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  • COLUMN: Focus on the Lord ... and smile

     In an attempt to look younger, many are having facelifts. Some are going overboard. The skin on their face is drawn so tightly it is difficult for them to smile.

    We cannot stop the aging process, but we can grow stronger inwardly. Paul says in 2 Corinthians 4:16, “Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day.” We may never get a facelift, but we can get a “faith-lift.”

  • South Fork pays off debt, refocuses mission

     South Fork Baptist Church has reason to celebrate. After 15 years of paying on construction costs, they are finally debt-free. Their current church building, which they’ve occupied since 1999, was dedicated on Jan. 4 during a special celebratory service.

    The church, one of the oldest in the county at more than 230 years old, paid more than $259,000 toward their building in 2014 alone. According to Missions Director Machelle McDowell, it’s been a long time coming, but it’s been worth it.

  • Wisely use the time you’re given

    So here we are in the first full week of 2015. Do you wonder how we will do this year?

    Will we make good use of our time? At the end of the year will we look back with joy or regret?

    Paul gives some help in Ephesians 5:15-17. “Therefore, be careful how you walk, not as unwise men but as wise, making the most of your time, because the days are evil. So then do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.”

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  • South Fork plans a ‘debt-free’ service

    The congregation of South Fork Baptist Church has reason to celebrate as 2015 rolls around: their church is completely debt free.

    According to pastor Jonathan Carl, the church’s debt has been decreased by more than $259,000 in 2014 alone.

    He said a lot of people “stepped up” to give in order to pay down the church’s debt.

  • God will provide a way

    Christmas is over. The tree may still be up, but no gifts are underneath. The visiting family members are back home. Life is back to normal.

    Consider Mary and Joseph – the long trip, no room when they reached their destination, the birth of the baby, the excitement of the angel choir and the visit of the shepherds. There must have been let down for them. Nothing would ever be the same again.

  • Be willing to take the journey of faith

    Shepherds and wise men prepared to hear the good news, but they also were willing to take the journey of faith to see the Christ child. The shepherds said, “Let us go.”

    The wise men also moved on faith when they followed the star. We must also make a journey of faith. We realize that we will never completely understand God’s love for us, but in faith we must accept that he does love us enough to send his son to die for us.

  • CME Church leads community prayer

    A Hodgenville pastor is taking measures to show his congregation what togetherness means.

    Rev. Aaron Moss, pastor at Lane Lincoln Christian Methodist Episcopal Church, brought his congregation, along with that of two other local churches, to Lincoln Square in Hodgenville on Dec. 14. The group congregated and prayed for various issues, including violence throughout the world and the community of Hodgenville. They also sang some hymns at the event, which Moss said lasted “around 20 minutes.”

  • Rolling Fork Baptist carries on tradition of live nativity

    Rolling Fork Baptist Church in Gleanings is a church steeped in Christmas traditions. The church was established in 1801 and for at least 89 years, they have been celebrating the birth of Christ with a live nativity scene. It is a community event that draws one of the largest crowds of the year.

    Several generations of families have participated in the production. Joseph has been played by Gene Price for more than 56 years. His wife, Charlene, was Mary for 53 years but can no longer participate due to illness. Ashley Lee Scott now plays the part of Mary.

  • PHOTO: Prayer on the Square