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Author Michael Helms

Michael Helms is pastor of First Baptist Church in Jefferson, Georgia.

Work can be virtuous or lead to a life of dysfunction. It’s important to keep your work in proper perspective. One way to do that is by understanding what place God wants to play in your work. […] Read More

I was playing outside with Mia, my 18-month-old granddaughter, a few weeks ago when a butterfly decided to join the party. At first, it just circled, to Mia’s delight. Then, it decided to land, not more than a foot from Mia’s hand. While the butterfly was harmless, Mia was not sure that her visitor had […] Read More

Memorial Day is a day to honor men and women who went into battle but did not survive. With their lives, they paid the ultimate price. The late U.S. Army General Norman Schwarzkopf once said, “It doesn’t take a hero to order men into battle. It takes a hero to be one of those men […] Read More

I was captivated by the sounds around me on a recent early morning walk in the woods. The frost-covered rye grass crunched beneath my feet. The wind swished through the loblolly pines. The crows cawed to each other in a language only they understood. Paying attention to all of these sounds reminded me that we […] Read More

I prayed for President Trump during a recent Sunday morning worship service. The prayer prompted one man to ask following the service, “So, did your man win the election?” His wife tried to rescue me by interjecting, “Now you should not put the pastor in that position. He’s not supposed to tell who he votes […] Read More

Here is a life lesson from the cycling road race at the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro: trust others, work together, reap results. Rafal Majka of Poland (men’s event) and Mara Abbott of the United States (women’s event) were both overtaken in the final stage of the race by cyclists that were working together, feeding […] Read More

A huge billboard in south Georgia in state Sen. Josh McKoon’s district bears witness of Georgia Baptist Convention money being spent for his support of “religious liberty” legislation. Gov. Nathan Deal, a Baptist, wisely vetoed the legislation. Much more will be spent by the state convention covering the costs for pastors to attend an October […] Read More

Alex Haley’s miniseries “Roots” in 1977 was my first understanding of family systems on a macro level. I certainly would not have used the term “family systems” in the ninth grade, but I knew that “Roots” was about my family system as much as it was about the roots of my African-American classmates. “Roots” helped […] Read More

The prophet Hosea boldly told the people of his day that God was tired of being placated by their symbolic measures of worship. Instead he told them, “I want you to show love, not offer sacrifices. I want you to know me more than I want burnt offerings” (Hosea 6:6). Hosea’s words are needed today, […] Read More

I don’t like to lose. I don’t know anyone who does. I especially don’t like to lose to braggarts. There’s one sure way to shut up a braggart and that’s to beat one. Maybe that’s why I’ve always liked the story of David and Goliath. It’s hard to brag when you lose your head. While […] Read More