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Religion

  • TOUCHPOINTS: Each day brings its own troubles

    Living life is not easy. Each day brings its own trouble. People's emotions are damaged by hurtful words or feelings of rejection.

    In this fallen sinful world, we all are born with an Adam nature, and no matter how hard we try we cannot control other people, but we can control how they affect us. 

  • COLUMN: The Whos knew the real joy of Christmas

     Christmas reminds us that joy is available to all of us through Jesus Christ.  The people in the inn 2,000 years ago were trying to bring some joy into their lives. They didn’t have much to be joyful about as a conquered people, oppressed and probably poor. The occupants of the inn had many reasons to be unhappy.

    Many guests in the inn were probably trying to dull their senses through alcohol in an attempt to forget their troubles.

  • COLUMN: Is your faith being tested?

     For you, O God, have tested us. You have refined us as silver is refined. You brought us into the net; you laid affliction on our backs. You have caused men to ride over our heads. We went through fire and through water, but you brought us out to rich fulfillment. Psalm 66:10-12

    When Jesus told his disciples the cost of following him, many turned back. Yet the impact of those who didn’t is still shaking the world.

  • Lane Lincoln celebrates 144 years

    Lane Lincoln Memorial CME Church celebrated its 144th anniversary Sunday.
    On Feb. 13, 1867, the original deed between Jerome and Martha S. Smith sold the land to Lou Handley, Albert Woodson and J.W. French, Trustees of the “Colored” Methodist Church for the sum of $50. The location was at the northwest corner of Hodgenville where the small frame church was built.  

  • 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.