• Local Church News | April 13, 2016

    Cedar Hill Baptist Church

    We were blessed today as Bro. Bill shared a message, “Stop Signs of Faith,” taken from Isaiah 55:8-9 and other passages.  The way we follow the laws of our country is often the way we follow God’s directions and He has shown us through His Son and His Word how to live, even though we often think we know better and choose our own way.

    Hope the kids have had a great spring break and ready to be back in ARC on Wednesday. If transportation is needed, call 484-5236.

  • Not now, Donald. Can't you see I'm busy?

    N-H Columnist

    The way I like to tell the story, Harold Wainscott was in a restaurant with his wife Betty Jo and their friends David and Mary Marlow while on a senior citizens’ trip to New York City.

    Billionaire Donald Trump was seated at a table across the room. Harold saw an opportunity to impress Betty Jo and the Marlows, his neighbors in Owenton, population 1,300.

  • There's a price for your prayer but Jesus already paid the cost

    How much would you pay to have your prayers answered?

    For the past four years, until the Seattle-based website with 1.3 million Facebook fans was taken down, people could pay the Christian Prayer Center between $9 and $35 to pray for them.

    From 2011 to 2015, more than 125,000 people forked over more than $7 million for their more than 400,000 transactions/prayer requests.

  • Local Church News | April 6, 2016

    Monterey Baptist Church

    We celebrated Sunday morning with Brian and Tara Hawkins and their children Austin, Bailey, and Brayden as they officially joined our church family. Welcome Hawkins family!

    We wish Shirley Hardin a speedy recovery as she recovers from a mild stroke.

    There will be a church workday beginning at 9 a.m., Saturday, April 16. Lunch will be on your own.

  • Wives can't be changed by shoving them into elevators

    A family of country bumpkins went to the city for the first time for a vacation.

    The man of the family and his son stood in the hotel lobby looking at an elevator. They’d never seen one before, and they were wondering what it was.

    That’s when a rather large and unattractive woman walked up to that elevator and pushed the button.

    The father and son watched her step inside and watched as the doors closed behind her.

    A minute or so later, they heard a ding. The elevator doors opened and beautiful young lady walked out.

  • Welcome to the theater of the absurd

    Years ago when I did a lot of conference and retreat speaking, I was invited to speak at the annual Episcopal women’s diocesan meeting at the cathedral in downtown Orlando.

    A local Episcopalian woman who had suggested my name offered to take care of all the details for me. All I had to do was show up, which is what I do best.

  • Local Church News | March 30, 2016

    Monterey Baptist Church

    What a glorious weekend as we celebrated the death and resurrection of our Lord. We were blessed to have the Rock Stars sing during the service.

    The men’s fellowship will be at 8 a.m., Saturday, April 2.

    There will be a church workday beginning at 9 a.m., Saturday, April 16. Lunch will be on your own.

    Rock Stars will meet at 7 p.m. on Wednesday. Bible study will also be at 7 p.m. in the fellowship hall. There is also a Bible study for the youth led by Shanna Osborne.

  • All too often, when you live as you please, you get swallowed by a fish

    I’ve heard it said that a man’s worst difficulties begin when he is able to do as he like.

    If I could do whatever I like, I’d eat several massive cinnamon rolls every morning for breakfast, spend the day on my couch watching reruns of “Gilmore Girls,” punch a few people I know in the nose, never pay my taxes or dust my house.

    That’s just off the top of my head.

    Most of us think freedom is doing anything we want, making our own rules, not submitting to any type of authority – if it feels good, do it.

  • The dangers of life sometimes require a friend or two

    N-H Columnist

    A travel agent looked up from his desk to see an elderly lady peering through his office window at posters advertising exotic vacation getaways. Behind the lady was an equally elderly gentleman.

    The agent, in a fit of generosity, invited the two inside and announced that he would send them both on a fabulous, all-expenses-paid vacation to Hawaii.

    He told his secretary to get them airline tickets and to book them in a five-star hotel.

  • Local Church News | March 23, 2016

    Lighthouse Church

    We will be having our Easter celebration service at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, March 27. There will be an Easter egg hunt following the service.

    Monterey Baptist Church

    Rock Stars will meet at 7 p.m. today (Wednesday). Bible study will also be at 7 p.m. in the fellowship hall.

    The youth meet at 5 p.m. on Sundays.

    We will have a Good Friday service at 7 p.m., Friday, March 25.