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Religion

  • Bless me, Father, for I have sinned

    Several times a week I pass a church that has a sign board out front advertising confessions on Saturdays.
    I confess that when I was a kid I went to a church that had confession booths, only I thought behind the dark wooden doors was either a broom closet or it was where they kept the devil.
    Kids think crazy things, don’t they?
    When I was seven or so, I got to go behind the wooden doors and confess my sins, which mostly consisted of being mean to my sister and brothers and disobeying my parents.

  • Messages from the pulpit: Nov. 12, 2014

    Monterey Baptist
    It was a privilege to recognize the veterans in our congregation today.  As the military medley played, the men stood while their branch’s song was being played.  
    Our deepest gratitude to Jim Bob Cook (Air Force), Joe Peters (Army), Gary Derringer (Army), Foster Smith (Army) and Melvin Miller (Army). We should never forget the sacrifice the men and women (past and present) have made so we could worship freely. May God bless you.   

  • Aint it The Truth: Tenacious little turtle thought he could fly

    Deep within a forest, a little turtle began to climb a tree. After hours of effort, he reached the top, jumped into the air waving his front legs, and crashed to the ground.
    After recovering, he slowly climbed the tree again, jumped, and fell to the ground.
    The turtle tried time and again while a couple of birds sat on a branch and watched him.
    Finally, the female bird turned to her mate and said: “Dear, don’t you think it’s time we tell him he’s adopted?”

  • Church news for Oct. 22, 2014

    Beech Grove Baptist
    The message was taken from Luke 9:49-56, “Impressions From Jesus.”

  • Local Church News | Dec. 9, 2015

    Cedar Hill Baptist Church
    We had a wonderful day worshipping the Lord.  Bro. Bill’s message was from Luke 1:26-37 and Matthew 1:18-25 on the challenges of faith.
    We invite you to come worship with us each Sunday at 9:45 a.m. for small group and 11 a.m. for joint worship.

  • Even with our flaws, God shows us grace

    If you’ve been in church for any length of time, depending on the church you may have heard sermons about Bible heroes: strong and mighty Samson, brave David the shepherd boy who fought the giant Goliath and killed him with his slingshot and a stone.

    There’s Daniel in the lion’s den, the three Hebrew teens in the fiery furnace, Moses who led the Israelites out of Egypt.

  • Elderly grandmother told the whole truth

    BY ROGER ALFORD
    N-H Columnist

    Perhaps you’ve heard the story about the small-town prosecutor who called an elderly grandmother as his first witness in a trial. She put her hand on a Bible and was prompted to swear that she would tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth.

  • Aint it The Truth: Old man’s moped outruns brand-new Corvette

    An old man on a moped pulls up next to a young fellow in a Corvette at a stoplight.
    “What kind of car you got there?” the old guy asks, his thumbs tucked into his suspenders.
    “It’s a 2014 Corvette, special made,” the young fellow boasted. “It cost me nearly $80,000.”
    The old fellow leaned in and took a look. He saw the stick shift on the floor, the stylish steering wheel, and the speedometer that registered over 200 mph.
    “Mighty nice,” the old man said.

  • Aint it The Truth: Handsome man, beautiful woman get ugly baby

    One of the funniest stories I’ve heard in a while is about the especially handsome man who decided it was his God-given responsibility to marry an extraordinarily beautiful woman so they could have the best looking children ever.
    He happened onto a farmer who had three breathtakingly gorgeous daughters. So he explained to the farmer his mission, and asked permission to marry one of his daughters. The farmer agreed, telling him to look them over and take his pick.

  • Aint it The Truth: Unlike us, Jesus is never too busy to take our calls

    I was amused the other day to read some suggested voicemails greetings that truly are a sign of the times in which we live.
    Here’s one that gave a chuckle:
    “Hello, I’m not here right now. In fact, I’m out getting a new parakeet. If you leave a message after the beep, I’ll be sure to get back to you. Oh, and by the way, a word of advice; never try to clean a parakeet cage with a vacuum cleaner.”
    And this one: