Jack W. Hester, associate pastor and staff evangelist at City View First Baptist Church in Greenville, will hold a tent crusade in the Conestee community near Mauldin beginning April 27 at 2:30 p.m. The location of the tent marks the spot where Hester played baseball for the textile mill league as a young man more […]
Speaking for the second time in less than 100 days at Brigham Young University, Southern Baptist leader R. Albert Mohler Jr. told students and faculty at the school, “We may go to jail sooner even than we thought,” recalling his concern about the threat to religious liberty raised in an earlier appearance at the Mormon-owned […]
As the title of this lesson says, we will be looking at the blessings of living a life of obedience. The results of disobedience are found in this same chapter. ?Do not make idols ? .? While you may not find wooden or stone images in our country like those found within other cultures, you will find many things that people have made more important than God ? money, power, reputation, looks, even family. When we make anything more important than God ? anything ? we are being disobedient, and we will not receive His blessings.
A child died during the night. The next morning, Auto T. Raja lays a clean white sheet on the floor of an empty room in the children's hostel and places the frail, lifeless body on it. He cleans dried spittle from her mouth, straightens her clothing and then cradles her body while winding the sheet about it. Not much is known of this little one. Small for her age ? maybe 3 ? one of India's throwaway people, she was found wandering the streets of Bangalore. No one knows who left her there or why. No one claimed her then; there will be no one to claim her body now.
Isaac Newton said that, if all the great books of human history could come to life and be gathered in a convention hall, when the Bible walked in the other books would all fall on their faces in reverence. We Baptists have a great reverence for the Bible because it ?is a perfect treasure of divine instruction? and is therefore a sure guide for us all. Paul is going to remind his young assistant of the great value of God's Word, but first he must address the situation that Timothy faces in Ephesus.
A few weeks ago, the IRS issued its ?Dirty Dozen? list of tax scams to avoid. In the last article, we talked about a few of them. You may have already filed your tax return by now, but these scams occur all year long, and tend to be repeated year after year.
The lessons this month all relate to extraordinary relationships. For Christians, the most important relationship, and the one that affects all others, is the one we have with Jesus Christ. That one relationship is fundamental and foundational to every other relationship we have. It is imperative, then, that we get this relationship right.
As support for immigration reform continues to grow among Southern Baptists and other evangelical Christians, the Southern Baptist Convention's chief executive officer said April 17 in South Carolina that the U.S. stands ?at a crossroad of opportunity? for dealing justly with the nation's undocumented immigrants.
While many Christians have a grasp of important doctrinal positions, some churchgoers struggle with basic truths about salvation, the Bible and the nature of God. A LifeWay Research study on ?Doctrinal Positions,? released April 5, shows 81 percent of churchgoers agree, in regard to salvation, that ?when you die, you will go to heaven because you have confessed your sins and accepted Jesus Christ as your Savior.?
?Keep on keeping on? is an expression we often use to encourage one another to be faithful. Paul senses that the end of his earthly life is near and it is time to pass the mantle of leadership on to his friend and partner in ministry. He writes of his own faithfulness in order that he might encourage young Timothy to remain faithful to the end. The apostle desires that his associate put his full confidence in the Lord, who will supply all that he needs. In light of this, there are several things Timothy must keep doing.