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If you had the opportunity to go and hear Socrates, Plato, Aristotle or Jesus, which would you go to hear? Of course, that would never have been an actual possibility since these Greek philosophers lived around 400 years before Christ.

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You may have heard about the fellow who wanted to buy a new sofa. He went to the furniture store and started looking around. The salesman came out and answered a few questions.

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What are you living for in your few years here on this earth? Wealth, influence or fame?

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It was a Sunday morning, more or less 25 years ago in Louisville. I was staring at our three kids, ages seven, five and one, realizing the stark truth that if we were going to make it to church, it was up to me to make it happen.

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We all enjoy watching sports bloopers where someone drops the ball or falls down running to first base. Maybe we laugh because it is such a reminder of our own clumsiness. Everyone has fallen down, tripped up, or mishandled the ball.

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What would life be like if you could see how all of the various events in your life would unfold?

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How do we prepare ourselves for church? That’s a trickier, more involved question than we might first think, and more important, because there is a difference between experiencing a service and simply attending one. The difference between the two could lie in how we get ourselves ready for worship.

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My records indicate this is my 240th article to be printed in the Mayfield Messenger since April 2015. This is my last article.

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Travel back with me to the first Pentecost and join the apostles, staying behind secured doors and trying to get their heads around all that had happened in recent days.

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Have you ever developed a nagging cough which wouldn’t go away? We often start by trying to ignore it. After all, maybe it will go away on its own. Then you decide to get out the cough medicine. Finally, if that doesn’t do it, you usually have to go to the doctor.

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Instead of love, money or fame, we should desire the truth! Just imagine the difference it would make in our world if that subject was heard as often as the many advertisements we hear for other matters. Think of the difference in politics if truth was placed above all else!

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People who have not really embraced the Christian life are sometimes pretty easy to identify, especially in their reaction to difficult times. They look at tragic events like mass shootings and terrorist acts and in exasperation, cry out, “How can we believe in a God who would let this happen?”

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According to the research of Felix Just, a reliable source for biblical questions, there are more than 140 instances in the Bible in which people are directly told not to be afraid.

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When we think of the cross today, we view it as a jagged, wooden instrument used in putting to death Jesus Christ our Savior. Yet before His followers had even a slight idea that Jesus would die by that manner, Jesus spoke of the cross.

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Let’s continue thinking about the question I proposed last time, on why we bother with going to church. First of all, it is certainly true that someone can have a profound religious experience anywhere, any time. God is not physically restricted from acting whenever He chooses. The key is wh…

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If you were to venture out on the ocean very far, you need to know some important details to be successful: your location, your destination, and your course. By referring to a map and using a compass, you can end up where you want to go.

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Above: Ice House Director Nanc Gun looks at a painting by Ruby Tebelak that won the Best in Show award at the Religious Art Show on April 16. Teblak’s work, which depicts a mother and her child sharing a loving moment, won the artist $200.

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What is faith? We hear the term “faith” used so very much today. From discussions about different types of faith to one’s personal faith. The term certainly has different meanings depending upon context and usage.

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Through the generosity of a St. Joseph parishioner, I recently came into possession of three missals (Catholic worship aids/prayer books), all in the range of 70 years old.

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It’s easy to see that we live “in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation” (Philippians 2:15). We are frequently reminded that we live in a sinful world by our own tendencies, by headlines on television or in the newspaper, and by a society that is growing more accustomed to immoralit…

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Over the past four days, Kentucky Baptist Convention leaders have been sharing with pastors and leaders the need to revive revivals, an effective but seemingly seldom-used evangelistic tool, in their churches.

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Community service has taken on a whole new meaning with Graves County High School’s JROTC program lending a much needed hand to Operation Not 1 Missed food ministry.

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Where has common courtesy gone? In an age of smart phones, ear pods, and rushing to the next appointment, do we have time for courtesy?

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It is astonishing to think how Job must have felt! One day he seemed to have everything, then suddenly everything was taken away. He lost his family, his wealth, his health, and he even became alienated from his wife and friends.

