Q: I was saved when I was a small boy, and while I’ve continued to be involved in church, I can’t say I’ve really grown as a Christian. Someone called me a babe in Christ. It hurt me at first until I really thought about it. What does that really mean, and is there a secret to developing a d…

KAYA, Burkina Faso — In the more than 15 years Salomon Tibiri has been offering spiritual succor as a military pastor in Burkina Faso, he’s never fielded so many calls from anxious soldiers and their relatives as in recent years, when the army found itself under attack by Islamic extremist f…

Larry Dewalder, of Branson, Missouri, brought to life the antics and mannerisms of Barney Fife — the bumbling but dedicated deputy who worked with Sheriff Andy Taylor on “The Andy Griffith Show.” Dewalder was on hand May 2 at Southside Baptist Church. Pictured with Dewalder is Spalding Count…

Q: I grew up hearing that the world was the devil’s kingdom, but only in recent months have I come to see the truth of this viewpoint. If people were more aware of the devil’s worldly power instead of thinking of him as a cartoon character, wouldn’t it cause more people to consider the truth…

Rock Springs Church Senior Pastor Benny Tate recently presented Spalding County Sheriff Darrell Dix with a flag that was flown at the U.S. Capitol in recognition of the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office. The flag was flown at the request of U.S. District 3 Rep. Drew Ferguson (R-West Point).

Q: I have a friend in prison who says God cannot forgive her for what she has done, because she committed the worst sin — taking the life of another. What hope does she have to know God’s forgiveness? — P.D.

“Didn’t our hearts burn within us as he talked with us on the road and explained the scriptures to us?” We encounter these words from the two disciples who walked with Jesus on the road to Emmaus (Luke 24:32). Though first thought to be a stranger, their eyes were opened and the two disciple…

Q: I’m studying pre-law but it’s difficult because the laws keep changing, and even in America, there is a disregard for the law of the Constitution. No wonder the world cries out to dismiss even God’s laws! It makes me wonder how man can survive if law is disregarded. — L.T.

Q: I got saved while attending a Bible study group in my neighborhood. I thought my big problems would go away but nothing has changed. It makes me wonder if I really got saved since my life is still pretty messed up? — D.S.

Q: With each passing day it becomes evident that the world is against Christ’s church. If God is for us (the followers of Jesus), why do we have so many problems and why does the spirit of the world seem to reign? — F.U.

Q: I have been a Christian almost a year. I know the Lord has saved me because my life took on new meaning, but I feel like I take one step forward and one step back. How can I keep from getting discouraged when I fail? — S.M.

It’s the sevens that get me every time. As a child, I didn’t have any problem memorizing my multiplication facts, except when it came to the sevens. Even to this day, I have to really slow down and think about it when trying to multiply by seven.

Q: There’s a reference in Proverbs 8 to someone else being with God when He created Heaven, suggesting a real place. Why does the Bible not identify who the other person is? — P.W.

Q: I've always been taught to stand by the right convictions and be willing to stand alone if necessary. I'm finding more and more that this is exactly what I must do - stand alone. How does a person determine if their convictions are right, and is there a difference between standing on conv…

Q: My friends are forsaking me as I mourn the death of my husband, saying it’s time to move on. This seems harsh. — M.D.

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“Bovine excrement!” Yes, you heard me right. That would be my translation of Luke 24:11. That’s exactly what the disciples said when the women showed up with a crazy message about an empty tomb and angelic messengers.

Q: While many are casting doubt on the Bible as God’s truth, others rely on it as the source of life itself. A great many educators question its authority, but isn’t God’s Word the ultimate authority for mankind? — B.T.

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Recently, Red Clay Ministries donated “blessing bags” for all detention deputies and inmates at the Spalding County Jail.

In the PBS documentary series “The Black Church: This Is Our Story, This Is Our Song,” scholar Henry Louis Gates Jr. shows how African Americans introduced new rhythms, music and dance to Christianity from the days of slavery to the present. African American spirituals and the ring shout, a …

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Q: My children range in age from 7 to 22. I was able to prepare my older children for college professors who teach that they must open up their minds to everything and anything, but I’m shocked at how elementary teachers are now doing the same; telling them that education is more valuable th…

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This is Holy Week, the most important week in the year for the Christian. As we journey through this week, we near the end of the Lenten season, a period of reflection, confession, and prayer. The spirit of Lent might well be summed up in the following passage from the Apostle Paul’s letter …

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Perfecting The Saints Church International, 1009 Highay 19/41, Hampton. Annual Easter Sunday celebration and free community cookout April 4 at 11 a.m. There will also be an egg hunt. For more information, call the church office at 770-707-1159 or visit www.ptsministries.org.

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Q: Many call marriage a contract. Doesn’t that make it seem like a business deal instead of a relationship? I don’t want to have a marriage that is like a business, but she is making my life hard, and perhaps being unfaithful. How can I prove my desire to love her through this and win her ba…

NEW DELHI  — Hindus threw colored powder and sprayed water in massive Holi celebrations Monday despite many Indian states restricting gatherings to try to contain a coronavirus resurgence rippling across the country.