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Many are the promises we stand on as we walk with God on this incredible journey called life. It is His precious promises that assure us of His protection, preservation, provision, and presence. more
Most people do not stop to think about the important role that forest products play in our everyday lives, especially in Mississippi. From clean air, paper, more
Both James Creer and Justin Creer acknowledge some voters may do a double take when they go down the ballot for the special election for State Sen- ate District 32 on Nov. 2. While there will be nine names on the ballot, two will be very similar. “You have two Creers, one Justin and one James,” said James Creer, who is a resident of Kemper County’s Porterville Community. “Most of the Kemper County residents will look at the candidates and know the difference but that may not more
We see the reaction to Paul’s sermon (Acts 13:16-41) in this passage. The initial response is positive. The people begged to hear more from Paul the next Sabbath. Some believed in Christ and followed Paul and Barnabas, who urged them to continue in the grace of God (verse 43). We begin the Christian life by grace and continue in grace. more
Luke records for us in this passage the first mission team sent off by a church, taking the gospel to the ends of the earth. The church in Antioch was led by the Holy Spirit to set apart Paul and Barnabas for mission work (verse 2).  After fasting and praying, the church sends them off. We learn some important principles of missions here. more
Graveside services for Mr. Don “Donnie” Stokes Jr. were held Tuesday at 11:15am at Pinecrest Cemetery in DeKalb. Rev. James Ruffin officiating. Stephens Funeral Home of DeKalb was honored to be entrusted with the arrangements.  more
Graveside services for Margie Sue Key were Tuesday, September 7, 2021, at 1 pm, at Pinecrest Cemetery in Dekalb, MS. Reverend Terry Roberts and Brother Chris Gully officiating. Ms. Key, 87, died Sunday, September 5, 2021, at Anderson Regional Medical Center in Meridian. Stephens Funeral Home - Dekalb was honored to be handling her arrangements.  more
David is in a crisis. He established earlier in the psalm that God delivered him from the pit of destruction and set his feet on solid ground. The Lord put a new song in his mouth, a song of praise for the salvation of his body and soul. It is this deliverance that teaches David how to respond to a crisis or tribulation. more
Luke transitions form the joyful, flourishing new church in Antioch to details about terrible persecution breaking out in Jerusalem. more
Antioch is a city that should be etched in the minds and hearts of Christians more
Word of what happened with Peter and Cornelius at Caesarea (Acts 10) spread to the Christians in Judea. Peter returned to Jerusalem to give a first-hand report. Peter was Jewish, as was the church in Jerusalem, so he knew an explanation would be necessary. Gentiles were outside the covenants of promise (Ephesians 2) and were unclean.  more
All the saving blessings of God come through the gospel. Peter, a Jew, is explaining the gospel to Gentiles. He had been summoned by messengers to the home of Cornelius, a Roman Centurion, and when he arrived he found a large crowd of the family and friends of Cornelius. more
The book of Acts is the inspired account of the Lord Jesus Christ building his church through the proclamation of the gospel. He commanded his apostles to begin in Jerusalem with the Jewish people, proceed to the surrounding areas in Judea and Samaria, and from there go to the end of the earth. more
Traditionally, this psalm has been regarded as an evening prayer for the man of faith who is facing opposition to order his thoughts about the Lord and allow him to lie down to sleep in peace. The psalm is written by David, who knew what it was to be in distress. more
The Lord had promised to build His church, beginning in Jerusalem and then spreading to Judea, Samaria, and the ends of the earth (Acts Chapter 1). more
Here we see the gospel spreading across Judea. Peter is traveling throughout the region, and Luke first gives us an account of his activity in the town of Lydda. more
The first part of this chapter gives us the account of the church spreading to Samaria and of mass conversions to Christ occurring. The growth was through the evangelist Philip’s preaching first and then through the apostles Peter and John.   more
In this passage the persecution of Christians is the catalyst for the gospel spreading beyond Jerusalem. more
In this passage Stephen gives a defense of the gospel. He is accused of blaspheming God denigrating the temple and the customs of Moses (chapter 6:13-14). The high priest asked Stephen, “Are these things so?” more
Chapter 6 begins with the church establishing the office of deacon. The growing church was experiencing conflict over the distribution of help to widows. Organizing this mercy ministry more
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