March 11, 2020
Longtime writer and editor Art Toalston posed a question to a group of fellow editors recently: What are the benefits of believing, of being a Christian?
Aside from securing eternal life in heaven with Jesus, Toalston listed benefits such as an opportunity to be connected to the ultimate source of wisdom and a readily available opportunity to connect with the Creator through prayer.
Wholesomeness, which is the noble life God intended, provides another benefit and is uplifting to our soul and others as well, Toalston said.
And then there’s the benefit of supernatural perception, a deeper understanding of creation, and illumination, the ability to discern good from evil.
Perseverance, purpose, peace and joy are additional benefits as well as the unity of fellow believers and the opportunity to share in something so special with others.
“We have a marvelous faith,” Toalston said, challenging each of us to think on the things of God often, find solitude with Him and exude the peace only He can provide.
Toalston also encouraged us to continue memorizing Scripture all the days of our lives, to never stop reading, learning, memorizing the Word. And from there we need to share our stories with each other.
“Our stories nurture our relationships,” he said. “What is a nugget that might capture your story?”
Since I shared my story with you a few weeks ago, I challenge you to think about your story and practice sharing it with others. Share it with us too.
We love sharing the stories of God’s people doing God’s work in Alabama, across the nation and around the world.
We hope engaging with The Alabama Baptist and all we offer through TAB Media offers a glimpse of hope and reminders of how much good really is happening amid the chaos all around us.
Our goal is to offer accurate and fair reporting of news and information, helpful resources for surviving life’s difficult circumstances and hope-filled encouragement and inspiration along the journey.
We pray your time spent with us is calming, peaceful and fulfilling — and that it prompts you to shine for Jesus, share His love and demonstrate the amazing grace He modeled for us.
Walking this path with you is one of our greatest honors. Thank you for trusting us and committing time to spend with us. Thank you for joining the conversation.
As we work to share the stories of how God is moving and present them in a variety of platforms, we need your help to share our story. Tell others what you appreciate about TAB Media and encourage others to engage — whether it be through the podcast channel, social media outlets, online content or legacy print edition.
Think about all the love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control we can model if we focus on God’s story, our stories as believers and what we can share about the benefits of following Jesus Christ.