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Religion

  • Lincoln took inspiration from the Bible

    The faith of Abraham Lincoln is best expressed in the phrase he coined, “one nation under God.” He was inspired by the Bible and by God’s direction in his life and the country’s life.

    God is mentioned in many of Lincoln’s speeches. In 1861 when Lincoln left Springfield for Washington, he said at the train depot, “Without the assistance of that Divine Being ... I cannot succeed. With that assistance, I cannot fail.”

  • Church calendar

    Day of Prayer

    Dr. Ruth Redel will be  guest speaker at the World Day of Prayer Service noon March 6 at Central Avenue Baptist Church, 401 Central Ave., Elizabethtown. For more information, contact Linda Funk at 737-2929

    .Free dinner and movie

  • What are your views on God’s love?

    A survey was conducted among some 4- to 8-year-olds as to their “views on love.” The following would represent some answers they gave: “Love is when a girl puts on perfume and a boy puts on shaving lotion and they go out and smell each other.”

    We all have our ideas about love, but the best ones come from God. Paul in Romans 12:9-10 tells us that love is a matter of doing something. He says, “don’t just pretend you love someone. Really love them and have genuine affection.”

  • The Christian’s joy will last

    The joy of the Lord and the joy that the world gives are very different. The world’s joy is artificial, is not real and is on the outside. Booze, drugs, clothes, cars, stocks and bonds are outward things. The fleeting joy they bring does not last.

    Jesus said, “I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly” (John 10:10). He came that we might have this joy to the full. It is a joy that the world does not give, nor can it take the joy away. This is a joy where God is at the center of life and is in control.

  • Maintain unity through the spirit

    “By one spirit we were all baptized into one body.” I Corinthians 12:13

    Mark Twain joked about putting a dog and cat together in a cage to see how they would get along.

    They did fine so he added a bird, a pig and a goat.

    They did fine until he added a Baptist and a Catholic – and soon there wasn’t a living thing left.

    Seriously, there’s nothing Satan enjoys more than causing division by pitting Christian against Christian, often over insignificant issues.

  • Don’t be afraid of life’s changes

    “Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life.” Psalm 23:6

  • Crown him Lord of all

    One day in the jungle a lion with a big ego went around asking the other animals who the king of the jungle was. The lion roared at the monkey, “Who is the king of the jungle?”

    The monkey with fear in his voice said, “Why you are, Mr. Lion.”

    The lion went and found the zebra. “Who is the king of the jungle?” 

    “There is no doubt about it. You are, Mr. Lion.”

  • Keep learning and growing

    “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge” Hosea 4:6

    Outside Harvard, America’s oldest university, founded shortly after the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock, there is a commemorative inscription that reads, “After God carried us safe to New England … one of the … things we longed for and looked for and looked after was to advance learning … dreading to leave an illiterate ministry to the churches when our present ministers … lie in dust.”

  • We must not be ignorant

    During a board meeting in a small mountain church, one of the deacons said, “Preacher, I think we need a chandelier in the church.” Another deacon spoke up, “No, I’m against it. Nobody in the church can spell it. Nobody can play it. What we need in this church is more light.”

  • Grace transforms, uplifts in a hostile environment

    Jephthah, the son of a streetwalker, was born out of wedlock. Raised in a hostile, abusive environment, he eventually was thrown out of the house and became a rebel gang leader. But things changed when the Israelites needed a guy with guts to defeat the Ammonites. They told Jephthah, “Come. Be our chief … and you may become head over … Gilead” Judges 11:6-8. So, true to form, he led them to victory and became their leader. You can read his story in Judges, Chapter 11-12.