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Value your moments

I am not a morning person. I am up and about early because I have to be, but not pleasantly so…Taking my boys to school is an example. In a single parent home, I am charged with the duty of waking everyone up, getting baths, breakfasts, and whatever else, together. And it is never pretty. I yell and scream, threaten and cajole, and still barely make it on time.

Don’t settle in Haran

“Terah took his son Abram, his grandson Lot, son of Haran, and his daughter-in-law Sarai, the wife of his son Abram, and together they set out from Ur of the Chaldeans to go to Canaan. But when they came to Haran, they settled there. Terah lived 205 years, and he died in Haran.” - Genesis 11:31-32

Life by the Spirit

How does a Christian keep away from sin and grow in Christ? I place those two statements together because they belong together as simultaneous actions. In Galatians 5:16-26 Paul gives the answer. He begins by saying we should, “Live by the Spirit and you will not gratify the desires of the sinful nature” (v. 16).

Finding Joy

When you buy a new car or home you typically can choose several upgradable features. These extras usually add more style, comfort and convenience but most of all more money to the cost. Because cost is a concern, most people skip several extravagant amenities and stick to a more basic model unless money is no object. I worked really hard when I built my own house to save money by doing a lot of the labor myself. By doing this I was able to upgrade some things in my home like granite countertops and crown molding. There were several things I really wanted to upgrade but knew it would be impossible. Things like a multi-head rain shower, heated floors and an office were just out because of cost.

When your dreams are delayed

Remember the first time you were excited about a dream for your life? I mean you could see it and you were pumped! It was what you lived for, what made you get up in the morning. The last part of Proverbs 13:12 tells us, "A dream fulfilled is a tree of life." It is a high like none other to see your dreams fulfilled. But what if the dream doesn't seem like it is ever going to be fulfilled? What if the dream is delayed? What if you have lost hope in the dream?

Church News

New Morning Star Missionary Baptist Church , 1026 Missouri St., will hold their annual Mission Day program at 3 p.m. Sunday. Jackie Flowers from Rose Hill Missionary Baptist Church in Pine Bluff will be the guest speaker.

Olive Branch VBS to feature castle

A medieval castle is the setting for learning environments for children from three years old through teen years at Olive Branch Missionary Baptist Church, 5130 Bobo Road, during Vacation Bible School Monday through Friday from 8:45 a.m. to noon. Classrooms will be transformed with backdrops and props for adventures of Moses' life. Daily sessions will feature major events in Israel's history. Teens will spend the week serving the community and VBS attendees will receive copies of the New Testament.

Don’t you want to go to heaven?

"Jesus loves me this I know..." Most of us have been familiar with the words of this children's hymn all of our lives. Even as adults we find comfort in hearing them and singing them, being reminded of a time when faith seemed simpler to express, less complicated. As adults we like to remember our childhood as a time of innocence — sadly, an innocence that seems somehow to have given way to cynicism and/or disillusionment.

Three counselors every Christian needs

Let's face it; everyone needs counsel at some point in life. But where do you get your counsel from? There are a multitude of counselors on television, social media, and many other places ready and willing to give you advice. But however popular they are, if they don't give Godly counsel they are pointless. There are three counselors you need as a Christian – the Holy Spirit, the Word of God and mature believers.