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A Christian’s vote

Did you know that only one out of every four Christians vote? That’s just 25%! No wonder America is losing its foundation of traditional Christian values. Christianity is the moral fiber on which our nation was founded.

Should Christians Sue?

The debate of lawsuits for Christians is answered in 1 Corinthians 6:1-8. The Apostle Paul instructed the Christians in Corinth not to take each other to court.

Gospel Crusaders to be honored

A reunion service will honor the former Gospel Crusaders whose live radio broadcast aired Sunday mornings on KCAT 1340 AM. The service will be held at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 19 at Watkins Chapel Baptist Church, 800 S. Juniper St.

Carroll ministries honored

Rev. Steven King, president of the Pine Bluff Ministers Alliance and pastor of St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church, recently presented a $500 check to Rev. Alfred Carroll of Alfred Carroll Ministries. According to King, the ministers voted to assist a few local organizations that the were working to make the community a better place.

Baptizing all we do

The electricity was off for a few days following a storm and as time went on some were growing a little agitated about the situation. When the electric company’s truck finally made an appearance on our street, I went up to thank one of the men for coming to our aid. Before I got to him, an older lady came up, obviously angry, and said, “This is all the fault of those people,” pointing to a house with several tree limbs down around the yard - none touching the power lines.

The value of personal Bible study

Have you ever jumped out of an airplane? What about bungee jumping? Have you ever caught a 100-pound fish while deep sea fishing or hit a hole in one while playing golf? Maybe you've run a marathon or won a top award for your hard work. Perhaps you've not done these but have heard someone describe a great adventure. It is never quite as exciting to hear about it as it is to experience it.

Church News

Brooks Chapel Missionary Baptist Church in Monticello will observe the second anniversary honoring the pastor and wife, Rev. and Mrs. James H. Spinks starting at 6:30 p.m. Saturday with a musical. At 3 p.m. Sunday, the guest speaker will be Rev. Larry Rogers, pastor of Morning Star Missionary Baptist Church of Gould.

From Adam and Eve to Me

" And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him." (Rev. 12:9)

Did God say that?

"The Bible says God will not put more on you than you can bear." I heard that statement about four times one week all from well-meaning people trying to help those struggling in difficult situations.

Church News

True Vine "E" Missionary Baptist Church, 1001 W. Second Ave., will be honoring Rev. Richard P. Bifford Sr., a graduate of the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, Arkansas Baptist College, and the Northern Baptist Seminary in Illinois. The service will be at 7 p.m. Sunday and the guest speaker will be Rev. Allen Washington.

Reconcilable differences

One of the biggest reasons listed for divorces is "irreconcilable differences." Generally speaking, this phrase means nothing can bring us together and marriage is pointless. But with Jesus' help, all differences can be reconciled. Having a good relationship with your spouse is not an accident – it takes work.

