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Religion

  • COLUMN: Don’t get hung up on numbers, preach the word

    After I was ordained and started preaching I thought that God would bless our church so much that we would have a big congregation.
    But you know, God had another idea. He did not think we were ready for a big congregation.
    The best thing about God is if you will listen to him, he always knows what is best.
    When we dedicated our church to God, we told him with a humble heart that we wanted him to be the leader of our church and we would follow him.
    The amazing thing is that Jesus sent the Holy Spirit to dwell in our church.

  • COLUMN: The message of Easter sounds all year round

    Easter reminds us of the resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, how he ascended up to Heaven and how he is coming again and receiving us so that we will go up to Heaven with him.

  • COLUMN: God can tackle the weeds of life

    I have never particularly been a yard person, but since we moved into our new house, I just want a good looking lawn.  So over the past two years I have worked pretty hard at keeping the grass green and the weeds down.  A little water and fertilizer works for the grass, but sadly it also works for the weeds!

  • COLUMN: The greatest news ever

    The word “gospel” (Old English for God’s spell) literally means “the story of God.”  It is the good news.  It is the message of hope, of peace and of grace — the message of salvation.  In 1 Corinthians 15:1-4, the Apostle Paul outlines the three parts of the gospel: the death, the burial, and the resurrection of Jesus Christ (for more, read 2 Cor. 4:4, Eph. 1:13, Rom. 1:16). The gospel was first on the lips of our Lord when he began his ministry: “The kingdom of God is at hand, repent and believe the gospel.”

  • PHOTO: Boel talks about his road to recovery

    WAVE 3 news reporter John Boel was the featured speaker during a youth rally at Spencer Christian Church last Thursday night where he spoke to young people about confronting substance abuse. Boel shared his story of recovery and encouraged the young people to seek help as early as possible if they see the warning signs of addiction in their lives.

  • COLUMN: When the winds of life blow, Jesus is a shelter from the storm

    When we moved into our new house, one of the first things we noticed was the wind.  It seems that there is always at least a breeze blowing where we live.  This is refreshing most times, but sometimes it can be aggravating, for example when it blew so hard it broke our storm door!

  • PHOTO: First Assembly of God helps out in Henryville

    A group from First Assembly of God poses for a picture in Henryville, Ind. The group met up with other Assembly of God churches from the area and traveled to Henryville to work with Samaritan’s Purse in the tornado cleanup efforts.

  • COLUMN: Living a generous life in the name of Christ

    A few weeks ago a series of devastating tornadoes hit communities in Kentucky and Indiana.  In just a few seconds, life changed dramatically for the families who live in those areas.  Homes and schools gone, lives turned upside down, in some cases lives lost.  My family survived a tornado several years ago and I know the physical and emotional toll it can take.

  • COLUMN: Jesus must be both savior and Lord

    Revelation 3:20 says, “Behold, I stand at the door and knock: if any man hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and will sup with him and he with me.”
    I believe many people have opened the door and invited Jesus in their heart, but many times they forget to make Jesus the lord of their life because they start thinking about a sin they cannot give up. If this happens, sin will devour you.

  • COLUMN: Columnist: Our nation is ‘not too far gone’