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Afraid of God?

Is God angry with you? Is he watching and waiting for an occasion to punish you? Many have spent their entire lives afraid of God, afraid to approach him. God has gone to great lengths to show us that he’s not mad at us.

God wants to use you

“For consider your calling, brethren, that there were not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble; but God has chosen the foolish things of the world to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to shame the things which are strong, and the base things of the world and the despised God has chosen, the things that are not, so that He may nullify the things that are, so that no man may boast before God. But by His doing you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, and righteousness and sanctification, and redemption, so that, just as it is written, ‘Let him who boasts, boast in the Lord’.” 1 Corinthians 1:26-31 New American Standard Bible.

A more healthy you

Did you know that the word “stressed” spelled backwards is “desserts”? That seems like a holy combination. I mean, who doesn’t like desserts? But sometimes desserts don’t like us when it comes to the extra calories and pounds they can produce. Now, there’s nothing wrong with desserts in moderation and proper portions but I want to discuss a more healthy you - and that involves more than limiting the number of banana puddings and DQ Blizzards you eat.

Prayer rally draws crowd

Approximately 100 people gathered Aug. 1 for Prayer Rally 2015 at the Pine Bluff Civic Center steps. The city-wide prayer rally was the vision given to Saint Mary Harris, apostle/senior pastor of House of Bread Deliverance Church at Pine Bluff.

Group to present Black History Month Concert

Dedric Jones and Chosen Praise, a gospel group from Pine Bluff, will host a “Bridging The Gap Concert” in honor of Black History Month, at 7 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 15. This free event will be held at First Trinity Church of God in Christ, 700 Catalpa St. Doors will open at 6 p.m.

Correction

Pleasant View Ministries, 1117 N. Palm St., will host revival at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. The dates were incorrect in Saturday’s edition of The Commercial.

Give up the lie

“And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by men. I tell you the truth, they have received their reward in full.” (Matt. 6:5, NIV)

Walking by the Spirit

Galatians 5:16 tells Christians, “Walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh.” So how does one walk by the Spirit? When you are attentive to and follow the prompting and leading of the Person of the Holy Spirit as you adhere to the Word of God you are walking by the Spirit.

Peek-a-boo, I see you

There is a true story about the famous Violinist Joshua Bell. In an experiment initiated by The Washington Post, Bell donned a baseball cap and played a violin, valued at nearly $4 million, as an incognito street performer in Washington, D.C., Jan. 12, 2007.