• If only I was allowed to eat


    Wishing I was “allowed” to eat was a longing desire that plagued me for years. Whose rules kept me so hungry? It certainly wasn’t God’s.
    For years, I felt powerless to say no to the behavior associated with anorexia nervosa and bulimia, such as eating no more than 400 calories or less, most days. While I acknowledge eating disorders are considered a mental health issue, I also believe that for some, it eventually becomes a sin issue too.
    It did for me.

  • Freedom Hill Quartet to perform at Friendship

    Freedom Hill Quartet, a gospel singing group from west Florida, will perform at Friendship Primitive Baptist Church on Sunday, March 29 at 6:00 p.m.
    The concert is free and everyone is welcome. The church is located at 165 Friendship Church Road in  Medart.

  • David Ubert will appear at St. Marks Baptist

    Special to The News

    St. Mark’s Baptist Church welcomes David Ubert for a Faith Building weekend March 27, 28 and 29.
    David has served as a co-laborer with Jews for Jesus since 1999, and has served on “Behold Your God” outreach campaigns in Milwaukee, Miami, Fort Lauderdale, and Israel. He has served as a worship leader for different churches, and currently serves in this role at Orlando Grace Church in Maitland. He has preached in more than 100 churches since 2005.

  • Church Briefs

    • Radical Restoration set to hold Hallelujah Day

    Radical Restoration Men’s Ministry will hold an event featuring live music, food and more on Saturday March 28, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
    Radical Restoration Men’s Ministry is a Christian based not for profit program dedicated to rehabilitate men upon release from incarceration and/or homelessness.

  • I’m breaking up with you


    What is Satan using to destroy you? What hold does he have on you that jeopardizes your goals, dreams and relationships? And most importantly, what sin or habit is keeping you from a closer relationship with God?
    I can’t think of a more liberating feeling than telling Satan, “I’m breaking up with you! You won’t control me any longer, because I found Somebody else!”

  • Devil didn’t make you do it


    I read about people like Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel, who ends up in rehab due to addiction problems, and heard that well-known TV anchorman Brian Williams was put on suspension due to various “misstatements,” and I can’t help but wonder if they are asking themselves, “Why did I let it get this far?”

  • If I die, I die


    Bee was definitely one of my favorite ladies that I cared for when I was a private caregiver. I loved her melodramatic manner.
    When Bee suffered any pestering symptom that possibly indicated something serious, she would let out a heavy sigh and say, “Well, if I die, I die.”
    Bee wasn’t afraid of “being dead,” she just dreaded the dying process because she didn’t want to suffer a long, lingering death.

  • Prepare for the trials of life


    In this world we will have trials, but we should be ready.
    Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might, for there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge nor wisdom in the grave, wither thou goest.
    And whatsoever ye do it heartily as to the Lord, and not unto men.
    We, as Christians, have zeal, boldness and enthusiasm to recognize and do what needs to be done before being asked to do it. It is allowing God’s energy to be expressed through our mind, will and emotions.

  • Thank God it’s... today!


    “All right, class, let’s begin your speed typing drill. Begin on the count of three. One, two, three!”
    Clickity click, clickity click immediately filled the room as we typed one of my favorite sayings:
    “Today is the first day of the rest of your life.”

  • When will you stop doing that?


    All of us struggle with habits or sins that we would love to conquer, don’t we?
    But can we admit that sometimes we don’t take our sinful behavior seriously enough? For instance, we know we shouldn’t commit a certain act, but we rationalize, “I’ll tell God I’m sorry, then I’ll never do it again.”
    But we do do it again. Eventually, regret and self-hate sets in, so we once again plead for God’s mercy.