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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.

Fear not, He is with you always

As a clergyman, people often ask me if I am afraid to die, or, conversely, if I really believe all those things I say about death in sermons, particularly at funerals. To the first question the answer is no. However, the process of dying, and certain ways of dying, pain, and all the accoutrements of dying may bother me when I think upon the process of leaving this earth… I don’t want to die, because I am only learning to live more fully. I love life, family, friends, and the Church here on earth, most of all, I love God, and He gave me this life as a gift, so I cherish it. As to question two, do I really believe those things I say about death, the answer is a resounding yes!

A hindered prayer life

How effective are your prayers? Are there certain things that can harm the prayers you pray? All of us want prayers to be answered. Why else would we pray them?

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.

Who Dresses You?

I am often amazed at the outfits my teenage son wears because "it's what everyone is wearing." Just the other day I said, "Son, why are you wearing those clothes?" He was wearing all black. He looked at me and said, "What's wrong with this outfit, you're an Episcopal priest and you wear all black every day..." I think I responded with something less than parent-like.

Church News

Reynolds Chapel Missionary Baptist Church , 706 S. Cypress St., will hold its annual New Beginning Day at 3 p.m. Sunday. Rev. James Spinks, pastor of Brooks Chapel Missionary Baptist Church at Monticello, will be the guest speaker.

Give your children back to God

When we found out we were expecting another child, my wife and I were very excited! We have two wonderful daughters and had hoped it would be a boy this time – and it was! Tate Conner Harrison was born this past week and is very healthy and precious!