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Sometimes, when we think about fearing God, we feel like we might lose out on the good things in life. But the truth is there are many blessings that come with acknowledging God’s sovereignty and power. Here are a few reasons why reverencing the Lord is a very good idea.

The Book of Ephesians emphasizes that we are justified by faith. When we are justified, we receive the fruits of the Holy Spirit. Ephesians 4:1-16, is the beginning of the ethical teaching of the fruits of unity: such as being humble, gentile, patient, understanding and peaceful. We could co…

King David’s adultery with the beautiful Bathsheba led to an unwanted pregnancy and the intrigue, deception and the arranged death of her husband Uriah, as revealed in 2 Samuel 11:1-15. The king was unable to get the disciplined soldier, Uriah, to spend time with his wife. Therefore, he sent…

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Throughout history, windows have served various purposes. They allow little children to draw smiley faces on them when the weather is cold, they announce when the sun has risen, and they are a daily reminder that there is a world waiting to be explored. However, have you ever considered wind…

We all have access to the Father through Christ, as indicated in Ephesians 2:11-22. Both Jew, “those who were near” (v. 17), and Gentile, “you who were far off” (v. 17), have equal access to Jesus Christ, who bridged the gap for us to the Father. “So then you are no longer strangers and alie…

“Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. He who does not love does not know God, for God is love. In this, the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live t…

Salome was at the birthday party of Herod Antipas. She was the daughter of Herodias, Herod’s illegitimate wife, as stated in Mark 6:14-29. The beautiful daughter of Herodias took in Herod, so he asked her to dance for the guests. Herod said, “Ask me for whatever you wish and I will give it” …

Samuel traveled to Bethlehem in search of the person God had chosen to be the next king of Israel. Jesse’s son David was the last to be interviewed by Samuel. When David entered the room Samuel knew that this was the one, and he anointed him to be Israel’s next king (1 Samuel 16:11). When Da…

“Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in the hope of the glory of God. And not only that but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribul…

Two miracle stories are told, in Mark 5:21-43. One demonstrates Jesus’s power over disease. A woman touched his garment and was healed of her disease. The other demonstrates his authority over death. A Jewish official (Jairus) had a daughter who was already dead, and mourners were wailing wh…

“I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you” (Matthew 5:44).

King Saul worried that little David was no match for the giant, Goliath, as revealed in 1 Samuel 17:32-49. However, David put aside the armor of the king and went out to face the giant with a slingshot and five smooth stones. David challenged Goliath saying, “You come to me with sword and sp…

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Southern Baptist Convention held its largest gathering in decades Tuesday amid debates over race and sexual abuse, a concerted effort to push the conservative denomination even further to the right and a bellwether election to pick its next president.

Paul, in 2 Corinthians 5:6-17, knew firsthand the weakness, suffering and rejection of the apostles of Christ. As he reflects on these things, he speaks of faith, “If the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands” (v. 1). “We are always co…

“But Martha was distracted with much serving, and she approached Him and said, “Lord, do You not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Therefore, tell her to help me.” (Luke 10:40).

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Kelli Taylor and a friend of hers hosted the first Bless this Mess Rally in 2019, inviting members of Taylor’s Christian women’s Facebook group to come together to hear local women speak — and this year the event is open to all women across the community.

Fearing that Jesus was out of his mind, his family sought to restrain him, as indicated in Mark 3:20-35. The scribes accredited his power over demons to Beelzebub, the ruler of demons, implying he was possessed. Jesus answered in two parables: a house divided, and plundering a strong man’s h…

“I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service” (Romans 12:1).

What is the Pentecost Spirit? The concepts of the Pentecost are many as to the meaning of the Spirit. All of them refer to the Holy Spirit and promise freedom, unity, power and joy. In Acts 2:1-21, we hear the sound like the rush of a mighty wind, fire touching each of them, and the understa…

“When Jesus was in Bethany at the house of Simon, the leper, a woman came to Him having an alabaster flask of very costly fragrant oil, and she poured it on His head as He sat at the table” (Matthew 26:6-7).

Students participating in private lessons through the Worship Arts program at First Baptist Church held their Spring Recital on Sunday, May 9. Participating piano students of Mrs. Ginger Cook were Billy Bob Emmons, Ava McRight and Lauryn Almeida. Participating percussion students of Mr. Nath…

God’s plans for his son, Jesus Christ, involved his birth, death, resurrection and ascension. Jesus’s birth was by the Holy Conception with his earthly mother Mary, his death was the hands of the Roman Government. Jesus Christ’s resurrection was by his Heavenly Father, who the Angels were or…

Faith, in 1 John 5:1-6, is the victory that conquers the world. In the context of a baptismal confession that emphasizes love for God and neighbor, this mighty claim is made: “For whatever is born of God conquers the world. And this is the victory that conquers the world: our faith” (v.4).

“The Spirit of the LORD is upon me, because He has anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed, to proclaim the acceptable year of the…

“I am the true vine and my Father is the vine-grower” in John 15:1-8. With these abrupt words John introduces another symbol for our understanding of Christ and Christian disciples. The allegory reveals Christ as the vine, and believers as the fruit bearing branches that are cut away and bur…

Peter and John had been arrested and were being questioned, as indicated Acts 4:5-12. “By what power or by what name did you do this? (v. 7). Peter answered, “Let it be known to all of you ... that this man is standing before you in good health by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom y…

“We are God’s children now. What we will be has not yet been revealed” in 1 John 3:1-7. To be named and known as children of God is evidence of the love of the Father. Obedience and righteousness are evidence that one abides in him. But what if your father is God? John says that in Christ we…

The first letter of John is about life and light, as indicated in 1 John 1:1-2:2. He begins, “This life was revealed, and we have seen it and testify to it, and declare to you the eternal life that was with the Father” (v. 2). Contending against the Gnostic heresy that condemned flesh and bl…

The Shady Grove Missionary Baptist Church, under the direction of Pastor James H. Walls Jr., and the Carthage Courtesy Club presented a donation to Edward Laird, a Deadwood man who lost his wife in the March 27 tornadoes. The two groups have also set up a benefit account in Laird's name at C…

But the LORD said to Samuel, “Do not look at his appearance or the height of his stature, because I have refused him. For the Lord does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart” (1 Samuel 16:7).