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Religion

  • Wise men still seek him

    The story of the Wise Men is shrouded in mystery. How many were there? Where did they come from? How long did the journey take? They show mysteriously, and just as mysteriously, they are gone. What do we learn from their story?

    “Where is he that is born King of the Jews?” Their journey seems to be one of faith. They had faith that he was alive and they needed to find him. They were willing to risk everything to find him. The Wise Men were men of faith, and the fact is God’s journeys always involve faith.

  • Church calendar

    Watch Night at Freedom Way

    Freedom Way Church in Cecilia will have its watch night service at 8 p.m. Thursday. Various singing groups will be followed by a sermon by the Rev. Ronnie McCowan. Dinner will follow at 10 p.m. with host pastor, the Rev. Billy Curle.

  • A spiritual soul mate can help you on your journey

    The baby leaped in her womb. Luke 1:41

    After telling the virgin Mary, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, “ the angel of the Lord announces, “Elizabeth your relative is going to have a child in her old age … for nothing is impossible with God” Luke 1:35-37.

    Next we read, “Mary got ready and hurried ... she entered Zechariah’s home and greeted Elizabeth.

  • It's impossible to measure the value of God's greatest gift

    How do you measure the value or worth of a gift?

    It is Christmas and our attention is on God’s gift to us – his only son. God gave us his son to live among us showing us how to live and then to die on the cross giving his life to pay for our sins. How do we measure the value of God’s gift to us?

  • Life busy for pastor serving two churches

    Since June 28, the Rev. Andrew Singh has done what many itinerant preachers of old did — pastor two churches concurrently.

     “A lot of those itinerant pastors traveled on horseback,” said the 25-year-old minister from India. “I’m so glad that I have a car.”

    Pastor of Wesley Meadows Methodist Church since 2004, Singh sees the addition of Levelwoods Methodist Church as an opportunity and a blessing.

    “God has expanded my ministry, allowing me to meet, serve, and be blessed by another group of people,” he explained.

  • Courage was shown that first Christmas

    Have you seen or been a part of an act of courage? It may have been rushing into a burning building to rescue a child or lifting a weight off a pinned individual that would have crushed the life out of them. Courage is seen in many forms all around us daily.

    Courage was present that first Christmas. Although we probably miss it, because we are focusing on Mary and the baby, Joseph certainly displayed courage and we can learn from him valuable life lessons.

  • The Christmas story is truly amazing

    It’s Christmas. Time for parties, pageantry and presents. But the real story is about:

    •The shepherds. Sheep herders had so little status in first-century Palestine that they weren’t even deemed reliable enough to testify in court.

  • Church calendar

    Hope Food Pantry

    The Hodgenville United Methodist Church Hope Food Pantry will be open 5-8 p.m. Dec. 16 in the fellowship hall. Program is designed to provide a three- to five-day supply of groceries to LaRue County residents in need. For more information, call 358-3028 or 358-9328.

    It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year

  • God can use humble humans

    Do you remember being 15 years old? Hormones are doing all sorts of weird things in your body, peer pressure is obvious and the need to be independent is important at 15.

    Scholars tell us this was about the age of Mary when the angel told her she was going to give birth to the son of God. How would you have responded? Mary’s reaction is found in Luke 1:46-55.

  • Holidays can be a sad time

    “He is … acquainted with grief.” Isaiah 53:3

    Christmas can be a difficult time when you’ve lost a loved one. The sounds and sights that once brought joy just reinforce your sense of loss. There’s no magic formula; grief is a process you must walk through, and it takes time.

    Here are some ideas that might help:

    •Keep things in prospective. Christmas is just one day out of 365. You can do anything for 24 hours because God promised that “Your strength will equal your days.” Deuteronomy 33:25.