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Remember that God gives us the rain

Remember that God gives us the rain

During spring, it’s not uncommon to receive a lot of rain. And it’s not uncommon for us to complain about it.

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Updated: apr. 25, 2015 6:00 p.m.
Know the goodness of the Lord

Know the goodness of the Lord

Today is my dad’s birthday. He is 78 years young.

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Updated: apr. 24, 2015 6:00 p.m.
After flareups, religious freedom bills get cold shoulder in two states

After flareups, religious freedom bills get cold shoulder in two states

The governors of North Carolina and Michigan, where legislators are weighing bills to strengthen religious freedom protections, are cooling to the idea after similar pushes in Indiana and Arkansas ignited controversy, media reports indicate.
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What do you need in life? God's word

What do you need in life? God's word

In this life, there are many things that a person needs: a place to live, clothes, food and such things.

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Updated: apr. 23, 2015 6:30 p.m.
After falling 30 feet, this girl died and visited heaven. Then, another miracle happened.

After falling 30 feet, this girl died and visited heaven. Then, another miracle happened.

When Annabel Beam was five years old, she was diagnosed with two incurable life-threatening digestive disorders — pseudo-obstruction motility disorder and antral hypomotility disorder. As a result, she spent much of her life in and out of hospitals.
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Pastor, administrator conference is chance to refresh

Pastor, administrator conference is chance to refresh

The excitement is building. Extensive planning and coordinating have gone into this conference.

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Updated: apr. 21, 2015 6:00 p.m.
Does being married bring you closer to God?

Does being married bring you closer to God?

Married mothers are more religious than single and cohabiting mothers, according to a new study from the Bowling Green National Center for Family and Marriage Research.
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Go to the rock of Jesus to get salvation

Go to the rock of Jesus to get salvation

“Truly, my soul finds rest in God; my salvation comes from him. Truly, he is my rock and my salvation. He is my fortress; I will never be shaken.” — Psalm 62:1-2

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Updated: apr. 20, 2015 5:30 p.m.
If you wouldn't say it to someone else, why do you say it to yourself?

If you wouldn't say it to someone else, why do you say it to yourself?



You know those mean, nasty, negative little things you say to yourself all day? The ones about your weight, looks or perceived failures that you berate yourself over?
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Running for God: why marathons are catching on among the faithful

Running for God: why marathons are catching on among the faithful

At the start of the Boston Marathon next Monday, runners will congregate by a church that posts a banner with an appropriate Bible verse: “Those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will run and not grow weary; they will walk and not be faint.”
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Shine all the time as a Christian

Shine all the time as a Christian

One of my favorite flowers is the azalea. I love to go through Bonaventure Cemetery this time of year just to see row after row of assorted colors of this beautiful flowering bush.

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Updated: apr. 18, 2015 6:30 p.m.
5 quotes from former ESPN college football analyst Lou Holtz on faith

5 quotes from former ESPN college football analyst Lou Holtz on faith

Farewell, Lou Holtz.
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What are the certain things in life?

What are the certain things in life?

Did you celebrate Wednesday?

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Updated: apr. 17, 2015 6:30 p.m.
Salvation is possible by obeying God

Salvation is possible by obeying God

No one has to be lost, for God has provided a way of salvation for all mankind.

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Updated: apr. 16, 2015 6:30 p.m.
She died giving birth to her daughter, but an amazing miracle happened

She died giving birth to her daughter, but an amazing miracle happened

When Melanie and Doug Pritchard were preparing to have their first child, they searched for a doctor who would fight, if necessary, for both Melanie and the baby's lives.
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What if the 'fat talk' voice in your head was the actual label on your clothes?

What if the 'fat talk' voice in your head was the actual label on your clothes?



I'm guilty.
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ValueSpeak: Memory's rocky road

ValueSpeak: Memory's rocky road

Not too long ago my 60-something friend Curtis was asked to help supervise a Cub Scout hike. Soon after the hike began, one of the Cubs — 8-year-old Josh — started shadowing Curtis, and the two quickly became good friends.
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Faith groups urge Supreme Court to uphold traditional marriage

Faith groups urge Supreme Court to uphold traditional marriage

A group of 19 religious organizations has filed a friend-of-the-court brief asking the U.S. Supreme Court to rule against same-sex marriage.
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Make your house excellent with God

