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Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died on Sept. 18, 2020. Her death, while met with memorials and sadness by many, primarily has created a firestorm over who will replace her. Given the election year timing of her death, political sides quickly divided on when and who should appoint …

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As we continue our consideration of loving selflessly, let’s turn to what St. John Paul II called utilitarianism.

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It was a delightful spring afternoon, King David was lounging around the palace with nothing to do. Typically, he would have been with his army, because this was the time of the year when kings go out to battle, but David stayed home.

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The Bible is not a written record of perfect people (except for Jesus). Throughout the entire book, God’s Word points out in painful detail the mistakes made by people of many different backgrounds.

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Last time, we began exploring the meaning of being made in the image of God, and through that our call to love selflessly. As we continue, let’s work from the idea that God had a conscious, deliberate plan in mind for your life and mine before we were born. This doesn’t negate free will, but…

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Harvest is here. Farmers are in the fields harvesting crops and will be gathering them for the next several months.

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Have you ever found it frustrating to talk to some people about what they believe? It is sometimes hard for people to express their beliefs because they are confused by what they have been taught.

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Let’s continue what we began last time, looking at the question of who God is for each of us.

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Our chickens have had it rough on the farm. We slowly lost our flock of birds to predators throughout the spring and summer. We got down to one rooster. He was all alone, wandering alone during the day and spending nights in the coop by himself. This rooster looked around and couldn’t find a…

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You’ve probably heard the story about the driver who put a note under the windshield wiper of a parked car. The note read, “I have just smashed into your car. The people who saw the accident are watching me. They think I’m writing down my name and address but I’m not.”

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Every religious tradition I can think of has some sort of creed or profession of faith, outlining the specifics of their tradition and what members are called to believe in. And certainly all those creeds will contain early mention of a divine central figure Christianity refers to as God.

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As our schools begin their new year, I invite you to join me in this petition to our Heavenly Father. I know there are many concerns, so let us not be “anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let (our) requests be made known to God” (Philippians 4:6).

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Northside Baptist Christian School teacher Denisha Webb welcomed Mary Chandler into her classroom Monday afternoon during a back to school/welcome event. The time allowed teachers to showcase to parents and students what a classroom would look like this year, including properly-spaced desks …

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2020 has been a rough year, but residents of Olten, Switzerland woke to a pleasant surprise recently —chocolate particles falling from the sky and covering the landscape.

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Time continues to pass, doesn’t it? We’re nearing six months of shutdowns due to virus concerns. School will start soon, in some form or another. In spite of it all, the world continues to spin, as it should.

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Think about for a moment the relationship with your spouse. Over the period of time you’ve been married, you have likely grown tremendously in your relationship. You can easily see how little you knew them when you were first married compared to now.

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The prophet Hosea wrote that Israel was sowing the wind and would reap the whirlwind (Hosea 8:7). The powerful and evocative image convicts Israel of having sown what was worthless and profitless, and thus reaping the same with interest. The harvest to follow would be one of violence and des…

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From my 12th floor perch at Panama City Beach last week (yes, we’re in quarantine after a trip we enjoyed and needed), I had time to reflect on vacations in general, and whether the lure of the beach has a deeper meaning. I mean, if we just wanted to play in the water there are opportunities…

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My first vehicle was a 1982 Chevy Custom Deluxe Pickup. It had a camper shell on it that I had no use for (plus I thought it was really ugly). I wanted to get rid of it. I ran an ad in the paper trying to give it away. “FREE for the taking.”

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Everything is being examined in our culture — from food brand names to faces on Mount Rushmore, nothing is beyond criticism. Universities are renaming buildings and statues are being placed in storage all because we are judging past heroes as unworthy of esteem.

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We teach children to let their “little Christian light” shine all around the neighborhood. Jesus said Christians are the “light of the world” (Matthew 5:14). I think we need to add an additional verse to the children’s hymn which currently speaks of hiding our light under a bushel or letting…

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Friday’s regular business had me pointed north and leaving Mayfield around midday. Suddenly, as my view of the horizon opened up, I was doing well not to run off the road as I witnessed a full gallery of transcendent beauty.

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It seems that no matter where Jesus went during His ministry, He caused a stir. More importantly, He led people to action. Those who observed His behavior and teaching were moved to do something. A great example of this is found in Mark 1. Notice how the people responded:

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“President Theodore Roosevelt was a man of action, but he was also a good listener, and he appreciated that quality in others. Once in a gala ball, he grew tired of meeting people who returned his remarks with stiff, mindless pleasantries. So he began to greet people with a smile, saying, “I…

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The Bible says that Jesus “presented Himself alive after His suffering by many convincing (infallible) proofs” (Acts 1:3).

