It seems to me that generally people used to believe the Bible was a pattern for their lives. When someone wanted to know how they should live, act or worship, they would look to God's Word for what it said. When someone wanted to know what to do in order to be saved, they would at least wan…

We all love to sit down to a good meal. Whatever our favorite food, we really look forward to enjoying the things we love.

Lou Holtz, the football coach, quipped, "My athletes always follow my advice . . . unless it conflicts with what they want to do."

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New Hope Baptist 'Homecoming & Singing'

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In the third chapter of Paul's letter to the Colossians, Christianity's first theologian urges readers to "seek the things that are above" and not get wrapped up in worldly matters.

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Two more terrible mass shooting happened this past weekend. But shootings are not our only suffering. This past week a family buried their two year old who drowned in a swimming pool. A rare form of cancer strikes a young father and effective youth minister. Natural disasters strike across t…

Bethlehem UMC 'Back to School Bash'

Dwight Eisenhower, the future World War II Supreme Commander and U.S. President, was only 10. It was Halloween night and he desperately wanted to go out trick-or-treating with his older brothers, but his parents said no. He argued fiercely for permission to go, but to no avail.

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It is one of the most commonplace of human activities. There are no requirements concerning age, strength or special abilities, but it is impossible to do without the help of another.

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Knob Creek hosting gospel meeting

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Keeping with a summer theme, The Apostolics of Mayfield First United Pentecostal Church references Jesus on its sign along West Tucker Road.

Trace Creek Baptist Church near Mayfield capped off a busy week with some special deliveries to local families Saturday, after an army of volunteers worked daily to give 200 children a good place to sleep at night.

McKameys group to sign at Hazel church

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Recently, I had the opportunity to sit with a nice elderly lady and she was sharing with me about her health issues and other concerns. Suddenly, she stopped and wanted to know if she could ask me a serious question.

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From its beginnings in 1868 to the present, St. James AME Church has lived up to its status as a "community church." Members have opened their arms and the church's doors to non-members, and likewise the community has opened its arms to the church.

The marquee at New Vision Missionary Baptist Church, at 610 Macedonia Rd., gives Adam and Eve a good "ribbing."

Dr. Milton C. West, who has served as a minister in churches throughout western Kentucky and the southeast, has been called to be the senior minister at First Christian Church, Disciples of Christ, in Mayfield. Dr. West will be filling the pulpit after the recent retirement of the Rev. Dr. B…

A mother in England is suing a British hospital for "wrongful birth" desiring $250,000 for the cost of raising the child. Her son was born with Down syndrome. She claims the hospital did not provide her with the proper screening as she desired an abortion.

Those of us who are married have learned the closer we are to our spouse, the more sacred and meaningful our love becomes. When we listen, laugh, cry and reveal our most secret thoughts, hopes and concerns, this is an important part of learning to trust and know them.

Continuing our consideration of natural law, our next stop is to heed the concerns of Bishop Robert Barron about what he feels society has forgotten.

'I AM' Conference planned in Pryorsburg

Most Bible students are familiar with the story of the transfiguration -- it is the time when Christ's face shines like the sun and his clothes radiate white on a mountain top (Matt. 17:1-9; Mark 9:2-10; Luke 9:28-37). Moses and Elijah appear on the mountain to speak with Jesus about his com…

As the cobwebs slowly lift from my escape to the beaches of Florida, we need to continue our examination of natural law, a foundational component of a truly thriving society.

Joshua and Caleb were ready to conquer the promised land. But 10 other leaders who had gone with them to spy out the land feared the Canaanites. They encouraged Moses and the people of Israel to not invade the land. Their reasoning is seen in their statement: "We seemed to ourselves like gra…

His birth name was Joseph, but you likely know him as Barnabas. Barnabas was his nickname given to him by the Apostles because it means "son of encouragement" (Acts 4:36). He was so encouraging and energizing that they gave him that title or nickname!

Last time we talked about the reasoning that man often uses in religion. The reality is, there are only two sources of authority. Either it comes from Heaven (God) or it comes from man (Matthew 21:25). Some practice may make one feel happy and satisfied, but if it's not approved of by God th…

A couple of headlines this Tuesday morning made me question whether I was seeing straight.

Some growing is easy! A child doesn't have to think to make themselves add on inches to their height. For most of us adults growing around the waistline happens much easier than we want!

Joseph dreamed two visions when he was a teen that his father and brothers would bow down to him one day.

AUSTIN, Texas -- Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has signaled he will sign legislation that Republicans say is a defense of Chick-fil-A and religious freedom, but gay lawmakers sometimes tearfully railed against it on the House floor as a license to discriminate.

It's graduation season! Congratulations to all of our graduates. Graduation signals not only an ending, but a beginning. High school graduation is the launching of new adventures and new responsibilities. Starting is easy, finishing is hard! An education is a great start, but success comes f…

There are only two sources of authority. Either it comes from Heaven (God) or it comes from man (Matthew 21:25). One is right and the other is not. The apostle Paul equates man's traditions with the world and contrasts that with the way of Christ (Col. 2:8).

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I had lunch with a middle-age couple the other day and they were sharing about a crisis situation they are struggling with. The stress has been building for quite some time and the heavy burden of trying to deal with this is taking a toll.

I have one small tree that grows on my pond bank. I have cut it down before, but because the roots are still there it comes back and grows quickly. It doesn't really bother me that it is growing. It is not in a place where the roots will damage the pond and I have just let it grow. I know I …

I received a letter the other day from a reader who wanted to know more about praying for miracles and how long a person should keep asking. My first response is to ask, "Just how serious are you about receiving your request?"

In 1996, Josh Clark wanted to give people easy victories so they could find joy in jogging. What an ambitious goal! After persevering through several failed attempts he had learned to enjoy jogging and the benefits that came with it.

I had a solid white male lamb die unexpectedly this past week. He appeared to be a perfect little lamb without spot or blemish. But he died. He lay on a clump of hay. His lifeless body in the exposed sun motionless. From a distance he looked like he was just taking a nap in the sun. You coul…

We have arrived at the darkest day of the year for believers in God.

Whether I write at home or at my parish office, behind my chair sit a fairly large number of books.

Preacher of Seven Oaks Church of Christ Joseph's brothers betrayal was legendary. They sold their own brother into slavery, which was actually a reprieve from their original intentions of murdering him. Now, some two decades later circumstances (in truth, the Lord's providence) has brought t…