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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.

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Some people pray only after a catastrophe. This “quick fix” mentality sees God mainly as a problem solver. When solutions come, however, God may or may not be thanked. He is often then forgotten until the next crisis.

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By Sunday afternoon, a calm had settled over the house. All the snowstorm preparations had been made, groceries were in good supply, and shovel and driveway salt were at the ready. There was nothing left to do but wait for the white stuff and make the best of it.

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I hope you recognize Valentine’s Day as an opportunity to share expressions of your love. While the holiday is commercialized, there is value and significance as a culture in recognizing love, romance, and those who occupy unique and special places in our lives. So be sure and take advantage…

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Time is an unforgiving thing, isn’t it; marching on whether or not we’re having fun? Not long ago, we were celebrating Christmas, and now next week brings Ash Wednesday and the beginning of Lent.

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Have you thought much about the relationship between praying and planning? For example, would we show a lack of faith if we prayed for good health and continued to have health insurance? Would it be a reflection of our faith to pray for God to provide for us, yet be saving money in a retirem…

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It is a question that has bugged mankind for thousands of years, and still causes sleepless nights today: “Why am I here? What is my purpose in life?”

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We are 11 months into the two-week period of slowing the curve! Each step of this journey has been met with various predictions of when life will be back to “normal.” But it seems that all these predictions have come up woefully short.

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On this rainy Monday morning as I write, it is important for a couple of reasons for us to delve into the thorny issue of abortion.

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We all know of people who claim to be Christians yet do not regularly attend services. Some people may attend during a couple of holidays each year and think that’s enough.

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2021 is moving quickly. Your New Year’s resolutions may already be slipping away. I have a good exercise for you to consider before more of 2021 slips by without accomplishing your goals.

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In many ways, the Bible is much like the owner’s manual of a car. Most people leave it in the cover in the glove box and only take it out if they have trouble. Then when they have trouble, they don’t really know where to go to find the answers they seek. However, if you follow the guide, you…

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I woke up Tuesday morning aware that domestic concerns had taken much of my time to get something ready for the page you’re reading. The weekly deadline was nearing and I had not even a core idea of what to write about, which is kind of a necessary first step in creating a somewhat readable essay.

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When last we met, I wondered if that week was going to be one of the more “stormy” weeks in American governmental history. Sadly, I was quite right.

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One of the first things a physician often says when he examines a patient is, “Open up and say, Ahhh.” It is often possible to make a diagnosis just by looking inside a person’s mouth or their throat. Some problems can be detected by the tongue’s appearance.

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I begin this column on Monday morning, bright sunshine providing a gentle beginning to what may be one of the more stormy weeks in the history of American government.

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Remember the time you were expecting a piece of candy or a pickle to taste sweet, but it was bitter? It sent a shock to your taste buds. You quickly had to get something to drink in order to get the taste out.

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Though we are still very much within the Christmas season (should it really ever end?), the holiday itself has come and gone.

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What you did today will not likely be remembered for any length of time. In fact, the significant things we do in our lives will probably not be remembered in 100 years. What if you were someone important in this world? What if your efforts modernized an industry, improved many people’s qual…

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Things seemed well enough last winter, did they not? Little did we know how this year would play out. In March, suddenly, everything seemed to break down and break loose.

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We see life in color. The first thing we notice is color. We notice the color of someone’s clothes, hair, and skin. We have thousands of color choices to use in painting a wall. Marketers consider background and font colors when printing advertisements. We want to use color printers, because…

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As our Advent journey continues and Christmas Day draws near, it is proper for us to consider the mother on whom so much depended in the development of the world as we know it.

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This has been a Christmas season like no one can remember. December has the reputation of being one of the busiest months of the year. This year, I am hearing the opposite from young and old alike. Kids are bored because they aren’t in school and miss their holiday programs and parties. Adul…

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I cracked my wife’s phone by dropping it accidentally in the garage. Every time I look at the phone, I think about this mistake — while also mindful of her forbearance with me.

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When taking the stand, a witness is asked, “Do you swear (promise) to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth?” At one time, “So help me God” was part of that promise, as a petition to the highest authority. Telling the truth in a court of law is absolutely essential becau…

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If we grew up in a solid church community, we’ve heard it many more times than we can begin to remember.

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One person’s failure to live as they ought to should never become another’s excuse. Consider the life of Elkanah, Samuel’s Father. He is described in 1 Samuel 1 as a man who “went up from his city yearly to worship and sacrifice to the Lord of hosts in Shiloh” (v. 3). That doesn’t sound like…

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Hagar had reached her breaking point. She had been sent away from her providers into the wilderness with only some bread, water, and her young son. The water bag had given its last drop. She put the child under some bushes and went a little ways off preparing for his and her eventual deaths.…