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Unless you live in a cave (or even if you do), it’s not hard to look around and realize that this world desperately needs peacemakers.

The hunger for happiness is a driving force for most Americans. We assess our happiness to determine our future choices and decisions. We perceive everyone is happy, so we often feel guilty and depressed because we are not happy.

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If we’ve been paying attention, it is a verse we’ve read or heard any number of times through the years, tucked in among the early verses of Matthew 5:

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In times past, many deals and agreements were made with spoken words and a hand shake. Your word was considered “good enough” and you were expected to keep it. We have moved past that time in many ways. Although verbal agreements are considered a contract in some aspects, most business today…

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As members of Christian worshipping communities, we should share in the joy of our brothers and sisters and celebrate their happiness when they receive good news.

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Can you imagine how uncomfortable it would be in the stomach of a fish? It is hard to envision what that would feel like, yet this is precisely the place from which Jonah uttered his prayer in Jonah 2.

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When most people refer to the Bible as a puzzle they are talking about its mystery and difficulty, but I like to refer to it as a puzzle to illustrate how we come to understand it.

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Wouldn’t it be exciting to win a shopping spree at your favorite store? I remember years ago watching one take place on TV. The winners were only given a few minutes to accumulate as much merchandise as possible. Whatever they were able to get in that amount of time was theirs to keep. It wa…

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Michael Phelps has won 28 Olympic medals, of which 23 are gold medals. This is the most of any Olympian in any sport. Americans watched his Olympic races with excitement pulling for his victory.

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As we said our prayers, turned out the lights and crawled into bed Tuesday night, we wrapped up the first half of the year of our Lord 2020.

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Mankind longs to be free. For a lot of people, that means they will be able to do whatever they want. However, for many, its pursuit actually leads to greater oppression.

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As I begin this essay, the date is June 22, 2020. Somewhat humid on this Monday, with rain expected later. Another day in which we will do the best we can, and tonight, when we turn out the lights, this day will be filed in the annals of history, never to be repeated.

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Paul understood we would have worries and anxieties in this life. Paul himself dealt with many (2 Corinthians 11:16-29). We certainly have reasons to worry today.

Lori Renee Dublin, 55, died on Sunday, June 21, 2020 at Jackson Purchase Medical Center in Mayfield.

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Mayfield’s Ice House Gallery is showcasing religious artists’ and authors’ works at the second annual Religious Art Show.

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Hebrews 5 was addressed to Christians who should have been mature enough to teach others but they were still babes in Christ. They were like infants, lacking spiritual growth and in danger of discipline from the Lord. They were urged to get with it and grow up!

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Amid the turbulent times in which we’re living, there is a consistency to what we’re hearing, regardless of the issue being addressed.

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Companies that compete with others for customer dollars know the significance of protecting their name and reputation. Poor quality or rude service can cause profits to plunge.

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What is the latest debate going through social media? 2020 has had so many they seem to change daily.

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We’re being watched, you and I. Our actions, our words, our preferences and dislikes are under the microscope. We’re being watched closely.

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The Michael Jordan documentary “The Last Dance” was highly successful and introduced younger fans to Michael Jordan. It reignited on sports talk shows the discussion of who is the greatest basketball player of all-time. ESPN even produced a list of the top players of all-time.

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Many today think of God only in terms of His love and goodness but not many think about His holiness. Fewer still consider how that should impact them. Why is this?

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This is a topic I didn’t expect to be addressing this week, but after several days of protests and rioting across the nation, it is necessary to examine a virus plaguing the country.

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People often have a tendency to want to “help” God when He seems slow to do what they want or what He has promised.

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Every child learns the annoying game “Repeat” or “Copy Cat” at some point. They will repeat everything you say right after you say it.

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All of us can look at our lives, point to particular events, and say “things were different after that.” We can look at a new baby, the death of a loved one, a job change, any number of things.

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Daniel made up his mind to pray regularly. It resulted in him being thrown into the lions’ den (Daniel 6). Consider though how God answered his prayers.

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Back in the Louisville days, goodness me something like 30 years ago, I began teaching religious education classes for adults seeking to learn more about Catholicism. From time to time I would make the point, referring to various moments in mankind’s development, that world history and relig…

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We drive by them daily, maybe thousands of times, but don’t even know what they say or why they are there.

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A fairly recent device in the scheme of history that has really made a difference is the GPS. It has greatly changed the way many people do things in all areas of life; whether in work, travel or in play.