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Religion

  • COLUMN: Draw your self-confidence from God

     A certain amount of confidence is needed in life. Belief in what you are doing is very important. A good athlete who does not believe in his ability will sit on the bench beside the coach. A public speaker must believe in his message to be effective.

    Paul said, “Our competence comes from God” (2 Corinthians 3:4-5). He said that as Christians we are not to “think more highly of yourself than you ought” (Romans 12:3).

  • Church Calendar - March 11, 2015

     Coffman Family to sing at Union Band

    The Coffman Family of Danville will sing 11 a.m. March 15 at Union Band Baptist Church outside Howardstown. Lunch will be served after the service.

     

    Faithful Citizenship luncheon

  • COLUMN: Let Jesus pilot your ship

    Worry and stress. Aren't we all acquainted with those emotions? That is the bad news, but the good news is that we can handle them.

    It may surprise you to know that the Bible, which is filled with the creation of the universe, Heaven and Hell, the death and resurrection of Jesus, also speaks of a human emotion - worry.

    Jesus said in Matthew 6:31, "Do not worry, saying, 'What shall we eat?' or 'What shall we drink?' or 'What shall we wear?'"

  • Baptists see rise in baptisms, donations

    LOUISVILLE – Southern Baptist churches in Kentucky baptized more than 14,000 people last year, a turning point for the state’s largest religious organization that had been in a gradual decline for the past decade.

    The state’s 2,400 churches also reported an overall increase in membership, another sign that 2014 may have been a watershed year for the 750,000-member Kentucky Baptist Convention.

  • Church Calendar - March 4, 2015

    Faithful Citizenship luncheon

    The Faithful Citizenship luncheon will be noon to 1 p.m. March 17 at St. Thomas Parish Center, 870 Thomas Lane, Bardstown. Cindy Hutchins will speak on “Felony Expungement, One Family’s Story.” There is no charge to attend. Bring a brown bag lunch, drinks will be provided. For more information and to make a reservation, contact the sponsor, Catholic Charities Nazareth office at 502-331-4545, or Sister Mary Schmuck, RSM, at schmuckrsm@scnazarethky.org.

  • Touch Points: Our friends need our prayers

    I have three friends who are going through a difficult time. One is in the hospital with double pneumonia, one just had knee replacement surgery, and another, as well as her friend, are going to have kidney transplant surgery. One friend is donating her kidney to another. All of these asked me to pray for them.
    The Bible speaks of a friendship between David and Jonathan. Their friendship is one of the deepest and closest recorded in the Bible (I Samuel 18:1-4). We each are committed to God, not just each other. True friends will draw closer together when problems come.

  • COLUMN: Daily think on things above

    Hopefully you read last week’s devotion because I want to expand on what Paul said to the Christians in Colossians 3:1-4. He says, “Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above ... Set your minds on things above…”

    He uses an imperative ... “set.” The Christian is to seek heaven. We are to think of heaven. Paul realized that you change your actions when you change your thinking and beliefs. In due course your actions will change. So the Apostle wanted us to give a large place in our thoughts to heaven.

  • Our current life determines our destiny

    Our destiny for the afterlife is determined here and now on this earth while we are alive. Our only hope of heaven is dependent upon what we do with Jesus Christ.

    Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life” (John 14:6). When we accept Christ as our savior, we make a reservation for heaven. Someone said, “Without Christ life is a hopeless end.”

  • TOUCH POINTS: Rather, be happy

    Webster's Dictionary defines happiness as fortunate, having, displaying, or marked by pleasure or joy.

    Happiness is temporary because it is based on external circumstances.

    Would success, money, power, make you happy?  Maybe, for a short time. 

    We could have everything we wanted in this life, and still be miserable.

  • COLUMN: Less strife in a Christ-filled life

    Do you ever have stress in your life? It would really be better to say “when” you have stress, problems or pain. These will come.

    Life is stressful or stress-filled. It is caused by any number of situations: health problems, raising children, financial difficulties. The list could go on and on.