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Bridging the racial divide

It seems today races of people are more divided than ever. But is that a façade? Do some instances of racism mean racism exists in every heart? I believe racism is bigger than a problem between people – it’s a spiritual issue at the core.

Bethel New Bethel honors leaders

Bethel New Bethel Missionary Baptist Church, 2522 N. Pryce St., will celebrate the second pastoral anniversary of the Rev. and Mrs. Roosevelt Simmons Jr. starting with a luncheon for Shannon Simmons at noon Saturday, July 16, at the Promenade at Chenal at Little Rock. Sunday, July 17, at 11 a.m., services will feature guest speaker Brodes Perry of St. Mark Baptist Church at Little Rock. At 3 p.m., the guest speaker will be the Rev. Terry Brown, pastor of adult ministries at North Dallas Community Bible Fellowship.

The promise of rest remains

“Let us therefore fear, lest, a promise being left us of entering into his rest, any of you should seem to come short of it. For unto us was the gospel preached, as well as unto them: but the word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it…” (Hebrews 4:1-10).

What’s really important?

In the midst of devastation and loss, amazing courage can often be seen. News reports show people standing in the midst of ruined homes, facing the loss of possessions and the work of a life-time. They bravely smile and say that life goes on. Neighbors pitch in to help strangers and their communities.

2 Southeast Arkansas Gospel Concerts set

The Velvet Ridge Singers will be among artists featured in the Southeast Arkansas Gospel Concerts. A concert will be held at 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 19, at Central Baptist Church, 6107 Dollarway Road, with groups including the Kinsmen, Holcomb Quartet, Holcomb Trio and CBC Quartet. At 6*** p.m. Sunday, Sept. 20, the concert will be held at Summit Baptist Church, 901 Ridgway Road, featuring the Velvet Ridge Singers, Kinsmen, Holcomb Quartet and Holcomb Trio. (Special to The Commercial)

Correction

The Sunday session of the Southeast Arkansas Gospel Concerts will be held at 6 p.m. Sept. 20 at Summit Baptist Church. The time was incorrect in Saturday’s edition.

Ants in your pants?

“Tate’s clothes in his closet are covered in ants.” That was the text my wife sent me before church as I was counseling with a couple this past week. Talk about “ants in your pants.”

So your name is on the Ashley Madison list…

By now we’ve all heard about the Ashley Madison list. That website is one of the most blatant attacks on marriage, offering “guaranteed affairs or your money back” because “life is short you should have an affair.” I soon realized Josh Duggar was not the only one on this scandalous list. It wasn’t long before you could search the millions of names for those in your own city. I’ve never read the list, searched for names, and don’t plan on it.

Afraid of God?

Is God angry with you? Is he watching and waiting for an occasion to punish you? Many have spent their entire lives afraid of God, afraid to approach him. God has gone to great lengths to show us that he’s not mad at us.