• Things you owe your children

    “Behold, I and the children whom the Lord hath given me are for signs and for wonders.” Isaiah 8:18

    You may not be able to give your children everything you’d like to, but here are four things you owe them:

    First, listen to them.

    One boy said, “I feel like a comma. When I talk to my dad he’ll say something. Then when I start to talk again he makes a comma; he doesn’t interrupt me, but when I’m finished he starts right in where he left off. It’s as if I didn’t say anything.”

  • You can change for the better - if you want to

    “We should make plans, counting on God to direct us.” Proverbs 16:9

    If you want to change your life for the better, take these steps:

    1) Discern what success really is. When others feel good about you, you’re popular. When you feel good about yourself, you’re successful. Your life’s highest calling always will create the highest level of joy within you. That doesn’t mean it’ll be easy or pain free. Every winner in history paid a price, you will too.

  • We should be controlled by God’s spirit

    The Apostle Paul on his visit to Athens saw shrines erected to many gods. Just in case they missed one, they had one to “The Unknown god.”

    Today’s unknown God may be the Holy Spirit. We know about God the Father, who created the world and holds it in his hands. We know God the Son, who came, lived, died, arose and ascended to the right hand of the Father to intercede for us.

    But I fear the average Christian knows little about the Holy Spirit.

    The Bible has the Holy Spirit as co-equal with God the Father and God the Son.

  • Learn to let go of things you can’t control

    “Stop allowing yourselves to be ... unsettled” John 14:27

    Some kids at summer camp were discussing creation. One asked, “If everything has a purpose, how come God made poison ivy?”

    Another replied, “Because he knows there are some things we should keep our hands off.”

    Keeping your hands off certain things isn’t easy, especially when you’re insecure or controlling by nature.

    “But sometimes my partner drives me crazy.” Maybe you drive them crazy too.

  • Churches participate in Youth March for Christ

    First Baptist Hodgenville was host to the South District Youth March for Christ on Saturday morning. The South District is composed of nine counties including Boyle, Washington and Lincoln counties.

    Eight churches were represented with about 80 people attending. Each church represented had banners and shirts with their logo.

    Hodgenville Mayor Terry Cruse delivered greetings from the city. There were individual classes for primary, intermediate and adults.

  • Merrill Kurtz IV accepts position with Ovesen Heights

    Merrill Kurtz IV is the new associate pastor for children and family ministries at Ovesen Heights Baptist Church.

    He is a graduate of Boyce Bible School and is attending Southern Seminary in Louisville.

    His responsibilities include developing programs to minister to children and families as well as fill the pulpit as needed.

    He and his wife, Lora, and their son, Joseph, reside in Elizabethtown.

  • Is John 3:16 our passport to Heaven?

    If the Bible were destroyed and only John 3:16 remained that would be enough to bring the whole world to salvation. We do not have to be a walking encyclopedia to be saved. When we understand and experience John 3:16 we have a passport to Heaven.

    The cause of salvation is found in the words, “For God so loved the world ...” (John 3:16). Salvation does not begin in the life of man, but in the love of God. God’s love goes beyond all other love. Salvation is rooted and grounded in the love of God.

  • Try to be more open in dealings with others

    “As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another, Proverbs 27:17

    How do you handle correction? By taking offense? By hearing it as rejection? By getting defensive? All of us need people who will be honest with us because we’re easily blinded by our egos. When God sends somebody to correct you it’s because he loves you. He only does that to those he values.

    “If you are not disciplined … then you are illegitimate children and not true sons” Hebrews 12:8. Check your credentials.

  • Our Christian beliefs affect the way we run our businesses

    A storeowner once said, “What I believe has nothing to do with the way I run my store. Church is church and business is business. Religion should keep its nose out of people’s work. It has no business being there.”

    Is that right? Should faith be divorced from all the areas of our lives, like work or play or school? Does faith deal only with the spiritual and not the earthly?

  • God sometimes says ‘no’ to our pleas

    “No good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly.” Psalm 84:11

    If it was a good thing God would not have said no. Either the timing is wrong or he has something better for you. Gratitude comes when you realize what could have happened but didn’t because God intervened. So stop trying to break loose from the loving grip of the one who holds you for your own protection.

    David wrote, “The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.” Psalm 23:1. A shepherd leads you, feeds you and protects you.