Does God Have Our Ultimate Loyalty?
Seven Gifts You Can Give Your Pastor
Loyalty is the quality of standing firm in one’s devotion or allegiance to someone or something. Loyalty comes from the heart, not from a feeling of obligation or from a legal contract.
On one occasion, a lawyer asked Jesus, “Which is the great commandment in the law?”
Jesus answered, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind . . . And the second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself” (Matthew 22:37, 39).
Simply put, love God with all you’ve
Things Every Believer Ought to Know
Recently, I participated in my son’s ordination service. Jonathan serves as associate pastor of worship and discipleship at Lakeside Baptist Church, North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, and his church ordained him to the gospel ministry.
Ordination to the ministry occurs in a worship setting and recognizes God’s call to ministry, the candidate’s commitment to follow that calling, and the church’s public confirmation that the candidate is gifted and qualified to serve in ministry.
My assignment? Preach the charge to the church, and I chose Ephesians 4:11-12 as my text: “And He Himself gave some to be apostles,
When A Mission Trip Goes South
Several years ago, in my previous pastorate in North Georgia, I was making visits one hot Spring afternoon. I drove to the home of a lady who visited the previous Sunday. She lived a mile or two off the main highway.
I located her house, knocked on her door, and no one answered.
Do You Overlook the Flaws of Others?
Our mission trip to Brazil was derailed by a truckers’ strike that threw the country into chaos and escalated on our departure day.
Our team has travelled to Brazil for four years to participate with Project 70, a Brazilian-led church planting strategy that permeates cities with the Gospel, resulting in new converts and new churches. The Brazilians zealously lead the way and Americans step in and follow their lead, serving side by side.
God does amazing things there. People are more open and responsive to the Gospel, and many make first time commitments to Christ. Last year,
Are You Spiritually Blind?
One of the easiest things to find for many people is fault. There are a lot of fault-finders in the world. There’s always a critic. In fact, some people think criticism is more blessed to give than to receive.
Working with people is a wonderful blessing, but sometimes it gets rather interesting. People are going to be people, and we need to remember that people are not going to be perfect. Sometimes they don’t return
Hey, Parents, Include "Kids In The Word" This Summer
Charley Boswell was a star football and baseball player at the University of Alabama. He played minor league baseball for the Atlanta Crackers in 1941. In WWII, he was blinded when a German artillery shell exploded as he was pulling a crew member from a tank.
Boswell rehabbed at an army facility in Philadelphia that specialized in eye injuries and took up golf during his recovery. He was such a great athlete that his game rapidly improved and he placed second in the national blind golf
Stupidity Not a Crime, But Consequences May Catch Up With You
Summer’s coming. You can tell by the Facebook posts from parents requesting info on summer camps, Vacation Bible Schools and other various options to keep their kids busy.
Our church is offering two sports camps June 4-8, with soccer 9 a.m.-noon and basketball 1-4 p.m.
Please Pray for Your Pastors
Someone said, “It’s better to keep your mouth shut and appear dumb than it is to open it and remove all doubt.” Or, as Forest Gump’s mother said, “Stupid is as stupid does.” Sometimes, mental aptitude is demonstrated by the stupid things a person does.
Take, for instance, dumb criminals.
Easter Changes Everything
On one occasion (Mark 9:14-29), nine of Jesus’ disciples were approached by a father requesting they cast a demon out of his son. Jesus and the other three were on the mountaintop experiencing the transfiguration while the remaining nine were left behind.
Although they were authorizied and empowered to preach (Mark 3:14-15; 6:7, 13), heal the sick, and cast out demons, in this instance, they failed.
Reflections on the Life and Ministry of Billy Graham
I get excited about preaching. I love to preach every Sunday, but I especially love the Christmas season messages. And I love to preach about the cross and the resurrection at Easter.
At Easter, I get to share that Jesus died to pay the penalty for our sins and to give us a way to forgiveness. Yet, He didn’t stay in the grave.
Does Your Faith Make Jesus Marvel?
I always wanted to meet Billy Graham, but the closest I got to him was at the 1987 Southern Baptist Convention meeting in St. Louis, one of 13 annual SBC meetings at which he spoke, I slipped out of my seat, walked down the center aisle and snapped pictures as he preached. I have no idea where those pictures are.
I heard him preach at his Atlanta crusade at Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium in 1973,
One Word to Purge in 2018
Usually, when the word “marvel” is used in the New Testament, it describes a person’s reaction to seeing God’s supernatural activity. For example, in Luke 24, Peter marveled at the empty tomb. The word means to be astonished or amazed, to have a sense of wonder.
Twice, the word is used to describe Jesus’ reaction. In Mark 6:6, Jesus was amazed at the unbelief of the people. In Luke 7:9, Jesus
Christmas Blessings Far Outweigh Christmas Rush Hassles
Edith Lovejoy Pierce said, “We will open the book. Its pages are blank. We are going to put words on them ourselves. The book is called Opportunity, and it’s first chapter is New Year’s Day.” (www.goodreads.com/quotes/tag/new-year).
My goodness, we’re already into chapter 10! What words have you already placed onto your blank pages?
I want to point us to a word that we should avoid,
Giving Thanks One Week Early
Did you survive the Christmas rush? For some, the Christmas celebration is still happening. My kids and grandkids don’t arrive until today, and our Christmas Day is Thursday. We’ll all be together for approximately 60 hours, and we’ll make each moment count.
With the convenience of online shopping, my gift buying was mostly hassle-free, but we still hit several local stores,
Scratch Hurricane Evacuation Off My Bucket List
“Thirty Days of Thanksgiving” kicked off on November 1, and I’ve been reading with interest people’s Facebook postings sharing what they are thankful for. What did we ever do before social media?
We are a blessed people. How often we complain about what we don’t have instead of giving thanks for what we do have!
Grandbaby Number Six Has His Own Timetable, Also
Last Wednesday, many were still without power and wringing their hands over empty grocery store shelves. We dodged a major bullet with Hurricane Irma and were mainly inconvenienced for a few days. We made it through Georgia’s first tropical storm.
Floridians got the brunt of it, especially the Keys and the Miami area, but it could have been catastrophic.
Meteorologists referred to a shift in Irma’s
Back to School and the Lessons Children Teach
We’re rejoicing over grandbaby number six! Back in April, we were on baby watch for our fifth grandbaby and were trying to work around Easter and another granddaughter’s birthday party in Sarasota.
“Our plan” was for Nolan to be born Easter Sunday afternoon so we could travel to Charlotte the first
God Is Working in Brazil (part two)
Art Linkletter used to say, “Kids say the darndest things!” That’s one reason I enjoy our “children’s moment.” At a certain point in our morning worship service, our younger children come to the front (usually ages 5-8 or so) and we have a “talk” and object lesson on their level.
Sometimes I chit-chat with the children before
God Is Working in Brazil, And We Get to Be In On It
Two weeks ago I shared about our church’s mission trip to Santa Catarina, Brazil. I had more stories than space, so I’m picking up where I left off.
Three years ago, Pastor Jim Thomas invited me to go on the First Baptist Church trip to Brazil,
Two Fayetteville churches are on the front line of seeing God do amazing things in Santa Catarina, Brazil. First Baptist Church took a team of 19 in April and saw 793 come to Christ in Treze Tilias and Seara.
Previously, McDonough Road Baptist Church travelled