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Religion

  • 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. 

  • Love your spouse for the sake of your children

    “In all things shewing thy self a partner of good works” Titus 2:7

    Someone said, “One day my husband and I got into an argument and ended up yelling at each other. I retreated to the porch and sat with my head in my hands crying. Our 2 year-old overheard the argument. “I love you Mom,” she said, as she sat beside me and put her arms around me. “I love you too,” I said. She rested her head on my shoulder, hugging me hard. “I wish you could love my Daddy too,” she said.

    Talk about ripping your heart out.

  • Christ's birth and life is the world's greatest inspiration

    Advent is when we focus our attention upon the experience of God becoming a baby. The Infinite became flesh to live among us and one day die on the cross for the sin of the world. Who can comprehend it? It is the world’s greatest mystery.

    As we approach Christmas, I want to join the writer of Hebrews in challenging us to “look upon Jesus” (Hebrews 12:1-2). There is no one like him. No one comes even close to Jesus.

  • Churches assist Red Cross

    In an effort to offer aid to those affected by disaster, volunteers and Women’s Missionary Union groups recently prepared 300 comfort kits for the American Red Cross.

    “There was a real need for the kits,” said Clara Mae Druen, the Red Cross shelter coordinator in LaRue County. “This is something we give to those who have been affected by a disaster — whether it’s a house fire, a flood or a tornado. It’s an immediate response to an immediate need.”

  • Give thanks for everything - always

    “In everything give thanks” 1 Thessalonians 5:18

    Gratitude works like a vaccine; it keeps you from getting infected with a spirit of “grumpiness.” It’s the anti-toxin that counteracts the poisonous affects of ingratitude.

    Have you noticed that we live in a thankless society? Paul said, “In the last days . people will be … ungrateful” II Timothy 3:1-2.

  • Thanksgiving was established to express gratitude to God

    What do you think of when you think of Thanksgiving? Is it eating, football, shopping on Black Friday or some other item?

    Thanksgiving is not just food, football and family. For God’s people, every day ought to be Thanksgiving Day.

    Thanksgiving Day is a distinctive holiday. It does not commemorate a battle or anyone’s birthday. It is simply a day set aside to express our gratitude to God.

  • Lowell Mason in concert at Rolling Fork Church

    International TV and recording artist Lowell Mason will appear at 6 p.m. Nov. 29 at Rolling Fork Christian Church three miles west of New Haven on KY 52. Mason has been called the “World’s Smallest Gospel Singer” because of his height of 46 inches.

    Mason has conducted more than 1,000 gospel music concerts at the Precious Moments Chapel Complex in Carthage, Mo.