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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.

The beauty of holiness

As a young clergyman, I was paid a stipend of $1,200 a month, no insurance or pension, all the farm eggs and deer meat I could eat, and frequent kind invitations to dinner in the homes of my parishioners.

Forgiving Yourself

“I know God forgives me, but I just can’t forgive myself.” I’ve heard it 1,000 times. Sometimes people are paralyzed by their past actions because they simply cannot forgive themselves. Here is some good news – you can’t forgive yourself. Only the Lord can forgive you. Once you have received His forgiveness you must live in His forgiveness. 1 Corinthians 13:5 says, “Love keeps no record of wrongs.” God does not hold sins against you any longer once you have confessed them. 1 John 1:9 says, “If we confess our sins, He (Jesus) is faithful and just to forgive our sins and purify us of all unrighteousness.” This means Jesus will forgive you of your sin and Jesus will help you change your life so you don’t commit that sin again.

Blind by choosing not to see

“…Abraham replied, ‘Son, remember that in your lifetime you received your good things, while Lazarus received bad things, but now he is comforted here and you are in agony. 26 And besides all this, between us and you a great chasm has been set in place…” (Luke 16:25-26a)

Caught unaware

Years ago as we were beginning our family, and my wife was adjusting to being married to an Episcopal priest, she was diagnosed with an illness, one contracted during her first pregnancy. This was an illness that threatened her life, and the lives of our two young children. The diagnoses came as we entered into a new community, and a new parish. We lived under great pressure and fear while it was all unfolding — at the time, to be honest, it seemed a death sentence. Still, for our children, and those around us, we were trying to create a “normal” home life — and I was trying to be about the duties associated with my new position.

Psalm 23

As a kid I memorized Psalm 23, and it has been a blessing to my life ever since. It is a very recognized portion of Scripture and is almost as famous as verses like John 3:16. These short six verses bring comfort as they describe God as our Shepherd. David used the relationship of a shepherd and his sheep to relay the love and care between God and His people. David was very qualified to write about this since he had tended sheep as a shepherd since his childhood. So, what does this classic chapter in the Bible say to us today? LOTS!

Church News

Anniversaries/Annuals Damascus Missionary Baptist Church in Grady will observe the 10th anniversary honoring their pastor and wife, Rev. and Mrs. Robert Scott Sr., at 3 p.m. Sunday. The guest speaker will be Rev. Glen Barnes, pastor of Pine Hill Baptist Church in Pine Bluff.

Church News

Anniversaries/Annuals Amos Chapel Missionary Baptist Church, 2401 Port Road, will observe the 32nd pre-anniversary honoring its pastor, Rev. Robert Willis Jr., at 3 p.m. Sunday. The guests will include Rev. George Toney and the 16 Section Missionary Baptist Church and Choir in Monticello and the Pilgrim Rest Missionary Baptist Church and Choir in Noble Lake.

Church News

Anniversaries/Annuals St. Ollie Missionary Baptist Church at Star City will hold the 23rd anniversary celebration honoring the pastor and wife, Rev. Melvin and Marilyn Harrison, at 3 p.m. Sunday. The guest speaker will be the Rev. Glenn Barnes, pastor of Pine Hill Baptist Church in Pine Bluff.

Church News

Anniversaries/Annuals Eudora Missionary Baptist Church, 9405 Middle Warren Road, will celebrate the 12th anniversary of its pastor and wife, Rev. and Mrs. Elvert McKnight, at 3 p.m. Sunday. The guest speaker will be Rev. Clark Thomas, pastor of New Salem Missionary Baptist Church of Sherrill.