Reading Barbara Essex has been thought provoking, probably because she has the uncanny talent to affect how I study the Bible and how I view myself. If, as Sunday school taught us, the function of scripture is to make us holy by showing us the strengths of those who are the most virtuous, th…

Days, weeks, and years go by and I think I have heard about situations that seem so helpless and sad that I am rarely shocked by many events. Again, God shows me that we live in a broken world and I must rely on Him. I have dealt with young people and children who have been in foster care be…

I sometimes wish I had a dollar, even a quarter, for every person who has told me how they have been wounded by a Christian or church (and so have become spiritual whiners or quitters). It would be a jackpot, like winning the lottery, and I could have retired a long time ago. I’m not saying …

While this year’s flu strain is spreading like wildfire, I have very little worry that my family will fall victim. We have a secret that keeps us from getting sick — we laugh, a lot! And it turns out that researchers say a life of laughter is good for the immune system. We did not strategica…

This week, I wanted to highlight our Back to School Shared Blessings event. Laura Williford is our office manager/clearinghouse coordinator, and she is in charge of this event. Within her position, she wears many hats! She serves as volunteer coordinator, assistant to me, social media expert…

Other than your spouse, have you ever had that one friend you connected with on so many levels? This friend could finish your sentences, your thoughts, and challenge you to be better. You know that your relationship would be one of those very special friendships that will last a lifetime.

I have learned more lessons about life from the antic of my kids than I ever did sitting in a college classroom or self-help seminar. I learned much about how to win friends and influence people, how to get along with rivals and how to mend fences by just watching my kids play.

God is so big. I see Him and His hands in everything around me. I see Him move in my family, during work and in so many others around me. The real trick is to be patient enough to wait for Him. This takes practice. It also takes living intentionally by studying His word, and following His te…

Just when I do not think I can be surprised, my heart gets blown up! The Home Team visited a 43-year-old woman, with remarkable injuries, who lives alone, no income, no support system, lives in a half-built home in the woods that is open to the elements, has no car and could not drive if she…

The challenge during holidays, especially as a mom, is how to create a memorable experience for everyone involved without driving others or myself into therapy. Medication is one way to go, but age and perspective have shown me that there are better ways to manage the holidays.

Senior pastor Charlie Colgan stands inside the sanctuary at First Christian Church. Colgan, originally from Virginia, has been at the church for three weeks. He has 14 years in the ministry, has five children and has been married for 17 years.

Bonita United Methodist Church will feature a message by lay leader Donald Clark entitled “The Role of Doubt in Faith,” during Sunday morning’s service. Worship will begin at 9 a.m. followed by Sunday school for all ages at 10:15 a.m. in the Christian Life Center.

Bethlehem Baptist Church, Chireno, will host a pastor’s installation service for the Rev. Clifford Williams at 3 p.m. March 22, with the Rev. Drayton Garner of Sand Hill Baptist Church as guest speaker.

Bethlehem Baptist Church, Chireno, will host a pastor’s installation service for the Rev. Clifford Williams at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 22, with the Rev. Drayton Garner of Sand Hill Baptist Church as guest speaker.

Merry Christmas to you and your families. Many folks will wake up to a full house of family, stacks of gifts under the Christmas tree and plans to have a wonderful Christmas dinner today. Let’s all take a moment to thank God for the greatest gift of all, His Son, and share this message with …

“No art, no philosophy, no science, no literature, no intellectual attainments or achievements of any kind whatever will compensate for ignorance of God; the soul that knows not Him is an ignorant man; the time that knows not Him is an ignorant age.” — W. Clarkson

Every day I am reminded there are so many folks hurting in our community. We have a very nice homeless fellow who comes to us every week. He is very well-spoken and very polite and gracious. It is very obvious he has a mental disability, although he is high-functioning. His most valued posse…

Dr. Jeremiah W. Moss, senior pastor at non-denominational Life Church, stands behind the pulpit on Friday. Moss said the church just celebrated its second anniversary.

