Editor’s Word: Don’t Lose Heart

Galatians 6:9 says, “Let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we shall reap if we do not grow weary.” This season of pandemic has brought discouragement and despair to many. Some have grown weary and lost heart. Jesus told a parable in Luke 18 “to show that at all times […]

Dickerson: Trouble and blessing not mutually exclusive

Trouble and blessing are two things we do not usually think about occurring simultaneously. However, pastor Billy Dickerson experienced these two seeming opposites at the same time. After delivering the morning sermon at his church, Cedar Grove in Belton, on June 20, he was driving home when an erratic driver, weaving in and out of […]

Editor’s Word: Pandemic Giving

Financial predictions for giving to churches and Christian ministries looked bleak in mid-March when the American economy seemed to come to a screeching halt. Fast forward to the present, and surprise! Christian giving is alive and healthy. In July, a survey was released by the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability. It included over 1,300 Christian […]

Editor’s Word: It’s Time to Rejoice!

It is time for God’s people to rejoice! In America, we have a divided nation, a raging pandemic, racial tensions, economic turbulence, and an election year creating bitterly divisive and ungodly rhetoric. However, those things are not the reason we need to rejoice. We need to rejoice because it is God’s will and it is […]

Editor’s Word: Independence Day

Mark Twain said, “True patriotism, the only rational patriotism, is loyalty to the nation all the time and loyalty to the government when it deserves it.” Even though America is going through hard times right now, we are blessed to live here. We have our problems, for sure, but we are also, with God’s help, […]

Editor’s Word: Unusual Times

To say we are living in unusual times is an understatement. COVID-19 has attacked the world, and we are forced to wage an unusual war against an invisible enemy. Some put their trust in science to discover a cure, develop a vaccine, and win the war. But even if scientists find ways to stop or […]

Editor’s Word: Interruptions and Opportunities

The COVID-19 pandemic has interrupted life worldwide. People are dying. Hospitals are overflowing. Life is different during this season. The good news is that because God is sovereign, He is in the interruptions of life — even a worldwide pandemic. Nothing comes into this world that does not come through His hands first. For the […]

Editor’s Word: Life Happens

A popular phrase used in our culture is “Life Happens.” What does it mean? That depends on who you ask. Someone observed, “Life is always happening.” The phrase can refer to the variety of experiences, events, changes, challenges, tragedies or blessing that happen to us as we continue to live. The worldwide transmission of the […]

Editor’s Word: Christianity in Decline?

We have heard so much in the last 10 to 20 years about the decline of Christianity in America. We should be multiplying our numbers, but we aren’t. The inseparable force of evangelism and discipleship should be producing more disciples of Christ. People point to a lower birth rate as a factor in the decline […]

Editor’s Word: Remembering September 11

While focusing on the month of September for my column, I was struck by the powerful images of the deadly attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, when 19 al-Qaeda terrorists hijacked four American passenger planes, turning them into lethal bombs, as they targeted key sites in our country. I was on a plane to New Orleans […]