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Religion

  • First Baptist Senior Choir celebrates 102 years

     First Baptist Senior Choir celebrated their 102nd anniversary Sunday.

    The senior choir was the first choir at First Baptist and after these many years, remain the only active choir at the church.

    The group was organized in 1912 by Addie Wheeler, wife of Rev. W.W. Wheeler. She was the first president of the choir. Carrie Bell Williams was the first organist. The members consisted of deacons and their wives. There were not many men in the choir then.

  • COLUMN: Honor your father

     This Sunday is Father’s Day and as such it is a very special day for most families in our nation. Fathers may not always be all they ought to be but when Jesus wanted to illustrate the love and nature of God, he wanted us to think of God as a heavenly father.

    God’s word commands that we honor our fathers. This means we give them particular attention, special regard and seek to show their value and worth. We are to honor our father every day and not just the third Sunday in June.

  • COLUMN: Beautiful feet carry God's word

     How beautiful your sandaled feet, O prince's daughter!  Song of Songs 7:1a

    How beautiful ... are the feet of those who bring good news, who proclaim peace, who bring good tidings, who proclaim salvation, who say to Zion, Your God reigns! Isaiah 52:7

    Summertime is the time for sandals and flip-flops. Every year stores are full of cute styles of cool, barely-there shoes to be worn on hot sultry days. I do not indulge in many toeless shoes, however, because I have such ugly feet!

  • COLUMN: Search for hidden treasure in the scriptures

     As a child, I can remember my cousin, Jackie, and I would dream of finding buried treasure. We would even dig under trees and rocks in hopes of finding a box of jewels or money.

    Needless to say, we were never successful in our quest.

    But we all have a treasure trove that we can "dig" into. Proverbs 2:4-5 says if you look for it as for silver and search for it as for hidden treasure, then you will understand the fear of the Lord and find the knowledge of God. 

  • TOUCHPOINTS: Our bodies will be changed at resurrection

     What I am about to write may sound morbid to some, but I am speaking from my heart.

    When I was a child, and there was a death in the community, someone would ring a bell which was placed on a high post behind the church where my family attended. The bell signaled there was a death and a grave needed to be dug. Men would come with their picks and shovels and begin digging.

  • CHURCH CALENDAR - JUNE 6, 2012

     First Baptist Choir’s 102nd anniversary

  • COLUMN: Afghanistan: Where will it lead?

     Recent U.S. administration announcements could lead one to conclude that the war in Afghanistan is ending. 

    On the contrary. The plan that President Obama recently announced just relies upon different military solutions, rather than peaceful alternatives for the Afghan people.

    How so? Under this plan Afghanistan will become a major non-NATO ally, subjecting the people of Afghanistan to yet another military alliance and continuing the last three decades of war and instability. 

  • COLUMN: Stone memorial used as visual sermon

    Allow me one more thought from Joshua 3 and 4 before we leave it. Last week we looked at the experience of Joshua leading the children of Israel across the Jordan River. God instructed them to take 12 stones from the riverbed to make a monument where they camped the first night. The stones would be a way to share their faith with their children and also a witness to other nations how God had miraculously stopped the river’s flow for the people to cross.

  • COLUMN: One man showed faith through planting crosses

    They’re called Crosses of Mercy, three tall crosses — two pale blue and one gold — planted across at least 29 states and Washington, D.C., plus Zambia and the Philippines.

    Where I live in Florida, I’ve seen several sets of them and I’ve always wondered about them since they don’t seem to be connected to any one church. They’re usually out in the middle of nowhere, randomly planted on the highway.

  • Church Calendar - May 23, 2012

     Summer book study at Mount Tabor