I know in the past that I have reported starting a workout regimen. I’ve bragged about my late night infomercial purchase of a magic bullet program. I’ve bought equipment proclaiming that the investment would ensure my commitment. I have done all those things; but no, I don’t ever recall pro…

One consistent duty every Christian owes the other is to exhort one another in their mutual belief in God and the faithful practice of the Christian religion. According to Vines Expository Dictionary, the term “exhort” means: to call on or entreat; to admonish; to urge one to pursue some fut…

One of my favorite things to do is drive. Whether I’m bopping around town or traveling the highway, it’s a great way to enjoy some alone time. I think I may be more myself behind the wheel than any other place. I sing loudly to the radio. I munch on fries and vigorously slurp the last sip fr…

To continue to be surprised by God is to say He is in charge all the time! His grace is sufficient, and His grace is remarkable! We have a saying in our office when God shows out. We can imagine Him saying, “OK, my children, watch this!” and we have been seeing His hands in so many circumsta…

If you missed our CHAIRished Blessings event, you missed a wonderful experience. Over 500 people were in attendance. There was laughter, there was food, there was great music, and there were some of the most unusual and unique furniture and accessories on display! Oh, and people were having …

Be a part of the solution with Love INC. As you have read in the stories and current cases in our articles and in our newsletter, God is doing great things. Many people in need come to Love INC discouraged and feeling hopeless, but God demonstrates Himself faithful through volunteers and the…

Go ahead, open it up. God’s case for your life is right there in the pages of the holy scriptures. Go ahead, look inside and examine for yourself the word of truth. Go ahead, do some reading and a little research, see if there isn’t more to living than waking up every day not knowing your re…

“To worship is to quicken the conscience by the holiness of God, to feed the mind with the truth of God, to purge the imagination by the beauty of God, to open the heart to the love of God, to devote the will to the purpose of God.” — William Temple

The grace of God is foundational in the case for God. Without the grace of God there would be little need to discuss salvation, hope, eternal life or any other spiritual aspiration since none would be available to us. It is only by the grace of God that we are offered any association with th…

The simplicity of gospel thought and its message has always been a source of comfort and hope to those obedient souls seeking their God. The God of Heaven who possesses, not just great power, but all power, and has not just a lot, but all knowledge, has communicated fundamentally to those wh…

Those who truly hear the word of God are motivated to respond to it through faith. Those who come to truly know God are those who prepare their hearts to receive His will completely and unequivocally. Like the Earth, which is prepared to receive the sower’s seed in order that it might produc…

God’s case is open to all and all may receive the benefits of the eternal message. But, like the drowning man to whom a rope has been thrown, the rope must be grasped in order to be of any value. The fact that God loved man so much that He provided the plan and the Man to secure souls for et…

“God’s Son did not die to make us healthier, wealthier, and happier in the here and now. He died to redeem us from the sin that is in our hearts and to give us eternal life. God gives us help, but He does not plan to fix this world. What He plans to fix is us — and then bring us to live wher…

We have an update on our homeless fellow and his little dog. He continues to come to case management meetings and cooperates with any requests made of him. He is diligently working on the paperwork to get into housing for the disabled. There is currently a waiting list and much red tape.

Often I am asked about Love INC finances and how we determine who gets help. I appreciate any and all questions, as this give me the opportunity to shed light on how Love INC contributes to helping people in need in our community. Each year a certified public accounting firm conducts an inde…

There is never a quick fix! Every day we have folks who ask us to literally throw money at a problem. History has proven that money is only a temporary fix in most cases. So many families we meet live day by day asking someone to help them. It becomes a way of life for some to look for ways …

It is said that Easter is the most holy of all Christian celebrations. It looks back to the singular moment in human history when death was swallowed up in life as Jesus conquered the grave. The crucifixion is the promise that man can have forgiveness, but Easter Sunday is the promise that w…

In the business of our daily work, it is difficult to stop and call on the Lord in all things. The fact remains we all are human and we are all busy people. Keeping Jesus in front of us at all times has to be an intentional task. It is a task I personally strive for continuously. The Love IN…

Life is almost back to normal. The gifts are opened. The revelry is over. The guests have gone home. Usually “normal” is a good thing, but after the excitement of the holiday hoopla normal can be downright depressing. If you are feeling a bit of the post-holiday blues, here are some great id…

Love INC has a new record for our usually busy Mondays mornings. Usually people are able to come to our office, pick up an application off of our front porch, take it with them to complete and return the application at a later time when it is complete. We try to be as user-friendly as possib…