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Religion

  • COLUMN: Feeling spiritually alone?

    It’s the middle of January. Christmas is over and the bills are due.  New Year is well on its way and some of our resolutions have already fallen.  We leave for work in the morning and it is dark, we get home at night and the sun is already setting.  And for some people it is all they can do to keep going.

  • COLUMN: ‘Tebowing’ not just the latest craze

    The Denver Broncos starting quarterback, and Heisman Trophy winner, Tim Tebow, may not have succeeded in another win against the New England Patriots on Saturday, but fans are still praying – and thousands more as well.
    It is nothing new to see a quarterback drop to one knee after a snap – but it is an entirely different thing to see him kneel and pray. “Tebowing” is a word used to describe this “taking a knee” in prayer and has officially entered the English language and has been added to the American lexicon.

  • COLUMN: Pray for those who reject the call of Christ

    This morning I was thinking about the first article I wrote on the church page in the Spencer Magnet. It was about the rich man and Lazarus, the beggar.
    As we look at the gospel of Luke 16:19 we see Lazarus, the beggar, died and was carried by the angels to Abraham’s bosom, which was in heaven, and we see the rich man also died and was buried.

  • COLUMN: Is God part of your every day story?

    A couple of weeks ago my wife and I took a vacation. Along the way, like most people, we took a lot of pictures. With new digital cameras it is easy to take tons of pictures, even though we may only print a few.
    I bet you probably have vacation pictures around somewhere, or wedding pictures, maybe pictures of a birthday party or some other special event. Those pictures tell us stories from our lives, of special people, special places, special days. Photographs can trigger memories and evoke emotions. We remember how warm the sun was, or how much we laughed.

  • COLUMN: Make living for Christ a priority in 2012

    As we leave 2011 and go into 2012, I would like to praise the Lord for being so good to Roberta and myself. I am 82 and she is 79 and God is with us. He has blessed us so much.
    Some days are better than others, but as far back as I can remember it has always been like that. The amazing thing about living a life with God is that he makes you realize that no matter what comes your way, you can weather the storm through his love. When we take Jesus into our life we no longer live our life for ourselves, but live it for him.

  • Spencer Christian Church announces new Saturday night service

    Spencer Christian Church is announcing the addition of a new Saturday worship service beginning Jan. 7 at 5:30 p.m.  
    According to a news release, church leaders have been praying and discussing the need for an alternate time of worship for those who are unable to make a Sunday morning service.  
    Associate Minister, Ivan Spencer said, “We are so in love with Jesus that we want to offer solutions and remove barriers that hinder people from experiencing God and loving Jesus.”  

  • COLUMN: Doing the Lord’s work, at any age

    I was talking to one of my daughters the other day, after she read one of my articles in the paper. She said, “Dad, you probably made a lot of people mad with that article.” My reply — “Maybe so, but I preached it in my church and everyone came back the next Sunday.”
    I only preach and write what God lays on my heart, and one thing is for sure, I am going to stay true to God regardless of what he tells me to do.

  • PHOTO: A live look at the Christmas story

    Members of Spencer County High School’s FCA helped remind visitors to the annual FFA Toy Show about the true meaning of Christmas with this living nativity scene set up in front of the high school Friday night.

  • COLUMN: Defeat Satan through the grace of Jesus

    As we look at how deceiving Satan really is, if we do not stay prayed up and stay in the word of God, he will devour us, because the only way we can defeat him is through Jesus Christ.
    I believe the first thing we have to learn in the battle with Satan is that it’s a long way from our heads to our hearts.
    By saying this, if we do not watch, we will fall into one of Satan’s traps. We will be trying to defeat him on our own strength and if we try to figure out where he is coming from without the grace of God that is exactly what he wants us to do.

  • COLUMN: No more hiding from God

    We have a dog, she’s pretty big, weighs about 65 pounds and she may still be growing!  Anyway, like most dogs she is sensitive to our moods and she seems to know when she is in trouble. The funny thing is sometimes she knows she is in trouble before we do.  When that happens she sort of hides out from us.  There is a little corner in the basement and she’ll peek out from behind a chair to see how much trouble she is in.  When she does that we start looking for a puddle somewhere or for something she has chewed up.