Fruitful in the land of Affliction

The people who consistently manifest the greatest joy are those who refuse to be discouraged by their circumstances. Someone has said, “If life hands you a lemon, make lemonade.”

Charles Goodyear’s lemon was a prison sentence, resulting from a contempt of court citation. While in prison, Goodyear became an assistant in the kitchen, and while there, he continued to work on an idea. In the process, he discovered a method for vulcanizing rubber. His lemon, a prison sentence, became our lemonade. He produced better tires which meant better travel and a better way of life. Continue reading

You Preach First

The first sermon preached each Sunday is not by the minister, but by you.

You preach a message of good cheer when you say “good morning” to those you meet as you are parking, or in the hallway and classrooms. You preach a message of “welcome!” when you slide over in the pew instead of forcing others to squeeze in front of you. You preach a message of hope and joy when you sing enthusiastically during the service. Continue reading

How Can You Say That Baptism Is Essential For Salvation When The Bible Says We Are God’s Children “By Faith” In Such Passages As Galatians 3:26 And Romans 5:1? Garland M. Robinson

Without faith, it is impossible to please God (Hebrews 11:6). No one can be a child of God and not have faith! However, “faith alone” does not make one a child of God. If so, the Pharisees (John 12:42-43) and even the devil would be saved (James 2:19). Continue reading