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Religion

  • PHOTO: Valiant Women recognized
  • Walking with God is a wonderful experience

    Someone said, “You know it is time to resume walking when you step on a set of talking scales and you hear, 'Come back when you are alone' or 'Please, one at a time.'“ Walking physically is good exercise, but spiritual walking is the best.

    The Bible says, “Enoch walked with God” (Genesis 5:22). Can you imagine what that experience was like? From my study window I see three men who walk early in the morning and I am reminded of Enoch and God.

  • It's blessed to be a blessing

     As a pastor over the years I have either written out my sermons or have taken detailed notes on my messages. Then I would study carefully what I had written. Many times there were corrections and editing done before I preached the messages.

    Now at times I compose my weekly devotions on the computer. Had I been more observant in last week's devotion there were two statements I would have made differently.

  • Sister Mary Duvall celebrates religious life

    Twelve Ursuline Sisters of Mount Saint Joseph are celebrating jubilees of religious life this year, including one who ministered in Larue County.

    Sister Mary Evelyn Duvall is celebrating 70 years of religious life. A native of Sunfish, she had a teaching career that spanned 44 years. She taught at Our Lady of Mercy School, Hodgenville (1965-69) and elsewhere in the Diocese of Owensboro, in Missouri, and in New Mexico. She resided in New Mexico from 1973 until her retirement in 2007, serving as a teacher, a school librarian, a school registrar and in elder care.

  • COLUMN: There is much good in prayer

    Jesus prayed three times while he hung on the cross. His first prayer was “Father forgive them for they do not know what they are doing” (Luke 23:34). He began his ministry in prayer and concluded his ministry in prayer.

    When Jesus’ hands could no longer reach out and touch the blind because they were nailed to a cross, he prayed. When his feet could no longer take him to the needy because they were nailed to the cross, he prayed. When Jesus could no longer gather his disciples and teach them because they had fled, he prayed.

  • COLUMN: Jesus says heaven is real

    Is heaven a myth? Is heaven a wish or a state of mind? The Bible would say no to all these questions. But even for those who agree there is a heaven questions remain. Jesus gives us some answers to life beyond the grave in John 14:1-6.

    The disciples of Jesus were devastated to hear him say he was going to die.  They left all to follow him and for three years built their lives around him.  Now he was going to leave them. How could they continue?

  • COLUMN: Believe and behave the gospel

    A preacher once said, "My people believe the gospel, but many of them don't behave the gospel."
    Admiring truth is not enough. Doctrine and duty ought to go side-by-side. Belief and behavior should never be separated. Our lives must match our profession if we are to make an impression upon a lost world in our day.
    Every great doctrine of the Bible makes a practical demand upon our lives. If we say we believe the doctrines, then we need to obey them.

  • National Bible Bee registration underway

    Host registration for the third annual National Bible Bee will remain open until March 31.  Contestant registration runs April 1-May 31. Official contest materials will be released on June 1. Every contestant will receive a Bible, Scripture memory cards, inductive Bible study curriculum, a T-shirt and more as part of registration.
    The Shelby Kennedy Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to encouraging the spiritual growth of the entire family through Bible study, scripture memorization and prayer, launched the National Bible Bee in 2009.   

  • TOUCHPOINTS: Gossip is a two-fold sin

    Sticks and stones may hurt my bones, but words will never harm me.
    Have you ever heard that quoted? Well, don’t believe it.  
    Hurtful words can cut to the very core of a person. From tabloid newspapers, forums on the Internet, even at church we are almost universally drawn to listen to or pass on the latest juicy tidbit about so-and-so’s divorce, extramarital affairs or just to rip the heart out of someone.  

  • GEORGE SMITH: Let Christ reign supreme

    Everybody needs to love and be loved. Hopefully we realize that the greatest love of our life should be the Lord Jesus. When we consider what he has done for us and what he will do for us eternally, how can we not love him?
    Jesus was asked one day, “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the law?” (Matthew 22:36-38). He said, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.” Thinking of who he is and has done for us should lead us to give him our all and let him reign supremely in our lives.