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Overcoming anger

Have you ever allowed anger to overtake you in such a way that you did something stupid? Did your lack of self-control cause you to regret your actions? Recently my two year old son was playing ball with a friend.

Church hosts paper drive for Dollarway High School

From left, Dollarway High School Assistant Principal Gwen Litzsey; Travis Creekmore, pastor of New Harvest Church of God at White Hall; and Principal Jeff Spaletta, announce that the church began a copy paper drive July 9 for Dollarway High School. The drive will last one month. The church plans to collect at least 350 reams of paper — 10 reams for each teacher. The church will present the paper at the school’s back-to-school bash before school starts. (Special to The Commercial)

Love not condemn

“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him. He who believes in Him is not judged; he who does not believe has been judged already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.” John 3:16-18.

A call to prayer

It’s time to pray! The city of Pine Bluff and surrounding areas are gearing up for the 4th annual Prayer Rally 2015. We are in perilous times and must return to God. Prayer is the key.

Conquering life’s enemies

“The seventy returned with joy, saying, Lord, even the demons are subject to us in Your name! And He said to them, I saw Satan falling like a lightning [flash] from heaven. Behold! I have given you authority and power to trample upon serpents and scorpions, and [physical and mental strength and ability] over all the power that the enemy [possesses]; and nothing shall in any way harm you. Nevertheless, do not rejoice at this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rejoice that your names are enrolled in heaven.” Luke 10:17-20 (Amplified Bible)

Why does God allow people to do evil?

The Bible shows that God allows humans to have freedom of choice. He didn’t stop Adam and Eve from eating the forbidden fruit or Cain from murdering his brother (Genesis 3:6; 4:8). God didn’t prevent his own nation, ancient Israel, from sinning. The people were told to choose the way of love and life (Deuteronomy 30:19-20). But God didn’t prevent them from choosing the way of evil, which they did.

A tragic Wednesday in Charleston

Disbelief, shock, denial, heaviness, confusion, mourning - those were some of the words I felt deeply as I first heard of the tragic murders of nine innocent Christians who worshipped at Emmanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina this past Wednesday night.