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Overcome adversity with gifts God has given us

Once, while going through a youthful crisis my father asked how I was holding up. I answered him, “Considering the problems many people have, I shouldn’t complain…” I went on to list a few examples of people with problems I perceived as being greater than my own.

A Few Parting Words

The Apostle Paul, writes in 2 Timothy the last letter he would pen before his martyr’s death, a few profound statements that at first glance might be overlooked.

The subtlety of evil

My mother had a beautiful garden which graced her front lawn. There were exotic flowers and plants, along with miniature trees and bushes.

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.

Reconcilable differences

One of the biggest reasons listed for divorces is "irreconcilable differences." Generally speaking, this phrase means nothing can bring us together and marriage is pointless. But with Jesus' help, all differences can be reconciled. Having a good relationship with your spouse is not an accident – it takes work.

Church News

Anniversaries/Annuals Freedom Missionary Baptist Church at Altheimer will celebrate the 18th anniversary of its pastor and wife, Rev. Brian Dodson and Jackie Dodson at 3 p.m. Sunday. The guest preacher will be Ray Harper of West Macedonia Baptist Church at Scott. Barraque Street Missionary Baptist Church, 1800 W. Pullen St., will hold its annual Mission Day at 11 a.m. Sunday. The guest speaker will be Aricka Lewis, student missionary of Christian Life Cathedral at Fayetteville. St. Peter's Rock Missionary Baptist Church, 1201 S. Catalpa St., will hold its annual Mission Program at 11 a.m. Sunday. Rev. Darren Edgerson Sr., pastor, will deliver the message. Church of the Living God, 3120 Gravel Pit Road, will celebrate the 33rd anniversary of its pastor and wife, Theodis and Bobbie Edwards, at 3 p.m. Sunday. The guest preacher will be the Rev. Elijah Carpenter Jr., pastor of Greater Mt. Olive Baptist Church at Plumerville. Solid Rock Missionary Baptist Church, 2915 S. Main St., will hold its 14th annual Usher Program at 3 p.m. Sunday. The guest preacher will be Isom Cross, pastor of Union Baptist Church at Dumas. East End Church of God in Christ, 709 Virginia St., will hold its 25th annual Homecoming Services at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Sunday. The speaker will be Elder Moses Chism Sr., assistant pastor of East End Church of God in Christ. Grace Temple Missionary Baptist Church, 909 S. Wisconsin St., will hold its annual Mission Program at 3 p.m. Sunday. The guest preacher will be the Rev. Clark Thomas, pastor of New Salem Missionary Baptist Church at Sherrill. Newbirth Baptist Church, 401 E. Fifth Ave., will observe the fifth anniversary celebration of its pastor and wife, Rev. Terry and Nicole Brown, and family at 11 a.m. Sunday. The guest preacher will be the Rev. Cedric Hawkins, pastor of First Baptist Church at Stuttgart. Concerts The 42nd anniversary celebration of The Spiritualettes of Pine Bluff will begin at 6:30 p.m. today at Gospel Temple Missionary Baptist Church, 1100 Oakwood Road. Special guests will include Humble Hearts, Voices of Harmony, Gospel Pioneers, Gospel Tides, and The Holley Sisters. The celebration will continue at 6 p.m. Sunday at Old St. James Missionary Baptist Church, 1305 W. 16th Ave. Guests will include Majestic Voices, The Harmonettes, Birds of Harmony, The Gospel Sonz with the Barnes Sisters, and William Singers. The fifth anniversary honoring The Heavenly Hearts will begin at 7 p.m. today at Travelers Rest Missionary Baptist Church at Grady. The featured guest will be The Barnes Sisters of Pine Bluff. The celebration will continue at 7 p.m. Sunday at Dumas Singing Center at Dumas. The featured guests will be The Spiritual Echoes of Little Rock. Meadowview Baptist Church, U.S. 270 East, will hold a concert at 6:30 p.m. today. The featured guest will be the southern gospel group, His Call. Damascus Missionary Baptist Church Choir, 224 N. Cypress St., will present a concert at 7 p.m. today. The guest director will be Harold Taylor Jr. Men's/Women's Day First Missionary Baptist Church, 4500 Faucett Road, will hold its annual Men's Day at 3 p.m. Sunday. The guest preacher will be the Rev. G.L. Sanders, pastor of McGehee Chapel Baptist Church at McGehee. Music will be provided by Men in Black. New Home Missionary Baptist Church, 3000 Orange St., will hold its annual Men's and Women's Day at 3 p.m. Sunday. The guest preacher will be the Rev. Daryl Graydon, pastor of First Missionary Baptist Church at Altheimer. St. Paul AME Church, U.S. 190 West, will hold its annual Women's Day celebration at 3 p.m. Sunday. The guest speaker will be Rev. Marcia Burns, pastor at St. Andrew AME. Church. Revivals Bright Star Missionary Baptist Church, U.S. 425 South, will hold its summer revival at 7:30 p.m. Monday through Wednesday. The guest speakers will be as follows: Rev. Anthony Craig Sr. of Mt. Carmel Missionary Baptist Church at Pine Bluff; Rev. Daryl Graydon of First Missionary Baptist Church at Altheimer; and Rev. Leroy Spears of Union Baptist Church at Pine Bluff. First Missionary Baptist Church in Ladd will hold its annual revival at 7 p.m. Monday through Wednesday. The guest speakers will be as follows: Rev. Gabriel Jackson, pastor of Mt. Olive Missionary Baptist Church in Pine Bluff; Rev. Micheal Dean Jr., pastor of Bethel AME Church in Ladd; and Elder Theopherlus McIntyre, pastor of Love, Fellowship, and Deliverance Church of God in Christ in Pine Bluff. Eighth Avenue Missionary Baptist Church, 1200 W. Eighth Ave., will celebrate their annual Laymen's Revival at 7 p.m. Monday through Wednesday. Guest speakers will be as follows: Rev. Nicklos Nettles, pastor of Gospel Temple Missionary Baptist Church in Little Rock; Rev. Lloyd Holcomb Jr., pastor of Barraque Missionary Baptist Church, and Rev. Charles Boyd, pastor at First Baptist Missionary Baptist Church. Special Events Muhammad Study Group, 1314 Cherry St., will present "A Sword of Truth Production" at 10 a.m. Sunday. The lecture will be presented by Jihad Muhammad, local representative of the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan of the Nation of Islam. New Home Missionary Baptist Church, 3000 Orange St., will honor Marcellia Barnes with an "Expression of Love" program at 6:30 p.m. today. The guest speaker will be Betty Craig of Mt. Carmel Missionary Baptist Church. New Home Missionary Baptist Church, 3000 Orange St., will present "Thursday Night Live" at 7 p.m. Thursday. Special guests will be Rev. Frank Harris Jr., pastor of New Jerusalem Baptist Church. City Wide Mission will meet at New Jerusalem Missionary Baptist Church, 1317 Texas St., at 1:30 p.m. Monday. Royal Grand Chapter Order of the Eastern Star, P.H.A. will hold its 2013 Founder's Day at New Community Church, 321 N. Birch St., at 3 p.m. Sunday. The guest speaker will be Rev. Kirby L. Gulley. The Hosting Chapter is Burford's Memorial, No. 383 District 8. Church Without Walls Kingdom Center at Watson will host "A Kingdom Outpouring of God's Spirit" at 7 p.m. Friday and 9:30 a.m. Saturday. The special guest will be Daniel Pringle. New Community Church, 321 N. Birch St., will hold rehearsal for the Women's Day Choir at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday. New Jerusalem No. 2 Missionary Baptist Church, 1005 W. 12th Ave., will hold a Salad Tea program at 3 p.m. Sunday. The speaker will be Shirley Sanders. Vacation Bible School Northside Seventh-day Adventist Church, 5603 Holsey Ave., will hold its Vacation Bible School at 6:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Youth Watkin Chapel Missionary Baptist Church, 800 S. Juniper St., will host its annual Youth Day at 11 a.m. Sunday. The guest preacher will be Deshawn Collins of Lampkin Chapel Baptist Church. Old Morning Star Missionary Baptist Church, 3116 Port Road, will host Youth Sunday at 3 p.m. Sunday. The guest preacher will be the Rev. Alvin C. Lowe, pastor of Prairie Lake Missionary Baptist Church. Bethel New Bethel Baptist Church, 2522 N. Pryce St., will hold Youth Sunday beginning at 9:30 a.m. with Sunday School following at 11 a.m. with morning service Sunday. The guest preacher will be Raeshawn Howard, associate minister at Lampkin Chapel in Pine Bluff.

