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The young man was trying to impress the young lady so he started bragging about his family History. He said, “My ancestors fought with General George Washington in the American Revolution. My ancestors fought with General Douglas McArthur in WWII. My grandfather fought with Norman Schwarzkop…

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Mary and I were in Owensboro Friday night to attend a diocesan event early Saturday, and on our hotel room wall was a striking photograph of a country lane on a foggy morning. Flanking the lane were two trees seen clearly in the foreground.

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A man was traveling one day when he became hungry so he stopped at a diner to eat lunch. The waiter offered the special of the day and the man agreed to try it.

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Over the last two weeks, we have been considering the following definition of freedom: “the disciplining of desire so that the good can be first achieved, then effortless.”

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Jacob was discouraged and at the end of his rope! After hearing disturbing news from his sons who had just returned from Egypt, he said in complete frustration, “Everything is against me!” (Genesis 42:36)

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The teacher was explaining to the children in class about the different types of jobs that were available when they grew up. She was trying to inspire them to plan ahead and think about their future work. One little boy spoke up and said his uncle had run for political office the previous ye…

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In our last visit, I introduced a definition of “freedom,” courtesy of Bishop Robert Barron: “the disciplining of desire so as to make the achievement of the good first possible, then effortless.”

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The night before Jesus was crucified, two of His disciples turned against Him: Judas betrayed Christ, leading His enemies to Him in the Garden (Luke 22:47-48) and Peter denied three times that he even knew the Lord (vs. 57-60).

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Unless you’ve been living in a cave, you and I have noticed a great deal of complaining in this country about mandates of masks and vaccines and how the use of such mandates is a threat to our freedom.

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What does your life say to those around you? In his letter to the Corinthians, Paul used pictures to describe the type of influence we should have on those around us.

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You may have heard about the lady who was dating a psychiatrist. She ended up breaking it off with him. When her friends questioned her why she broke up, this was her reply: “If I showed up late on a date he accused me of harboring hidden hostilities. If I showed up early he accused me of ha…

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I don’t know of many people who like to be kept waiting. If I’m waiting, I feel like I’m wasting my time on something or on someone else!

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“Remember who you are.”

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Have you heard the silly joke about the Biblical character by the name of Job? Well, it goes like this: “Why was Job always freezing in bed? Answer: “Because he had such miserable comforters!”

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A couple of weeks ago, a benefit was held in Pilot Oak for a family facing huge medical bills. The event was a tremendous success, exceeding all expectations and lasting longer into the evening than planned because of great support from the community.

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The young couple recently had a baby. One night the wife woke up and noticed her husband standing over the baby crib with proud eyes expressing a look of wonder and amazement. She was so touched by this display of affection. She just had to ask her husband what he was thinking about. To her …

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Why is it that some of the best things in life can sound so unappealing to people? Things like godliness, obedience and faithfulness, for example. Why do they so often prompt more of a yawn rather than tearful eyes of thankfulness?

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Trace Creek Baptist Church Pastor Ronnie Stinson said it was encouraging to watch church members become more intentional as they went out in big numbers with the gospel in hand as part of the Gospel to Every Home initiative two weeks ago as part of the annual Mission Week activities.

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The Bayou De Chine Cumberland Presbyterian Church, located at 2 Kingston Rd., in Water Valley will host a homecoming Sunday, Aug. 8, at 11 a.m. The speaker will be Bro. David Gargus.

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After a particularly busy weekend, I was able to exhale and slow things down with some quiet time Monday morning. Spending a moment looking outside, I realized that, now that we have entered August, it won’t be much longer before those green leaves adorning our oak tree start showing the fir…

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You may have heard about the fellow who read that smoking and drinking had terrible effects on the body. So, he decided to stop reading and continue on smoking and drinking.

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Out in the Mideast were two male goats without blemish that stood before the high priest. Once a year on the 10th day of the seventh month, lots were cast and the priest led one goat to the altar to be killed as a sin offering for the people. Its blood was sprinkled on the mercy seat. That g…

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A father and his little girl were standing on a crowded elevator when a beautiful lady turned around and slapped him in the face. The door then opened and she stormed out in an obvious fit. The little girl said, “I don’t like her Daddy. She stepped on my toe so I pinched her!”

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“Because of this, many of His disciples turned back and no longer went about with Him. So Jesus asked the twelve, ‘Do you also want to go away?’ (John 6:66-67)

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Mayfield High School Football Players volunteered during the recent Catalyst Clean up Day. Volunteers were preparing the former Myers Lumber Building to host the Breakfast + Blueprints event Friday at 7 a.m.

