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Religion

  • The hard truths and soft lies

    Did you ever see movies about the flying contraptions that were tried before the Wright Brothers came along?  Some looked like they would shake themselves apart; others looked like bird suits so people would crash as they flew off of cliffs.  That is an example of the hard truth and the danger of the soft lie.

  • Little Union honors widows

    Little Union Baptist Church had its annual Widow’s Valentine Breakfast on Feb. 19 at Ryan’s in Louisville. Pictured front row, kneeling, are Melinda Pulliam, Kassidy Pulliam, Zach Pulliam, Ethan Herndon and Phyllis Helton. Pictured second row, seated, are Alberta Gritton, Margie Bowman, Oneita Moore and Evelyn Bowman. Pictured third row, standing, are Linda Shelton, Babe Jackson, Carolyn Pulliam, Esther Jenne, Kitty Essex, Billie Joyce Ellis, Nell Frye, Amy Gordon, Stacy Helton and Darlese Pulliam. Pictured top are Donna Keeling, Yvonne Hardin and Lola Sipes.

  • God can shed light and warmth on the dark, cold nights of life

    when life seems like a dreary winter day. It is grey, cheerless, and bitterly cold. The sun hides its face for days on end and the cold seems to seep into both bones and heart. Perhaps you have had those times.

  • To God be the glory, alone.

    In a moment of victory, Greg Jennings, wide receiver for the Green Bay Packers told a national audience that the glory belongs to God alone after his team won back the Lombardi Trophy at the 45th annual Super Bowl.

    Jennings, catching four passes for 64 yards, scored two touchdowns in the biggest football game of his life.

  • Gifts of thought, not convenience!

    Are you ready for the big day? If you are male you probably don’t even know what I am talking about. If you are a woman, you have probably already thought about sharing a romantic Valentine’s Day. Now I realize that is a generalization perhaps colored by my own experiences, but it seems generally true to me that men struggle with expressing love in ways that women really appreciate.

  • The Lord wants our obedience, not our excuses

    By Patrick Nix, Pastor, Lighthouse Baptist Church

    Exodus 3:1-4:17 records the calling of Moses. The burning bush experience was one of revelation of God as the Great I Am to a reluctant leader. The key to understanding this passage is: trust! God believed in Moses as his man – and Moses needed to learn to trust God wholly – and the people of God would grow in their faith, too. God doesn’t call us to tasks too difficult for him. Oftentimes, what the Lord asks of us is nearly impossible to us, but not for him!

  • Cherish the challenges God sends your way

    By Pastor Jon Rohr of Plub Creek Baptist Church

    Many of the blessings in life are easy to see, and many we take for granted. Perhaps you have heard the hymn, “Count Your Blessings.” You know how it goes, “Count your blessings name them one by one...” From time to time I have challenged churches and groups to make a list of 100 blessings and then to thank the Lord for them. You might even try it this week. With a list that long, you will get past the things everybody says, like friends and family.

  • Out in the cold?

    This past week the expression “out in the cold” has really meant something.

    With temperatures in the single digits and snow covering the ground, I don’t think I want to be left out in the cold. Between the wind whipping into every little crease in my clothes, the snow blowing in my face, or the slippery ice under my feet, it can be downright uncomfortable.

  • God new, and he still knows today

    The main theme of Exodus 2:23-25 is the providence of God. God knew – and he still does! He heard the cry and groans of his people, He cared about their suffering, and he knew just how to deliver them.

  • The dreaded W-2 surprise

    Have you received your W-2 yet? That little slip of paper is always so surprising. Not surprised at getting it, surprised at what it says about us. It is just a simple piece of paper that tells us how much we made last year. It reports a few other things too, but it is the income surprise that always catches me.