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Religion

  • Baptists see rise in baptisms, donations

    LOUISVILLE – Southern Baptist churches in Kentucky baptized more than 14,000 people last year, a turning point for the state’s largest religious organization that had been in a gradual decline for the past decade.

    The state’s 2,400 churches also reported an overall increase in membership, another sign that 2014 may have been a watershed year for the 750,000-member Kentucky Baptist Convention.

  • Church Calendar - March 4, 2015

    Faithful Citizenship luncheon

    The Faithful Citizenship luncheon will be noon to 1 p.m. March 17 at St. Thomas Parish Center, 870 Thomas Lane, Bardstown. Cindy Hutchins will speak on “Felony Expungement, One Family’s Story.” There is no charge to attend. Bring a brown bag lunch, drinks will be provided. For more information and to make a reservation, contact the sponsor, Catholic Charities Nazareth office at 502-331-4545, or Sister Mary Schmuck, RSM, at schmuckrsm@scnazarethky.org.

  • Touch Points: Our friends need our prayers

    I have three friends who are going through a difficult time. One is in the hospital with double pneumonia, one just had knee replacement surgery, and another, as well as her friend, are going to have kidney transplant surgery. One friend is donating her kidney to another. All of these asked me to pray for them.
    The Bible speaks of a friendship between David and Jonathan. Their friendship is one of the deepest and closest recorded in the Bible (I Samuel 18:1-4). We each are committed to God, not just each other. True friends will draw closer together when problems come.

  • COLUMN: Daily think on things above

    Hopefully you read last week’s devotion because I want to expand on what Paul said to the Christians in Colossians 3:1-4. He says, “Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above ... Set your minds on things above…”

    He uses an imperative ... “set.” The Christian is to seek heaven. We are to think of heaven. Paul realized that you change your actions when you change your thinking and beliefs. In due course your actions will change. So the Apostle wanted us to give a large place in our thoughts to heaven.

  • Our current life determines our destiny

    Our destiny for the afterlife is determined here and now on this earth while we are alive. Our only hope of heaven is dependent upon what we do with Jesus Christ.

    Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life” (John 14:6). When we accept Christ as our savior, we make a reservation for heaven. Someone said, “Without Christ life is a hopeless end.”

  • TOUCH POINTS: Rather, be happy

    Webster's Dictionary defines happiness as fortunate, having, displaying, or marked by pleasure or joy.

    Happiness is temporary because it is based on external circumstances.

    Would success, money, power, make you happy?  Maybe, for a short time. 

    We could have everything we wanted in this life, and still be miserable.

  • COLUMN: Less strife in a Christ-filled life

    Do you ever have stress in your life? It would really be better to say “when” you have stress, problems or pain. These will come.

    Life is stressful or stress-filled. It is caused by any number of situations: health problems, raising children, financial difficulties. The list could go on and on.

  • Church Calendar: Feb. 18, 2015

    Single Moms’ Oil Change fundraiser

    Area churches have donated desserts to be auctioned to raise funds for the upcoming Single Moms’ Oil Change in our community. The auction will be 6:30-8:30 p.m. Feb. 20 at Ovesen Heights Baptist Church. Guest speakers include Arlie Hamilton, Gary Rock and Donnie Goatley.

     

    Gospel singing at Buffalo Baptist

    Buffalo Baptist Church will hold a gospel singing 6 p.m. Feb. 22. Performers are Ronnie Benningfield, Tim Shockley, Gerald Murphy and Glen Rice.

  • On the road to spiritual renewal

    A spiritual change is the greatest change that can take place in any of us. Paul tells the Romans, “There is no one righteous, not even one” (3:10-12). So a spiritual renewal is needed for all of us.

    We are renewed when Christ comes into our hearts and lives for the old is gone and the new has come (2 Corinthians 5:17).

    But what about down the road? Is it possible to experience even more renewal later? Yes. Paul in Philippians 4:10-13 is talking to Christians who have already met Christ and now he gives three areas of renewal needed.

  • Sins as scarlet can become white like snow

    This morning, looking out my kitchen window watching the snow fall, I thought of the scripture, “Though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow.” (Isaiah 1:18) White snow, pure and clean.

    Jesus, who knew no sin, died on the cross for us sinners. “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8). He bore our sins so we who believe could be washed clean by the shedding of his blood.