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Religion

  • 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.

  • Jesus can provide meaning to life

    Many people feel disappointed with life. They search for fulfilment and satisfaction, only to find emptiness and disappointment. In despair some turn to alcohol, drugs and even suicide.

    Why is all this so? Most of the time it is because they have not found what most want in life - love and acceptance, meaning and purpose. Many bars have "happy hours." If truthful, they would call it "the unhappy hour." Everyone present is not happy. Some are trying to fill a void in their life. Fame, success and money can't satisfy the deep longings in the heart.

  • TOUCHPOINTS: Commitment to Christ demands an act of the will

    What does it mean to be committed to Christ?
    Commitment demands a choice. To achieve any goal or purpose requires commitment, whether for good or for evil. Commitment to follow Christ requires a decision of the mind followed by an act of the will.
    Psalm 37:5 says “Commit thy way unto the Lord; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass.” Commitment to the Lord manifests itself in obedient trust.

  • 2011 full of lessons, but it's time to move on

    We have just finished an eventful year. There are things we want to discard in the wastebasket, forget and move on into 2011. But there are some things we want to hold on to and make a part of this new year. I want to mention three of those truths.
    God knows you and you are important to God. We may not feel important to God or anyone else. Our lives may not seem to have any purpose. Don’t you think the shepherds on the hillside in Bethlehem may have felt that way? Mary may have felt insignificant before the angel announced to her she was to bear the son of God.

  • Dr. Alveda King to speak in Elizabethtown

    Dr. Alveda King, niece of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., will speak in Elizabethtown Jan. 6. Dr. King is director of the African-American Outreach for Priests for Life, and Gospel of Life Ministries. She is also a Board Member of Georgia Right to Life, former Georgia State Legislator, and a member of many other pro-life organizations. 

    The title of her discourse is “How Can the Dream Survive?”

  • God works in us before he can work through us

    Mark Twain once said, “Few things are harder to put up with than the annoyance of a good example.” The reason for that may be the inability to accomplish the same achievements in our lives.

    What a person does may inspire us, but it cannot enable us to do what that person does. Unless the person comes into our lives and shares his skills, we cannot accomplish their deeds. We must have the power inside us to achieve and not just the example on the outside.