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That saved a wretch like me

Years ago I watched a dark comedy starring Bert Reynolds. In it the character he was playing, feeling sorry for himself, decides to end his life. Going to a beach he dives in the water and swims far out into the ocean. As he swims he justifies to himself why he is taking his life, until he becomes exhausted, and unable to take another stroke he stops, sinking into the water to breathe his last.

How do you handle a critic?

Have you ever had someone curse you out, disrespect you, and throw stones at you? David did! In 2 Samuel 16:5–14; 19:18–23, David experienced criticism in the highest degree.

Grace be unto you

When I was young my grandparents would gather our family together in Nags Head, North Carolina. They would rent a cabin on the beach for two weeks - grandparents, parents, cousins, uncles, aunts, it constituted quite a household - but we loved it.

What is salvation?

Salvation is a rescue operation. When God made humans, he made them “in his own image,” which includes intelligence, creativity and power over creation.

Amen

The word “Amen” is translated the same in Hebrew, Greek, Latin and English. In fact, it is the same in every language. The literal meaning of it is not “so be it.” This may be the popular definition but the literal meaning is “truth.” When you say “Amen” you are saying “that is the truth.”

Another prodigal son’s story

There is something poignant about “homecoming celebrations” — people who have been separated by time and distance or those who have simply grown apart, deciding to make the effort to come together and celebrate the relationships that were, often in the very places they were forged.

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.