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  • COLUMN: Live well in God, die well

    Moses, David, Paul and many other Bible characters were used by God to accomplish his will. God still uses individuals today when they place their lives in his hands.

    What are some of the characteristics of persons God uses today? From the Apostle Paul we learn God uses one who wants to know God in his fullness. Paul sought to forget what was behind him and press forward. Here was a man who showed by life and word that he was sold out to Jesus.

    When you walked into Paul's life you would say, "Paul lives to know God."

  • COLUMN: The day the sun stood still

    One day, the sun stood still (Joshua 10:10-14). There has been no day like that, before it or after it, the first time man commanded the solar system to stand still and it obeyed.

    At another time, God hearkened to Hezekiah and turned the solar system backward 10 degrees.

    God worked a powerful miracle in response to Joshua’s authority in prayer. In fact, Joshua spoke directly to the sun and moon, obviously at God’s command, and the delayed sunset allowed Israel to have revenge upon their enemies.

  • COLUMN: An honest day's work for an honest day's pay

    Many believe the Bible teaches it is wrong to be wealthy. They think "money is the root of all evil."

    But the Bible does not teach that. The Bible says, "the love of money is the root of all evil" (I Timothy 6:10).

    God is not opposed to wealth. When you read the Bible you are aware of many wealthy individuals. In today's way of figuring wealth Abraham would have been a millionaire. Then there is David, Solomon, Job and many other financially well-to-do Bible characters. It is the misuse of and the love of money that causes problems.

  • 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.