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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.

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.

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.

Three counselors every Christian needs

Let's face it; everyone needs counsel at some point in life. But where do you get your counsel from? There are a multitude of counselors on television, social media, and many other places ready and willing to give you advice. But however popular they are, if they don't give Godly counsel they are pointless. There are three counselors you need as a Christian – the Holy Spirit, the Word of God and mature believers.

Church News for Saturday, June 1

Mount Bayou Missionary Baptist Church at Altheimer will honor their pastor and wife, Rev. Lafayette Woods Sr. and the first lady and evangelist Gwendolyn Woods, at 2:30 p.m. Sunday. The guest minister will be Rev. Jimmy Fisher, pastor of Greater Mount Calvary Missionary Baptist Church.

Church News for Saturday, May 25

New Salem Missionary Baptist Church at Sherrill will celebrate the anniversary of their pastor and wife, Rev. Clark and Hazel Thomas, at 3 p.m. June 2. Rev. Elvin Jackson, pastor of S.C.O.P.E. Ministries Church, will be the anniversary messenger.

Laugh in the face of evil

My Grandmother Van Zandt was a lovely lady, but held very Victorian /Edwardian sensibilities throughout her life (born in 1908, she lived to be 92). She was very formal. She had, however, a delightful sense of humor, and one of the most beautiful laughs I have ever heard. I still remember its musical sound.