Church News

Anniversaries/Annuals Freedom Missionary Baptist Church at Altheimer will celebrate the 18th anniversary of its pastor and wife, Rev. Brian Dodson and Jackie Dodson at 3 p.m. Sunday. The guest preacher will be Ray Harper of West Macedonia Baptist Church at Scott. Barraque Street Missionary Baptist Church, 1800 W. Pullen St., will hold its annual Mission Day at 11 a.m. Sunday. The guest speaker will be Aricka Lewis, student missionary of Christian Life Cathedral at Fayetteville. St. Peter's Rock Missionary Baptist Church, 1201 S. Catalpa St., will hold its annual Mission Program at 11 a.m. Sunday. Rev. Darren Edgerson Sr., pastor, will deliver the message. Church of the Living God, 3120 Gravel Pit Road, will celebrate the 33rd anniversary of its pastor and wife, Theodis and Bobbie Edwards, at 3 p.m. Sunday. The guest preacher will be the Rev. Elijah Carpenter Jr., pastor of Greater Mt. Olive Baptist Church at Plumerville. Solid Rock Missionary Baptist Church, 2915 S. Main St., will hold its 14th annual Usher Program at 3 p.m. Sunday. The guest preacher will be Isom Cross, pastor of Union Baptist Church at Dumas. East End Church of God in Christ, 709 Virginia St., will hold its 25th annual Homecoming Services at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Sunday. The speaker will be Elder Moses Chism Sr., assistant pastor of East End Church of God in Christ. Grace Temple Missionary Baptist Church, 909 S. Wisconsin St., will hold its annual Mission Program at 3 p.m. Sunday. The guest preacher will be the Rev. Clark Thomas, pastor of New Salem Missionary Baptist Church at Sherrill. Newbirth Baptist Church, 401 E. Fifth Ave., will observe the fifth anniversary celebration of its pastor and wife, Rev. Terry and Nicole Brown, and family at 11 a.m. Sunday. The guest preacher will be the Rev. Cedric Hawkins, pastor of First Baptist Church at Stuttgart. Concerts The 42nd anniversary celebration of The Spiritualettes of Pine Bluff will begin at 6:30 p.m. today at Gospel Temple Missionary Baptist Church, 1100 Oakwood Road. Special guests will include Humble Hearts, Voices of Harmony, Gospel Pioneers, Gospel Tides, and The Holley Sisters. The celebration will continue at 6 p.m. Sunday at Old St. James Missionary Baptist Church, 1305 W. 16th Ave. Guests will include Majestic Voices, The Harmonettes, Birds of Harmony, The Gospel Sonz with the Barnes Sisters, and William Singers. The fifth anniversary honoring The Heavenly Hearts will begin at 7 p.m. today at Travelers Rest Missionary Baptist Church at Grady. The featured guest will be The Barnes Sisters of Pine Bluff. The celebration will continue at 7 p.m. Sunday at Dumas Singing Center at Dumas. The featured guests will be The Spiritual Echoes of Little Rock. Meadowview Baptist Church, U.S. 270 East, will hold a concert at 6:30 p.m. today. The featured guest will be the southern gospel group, His Call. Damascus Missionary Baptist Church Choir, 224 N. Cypress St., will present a concert at 7 p.m. today. The guest director will be Harold Taylor Jr. Men's/Women's Day First Missionary Baptist Church, 4500 Faucett Road, will hold its annual Men's Day at 3 p.m. Sunday. The guest preacher will be the Rev. G.L. Sanders, pastor of McGehee Chapel Baptist Church at McGehee. Music will be provided by Men in Black. New Home Missionary Baptist Church, 3000 Orange St., will hold its annual Men's and Women's Day at 3 p.m. Sunday. The guest preacher will be the Rev. Daryl Graydon, pastor of First Missionary Baptist Church at Altheimer. St. Paul AME Church, U.S. 190 West, will hold its annual Women's Day celebration at 3 p.m. Sunday. The guest speaker will be Rev. Marcia Burns, pastor at St. Andrew AME. Church. Revivals Bright Star Missionary Baptist Church, U.S. 425 South, will hold its summer revival at 7:30 p.m. Monday through Wednesday. The guest speakers will be as follows: Rev. Anthony Craig Sr. of Mt. Carmel Missionary Baptist Church at Pine Bluff; Rev. Daryl Graydon of First Missionary Baptist Church at Altheimer; and Rev. Leroy Spears of Union Baptist Church at Pine Bluff. First Missionary Baptist Church in Ladd will hold its annual revival at 7 p.m. Monday through Wednesday. The guest speakers will be as follows: Rev. Gabriel Jackson, pastor of Mt. Olive Missionary Baptist Church in Pine Bluff; Rev. Micheal Dean Jr., pastor of Bethel AME Church in Ladd; and Elder Theopherlus McIntyre, pastor of Love, Fellowship, and Deliverance Church of God in Christ in Pine Bluff. Eighth Avenue Missionary Baptist Church, 1200 W. Eighth Ave., will celebrate their annual Laymen's Revival at 7 p.m. Monday through Wednesday. Guest speakers will be as follows: Rev. Nicklos Nettles, pastor of Gospel Temple Missionary Baptist Church in Little Rock; Rev. Lloyd Holcomb Jr., pastor of Barraque Missionary Baptist Church, and Rev. Charles Boyd, pastor at First Baptist Missionary Baptist Church. Special Events Muhammad Study Group, 1314 Cherry St., will present "A Sword of Truth Production" at 10 a.m. Sunday. The lecture will be presented by Jihad Muhammad, local representative of the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan of the Nation of Islam. New Home Missionary Baptist Church, 3000 Orange St., will honor Marcellia Barnes with an "Expression of Love" program at 6:30 p.m. today. The guest speaker will be Betty Craig of Mt. Carmel Missionary Baptist Church. New Home Missionary Baptist Church, 3000 Orange St., will present "Thursday Night Live" at 7 p.m. Thursday. Special guests will be Rev. Frank Harris Jr., pastor of New Jerusalem Baptist Church. City Wide Mission will meet at New Jerusalem Missionary Baptist Church, 1317 Texas St., at 1:30 p.m. Monday. Royal Grand Chapter Order of the Eastern Star, P.H.A. will hold its 2013 Founder's Day at New Community Church, 321 N. Birch St., at 3 p.m. Sunday. The guest speaker will be Rev. Kirby L. Gulley. The Hosting Chapter is Burford's Memorial, No. 383 District 8. Church Without Walls Kingdom Center at Watson will host "A Kingdom Outpouring of God's Spirit" at 7 p.m. Friday and 9:30 a.m. Saturday. The special guest will be Daniel Pringle. New Community Church, 321 N. Birch St., will hold rehearsal for the Women's Day Choir at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday. New Jerusalem No. 2 Missionary Baptist Church, 1005 W. 12th Ave., will hold a Salad Tea program at 3 p.m. Sunday. The speaker will be Shirley Sanders. Vacation Bible School Northside Seventh-day Adventist Church, 5603 Holsey Ave., will hold its Vacation Bible School at 6:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Youth Watkin Chapel Missionary Baptist Church, 800 S. Juniper St., will host its annual Youth Day at 11 a.m. Sunday. The guest preacher will be Deshawn Collins of Lampkin Chapel Baptist Church. Old Morning Star Missionary Baptist Church, 3116 Port Road, will host Youth Sunday at 3 p.m. Sunday. The guest preacher will be the Rev. Alvin C. Lowe, pastor of Prairie Lake Missionary Baptist Church. Bethel New Bethel Baptist Church, 2522 N. Pryce St., will hold Youth Sunday beginning at 9:30 a.m. with Sunday School following at 11 a.m. with morning service Sunday. The guest preacher will be Raeshawn Howard, associate minister at Lampkin Chapel in Pine Bluff.