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Reading the Bible is always a profound experience, but sometimes profound in its simplicity. Following is a jewel from I Peter 3:

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If you and I had been among the early Christians forced to leave Jerusalem because of persecution (Acts 8:1), what would we have said to our new neighbors? Would I have talked about how much I missed the church where I used to go? Perhaps I would have said nothing at all because of fear.

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I was within two feet of them, but it may as well have been 100 miles. They were so locked in on each other, I was barely noticed. In the past, I had sometimes let it bother me, but now, by God’s grace, I realized that this was okay.

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I am loving these beautiful spring days! We have been blessed with some great weather recently. While I enjoyed the snow for a brief period, I much prefer the beauty of a warm spring day.

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An Easter display of three wooden crosses, purple stole and signs declaring a risen Christ stand alongside Ky. 131 between Kaler and Symsonia, giving passers-by something to reflect upon as they continue on their journey.

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A Community Good Friday Church Service will be held at the Wingo Baptist Church at 7 p.m. Brother R.B. Mayes will be speaking.

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Samuel was a man of great character who appeared when Israel desperately needed such a man. Israel was ruled by God but Samuel was God’s prophet who judged the people. He performed his duties with skill and dedication to both God and the people.

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It seems there is some benefit to examining the question — what type of resurrected body did Jesus have?

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The strong local ties of faith will once again connect to the vibrant local art scene as the Ice House Gallery will present its third Religious Art Show.

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New Pathways for Children has hired David Simmons for the newly-created role of Director of Development and Marketing in an effort to expand strategically and serve more children in need.

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Melber Baptist Church, located at 2672 Highway 1820, will hold an Easter egg hunt with inflatables for ages 2-12 at the church on March 27 from 10 a.m.-noon.

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In Matthew 5:13, Jesus told His followers that they were to be the “salt of the earth.” In the ancient world, salt had many uses. Salt was known for its ability to preserve food. Without salt, meat and fish would quickly ruin.

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In the 12th chapter of Mark, Jesus is called upon to identify the greatest commandment. He answers with two, the second being, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”

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If you’ve ever read the short book of Nahum, you’re likely to think that it’s not very uplifting. That’s because Nahum spoke of the destruction of Assyria and its capital city Nineveh.

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Praying is hard. There is no secret formula or proven technique to make prayer easy and effective. Prayer doesn’t turn God into a “genie in a bottle.” Prayer is not a vending machine, where we pop in the right amount and get what we want. Prayer is about a relationship. Prayer is a child tal…

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Much has been made over the last several weeks about social media censorship. The term “cancel culture” has been thrown around by political talking heads, complaining about perceived threats to free speech. Those complaining about censorship tend to want to say or publish whatever they want …

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The prophet Isaiah emphasized the rebellious behavior of the people of Israel in the first chapter of his book.

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Imagine that you and two of your close friends are alone with your trusted spiritual director. While together, you witness a clearly supernatural one-of-a-kind event involving your mentor.

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A family in England is being scolded by local authorities for camping just inches from a 280 feet sheer drop. To add to the concern, the area was experiencing landslides due to wet conditions and they were camped at a perilous location.

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Jacquelyn Kruger believes in miracles. She’s seen them happen before her eyes. Now to help spread the gospel, she has penned a daily devotional book that focuses on the miraculous acts God performed in the Bible and in people’s everyday lives.

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As Sunday turned from morning to afternoon, the temperature climbed and the snow retreated, revealing more and more of my soggy yard and the spring cleanup it will need (we look forward to it). And so ended several days of frightfully cold weather, hopefully winter’s last stand.

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Be one another’s best friend! This is wise and helpful marriage advice. Your spouse should be your best friend. You should share the joys and struggles of life together. You should spend time together, talk about everything, and share common interests.

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Man often thinks that if only he were rich and famous, then he would finally be content. Too often we look with envy at those who are celebrities, thinking how much better our own lives would be if that were us.

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Our community has experienced a significant snow fall this past week. Before the snow began falling, my farm lot had been muddy and messy. The barn lot was a mess with no grass left from the summer. The ground was chewed up with hoof prints, manure, and hay. But then the snow hit.