. That's what I was told. It has been made obsolete by the computer.
Life is worth living. Some do not think so and take their lives, not realizing there is a better answer.
The Scriptures, along with the promises of God, teach us about certain boundaries which God has set up for those who choose to follow him and can be classified as moral, ethical or financial in nature.
Last week, I talked about contradictions in life. I wrote about the fact that we praise God and speak poorly of others with the same tongue, and that ought not to be.
The Apostle Paul wrote, "Grace be to you and peace from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ. Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort; Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God" (2 Corinthians 1:2–4).
The other day, I entered in a discussion with some friends on the topic of older teens to 20-somethings. Someone thought it was a common practice for people in this age group to fall away from their Christian teaching and living.
The ability to command spirits is given to the believer by the power of God, exercised only through the Holy Spirit.
"If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land." - 2 Chronicles 7:14
In 1 John 5:14-15, we read, "This is the confidence we have in approaching God: That if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us - whatever we ask - we know that we have what we asked of him."
Did you hear about the man who decided that he wanted to become the smartest man in the world?
The soul of man will live somewhere in eternity, either in a place of life or of death (Matthew 25:46). God has been clear in his word that his desire is for all men to be saved (1 Timothy 2:3-4).
They may not be playing in The Masters, but they are playing for a worthy cause.
"Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding" (NIV) - Proverbs 3:5
In Matthew 26, we are told that there was a woman who poured expensive perfume on Jesus' head.
Today is bill-paying day.
Most, if not all, newspapers have an obituary section. I have heard older people joke that they read that section to make sure they are not dead yet. Others read it to see if they know anyone listed.
Our God is a God who always has been on the move.
I recently went to the Atlanta area for a couple of board meetings and stayed at one of the local motels. In the morning before my first meeting, I turned on the television and started listening to a minister, expecting to hear something from God's word to help me through the day.
Football season is in full swing, whether high school, college or the pros. Stadiums are filling up with excited fans all across this country as they prepare to cheer their teams to victory.
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.
If we look around today, we truly can say that we're experiencing hard times.