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Religion

  • Balance leads to an abundant life

    God desires that we each live a balanced life and the finest picture of the balanced life in the scriptures is found in Revelation 10:1-2.

    “And I saw another mighty angel come down from heaven, clothed with a cloud: and a rainbow was upon his head, and his face was as it were the sun, and his feet as pillars of fire; and he had in his hand a little book open: and he set his right foot upon the sea, and his left foot upon the earth.”

  • ‘And’ is a mighty big word

    I believe it was Father Brian Hehir who some years ago observed that in the Catholic community “and” is a big word.   

    As I reflect on “and,” it seems to me that it is a mighty big word in all of life.

  • Do you look like a Christian?

    Mahatma Gandhi, a former leader of India, attended school at one time in South Africa. He often attended church, read the New Testament and yet he never became a Christian. He said he had the highest admiration for the Christian life and for the Christ of the Bible. Gandhi said he might have become a Christian if he could have seen one.

  • Face the new year with courage

    Be strong and courageous. Deuteronomy 32:6

    When you try something for the first time or something you’ve already failed at, you need courage.

    Remember learning to walk? First you tried standing on shaky limbs, smiled in short-lived triumph, fell down, cried in frustration and kept getting back up until you mastered the art of standing. Something inside you told you that you were meant for more than just lying in a crib.

  • Warm Blessings

    Shadolaya Sharper, Shania Sharper, Sherri Matherly, Katie Matherly and Morgan Stellpflug are youth volunteers for Warm Blessings meal kitchen in Elizabehtown. They are from  Central Avenue Baptist Church. Thay have learned to use sign language to socialize with patrons of the kitchen.

  • We're all part of 'the system'

    Late 2009 provided another vivid experience of a close call with vulnerability. A young, well educated and well off young man from another country attached explosives to his inner clothing with the alleged intent of igniting it and bringing down an airplane with many people aboard.

    Since then there has been major the back-and-forth about whether “the system” worked or not. The good news: the bomb did not go off and all landed safely.

  • We're all part of 'the system'

    Late 2009 provided another vivid experience of a close call with vulnerability. A young, well educated and well off young man from another country attached explosives to his inner clothing with the alleged intent of igniting it and bringing down an airplane with many people aboard.

    Since then there has been major the back-and-forth about whether “the system” worked or not. The good news: the bomb did not go off and all landed safely.

  • 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.