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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.

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.

An epiphany reflection and prayer

The word “epiphany” means “manifestation,” “striking appearance,” or “to make evident,” and happens to be the name of one of the Church celebrations that traditionally falls on Jan. 6 — the 12th day after Christmas — and this year the Season following Epiphany Day will last eight Sundays).

All things new

Here are some comforting words for the New Year: “He who was seated on the throne said, ‘I am making everything new!’” Then he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true” (Revelation 21:5).

Peace on earth, good will to men

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807-1882) composed the words to one of my favorite Christmas carols, “I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day,” on Dec. 25, 1864. This carol was originally a poem entitled, “Christmas Bells,” which reflected Longfellow’s despair and grief during the years of the American Civil War and his confident hope of peace.

Will we see Jesus at Christmas?

Beginning as a young child, I remember many of the men in our small town, my father included, getting together around Christmas to buy groceries and wrapped gifts for families less fortunate, widows, and our local orphanage.

God's Benefit Package

Psalm 103:1-2 tells us, “Praise the Lord, my soul; all my inmost being, praise his holy name. Praise the Lord, my soul, and forget not all his benefits.” That’s a good reminder for me since I sometimes have problems remembering things. We should praise the Lord with our soul (our thoughts, actions, plans, dreams, etc.) and don’t forget all His benefits.

Every day should be a day of thanksgiving

One of the first recorded Thanksgiving Day observances in North America was held in Newfoundland in 1578 by Sir Martin Frobisher of the Frobisher Expedition to find the Northwest Passage. Another early thanksgiving observance was led by Captain John Woodlief on Dec. 4, 1619, who instructed that the day of his ship’s arrival “be yearly and perpetually kept holy as a day of thanksgiving to almighty God.”

A cloud of witnesses joins in...

As an Episcopalian growing up in an old river town (Pt. Pleasant, W. Va.), I was a rare commodity indeed, because there were so few of us. Truth be known, there are not a superabundance of Episcopalians anywhere in the United States. However, if you look at the Anglican Communion [our world-wide denomination, which includes our “Mother Church,” The Church of England] there are about 80 million adherents. I have found that in many cases, even in large cities, the experience of having a large church building and a sparse membership is not uncommon in our branch of the Christian faith.

I 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. Sometimes it’s greener because it’s built over a septic tank. Proverbs 14:4 says, “Where no oxen are, the manger is clean, but much increase comes by the strength of the ox.” If you’re going to have oxen, you’re going to have oxen poop. You will have some mess in your marriage. You just have to clean up the mess along the way and not let it pile up.