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Read the Bible to discern God's voice

School is out in Bryan County. Graduation ceremonies will be held today for both Bryan County and Richmond Hill high schools. For many young men and women, today marks the completion of one task, but it's only the beginning of a brand-new phase of their lives. Excitement fills the air.

May 24, 2011 | By Pastor Brad Butler First Baptist Church, Pembroke | Faith


It looks worse than it is

"Jesus asked, "Do you finally believe? But the time is coming - indeed it's here now - when you will be scattered, each one going his own way, leaving me alone. Yet I am not alone because the Father is with me. I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world" (John 16:31-33).

May 23, 2011 | By Bishop Julian Jones Columnist | Faith


It is good to be free

Religious freedom has changed its identity over the years. One could believe that religious freedom started when our nation's founders separated from the mother country and established a nation where people were free to worship God in their own way. Biblical freedom, however, is obtained when a person accepts and receives Jesus Christ as their personal savior - when a person is born again.

May 17, 2011 | By Bishop John W. Lockett Jr. Columnist | Faith


Gospel is ony message we need

For the past three weeks, my topic for this column has been easy to determine. First, there was Easter, then I wrote about the National Day of Prayer and finally there was Mother's Day.

May 16, 2011 | By Pastor Brad Butler First Baptist Church, Pembroke | Faith


Christ's kingdom is like a tree

In one of Jesus's parables he said his kingdom on earth offered some of the same benefits a tree offers to the birds of the air.

May 16, 2011 | By Pastor Steve Lane New Beginnings Community Church | Faith


Where does your faith rest? Part 1

Where does your faith rest? In other words, why do you believe the things you believe about religion and why do you profess to be a part of a certain group?

May 16, 2011 | By Minister Riley Nelson Richmond Hill Church of Christ | Faith


Hold on to the God that has been faithful

Whether nations, peoples, tongues or churches, mankind has been challenged to walk in a manner that is pleasing and acceptable to God and avoid violating the moral and civil standards that He has set forth.

May 09, 2011 | By Bishop John W. Lockett Jr. Correspondent | Faith


Study God's word while you can

Our televisions and newspapers have been filled recently with stories of natural disasters around the world. Our hearts go out and our prayers go up to God for those who have been devastated by these happenings. It may take years for life to return to normal for many of these families.

May 09, 2011 | By Minister Riley Nelson Richmond Hill Church of Christ | Faith


A signature you'll wish you had

The other day I went to the bank to deposit my check and when I handed it to the teller she handed it right back. She let me know she could not deposit it because it didn't have a signature.

May 09, 2011 | By Pastor Steve Lane New Beginnings Community Church | Faith


Thank the Lord for mothers

Sunday was Mother's Day. If you had forgotten that, I hope you are reading this early enough in the day to get to the store quickly.

May 09, 2011 | By Pastor Brad Butler First Baptist Church, Pembroke | Faith


First-time pastor at Allenhurst Presbyterian

Pastor Ben Beasley of Atlanta still is adjusting to a new position at a new church in a new city.

May 03, 2011 | By Edith Anderson Correspondent | Faith


The time has come to join in prayer

Communication is considered by many to be one of the most important elements of a relationship. Failure to communicate usually ends up being disastrous to a marriage.

May 03, 2011 | By Pastor Richard Hayes Columnist | Faith


Easter is over, now what

There probably are more people in church on Easter than any other time of year and probably more activities going on involving Christian ministries during the season of Lent.

May 02, 2011 | By Pastor Steve Lane New Beginnings Community Church | Faith


Commit to pray today and every day

Prayer is one of the most essential elements of a Christian's life. To think that we can speak with the God of creation is a mind-boggling thought. But it is the truth. God has invited us to speak to him regularly. Paul wrote, "Pray without ceasing." And so we know that prayer is essential.

May 02, 2011 | By Pastor Brad Butler First Baptist Church, Pembroke | Faith


Following God takes life changes

If you truly desire to be close to God, you have to make some changes in your life. If you are like most people, you have been caught up with the "what's in it for me" mentality.

May 02, 2011 | By Minister Riley Nelson Richmond Hill Church of Christ | Faith


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Embrace the diversity God gave us

Fall started this week. Can you feel it in the crisp and cool mornings and evenings?

October 01, 2014 | By Pastor Brad Butler First Baptist Church, Pembroke | Faith


Something God does not want us to love

John reveals to all that there is a battle being fought every day. It is a battle that involves everyone on the face of the Earth.

September 30, 2014 | By Minister Riley Nelson Richmond Hill Church of Christ | Faith


People can read what you wear

The other day, I was out at our community dock and someone from the community said to me, "I really like your shirt."

September 24, 2014 | By Pastor Steve Lane New Beginnings Community Church | Faith


It's about more than Sundays

I often wonder who reads the articles I write for the newspaper.

September 23, 2014 | By Pastor Brad Butler First Baptist Church, Pembroke | Faith


Embracing the love of Christ, part 2

"A soap manufacturer and a [preacher] were walking together down a street in a large city. The soap manufacturer casually said, 'The Gospel you preach hasn't done much good, has it? Just observe. There is still a lot of wickedness in the world, and a lot of wicked people, too!' The [preacher] made no reply until they passed a dirty little child making mud pies in the gutter. Seizing the opportunity, the [preacher] said, 'I see that soap hasn't done much good in the world, for there is much dirt and many dirty people around.' The soap manufacturer ...

September 22, 2014 | By Minister Riley Nelson Richmond Hill Church of Christ | Faith


Let's being discussing social issues

All throughout Jesus' ministry, he constantly condemned the religious leaders of his day for being like their forefathers.

September 17, 2014 | By Pastor Steve Lane New Beginnings Community Church | Faith


Know the truth through Jesus Christ

I'm sure you have seen the commercial at some point. She says, "It has to be true. I read it on the Internet." And then she meets her date -the "French supermodel." And you chuckle because you know someone who is that naïve.

September 16, 2014 | By Pastor Brad Butler First Baptist Church, Pembroke | Faith


Embracing the love of Christ, part 1

Do you understand that Jesus loves you? Yes, you - you are important to God.

September 15, 2014 | By Minister Riley Nelson Richmond Hill Church of Christ | Faith


You're never too old to embrace life

Recently, a celebrity made the news because of an illness and death.

September 11, 2014 | By Pastor Steve Lane New Beginnings Community Church | Faith


Learn to rein in bad things you say

I recently spent much of a day on hold with customer service - with two different companies. I pressed 2 and 3 and the pound sign and almost every other button on my phone as I was transferred back and forth.

September 10, 2014 | By Pastor Brad Butler First Baptist Church, Pembroke | Faith


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