• Your Way of Life?

    Recently, I was reading the story Jesus told in Luke 10 about the Good Samaritan.  Back in the 1950s, Dr. C. Roy Angell, who pastored Central Baptist Church in Miami was the inspirational speaker one summer at Ridgecrest Baptist Assembly in North Carolina.  I purchased one of his books that had a chapter dealing with this scripture.  Dr. Angell was a master storyteller.  He said the story of the Good Samaritan illustrated three philosophies or ways of life.

  • Church Calendar - April 20, 2016

    Old Mount Sherman Cemetery accepting donations

    Old Mount Sherman Cemetery is accepting donations for upkeep. Mail checks to Dale Warren, 3624 Sand Ridge Road, Magnolia, KY 42757 or call 270-528-4142.

    Pleasant Ridge Separate Baptist Church revival

    A revival will be held at Pleasant Ridge Separate Baptist Church at 7 p.m. on April 24. Evangelist is Rev. Randy Brown. Every one is welcome to attend.

    Otter Creek Separate Baptist Church revival

  • Spiritual DNA Test

    DNA testing has been used in our country to determine guilt or innocence in criminal cases, recognize the father of a child, discover family origins, and diagnose certain disorders or diseases just to name a few areas of use. Likewise, when we take a moment to test our spiritual DNA, we are able to truly examine our relationship with Christ.

  • Conviction

    By Jonathan Carl
    Guest Columnist


    “It’s not whether you get knocked down; it’s whether you get back up.”

    “It’s not how you start a race; it’s how you finish.”

    “It’s not whether you win or lose; it’s how you play the game.”

    Most of us have heard variants of these expressions and quotes from leaders, coaches, athletes, actors and parents. These quotes have a common thread, conviction, which is a firmly held belief that propels one forward.

  • A solid foundation

    In any building, the foundation is of utmost importance, because destructive things will begin to happen, causing worry, expense, and possibly even collapse.

    Our spiritual lives are no different.  The foundational beliefs we build upon are crucial. Winds and storms will come, to be sure!  Whether or not we will weather what life throws at us will depend upon what has gone into our spiritual foundation.

  • No one is perfect

    Have you ever heard someone say: “That is the first mistake I’ve ever made.” They had to be kidding because we all make mistakes.  I’ve made so many that I would be considered an expert.

    We may be a little surprised to find people in the Bible making mistakes, but they were human.  Consider some of the mistakes mentioned in the Bible.

  • ‘As much as these’

    In John 21:15, John pens these words of Jesus, “Simon, son of John, do you love me more than these?” This piercing and intriguing question causes reflection, introspection, and concern. It is ambiguous, yet pointed. It is subtle, yet obvious. “Simon, son of John, do you love me more than these?”

  • Church Calendar

    Lenten Lunch

    First Baptist Church is hosting a free Lenten lunch at noon on Thursday, March 24, 2016. The event will feature a free lunch, Bible study and giveaways. The church is located at 730 Tonieville Road in Hodgenville. Reservations are not required but recommended. For more information call the church office at 270-358-3193.

    Maundy Thursday Service

  • What will be said of us

    By Paul Richey

    Do you remember the Tombstone Pizza commercials? These commercials were often set in the old west and with a situation where someone could be facing death. At a critical moment in the scene, someone asks, “What do you want on your tombstone?” Immediately, the scene flashes to everyone enjoying their tombstone pizza just the way they like it.

  • Empty: Cross, Tomb, Life

    The greatest symbol of new life is found in an empty tomb. That first Easter when the women came early to the tomb to anoint the body of Jesus, they found the stone rolled away and the tomb empty. Upon that empty tomb rested the validity of Christianity.

    Imagination is a wonderful thing. Out of it we get a fairy that pays money for teeth and a rabbit that lays eggs. But this is all empty celebration. You don’t need a bunny or some eggs to get excited about Easter. Our celebration is in an empty tomb.