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Have you ever been on vacation somewhere (mountains, beach, etc.) and thought, “Wow, wouldn’t it be great to live here?” We think that if we were to live in paradise, it would be just like it is when we are on vacation there.

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Mayfield Church of the Nazarene will celebrate its 75th anniversary on October 3 with a community service, but this week began the countdown to that date. On Wednesday, Pastor Steve Melvin noted it was 75 days until October 3 and took part in the unveiling of a large banner on the side of th…

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In Jesus’ day, women sifted wheat by grasping a sieve in both hands and shaking it forcefully from side to side. Then they would move the sieve in a seesaw motion while blowing over the wheat to remove the chaff. It was a process that took much work.

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You may have heard about what happened at a local eatery recently. Bahnschrift, Calibri and Times New Roman enter a restaurant and the manager shouts: “Get out now! We don’t serve your type here!”

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It is a bit after 8 o’clock on Monday morning as I sit at my desk at St. Joseph. This is the morning I devote to getting a column ready for Wednesday’s Religion page in the Messenger.

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This is probably just a joke but the story goes something like this: A company put out an advertisement seeking to persuade people to buy their pen. Their marketers declared that their pen was a revolutionary pen. The caption read, “This pen can write underwater.”

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If there’s anything we tend to look down on, it is weakness. Strength, on the other hand, is regarded as commendable.

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We have an L-shaped house, with a door at the very back of the structure leading into the backyard. Normally first to arise, I crept down the hall toward that door Saturday morning, somewhere near sunrise.

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Without going into great detail, there are a couple of health-related situations going on within the St. Joseph community prompting reflection today. Both are serious concerns, and both involve young people and their families. And both those groups are good, solid, God-fearing Christian families.

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In the early 1830s, a Frenchman named Alexis de Tocqueville traveled the United States, trying to discover what made this new country work. One of his observations was that he often found a copy of the Bible and a volume of Shakespeare in nearly every frontier cabin he visited.

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You may have heard about the little boy who was riding in the family car one afternoon when he rolled down the window and threw out his trash. His mother was no doubt shocked at this selfish gesture. She scolded him and asked why he did it. His response was this: “Mom, the sign said ‘Fine fo…

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Members of Fancy Farm’s St. Jerome Catholic Church’s Camp Connect have been putting in work this summer with several regional civic projects. Recently, participants worked at various locations in Calvert City to help with cleaning and other needed work. During breaks, they read from the Bibl…

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Faith Miracle Temple of Glory Church Pastor George Hurd, Jr., (white shirt) walks and prays with a gathering Saturday during the first Love Caravan and Prayer Parade at Kess Creek Park. The purpose, according to Hurd, was to address problems people are having today through prayer. The event …

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The husband and wife were talking one day when the she tells him about a text message she received. She stated, “My mother says she is reconsidering her month long upcoming visit here because she is beginning to feel like we don’t want her. Why don’t you text her and tell her to visit at her…

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A week of vacation is always a good thing, but about midway through the run to Gatlinburg, I found myself anxious to write about an issue involving the Catholic Church that the media is getting profoundly wrong.

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It was the combination of a dream and a 1985 chart-topping R&B song that put into motion the idea of this weekend’s 1st Love Caravan and Prayer Parade at Kess Creek Park.

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Most of us own a copy of the Bible. In fact, you probably have a few bibles in different versions or translations.

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You may have heard about the politician who went to campaign for an upcoming election in a distant town. The townspeople said they had two basic needs: The first need, they said, was that the local hospital needed a doctor.

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In Mark 4 we find a potent passage, describing Jesus’ rebuke of a storm and then a rebuke of His disciples for their lack of faith. The second rebuke stemmed from the disciples treating Jesus like He was more servant than master: “Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?”

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Members of St. Jerome Catholic Church’s Camp Connect pose by some playground equipment at Lions Park where they spent a recent day putting mulch around trees, playground equipment and picnic tables as part of a community outreach effort that stretches beyond Graves County. Members include Br…

Jesus said, “As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world” (John 9:5). But what happened to the light when He ascended to heaven? Jesus told His followers, “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. ... Let your light so shine before men, that they m…

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You may have heard about the fellow who wanted to go skydiving. Somewhat nervous, he asked the instructor a couple of questions. He asked: “If my chute doesn’t open what am I to do?” The instructor answered, “Pull the reserve chute chord.” The nervous rookie then asked: “If I pull the second…

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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?