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Religion

  • God’s love fills up all the empty places inside you and gives you enough to give to others

    A number of years ago I got a phone call from a reader with a request.
    He said he was 90 years old and had outlived two wives, yet he wasn’t sure he knew what real love is and he hoped that I could explain it.
    I don’t know if he’s still one of my readers — I haven’t heard from him since that one time. But if he is, here’s my best answer to his question:
    When I was in middle school, I loved red-haired Paul Minardi with all my 13-year-old heart. We passed notes in class and he walked me to homeroom, carrying my books.

  • Church News | March 22, 2017

    Monterey Baptist
    Join us on Wednesday nights for adult Bible study, Rock Stars and women’s Bible study. All activities begin at 7 p.m.
    March 26 is Sweat Suit Sunday.
    We will have our baby dedication on Mother’s Day, May 14. If you wish to have your baby dedicated, please let the pastor know.

  • Steak is better when it hasn’t been dropped on the floor

    by Roger Alford

  • Sabbath is a time of refreshing, which includes worshiping the Lord

    A few weeks ago, my pastor’s sermon made me squirm in my seat.
    We’ve been studying the Old Testament book of Exodus. That’s the book that talks about God rescuing the Israelites from their centuries of slavery in Egypt, all the plagues upon the Egyptians, how Moses parted the Red Sea and fed the Israelites with manna — honey-tasting bread from heaven.
    At one point, Moses meets with God on Mt. Sinai where God gives him two stone tablets with his law written on them.
    God’s law is a gift to his people, my pastor said.

  • Church News | March 15, 2017

    First Baptist Owenton
    Our study of John continued with a message from chapter nine on One Man’s Treasure Another’s Tragedy. Sunday evening we studied Genesis nine and examined the Noahic Covenant.
    The volleyball league will have its tournament on March 27 and 28. First Baptist will have games on Thursday at 6:30 p.m., and Monday at 8:30 p.m.
    Our annual Easter Egg Hunt will be held on Sunday, April 9 after the late worship service. Candy can be donated now since we will fill eggs on Wednesday, March 29.

  • Where ‘woe’ means ‘whoa,’ and ‘giddy-up’ means go

    The college professor asked a student in his class, “what is the opposite of joy?”
    “Sadness,” the student responded.
    And, to another student, the professor asked, “what is the opposite of depression?”
    “Elation,” was the reply.
    And to, Bubba, the professor asked, “what is the opposite of woe?”
    “I believe that would be giddy-up,” Bubba answered.

  • For those who belong to God, there’s no ‘whiplash’

    Last weekend I finally watched “Whiplash,” the movie with Miles Teller and J.K. Simmons.
    Miles grew up here in Citrus County, and J.K. Simmons is the bald guy in the Farmer’s Insurance commercials and used to be the psychiatrist on “Law and Order”, plus he was in a whole bunch of other stuff.
    The movie focuses on the relationship between Andrew Neiman (Teller), a student drummer at an elite Juilliard-type music school in New York City, and the studio jazz band instructor, Terence Fletcher (Simmons).

  • Church News | March 8, 2017

    Mt. Pleasant Baptist
    What a beautiful day to be in God’s house!  Pete Dawson and Joe McNay teamed up to sing and play their guitars on “In the Garden” and “How Great Thou Art” Sunday morning. Colossians 2:9-14 was the basis for Bro. Dale’s message. The children and youth did an excellent job showing us what they have learned and demonstrating their Bible drilling skills Sunday night. Great work.
    We welcomed Jerry Ellis into our congregation, by transfer of letter, Sunday morning.
    Nancy Walker had a praise report.

  • What’s in a name? Lots if you’re being branded with it

    by Roger Alford

  • 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.