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There is a passage about God’s presence and God’s work that we need at this critical time in our experience. In the Old Testament book of Zephaniah God says that He is present with His people (3:14-20). Then He promises to do some specific things for His people. He comes to His people. Zepha…

It would have been impossible for America to have won the Revolutionary War and freedom without God’s help. It was a ‘David vs. Goliath’ battle, and Goliath wins every time unless God intervenes. Seven years before he died, George Washington wrote, “I am sure that never was there a people wh…

Racism is a heated issue today, and sadly most of the world has chosen an unpleasant response to the issue. Jeremiah 13:23 says, “Can the Ethiopian change his skin, or the leopard his spots? then may ye also do good, that are accustomed to do evil.”

As part of Love Week, a prayer ceremony was held Thursday morning outside Christus Good Shepherd in its prayer garden.

Carolyn Heard and Davion Williams are the 2020 Peacemaker Scholarship recipients. For the past 15 years, the Marshall Ministerial Alliance has awarded two Peacemaker Scholarships at the High School Baccalaureate. Due to the virus, the Baccalaureate was canceled, but the Ministerial Alliance …

D L Moody was once asked why he urged Christians to be filled constantly with the Holy Spirit. “Well,” he said, “I need a continual infilling because I leak!” He pointed to a water tank which had sprung a leak. “I’m like that!” he said. It’s a fact that living in this sinful world we do need…

From the time that we are small we are taught that lying is wrong. To tell the truth is right. Truthfulness, likewise is part of every ethical system. It is vital to society, essential to any education system, and it is vital to all family life.

The youth choir of the Antioch Baptist Church, located in the Karnack-Leigh community, recently honored Edward “EJ” Washington Jr., of Benton, La., with a surprise drive-by and gifts for his first appreciation observance as the church’s youth musician. Pictured are EJ (holding the gift bag) …

In January this year the world watched as China became the epicenter for Covid-19. It began spreading country to country eventually reaching the United States impacting tens of thousands of lives. In an effort to love our neighbor and help fellow citizens fight against this unseen disease, w…

A treasure chest full of gold, jewelry and other valuables worth $1 million was found in the Rocky Mountains, according to author and art dealer Forrest Fenn, who hid it more than a decade ago.

We know we serve a perfect God. He never makes a mistake, He is never wrong, He is never early or late. There is nothing He does not know, nothing He does not see or hear. There is nothing He cannot do. He created all, sustains all, and He does it all from perfect love. Yes, we serve a perfect God.

Catholic schools have faced tough times for years, but the pace of closures is accelerating dramatically amid economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic, sparking heartbreak and anger in scores of affected communities.

Most of us have heard of the story of “The Little Engine That Could”. The moral of the story was to teach children the value of confidence. The “little engine” was the only one who was willing to pull the train over the tall mountain.

What do you believe you are on earth to do? Are you here to make as much money as possible? Are you here to have and care for a family? Are you here to become famous? Nothing wrong with those things, but do we think that is God’s ultimate expectations for us? If not, What does God expect of us?

A year ago, this writer had the opportunity to visit the grave of Horatio Spafford. Spafford penned the words to the famous hymn “It Is Well with My Soul”. He is buried in Jerusalem in Mount Zion Cemetery. It is a private cemetery that tourist rarely get to see, and it was a blessing to have…

We are not the first people facing crises. In the Old Testament the Prophet Isaiah confronted a people who were coming to the end of a long national crisis in the 40th chapter of his prophecy. There is a call for the Prophet Isaiah to speak to his people who have been in a great crisis. “Pro…

Many folks enjoy bird watching. One of my daughters put out a hummingbird feeder for a school project, and what joy she had to see them hover in to drink. It was pretty cute to watch her sit at the window watching those little birds fly around. Her enthusiasm about the venture was contagious…

This question is often raised in a frustrated tone to one of our six children. What are you thinking? It is a rhetorical question because there has been little thinking going on, which has led to the problem.

All believers in Jesus Christ have an assignment – a job to do. We are to tell others about the saving grace of our Lord. We have been commissioned to tell others about Jesus. [Matthew 28:16-20]

Malachi is the final book in the Old Testament scriptures. Some 400 “silent years” separate Malachi from Matthew, the first book of the New Testament. This is a very long time without a voice for God; no prophet spoke to Israel during these years. The heavens seemed as brass, silent without …

It’s back! As we start coming back from the coronavirus pandemic, we are slowly beginning to bring back some of the features we all know and love within the pages of the newspaper.

In Luke 10:25-37, Jesus tells the parable of the Good Samaritan in response to the question, “Who is my neighbor?” The good neighbor was the one who showed mercy to the injured man. The bad neighbors were the ones who ignored the man and failed to help him. The good neighbor helps, the bad n…

Proverbs 31:10 says, “Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies.” This writer has a wonderful mom and her story is special to me as we approach Mother’s Day.

Thursday May 7 is the celebration of the National Day of Prayer. Normally people would gather as one, hold hands and pray. With social distance restrictions and COVID-19 concerns, this year’s observance will be different.

If God spoke to you and told you could ask Him for one thing and He would grant it, what would you ask for? Before you read any further, take some time to think about that question. If the Creator of all there is offered to grant you one request, what would you consider the ultimate gift fro…

The Marshall Ministerial Alliance is encouraging everyone to participate in the National Day of Prayer, next Thursday, May 7 . Each year the Marshall Ministerial Alliance hosts a prayer service at Telegraph Park where they invite the community out to join in as everyone to pray for many diff…

With COVID-19 striking communities everywhere, the concern surrounding the virus has made many churches change their worship services.

I have always been a rather dramatic romantic. I love to look at life from a spiritual, eternal perspective. Even as a young boy, I would “wool-gather” – daydream about traveling to far away places. Thoughts of heaven occupied a great deal of my thinking even then. It gives me great joy to k…

On Thursday, dozens of mourners lined up on Stone Road in Kilgore and at the entrance of Danville Cemetery to pay their final respects to Bro. Buddy Duggins of Forest Home Baptist Church, who passed away Sunday after delivering his Easter Sermon.

“You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot.” [Matthew 5:13]

I Peter 5:10 says, “But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you.” God’s grace is the unmerited favor of God. We do not deserve the grace of God, but it is freely g…

“Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die.” [John 11:25-25]

Central Baptist Church celebrated the “Flowering of the Cross” for Easter. Since the church members could not be together to celebrate, church leaders uploaded a time lapse video of the cross being built with the flowers. The video can be viewed on the church’s Facebook page.

What if Covid-19 came to a screeching halt today? Suddenly, with no warning, the virus ended and no one else got sick. Many would be slow to come out and really trust that it was over, and some would still wear masks for a while. Eventually everyone would realize that it was over. What if th…

The ability to see is a priceless gift from God. Far too many of us live our lives without any gratitude for our sight. Not only do we live without gratitude for it, we misuse it. We use technology, cell phones, cameras, computers, televisions, projectors to record and to view things. These …

Arrests made by the Marshall Police Department

My schedule for April looks nothing like what I pictured it would a month ago. Do you have this same problem?

“He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end.” [Ecclesiastes 3:11]

The Bible says in James 1:2-3, “My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience.”

One of the most difficult parts of the COVID-19 social distancing guidelines for many is not being able to attend church services. For those looking for a new worship service, New Vision MBC church in Karnack will be hosting a drive through service at 10 a.m. Sunday.