Subscribe to Church News RSS feed

Church News

Self-Control

When I’ve asked people what is the number one fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23) they struggle with, I usually am told self-control. Everyone wishes they could take back that destructive thing they said or some action that caused another pain.

Faith and practice/pride and prejudice

As young people growing up in a small town we often visited one another’s churches. While there was broad religious teaching in these mixed groups it was never doctrinaire nor used as a tool to proselytize.

I need no man to teach me

Whenever someone quotes a certain part of 1 John 2:27 (always out of context) to me I know they are using it as a license to interpret the Bible any way they like – twisting the Holy Scriptures to support their false claims.

Fear not, He is with you always

As a clergyman, people often ask me if I am afraid to die, or, conversely, if I really believe all those things I say about death in sermons, particularly at funerals. To the first question the answer is no. However, the process of dying, and certain ways of dying, pain, and all the accoutrements of dying may bother me when I think upon the process of leaving this earth… I don’t want to die, because I am only learning to live more fully. I love life, family, friends, and the Church here on earth, most of all, I love God, and He gave me this life as a gift, so I cherish it. As to question two, do I really believe those things I say about death, the answer is a resounding yes!

A hindered prayer life

How effective are your prayers? Are there certain things that can harm the prayers you pray? All of us want prayers to be answered. Why else would we pray them?

Be Still and listen…

When I was growing up and I thought I might get into trouble when my father had something to talk with me about, or to ask me about, I would try to control the conversation by steering it in the direction I wanted it to go. I would talk and talk, often at a very fast pace, in hopes he would either forget what it was he wanted to talk or find about, or give up. It never worked. He would break into my stream of words when I would finally breathe, and say what he wanted to say or ask. Generally I would just stare at him while he made his point, all the while trying to think what I might say next to get off the topic. "Did you hear me, Van?" Dad would ask. I'd say, "Yes, sir." He would look at me with doubtful eyes, and with a sigh answer, "I know you heard me, but did you listen?"

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.

The 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.

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.