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Religion

  • COLUMN: Listen to the sounds of Christmas

    It’s that time of year when all around us are the sights and sounds of Christmas. These all remind us that Christmas is near. Bells will be ringing, choirs singing and Christmas music filling the air.

    I am concerned that the noises of Christmas might cause us not to hear the sounds of that first Christmas night – the noisy inn and the mother’s lullaby. 

  • COLUMN: Spiritual misconceptions will keep you in sin

    Return to the Lord. Say to him, ‘Take away all iniquity; receive us graciously.” Hosea 14:2

    What stops good people from cleaning up their act? Spiritual misconceptions.

    See if you recognize any:

    • Painful experiences are just the result of fate. They’re not connected to my choices.

    • God’s much too forgiving to permit escalating consequences or allow me to get hurt just to motivate me to stop sinning.

  • COLUMN: Politeness is lacking in this generation

    The Apostle Paul says love “does not act unbecomingly” (I Corinthians 13:5 NASB).

    The New Living Translation of the Bible uses the word “rude.” J. B. Phillips in his Biblical translation of this scripture verse says, “Love practices good manners.” This verse may seem strange when the world is torn apart by hatred, oppression and conflicts. What is so important about politeness?

  • COLUMN: Never give up on your gift

    A man’s gift maketh room for him and bringeth him before great men. Proverbs 18:16

    It’s not what others believe about you that matters – opinions can be changed. It’s what you believe about yourself.

    Jesus never begged anybody to believe in him. He knew that integrity usually isn’t proven, it’s discerned. If you are struggling to find your place in life, maybe this story will help.

  • Church Calendar - Nov. 23, 2011

    Change in service at Salem Christian Church
    Salem Christian Church is meeting at 6 p.m. Sundays.

    Churches host Thanksgiving service
    Mount Tabor Baptist Church, Wesley Meadows Methodist Church and Buffalo Baptist Church will host a joint Thanksgiving service 7 p.m. Nov. 23. The service will be at Mt. Tabor Baptist Church with finger foods and dessert following the service. The community is invited.

    First Baptist has spaghetti dinner

  • TOUCHPOINTS: Give thanks to the heavenly father

    Thanksgiving Day is a special holiday. A time when families from near and far come to visit. A special time of getting together, eating a good meal and discussing whatever has happened during the past year.

  • COLUMN: Thanksgiving changes your life

    With all my heart I believe we are a people and a nation that has truly been blessed by God. Of all those who give thanks, our names should be at the top of the list.

    People compile a wish list for Christmas. Some draw up a list of resolutions for the New Year.  But, we often overlook a Thanksgiving list of why we are thankful.

    A group of housewives made a list of things for which they were grateful:

  • COLUMN: God's mercies begin anew each day

    Great is the faithfulness; His mercies begin afresh each day. Lamentations 3:23

    Jeremiah had almost given up hope but God reminded him that his mercies are new every morning. The Hebrew term for “mercies” can be translated “covenant love” or “steadfast love.” It is linked with compassion, truth and faithfulness.

    In the middle of this valley of judgment and suffering, Jeremiah realized that “the Lord is good to those who wait for Him.” And this is true today as well.

  • LaRue Baptist School wins award

    The LaRue County Baptist School in Hodgenville received a National School of Distinction status from the Schools Fight Hunger program. Fewer than 2,000 schools nationwide earned this level of distinction in the 2010-2011 school year.

  • TOUCHPOINTS: Christians may be persecuted

    Whether burned alive for Nero's entertainment, tortured during the Middle Ages, or called names by a hateful junior high peer group, Christians have always faced persecution. 

    While Christians and non-Christians alike suffer unjust treatment, persecution implies an intentional and systematic infliction of suffering or hardship because of a person's beliefs. Some believers are persecuted simply for speaking the truth.