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Religion

  • COLUMN: God expects us to study to mature spiritually

    Spiritual immaturity causes Christians to say immature things, make immature decisions and act in immature ways. It is God’s will we become spiritually mature. 

    The Bible says in II Peter 3:18, “But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.”          

    The Apostle Paul in I Corinthians 3:2-3 scolds the believers for their spiritual immaturity. They are on milk when they should be on meat. Would this describe many Christians that you know?

  • TOUCHPOINTS: Jealousy creates conflict between families, friends

    Conflict usually begins when we don’t get what we want. It almost always begins with selfish motives.

    Absalom wanted to be king. The only way he could do that was to take the kingdom away from his father, David (II Samuel 15:1-12). 

    You know you are in conflict when you are daydreaming for something you want – a thing, a position or a viewpoint – and it is always connected to feelings of deep-seated hatred, or being in disagreement with someone in order to point out differences, especially when compared.

  • COLUMN: Loving God means loving each other

    God is love (I John 4:8). Love is part of the very being and nature of God. It is also a valid test of our sonship.

    If we are united to God through faith in Christ, we share his nature and that nature is love.

    A believer in Christ, who shares the nature of his father, will naturally practice love, because that is the nature of God. Our love for the brethren is proof that we are his children. Throughout the New Testament we are encouraged to love one another.

    Jesus said, “By this shall all men know that you are my disciples” (John 13:35).

  • COLUMN: Money: God tells us how to get it, save it and spend it

    James, which is probably the most practical book in the New Testament, tells us how to be wise with our money. In James 5:1-6 He speaks of the method we use to get money, the reason to save our money and the way to spend our money.
    Some people think that the Bible teaches, “Money is the root of all evil.” But Paul says in I Timothy 6:10, “The love of money is the root of all evil ….”

  • Cutting Edge Student Ministries heading to international talent competition

    Cutting Edge, the youth group of Family Worship Center, will travel to Lee University in Cleveland, Tenn. Aug. 1 to compete in the Church of God's International talent competition, known as “Teen Talent.” 

    The competition will be held Aug. 2-6 and contains categories of drama, music, art, writing and Bible quiz. 

  • TOUCHPOINTS: Don't worry

    If you are like most people, it is simply a fact of life that from time-to-time, you worry. 

    We worry about our children, family in general, finances, and sometimes our safety.  There are some things we cannot control, such as the weather; and we find ourselves worrying about ruined trips because of rain, our crops because of not enough rain, getting an incurable disease: it goes on and on. 

  • PHOTO: Friendship Baptist Church Vacation Bible School

    Friendship Baptist Church had several students in Vacation Bible School. They are Tyler Foster, Christian Veirs, Voni Chedwick, Ben Graham, Jerome Dawson, Sarah Cooper, Patricia Keys, Peyton Foster, Chloe Geary, Jarrod Geary, Reagan Donovan, Shayla Chedwick, Kaleigh Graham, Hannah Boggs, Catherine Spalding, Sally Polin, Trinity Scruggs, Caydence Engle and Jameson Pena Santos.

  • COLUMN: The Lord's goodness is sweet

    We are blessed with good food in America, whether it is in our home or in one of the many restaurants near us. One wife said she had changed her system for labeling homemade freezer meals. At one time she labeled the containers as meatloaf, pot roast, etc. Now she stocks her freezer with things her husband really likes –  “whatever, anything, I don’t know, I don’t care, something good, or food.”  

    No matter how he responds when she asks him what he wants for dinner, she knows there is something waiting in the freezer.

  • COLUMN: Put the secret sin away from you

    There is an accursed thing in your midst, O Israel. You cannot stand before your enemies until you take away the accursed thing from among you. Joshua 7:13

  • COLUMN: Jericho's walls came tumbling down

    Joshua had commanded the people, saying, “You shall not shout or make any noise with your voice, nor shall a word proceed out of your mouth until the day I say unto you, ‘Shout.’ Then you shall shout.” Joshua 1:10

    God gave Joshua specific instructions about how to conquer Jericho. It was a supernatural strategy which consisted of waiting, walking and no talking. The children of Israel had to march by faith day after day with no apparent results. The faith-walk was a test of their obedience and trust. (Psalm 37:34)