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Life by the Spirit

How does a Christian keep away from sin and grow in Christ? I place those two statements together because they belong together as simultaneous actions. In Galatians 5:16-26 Paul gives the answer. He begins by saying we should, “Live by the Spirit and you will not gratify the desires of the sinful nature” (v. 16).

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.

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.

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.

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?