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Religion

  • Being right with God isn’t dependent on what I give up for him

    A few years ago, I decided to give up recreational shopping for Lent, the 40 days prior to Easter.
    For a week prior to Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent, I prepared for my shopping fast by buying new shoes and yet another pair of white pants, several tops, some earrings and a new purse.
    To prepare effectively, I rationalized, one must get one’s obsessions out of one’s system, sort of like the time I ate an entire box of Hostess Ding Dongs at one sitting the day before I went on a diet.

  • Church News | March 1, 2017

    Owenton First United Methodist
    Bro. Matt’s sermon, “For the Love of God!” came from 1 Corinthians 13:1-3.
    Children and youth group meetings are being held after church each Sunday. Feel free to join us for music, games, lunch and more.
    Adult choir practice is also being held each Sunday following the morning service.
    Happy birthday to Ashley Buffin, Charlotte Lewis and Matt Merrill.
    Mt. Pleasant Baptist
    “I’d Rather Have Jesus” was beautifully sung by Michelle Justis Sunday morning.  

  • Tricky business determining length of two-by-fours

    A rather dense fellow with ambitious plans to build his first house went to the lumberyard and asked for a load of two-by-fours.
    “How long you want them?” the salesman asked.
    “I want ‘em a long time,” he answered. “I’m building a house with ‘em.”
    My friend Harold Wainscott of Long Ridge, Ky., passed that old joke along to me the other day. Harold always cracks me up with his tales that he kindly shares for use in my newspaper columns.

  • No matter what, I will endure, even if God has to carry me

    Recently, as Sen. Elizabeth Warren gave a speech criticizing then-nominee now Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell stopped her from speaking.
    In his explanation for invoking a little-known rule to silence her, McConnell said, “Sen. Warren was giving a lengthy speech. She appeared to violate the rule. She was warned. Nevertheless, she persisted.”
    Immediately, that became the battle cry of many women across the nation with #ShePersisted and #LetLizSpeak among the top trending topics on Twitter.

  • Church News | Feb. 22, 2017

    Monterey Baptist Church
    The church is hosting a family Valentine’s party at 6 p.m., Saturday. Come and bring a friend.
    A family movie night will be held at 6 p.m., Saturday, March 4. The movie “The Trolls” will be shown.
    Wednesday night has something for all ages. The Rock Stars (children) meet in the sanctuary, the men’s Bible study meet in the fellowship hall and the women’s Bible study meet in the youth room. All begin at 7 p.m. If there is no school on Wednesday, there will be no Rock Stars that night.

  • Generous kid gives dollar to little old lady in park

    by Roger Alford

    Maybe you heard about the little boy who asked his dad if he could have a dollar for a little old lady down at the park.

     Touched by his son’s generosity, the man gave him the dollar.

     “But tell me,” the father said, “is the little old lady too feeble to work?”

  • Everybody’s watching everybody else and taking notes

     A number of years ago, one of my daughters was a “secret shopper.”

    She actually got paid to go into restaurants and eat or clothing stores and shop. All she had to do was be inconspicuous as she observed the store’s employees.

  • Church News | Feb. 15, 2017

    Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church

    God’s love is shining!  “Angels Among Us” was joyfully sung by Barry Winkle. “And now abideth faith, hope, love, these three: but the greatest of these is love,” I Cor. 13:13. Jesus’ love is warming the hearts of the lost and great things are happening at Mt. Pleasant! The prayers of the faithful are being answered!  James Goodrich accepted the Lord as His Savior and came forward Sunday morning! Remember to pray for all of our new Christians!

  • African Pygmy kills giant crocodile using only his club

    by Roger Alford

    There’s the story about an explorer in the Congo who walked into a clearing and found a Pygmy standing beside the carcass of a monstrous crocodile.

    “Did you kill that?” he asked.

    “Yes,” the Pygmy answered. “I killed it with my club.”

    “That’s incredible,” the explorer said. “How big is your club?”

  • His love is enough to keep us at peace, casting out fear

     Awhile back, I went to a 12-step meeting with a friend.

    I like to do that occasionally because the things they believe are applicable to anybody, even those who aren’t addicted to any particular substance.

    The first step says, “We admitted we were powerless over alcohol — that our lives had become unmanageable.”