We are preparing for a great event at First Baptist Church of Columbia. Our annual Prayer Conference is going to take place on January 26 & 27. It is always an exciting time as we learn how to pray more effectively and spend time praying together. Beth Greer will be leading us in worship, myself and Katie Whitaker, from the South Carolina Baptist Convention, will be teaching on prayer. I was reading Psalm 4 in my study on prayer. Psalm 4 is a Psalm of David as he is running from his son, Absalom, who is trying to take over the kingdom. Continue reading →
I love food. If this were a food blog I would fill you in on the recent culinary findings that have changed my life, but since this is a church blog I will talk about prayer – specifically prayer before meals. Last week as I was eating a sandwich at my desk (shhh don’t tell our Continue reading →
We are living in unusual times. The presidential primary is drawing the attention of the world on our democracy. What does it mean to be a Christian citizen? We are living in this world as pilgrims just traveling through. The bible declares that our real citizenship is in heaven. The Apostle Paul says in Philippians 3:20, “For our citizenship is in heaven, from which also we eagerly wait for a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ.” We are citizens of heaven as believers and passing through this world. Continue reading →
Interruptions – sometimes they bring surprises that are exciting, but usually they are unwelcome. A few years ago I had an interruption from God. I had just come back from vacation when I started having double vision. The eye doctor said it was sinuses so I went to a general practitioner. By this time my eyelids were half closed and puffy. He had no clue what was going on suggesting a sinus infection or the need to see my thyroid doctor. Therefore on day 3, I went to the thyroid doctor who saw, not only the above symptoms, but also that I had trouble chewing and slurred speech. He claimed the other 2 doctors should have figured it out and said it was just a sinus infection. By this time I couldn’t drive and my mom was staying with me to help navigate – literally. On the evening of day 4 since nothing had improved we made plans to go to the Urgent Care the next morning. Thank the Lord for a doctor with great deductive skills – he knew almost immediately that I had Myasthenia Gravis (I call it MG for short). MG is an autoimmune disease where the nerves and muscles don’t communicate thus the drooping eyelids, double vision, trouble chewing, occasional slurred speech and muscle weakness in extremities. He referred me to a neurologist, but told me it would take 2 weeks or more to get an appointment! However, God is faithful! One of my best friends was telling others at church what the doctor had diagnosed and the referral problem. One of those listening said a friend was a neurologist and she’d call him. Not only did she call him, but the doctor saw me the next day! He confirmed the diagnosis and was impressed that a general practitioner, not a specialist, diagnosed it.
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