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The power of the spoken word

As a child you may have used the phrase, “sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.” Nothing could be further from the truth. Proverbs 18:21 says, “Death and life are in the power of the tongue.”

Key to godly living

Romans 12:1-2 have been two of my favorite Bible verses for many years. I seem to remember learning them very early in life and they have stuck with me since.

UAPB grad named pastor at Denver

The Rev. Rodney G. Perry, formerly of Pine Bluff, has been named the new pastor of Central Baptist Church at Denver, Colorado. A 1987 graduate of the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, Perry was appointed Dec. 1.

How to treat someone who sins against you

Face it…the longer you live, the more opportunities you have to be offended. The only way to never be hurt, offended or disappointed is to live alone in a cave in a remote island somewhere far away. Even then, the thought of people from your past can cause you problems if not dealt with properly.

You married the wrong person

So many marriages today are ending in divorce. But yours doesn’t have to! As a marriage counselor, I’ve heard every reason in the world while couples are separating. The most common reason is there is usually someone else in the picture. Maybe it’s just thoughts or flirting (which are both still wrong), but that person is thinking the grass is greener on the other side. Let me say this: appearances can be deceiving. What looks better somewhere else usually isn’t.

Deacons honored

Alfred Carroll Ministries held its annual Deacon Burse Project service honoring eight of the eldest and active deacons. The event was held at Greater Mt. Calvary Missionary Baptist Church and included Deacon Calvin Gipson, 71; organizer the Rev. Alfred Carroll Sr.; deacons Thomas F. Vaughns, 95, Able N. White, 80, Samuel Tyre, 83, Leo Carroll, 72, Novel Dixon, 77, R.B. Alexander, 79, and Leorn Alexander, 81. Special to The Commercial

If only…

Do you have any regrets? I sure do. There are some clothing and hair styles I regret. There are some words I’ve said and left unsaid I regret. Some of my action and inaction is regrettable. Regret is rooted in condemnation, guilt and shame. Regret tells you you’ll always be enslaved to that thing you did or said – your past.

The Favor of God

Lately I’ve been hearing a lot about God’s favor. I asked someone recently how they were doing. The response I got was, “I’m blessed and highly favored.” Mary was told this in Luke 1:26-28 because the Lord was with her and she was going to give birth to our Savior.