“Do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you.” Ephesians 4:30-32.
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Salvation is a rescue operation. When God made humans, he made them “in his own image,” which includes intelligence, creativity and power over creation.
Downtown is at the heart of our city. Our city’s government and most prominent banking institution reside in its reach.
Pine Bluff is approximately 76 percent African American, but we own no banks, car dealerships, hotels, major grocery stores, etc. The silent majority in Pine Bluff, both black and white, clergy, educators, lawyers, doctors, business professionals and others, must pull together to save and build up this city.
“I call heaven and earth to witness against you today, that I have set before you life and death, the blessing and the curse. So choose life in order that you may live, you and your descendants, by loving the Lord your God, by obeying His voice, and by holding fast to Him; for this is your life and the length of your days, that you may live in the land which the Lord swore to your fathers, to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, to give them.” Deuteronomy 30:19-31.
“For I know the plans that I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon Me and come and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart. I will be found by you, declares the Lord, and I will restore your fortunes and will gather you from all the nations and from all the places where I have driven you,” declares the Lord, “and I will bring you back to the place from where I sent you into exile.” (Jeremiah 29:11-14.)
When our state legislators convene for the 90th General Assembly they have a number of important issues to address. Chief among them should be Arkansas’ death penalty, which former Attorney General Dustin McDaniel rightly observed is “completely broken.” In lawyer-speak, this means the thing is indefensible in its present form.
Each week is a week of tragedy. There are wars, violence or natural disasters. There is hatred, jealousy and sorrow. But some weeks it strikes closer to home. A disaster seems more real when people in our own nation are involved.
God created each of us for a reason. Many people live and die, searching for some kind of purpose to their lives —where they fit, whether they really matter in the grand scheme of things.
It’s been a few weeks now since our nation experienced the first waves of fear about Ebola and how it might affect the United States. The good news, of course, is that the few cases diagnosed across the country have been contained and several lives have been saved by lessons the medical community has since learned.