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Religion

  • COLUMN: God wants each generation to renew their faith

    That all the peoples of the earth may know the hand of the Lord, that it is might, that you may fear the Lord your God forever. Joshua 4:24

    The phrase, “The hand of the Lord,” refers to God’s strength and power. The hand is a means by which work is accomplished and implies strength and power.

  • COLUMN: Tell your descendants about God

    What stories Moses had to tell!

    Moses witnessed events few people would ever see. God instructed Moses to tell his descendants about the miraculous experiences with Pharoah. (Exodus 10:2).

    As God was speaking to the Israelites he commanded that his laws for living be passed on from parents to children. Religious education is important. It helps each generation obey God and set their hope upon him. God commanded the fathers to make known to their children the praises of the Lord and his strength and the wonderful works he has done.

  • COLUMN: God's grace is amazing

    John Newton (1725-1807) wrote the words to the hymn “Amazing Grace.” God’s grace reached down and touched Newton, a slave trader, and saved his soul. Read the words of the hymn to see how the Lord saved Newton.

    Through the years many others have been pulled from a sinful life and had their feet placed on the solid rock. God’s amazing grace comes through Jesus Christ (John 1:17) and opens the door to God. When you have a saving relationship with Jesus Christ things happen which results in eternal changes.

  • PHOTO: Doyt Perkins honored by church

    Ron Benningfield, right, Pleasant Ridge Separate Baptist Church Sunday School Superintendent, presents Doyt Perkins with a plaque in appreciation for his serving 44 years as a deacon at the church.

  • COLUMN: Make Christ your autopilot

    Keep your heart with all diligence for out of it is springs the issue of life. Proverbs 4:23

    Behind everything you do, there’s a thought. So if you want to change your life, you have to change your thinking.

  • Senior Choir celebrates 101 years at First Baptist

    The First Baptist Senior Choir was organized in 1912 by Addie Wheeler, wife of Rev. W.W. Wheeler, who was the first president. Carrie Bell Williams was the first organist.

    The Senior Choir was the first choir at First Baptist. During that time, the choir members consisted of the deacons and their wives. Some of the past and dedicated and long members of the choir were Alice Garrett, Rissie Cox, Gus Thurman and Nellie Dorsey.

  • COLUMN: Throw off the old and put on the new

    God intends that we grow spiritually. He gave us his saving grace to get us started in the Christian life but he gives us his daily grace to help us in our Christian walk and our spiritual growth. God desires that our lives be changed and that we grow in grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior (II Peter 3:18).

    How do we grow spiritually? For some insights, read Ephesians 4:22-24. Paul says there is a two-step process in our Christian growth … throw off the old and put on the new. That is simple but yet powerful.

  • TOUCHPOINTS: God provides relationship security

    One of the most fearful concepts in life is the utter termination of a cherished relationship. Whether we call it abandoning, forsaking, giving up on us or rejection, the portrait is of a sharp line drawn in a relationship. One of the greatest consequences of being abandoned is that it threatens our feeling of self-worth.

  • COLUMN: God forgives us when we stumble

    Relationships with people change. They may grow closer or they may grow further apart. This is also true of our relationship with God. When we have a strong, healthy relationship to Jesus, it must be maintained for no relationship will remain the same. Good relationships take work and time or we grow further apart.

  • COLUMN: Rahab was an unlikely woman of faith

    “And spare my father, my mother, my brother, my sisters, and all that they have, and deliver our lives from death.” Joshua 2:13
    Joshua sent two men to spy out Jericho because he was going to take it by force (At that time Joshua did not know that God was going to work a miracle, and Jericho would fall). The two men, hiding from the king of Jericho, sought shelter in the house of Rahab the prostitute. Because hers was a public house, it was common for people to be seen coming and going. It seemed the perfect place to stay.