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Why does God allow people to do evil?

The Bible shows that God allows humans to have freedom of choice. He didn’t stop Adam and Eve from eating the forbidden fruit or Cain from murdering his brother (Genesis 3:6; 4:8). God didn’t prevent his own nation, ancient Israel, from sinning. The people were told to choose the way of love and life (Deuteronomy 30:19-20). But God didn’t prevent them from choosing the way of evil, which they did.

A tragic Wednesday in Charleston

Disbelief, shock, denial, heaviness, confusion, mourning - those were some of the words I felt deeply as I first heard of the tragic murders of nine innocent Christians who worshipped at Emmanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina this past Wednesday night.

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.

What is God’s will for my life?

Have you ever found it hard to discern God’s will for your life? Some people confidently live life in what they believe is God’s will while others are so paralyzed by the question that they accomplish nothing with their life. We all want to make the right choices and no one hopefully wants to waste their life. Knowing God’s general will for your life will help you discover the specific steps you should take. I believe there are basic questions you must ask yourself when trying to know God’s will for your life.

I just love me, and you too

It is difficult to love others as we love ourselves. Some of us may think we are not worthy of being loved, or are of no value, which can affect the way we look at others or consider their value.