The inspired apostle Paul wrote, "Continue in the faith, grounded and steadfast" (Colossians 1:23). What Paul meant is that if we stop moving forward in our Christian lives, we lose ground.
I was thinking lately how easy the Christian life would be if we were transported to heaven immediately upon conversion; a kind of “Beam me up, Jesus” moment.
New York Yankee legend Yogi Berra said, “On our teams, everyone’s ego took a backseat to the team ego. I still like that the Yankees still don’t put players’ names on their backs. The team’s identity is more important.”
My dad was a pipefitter at the Birmingham steel mill, which means he worked with pipes and plumbing. He was also a general handyman who could fix most anything and would at least try.
A noted Alabama pastor often has opportunity to speak to younger ministers, and he insists they’ll face three certainties: discouragement, fatigue and criticism. This is not all they’ll face, but it is certainly a part of ministry.
It was a number of years ago that 8-year-old Whitney stopped me in the church hallway. With hands on hips she said, “Preacher, you need to wear your seatbelt!”
Pastor and Lady Cortney Keith and the Mt. Zion Baptist church family are proud to announce the ministerial ordination service of Minister Keawong Cross of Anniston on Sunday at 1:30 p.m. at Mt. Zion Baptist Church of Stockdale. The theme for the service is “Next Level.”
The two major reasons given for terminations are church leadership conflicts and declining memberships. In many cases, the minister is like the coach with a losing season who has lost support.
I suppose it’s the modern equivalent of “You kids get off my lawn.” I’ve heard of “mask-shaming” in recent months but didn’t experience it until last week.
Jacob said, I have enough. When was the last time you heard someone say this? If you did, it would probably be from someone who we felt had nothing to start with.
I do miss the community worship services we had years ago. In several places we’ve lived, the churches had interdenominational Thanksgiving services.
Every year, believers and unbelievers celebrate the birth of the Lord Jesus Christ without thinking about the sign given by God for deliverance from our sins.
To a world of exclusion where petty men build walls of restriction, the message of Christmas comes: salvation is available to all people.
I suppose it’s true that the church has had several issues thrust upon us in recent years without an invitation. The most disturbing is the abuse of children.
Salvation is a personal experience. Jesus said in John 3, “ye must be born again.” Each and every one of us will be accountable to God for what we do with Jesus Christ.