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Religion

  • 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.

  • COLUMN: Will you see what God has prepared for you?

    “But it is written, eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man the things which God hath prepared for them that love him” (1 Corinthians 2:9).
    As I look at this verse in the Bible, one thing is for sure, I am going to see what God has prepared for me. One question: are you going to see what God has prepared for you? Many times while speaking in churches and traveling in different states, I have heard many things said from people who claim to be Christian.
    Here are some:

  • COLUMN: Surprise attack

    Many will not realize it, but today is an important day. Many will pass this day without a thought, but somehow it always sticks with me.  Though it happened before I was born, Dec. 7, 1941 is a day that lives in my memory.  

  • COLUMN: Columnist says the Lord is his source for ultimate strength

    I went through the bank windows and had a check made out to my wife and wanted to cash it. The teller told me if I wanted to get it cashed, I would have to sign it, too. Of course it was no big deal, so I signed it. When she brought me the cash, I said, “When we married 52 years ago we became one.”
    In Matthew 19 it says, “We do become one flesh,” when the Pharisees were asking Jesus about putting away your wife.

  • PHOTO: Fun at the All Saints Holiday Bazaar

    Mandy Crenshaw, of Mandy & Me Designs, watches as Betty Prater tries to make a decision on which piece of jewelry to purchase. Crenshaw was one of 22 vendors who participated in the ninth annual Holiday Bazaar held at All Saints Catholic Church and sponsored by the Knights of Columbus.