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Make the right choice

Joshua, God’s servant, the leader of God’s chosen people Israel who succeeded Moses, his mentor, was growing old and knowing the character and the attitudes of his people was compelled to call them together. (Joshua 24: 14-14)

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.

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.

Finding Joy

When you buy a new car or home you typically can choose several upgradable features. These extras usually add more style, comfort and convenience but most of all more money to the cost. Because cost is a concern, most people skip several extravagant amenities and stick to a more basic model unless money is no object. I worked really hard when I built my own house to save money by doing a lot of the labor myself. By doing this I was able to upgrade some things in my home like granite countertops and crown molding. There were several things I really wanted to upgrade but knew it would be impossible. Things like a multi-head rain shower, heated floors and an office were just out because of cost.

Church News

Blake Criner will preach his first sermon at 6 p.m. Sunday at Newbirth Baptist Church, 401 E. Fifth Ave. The public is invited to attend.

Church News - Saturday, June 22, 2013

Morris Chapel Missionary Baptist Church at Sherrill will hold its annual Youth Day at 3 p.m. Sunday. Rev. Travis Harden, associate minister of Greater Mount Calvary Missionary Baptist Church in Pine Bluff, will be the guest speaker.

When your dreams are delayed

Remember the first time you were excited about a dream for your life? I mean you could see it and you were pumped! It was what you lived for, what made you get up in the morning. The last part of Proverbs 13:12 tells us, "A dream fulfilled is a tree of life." It is a high like none other to see your dreams fulfilled. But what if the dream doesn't seem like it is ever going to be fulfilled? What if the dream is delayed? What if you have lost hope in the dream?

Church News

New Morning Star Missionary Baptist Church , 1026 Missouri St., will hold their annual Mission Day program at 3 p.m. Sunday. Jackie Flowers from Rose Hill Missionary Baptist Church in Pine Bluff will be the guest speaker.

Olive Branch VBS to feature castle

A medieval castle is the setting for learning environments for children from three years old through teen years at Olive Branch Missionary Baptist Church, 5130 Bobo Road, during Vacation Bible School Monday through Friday from 8:45 a.m. to noon. Classrooms will be transformed with backdrops and props for adventures of Moses' life. Daily sessions will feature major events in Israel's history. Teens will spend the week serving the community and VBS attendees will receive copies of the New Testament.

Don’t you want to go to heaven?

"Jesus loves me this I know..." Most of us have been familiar with the words of this children's hymn all of our lives. Even as adults we find comfort in hearing them and singing them, being reminded of a time when faith seemed simpler to express, less complicated. As adults we like to remember our childhood as a time of innocence — sadly, an innocence that seems somehow to have given way to cynicism and/or disillusionment.