• Let the Master’s hand guide you

    The story is told about an ambitious mother who once took her young son to hear a piano concert by a master piano player. The young boy had been taking lessons but was not as excited about a future in the instrument as his mother was. The mother and son entered the auditorium and found their seats just a couple of rows back from the stage.

    In her excitement, mom began to chatter with all the people seated around her. Her young son quickly became bored. Looking around however, he did find something which drew his interest.

  • How amazing is grace

    Few songs are more recognizable to Christians than “Amazing Grace.” It is a fixture in many worship services and funerals. But what exactly is grace, and why is it so amazing? Sadly, some Christians struggle to answer those questions. All they seem to know about grace is that it is something they can fall from. Therefore, it is important that we take a close look at this topic.

  • Church Happenings - Week of January 6

    Concert featuring Sunday Drive at First Baptist Church

    A free Gospel music concert featuring Sunday Drive will be offered on Sunday, January 10 at 6 p.m. at First Baptist Church in Taylorsville.

    Winter clothes drive

    Winter weather is here and many people are not as fortunate as others. They need basic items such as coats, hats, gloves, socks, scarves, blankets and sleeping bags.

  • A resolution revolution

    Do you make New Year’s resolutions? A lot of us do, but making them and keeping them are two different things aren’t they? Maybe we are approaching this whole thing the wrong way!

    It is one thing to resolve to lose 10 or 15 pounds, but what if you need to lose 40 or 50 or even more? Most of us would like to save a little money, but what if you have $10,000 in credit card debt plus a car payment? It’s hard to set aside for savings when we are barely making our regular payments!

  • Remembering when Hollywood liked Christmas and marriage

    A few days before Christmas, I checked the schedule for Turner Classic Movies, one of the few TV channels I watch. I was looking for Christmas movies, maybe the 1938 Reginald Owen version of “A Christmas Carol” or something like that - something for the family. I was pleased to find three favorites back-to-back that I’ve seen with my wife and daughters, all nice Christmas romances - and all with a similar happy ending.

  • Church Happenings - Week of December 30

    Gospel Sing at Old Gospel Barn

    There will be a Gospel Singing and Pray-in on New Year’s Eve at the Cumbos Old Gospel Barn beginning at 7:30 p.m. on December 31. Featured groups will include the Common Creek Band, Nichols Church Band, The Samaritans, Shelton and the Cumbos. The event is free and everyone is invited. Cumbos Old Gospel Barn is located 11286 Louisville Road in Cox’s Creek.

    Sunday Drive in Concert at First Baptist Church

  • Why the shepherds?

    I have always been interested in the nativity story. Joseph and Mary making the long journey from Nazareth to Bethlehem for the Roman census has always piqued my interest. Why couldn’t the Inn Keeper find someplace for Mary and Joseph on the night Jesus was born? Did Bethlehem as a whole miss the birth of the King of Kings? Didn’t anyone show up to assist this young couple who was forced to use a manger for a cradle?

  • Church Happenings - Week of December 23

    Community Christmas Eve Service

    A Community Christmas Eve Candlelight Service will be held at the Taylorsville United Methodist Church at 11 p.m. on December 24. The offering will go to the benevolent fund of the Spencer County Ministerial Association. The church is located on Main Street.

    Christmas Eve services at Spencer Christian Church

    Spencer Christian Church will be conducting Christmas Eve services onThursday involving special music and a short message. Two service times are planned, one at 4:30 p.m. and another at 6 p.m.

  • The true Spirit of Christmas

    This year it will come in many forms. It may be a version of Dickens’ classic “Christmas Carol,” when the ghosts of Christmas wake Scrooge up to the Spirit of the season. It may be a Hallmark movie, or the newest version of “The Santa Claus,” encouraging us to believe again in Santa. Or maybe it will be George Banks reliving his “Wonderful Life,” and discovering how love, self-sacrifice, community and family are so vital.

  • The reason for the Season