Make your house excellent with God

“And when the queen of Sheba had seen all Solomon’s wisdom, and the house that he had built, and the meat of his table, and the sitting of his servants, and the attendance of his ministers, and their apparel, and his cupbearers, and his ascent by which he went up unto the house of the LORD, there was no more spirit in her. And she said to the king, ‘It was a true report that I heard in mine own land of thy acts and of thy wisdom.’” —1 Kings 10:4-6

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Updated: apr. 14, 2015 6:30 p.m.
What religious tolerance looks like in the age of RFRA

What religious tolerance looks like in the age of RFRA

When Indiana passed the initial version of its Religious Freedom Restoration Act, an adaptation of the federal law passed in 1993, the backlash was tremendous.
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Jesus can give us newness of life

Jesus can give us newness of life

Because Jesus died for us and then rose from the grave, we also can rise up in two ways. First, we can have new and different life, but also, after we die, we can go to a new and exciting place (heaven). The Easter holy day has passed, but the effect of the actual event lives on through those who have chosen to follow Jesus.

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Updated: apr. 11, 2015 6:00 p.m.
Cancer patient receives a 'sweet 16' surprise

Cancer patient receives a 'sweet 16' surprise



Sixteen-year-old Abby Snider, was diagnosed with leukemia last year. She was unable to celebrate her fifteenth birthday, because of intensive treatements she was going through. For her sixteenth birthday, her parents wanted to do something really special for her, as Abby, like most girls her age, had been dreaming of it for years. However, due to mounting medical bills accruing over the last year, this was more of a wish than a possibility.
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Make the most of gift of time with God

Make the most of gift of time with God

Here in Bryan County, it is the week of spring break for our students and teachers.  

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Updated: apr. 10, 2015 6:00 p.m.
When Orthodox Jewish husbands say 'no' to religious divorce, women languish in marital limbo

When Orthodox Jewish husbands say 'no' to religious divorce, women languish in marital limbo

The often complicated spectre of divorce is being made even more difficult for one group of women: Orthodox Jews, whose faith requires not only a civil court divorce, but a religious decree from the husband granting his wife a divorce.
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Why people are still talking about this theologian who plotted to kill Hitler

Why people are still talking about this theologian who plotted to kill Hitler

Seven decades after his execution for his role in a plot to assassinate Nazi leader Adolf Hitler, theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer continues to inspire Christians and others around the world with his message of spirituality and faith.
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Spiritual maturity is a must for Christians

Spiritual maturity is a must for Christians

Maturing as a Christian helps one show Christ to the world.

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Updated: apr. 09, 2015 6:00 p.m.
What the Bush family can teach us about religion and family life

What the Bush family can teach us about religion and family life

Jeb Bush, a likely (very likely) 2016 presidential candidate, does not belong to the faith of his father. He also does not belong to the faith of his brother. Jeb Bush belongs to the faith of his wife.
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Yoga in school isn't religious teaching, California court rules

Yoga in school isn't religious teaching, California court rules

Teaching yoga as exercise doesn't stretch the Constitution's ban on government "establishing" a particular religion, a California court ruled last week after some parents challenged the Hindu-based system's presence in an Encinitas school.
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Are millennials programmed to cheat in college?

Are millennials programmed to cheat in college?

Editor's Note: This article is part of "The Ten Today," a series that examines the Ten Commandments in modern society. This story explores the eighth commandment, "Thou shalt not steal."
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'Jesus ossuary' story resurfaces during Easter

'Jesus ossuary' story resurfaces during Easter

New geological evidence supposedly linking two disputed ancient Jerusalem ossuaries — burial boxes for bones — has resurrected a debate over whether the boxes labeled as containing the remains of a first-century "Jesus" and his brother "James" are relics of the messiah and his family.
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WWII vet celebrates his 90th birthday with an unlikely best friend

WWII vet celebrates his 90th birthday with an unlikely best friend



Friends are an important part of life, regardless of how young or old you are.
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Trying to overcome my Easter anxiety

Trying to overcome my Easter anxiety

I have always wanted to be a creative mom.
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Letter to a stranger in a cemetery

Letter to a stranger in a cemetery

Dear sir in the cemetery,
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Trying to overcome my Easter anxiety

Trying to overcome my Easter anxiety

I have always wanted to be a creative mom.
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Does 'A.D. The Bible Continues' live up to 'The Bible?'

Does 'A.D. The Bible Continues' live up to 'The Bible?'

The first episode of Mark Burnett and Roma Downey's new Bible miniseries, "A.D. The Bible Continues," began with a literal whisper and ended with a heavenly bang. But will it be enough to keep audiences coming?
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