• Gifts of thought, not convenience!

    Are you ready for the big day? If you are male you probably don’t even know what I am talking about. If you are a woman, you have probably already thought about sharing a romantic Valentine’s Day. Now I realize that is a generalization perhaps colored by my own experiences, but it seems generally true to me that men struggle with expressing love in ways that women really appreciate.

  • The Lord wants our obedience, not our excuses

    By Patrick Nix, Pastor, Lighthouse Baptist Church

    Exodus 3:1-4:17 records the calling of Moses. The burning bush experience was one of revelation of God as the Great I Am to a reluctant leader. The key to understanding this passage is: trust! God believed in Moses as his man – and Moses needed to learn to trust God wholly – and the people of God would grow in their faith, too. God doesn’t call us to tasks too difficult for him. Oftentimes, what the Lord asks of us is nearly impossible to us, but not for him!

  • Cherish the challenges God sends your way

    By Pastor Jon Rohr of Plub Creek Baptist Church

    Many of the blessings in life are easy to see, and many we take for granted. Perhaps you have heard the hymn, “Count Your Blessings.” You know how it goes, “Count your blessings name them one by one...” From time to time I have challenged churches and groups to make a list of 100 blessings and then to thank the Lord for them. You might even try it this week. With a list that long, you will get past the things everybody says, like friends and family.

  • Out in the cold?

    This past week the expression “out in the cold” has really meant something.

    With temperatures in the single digits and snow covering the ground, I don’t think I want to be left out in the cold. Between the wind whipping into every little crease in my clothes, the snow blowing in my face, or the slippery ice under my feet, it can be downright uncomfortable.

  • God new, and he still knows today

    The main theme of Exodus 2:23-25 is the providence of God. God knew – and he still does! He heard the cry and groans of his people, He cared about their suffering, and he knew just how to deliver them.

  • The dreaded W-2 surprise

    Have you received your W-2 yet? That little slip of paper is always so surprising. Not surprised at getting it, surprised at what it says about us. It is just a simple piece of paper that tells us how much we made last year. It reports a few other things too, but it is the income surprise that always catches me.


    Open Door Christian to start Sunday night study
    Open Door Christian Center, located at 2345 Taylorsville Road in Bloomfield, is beginning a new class on Sunday nights, entitled, “The God I Never Knew.”
    The class is from 6 to 7:30 p.m. starting this Sunday through Sunday, Nov. 4.
    The class includes special teaching by Robert Morris and is facilitated by Pastor Mavis Bennett.
    The subject matter is “how real friendship with the holy spirit can change your life,” organizers said.

  • COLUMN: When the sun stands still

    By Pastor Jon Rohr
    Plum Creek Baptist Church

  • COLUMN: A year of blessings in 2010

    By DOUG MARTIN, Religion Columnist

    I recently overheard two individuals talking about Christmas. In their conversation, one explained that they were not going to have a big Christmas this year because things had been kind of rough around their house. I was sad to hear of their hardship but I was reminded that in life we all face rough times. What has 2010 been like for you?