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East Texas Baptist University hosted its seventh annual Calling Conference on Wednesday, Oct. 20, for ETBU students who are drawn to vocational ministry. The conference provided students with a deeper understanding of identifying and pursuing their callings with opportunities to learn from experienced ministry professionals.

Is temptation in and of itself morally wrong? What do philosophers say about our tempting desires? What do theologians say? A 7th annual symposium in Kilgore will take up the topic “Are we responsible for our tempting desires?” and all are welcome to join in the discussion with their questions and comments at the free event, Sunday, Oct. 31 from 2 to 4 p.m., in the Devall Student Center Ballroom on the campus of Kilgore College (1116 Broadway Blvd. between Nolen and Elder Streets in Kilgore).

The healing of Bartimaeus, in Mark 10:46-52, is the final miracle performed by Jesus, according to Mark’s Gospel. The setting of the miracles occurs just when Jesus leaves Jericho and begins the last leg of his journey to Jerusalem. Jesus’ eyes are fixed upon Jerusalem; he knew what he was f…

At some point in our lives, we all face fearful situations. But if we yield to what we know is wrong, our lives will be filled with entanglements and trouble. Instead of being frail Christians who make our decisions out of fear, let’s become followers of Christ who hold firmly to God’s stand…

James and John, in Mark 10:35-45, asked for chief places in Christ’s kingdom and were asked in return, “Are you asked to drink the cup that I drink?” (v. 38). The disciples, indignant with the Zebedees, were told, “Whoever wishes to become great among you must be your servant” (v. 43).

If you feel like you’re the only person to ever struggle with temptation, think again. Ever since the beginning of the human race, people have been losing the battle for self-control.

Job indicates that his suffering would be more bearable if only he knew why it was happening. Job did not know that God had allowed Satan to test his faith, so Job is continuing to seek God. Job, in Job 23:1-9, 16-17, dares to seek a day in court with God. “Oh, that I knew where I might find…

In the beginning, God spoke through his prophets, but in Hebrews 1:1-4; 2:5-12, he is speaking through his son, Jesus Christ. Jesus, while on earth, was made a little lower than the angels. He is now crowned with glory and offers us the gift of salvation. We should realize that all things ar…

When Queen Esther, in Esther 7:1-6, 9-10; 9:20-22, was asked by the king, “What is your request? Even to the half of my kingdom,” she asked nothing for herself, but asked for the freedom of her people, the Jews. Haman, who had undertaken to destroy the Jews, was hanged on the very gallows he…

What exactly is courage? Biblical courage is a quality of mind or spirit that enables a person to meet the challenges of life with fearlessness, calmness and firmness. Courage is fear that has said its prayers, and it fights to the end.

Jesus asked, in Mark 8:27-38, “But who do you say that I am”? Peter confesses every true disciple’s faith, “You are the Messiah” (v. 29). This one from God, the only one who has it right, tells of his suffering, rejection, and death. Those who follow must come to terms with their crosses, an…

Paul’s life was an amazing example of perseverance through dangers, suffering, and threats of death. According to 2 Corinthians 11:23-27, he experienced imprisonments, beatings, shipwrecks, and dangers from travel, weather, robbers, the Jews, the Gentiles, and false brethren. His goal was to…

Out of the heart come all kinds of evil, and the first place they go is the tongue, James 3:6. How many of us have wished we had not said that careless word or made that too quick response? Of course, we all have. Whoever invented the saying, “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words …

According to 2 Timothy 1:7, God has not given us a spirit of fear but of power, love, and a sound mind. Moreover, we have His promises that empower us to walk courageously through every challenge.

Solomon’s wise saying about generosity, we find in Proverbs 22:1-2, 8-9, 22-23. A good name is better than riches. “Those who are generous are blessed” (v. 9). The Lord cares for the poor and oppressed, therefore do not “rob the poor... or crush the afflicted” (v. 22).

After Moses died, God gave Joshua the task of leading His people into the Promised Land. Although Joshua had been trained by Moses and had worked under him, the thought of replacing Moses and taking responsibility for these people must have filled Joshua with fear and trembling. Joshua also …

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TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — A blast of festive trumpet flourishes and guitarrón bass breaks the solemn hush of Mass on a torrid August desert morning. Decked out in gold-embroidered suits, nine musicians pick, strum and trumpet the entrance hymn under tall stained-glass windows.

A controversy between Jesus and the Pharisees centered in the conflict between traditional practices and the truth of God, revealed in Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23. “You abandon the commandment of God and hold to human tradition” (v.8). This being done today, with such questions definition of a …

The news was quickly spreading. People loved the new teacher in Galilee, and now He was coming to Nazareth. It was a Sabbath day when He stood up among them and began reading from the book of Isaiah. But wait. They knew that guy. Wasn’t that Joseph’s son? He grew up with them. What was their…

Ephesians 5:15-20, is encouraging us to be imitators of Christ. the Ephesian letter counsels wisdom. “Make the most of the time, because the days are evil. So do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is” (vv. 16 –17). God was serious about the world. He sent his only Son. …

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Bethel United Methodist Church in Elysian Fields will celebrate its annual Camp Meeting services at Bethel Camp Grounds through Aug. 15. The Aug. 15 service will be the annual Homecoming Sunday, with dinner on the grounds following the 11 a.m. service.

Life is composed of a series of decisions, which is why it’s important to have a plan for making wise choices. The Bible is filled with verses about prayer and discovering God’s will. If we follow a plan based on God’s Word, we’ll make decisions wisely and avoid the difficulties and heartach…

When Joab led King David’s warriors out to fight against the rebellion of his son, Absalom, as revealed in 2 Samuel 18:5-9, 15, 31-33, it was with the words, “Deal gently for my sake with the young man Absalom” (v. 5). There was a son who wanted his father dead. There was a father who wanted…

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).