Happiness

     Christians know that the Biblical concept of happiness is much different from the idea embraced by many folks in this old world. Too often in today’s world happiness is equated with pleasure. We don’t need the Bible to see the problems with such an idea. This is a matter that goes right to the essence of what it means to be a human being. Our existence is not merely, or mostly, a matter of the physical. One of the things we learn as we get a little older is that the most important things in life are spiritual.

Out With The Old

     2015 is just about history and 2016 is just around the corner. “Out with the old and in with the new.” We repeat these same old sayings year after year for the simple reason that those old sayings are true. There is nothing we can do in the past and very little we can do about it. Except perhaps to put the past behind us and prepare for the future.

Another Year!

     Here we are near the end of 2015. It’s what everybody says, but it is nonetheless true that time just seems to fly by! But here we are in the last two weeks of December, getting ready for the holidays, family visits and, yes, the beginning of a new year.

Home From Ghana

     A while back I noted that I was headed over to West Africa to the country of Ghana for a visit with our missionaries Steve and Kandie Taylor. The Taylors are doing a wonderful work for the cause of Christ in circumstances that are sometimes quite challenging. I was there to speak in a Bible Seminar that was held in the village of Kulkpeni on the property of the local congregation.

Home From Ghana

A while back I noted that I was headed over to West Africa to the country of Ghana for a visit with our missionaries Steve and Kandie Taylor. The Taylors are doing a wonderful work for the cause of Christ in circumstances that are sometimes quite challenging. I was there to speak in a Bible Seminar that was held in the village of Kulkpeni on the property of the local congregation.

Which Way Do We Go?

     As many of you know, I enjoy a good walk. I particularly like walking on trails close to nature but I have learned to stay on the trail. There is a certain sense of foreboding that overtakes a person when he realizes that he might be a little bit lost. Yes, it has happened to me which is why now I am insecure without a compass.

The True Church

From time to time we must refresh our memories concerning fundamental teachings of the New Testament. Our faith arises from the truth revealed in that document when that truth is understood, accepted and applied. If we believe God exists and we believe the Bible is the Word of God then we are under responsibility to do what the Bible teaches. As Jesus said, “If you love Me, keep my commandments.”

A Trip To Ghana

     Our congregation has had a long and fruitful association with the work in the Northern Region of Ghana. That association goes back to the efforts of Royce and Cindy Reynolds. It continues with Steve and Kandie Taylor. Kandie is the daughter of Royce and Cindy, and a great worker for the Lord. Steve and Kandie are the parents of our Jordan Taylor and Charity Holladay.

What About Tomorrow?

     We like to plan, don’t we? We want to have all our ducks in a row. Like the Scouts of old we want to be prepared. We plan with our money, our jobs, our time, our relationships, we plan it all out. Trouble is, we don’t know the first thing about what is going to happen tomorrow.

What's On Your Mind?

    “Set your mind on things above and not on things on the earth” (Colossians 3:2 NKJV). Thus said Paul in his letter to the church at Colosse. Like all of Paul’s letters Colossians has a doctrinal section followed by a practical section. In the doctrinal section of this book the apostle wrote of faith, love, and hope (1:3-5), of the preeminence of Christ (1:9-15), of reconciliation in Christ (1:19-23), working for Christ (1:24-29), of walking in the teachings of Christ (2:1-23) and then in chapter 3:1-17 being the “new man” in Christ.