Glory Halleluiah!

"Is not this the fast that I have chosen? to loose the bands of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens, and to let the oppressed go free, and that ye break every yoke?" (Isa. 58:6)

Church News

St. Peter's Rock Missionary Baptist Church in Dumas will celebrate the 36th anniversary of the pastor and wife, Rev. Larry Alexander and Carrie Alexander at 3 p.m. Sunday. The guest minister will be Rev. Stanley Blair, pastor of New Hope Missionary Baptist Church in Moscow.

7 Signs of true repentance

We have all broken God's law and sinned (Romans 3:23; 1 John 1:8, 10). Only appealing to His grace and forgiveness can absolve us of sin. God desires to forgive our sins and extend grace to a heart that repents. The scripture says He removes our sins as far as the east is from the west (Psalm 103:12). We have redemption through His blood, which forgives sins, and the richness of His grace (Ephesians 1:7).

Church News 07-06-13

God's Way Fellowship, 1600 Commerce Road, will hold an Appreciation Program to honor its pastor, Dexter McDonnell, at 6:30 p.m. Saturday. Rev. Derrick Herron will present words of encouragement. Guests include First Missionary Baptist Choir of Altheimer, Dina McDonnell, Angels of Christ, Strong Family, New Herron Singers, New Mighty Supreme, Witness and Virtuous.

What God has joined together, let no one separate

We have a family friend of long standing, John, who loves being married. I should say he loves the notion of marriage, and feels without a doubt that it is an important societal institution — even though his understanding is rather shallow. The only thing he doesn't seem to like about the "Institution of Marriage," as it has played out in his life, are the women to whom he has been married.