ORANGE — “But this I say, he whom sows sparingly shall reap also sparingly, and he which sows bountifully shall reap also bountifully.”(2 Corinthians 9:6) This principle is familiar to Christian and non-Christian alike. What are we harvesting? If we’re going to change the harvest of our community we must begin to change our process of propagation. Any male can prep and plant, but for a man, prepping and planting is just the beginning. Our children (seeds) need their daddies in their life. One in four children in the United States is being raised by a single parent. “According to Custodial Mothers and Fathers and Their Child Support: 2007, released by the U.S. Census Bureau in November, 2009, there are approximately 13.7 million single parents in the United States today, and those parents are responsible for raising 21.8 million children, approximately 26% of children under 21 in the U.S. today.” (Single Parent Statistics by Jennifer Wolf, About.com Guide) Approximately 84% of custodial parents are mothers, and 16% of custodial parents are fathers. Mothers who are custodial parents 45% are either divorced or separated, 34.2% have never been married, 19% are married in most cases, these numbers represent women who have remarried and 1.7% are widowed. These numbers are appalling. More disturbing is that these percentages are very close to the number of males who planted but are not propagating. There are men who are stepping up and cultivating their seeds. Out of all the fathers who are custodial parents 57.8% are divorced or separated, 20.9% have never married, 20% are currently married in most cases, these numbers represent men who have remarried and fewer than 1% are widowed. (Single Parent Statistics By Jennifer Wolf, About.com Guide) Although we do have men stepping up, 57.8% is not enough. These are just the numbers of men who have custody of their seed. Whether custodial or not there is still a great need for men cultivate their seed. Tilling the soil of our seed helps them to grow and achieve healthy lives. Is our seed growing up around weeds? Are thugs and thorns strangling the success of our sons? Is drama and drugs destroying the dreams and destiny of our daughters? What type of cultivating are we doing? While the earth remains seedtime and harvest shall not cease. Seed time and harvest time. My brother what are you sowing? Harvest time will tell.
Bringing the story of Christmas to life
North Orange Baptist Church is creating a way to experience the Christmas story up close and personal as the church family recreates the birth of Christ in first century Palestine.
Pope's rep: US bishops shouldn't preach ideology
The Vatican ambassador to the U.S., addressing American bishops at their first national meeting since Pope Francis was elected, said Monday they should not "follow a particular ideology" and should make Roman Catholics feel more welcome in church.
Retirees building churches across Texas
Two weeks each month the Texas Baptist Men Retiree Church Builders build a church in Texas.
The group is part of the Baptist General Convention of Texas and just one part of the Builders program.
Pink Out Playday
The Cowboy Church of Orange County Arena Ministry Team is proud to partner, once again, with Tough Enough to Wear Pink to host the 2nd Annual CCOC Pink Out Playday.
Moffett, local Hero for Children
The Rev. Demetrius Moffett, pastor of First Church of God in Orange, believes in giving back to the community.
State Board of Education honors the 2013 Heroes for Children
The State Board of Education (SBOE) announced that 17 Texans who have provided collectively more than 100 years of volunteer service to Texas public schools were honored with the Heroes for Children award at the SBOE meeting on Friday.
Beverly Crawford Grammy nominated singer at Starlight
Starlight Church of God in Christ at 2800 Bob Hall Road is hosting Family Conference 2013 September 26-29, 2013.
Looking for a cheap date, I visited the Red Box kiosk.
Yelling is as hurtful as hitting
In a recent Wall Street Journal article, Andrea Petersen writes: “Parents who yell at their adolescent children for misbehaving can cause some of the same problems as hitting them would, including increased risk of depression and aggressive behavior.”
When We Need to Change, Why Is It So Hard?
Once born is labor enough.
- More Religion Headlines
- Bringing the story of Christmas to life