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Religion

  • COLUMN: Do you want your treasures stored in heaven?

  • COLUMN: Are you living a life worth following?

    “Preach the word: be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears. And they shall turn away their ears from the truth and shall be turned unto fables. But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry” (2 Timothy 4:2-5).

  • COLUMN: The Easter message is a simple truth

    Sometimes we make things so difficult.  We take the simple and wrap it up in complicated explanations.  We use big words where little ones will do.  And as pastors, sometimes we’ll throw in a little Greek or Hebrew just for fun!
    This time of year we can see the simple truth of God’s plan for us very clearly.  It is simply written in the difference between Friday and Sunday.  It is just a little difference that makes all the difference in the world.

  • Last Supper portrayed at Fisherville Baptist

    First Baptist Church of Fisherville will present its Last Supper pageant at 7 p.m. on Maundy Thursday, April 21.  There is no admission charge and childcare will be provided.
    The drama will be in full costume with complete staging, lights and music.  Each disciple will share his experience and relationship to Jesus.  The portrayal of the Last Supper then follows. The disciples are all members of The First Baptist Church of Fisherville.

  • COLUMN: Standing in the gap

    I enjoy sports, I guess football, baseball and basketball are my favorites.  And they all have something in common. The best teams know how to play defense, they fill in the gaps.  On a football team, closing the gaps quickly means that the running back can’t make a big gain.  In basketball, filling the gaps means shifting so the other team doesn’t get an easy layup.  In baseball, the infield shifts to cover the gaps so that the batter doesn’t get an easy hit.

  • COLUMN: Is the Lord among us?

    The Bible is a book about God – who God is and what He wants.  Exodus follows the same pattern – it is a book about God.  The message is simple: God is good. He is good and what He does is good. Every chapter speaks of the very hand of God throughout the deliverance and journeys of Israel.  Exodus 17:1-16 records two such events: water from a rock and the first battle with Amalek.  But Israel turned a question of God’s presence into an accusation of God’s neglect.
    God’s presence isn’t determined by our circumstances.

  • COLUMN: Remembering the Sabbath is a commandment, not an option

    I use the King James Version Bible. This year was the 400th anniversary. The reason I use it is I trust the people who translated it 400 years ago more than I do the people who come out with all of the new versions today.
    Today, I would like to write about one of the 10 commandments, which is sinned against more in our country that any other. I really believe this.
    First of all, I want you to look at 1 John 2:4: “He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments is a liar, and the truth is not in him.”

  • COLUMN: Are you living luke warm?

    “Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure” (Philippians 2:12-13, King James Version).

  • COLUMN: Taking a break is biblical

    Sometimes it seems that life is like a runaway train.  It’s going too fast to jump off and it is just too big to stop.  You look down the track and before you know it birthdays and anniversaries blow by. 
    The work week flies and Friday night bumps into Monday morning so fast that you wonder if you really had a weekend.
    Do you ever just want to stomp on the brakes as hard as you can so you can stop for a few minutes?  Just take a break, catch your breath? 

  • COLUMN: How about a little respect?

    Have you noticed how disrespectful we are these days? Simple civility and courtesy seem to have been forgotten. From the drivers that cut us off on the highway to the department store clerks that just grunt when we say hello, disrespect for others just flows through our society.
    I see it a lot in children, but let’s face it, parents often are not much better. It seems that we have lost the ability to show respect.