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“You are Loved” is a social media campaign the Graves County Agency for Substance Abuse Prevention/Policy (ASAP) Youth Council created for Mental Health Awareness. By using social media, public school signage, and electronic billboards, the group aims to spread the message letting the commun…

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The boss man said to the lazy worker: “Do you realize that the worker next to you does twice the work as you every single day?” The response was priceless: “Yes, and I keep telling him to slow down but it doesn’t do any good.”

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It is certainly possible for someone to look fine on the outside yet be extremely sick. Psalm 106 is a poetic description of the Israelites’ inward poverty despite their outward wealth.

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As we prepare for the Kentucky Baptist Convention’s annual meeting this month, many do not realize this gathering used to be in the summertime. For years, the Kentucky Baptist Convention (then called the General Association of Baptists in Kentucky) would take place every June.

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The story is told of a husband and wife who were having troubles in their marriage. They saw a marriage counselor and told their story. After listening to their situation for a while, the counselor said to the husband: “It appears that you wake up grumpy everyday.” He quickly replied, “No, I…

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There are some people, I’m sure, who don’t want to go to heaven. Most people, however, at least say they hope to go to heaven when they die. I’ve often wondered, if we aren’t preparing for heaven, what makes one think they would be happy there?

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When we last visited, I wrote about the importance of staying in the moment, not letting future concerns disrupt our focus on the present. Let’s stay with this notion a bit longer, and consider the following passage from the Gospel of Mark:

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Amid all the necessary hustle and bustle of a family wedding, I welcomed the chance Saturday to attend Mass at Bardstown’s Protocathedral, quite the historic building in Kentucky Catholic history.

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A friend returned from an international trip and told his buddy about the wonderful time he had. He said, “Foreign territory and extensive travel are so much fun! As a matter of fact, did you know that some cultures use alligators to make handbags and boots?”

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Most would agree that they want to live as long as possible. Yet, in the scheme of things, what matters is not how long you live but how well you live.

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Josiah became a king when he was just 8 years old, a seeker of God at 16, one who purged idolatry at 20, and a humble servant of God at age 26.

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On most days, I am the first person inside the church at St. Joseph as I get things ready for the upcoming liturgy. As time allows, I stop and take note of engraved names of past parishoners who contributed to the installation of the building’s stained glass windows.

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The little boy was afraid of monsters and thought they came out at night to get him. His parents printed off a professional looking label and pasted it on a small bottle with the name “Monster Repellent.” They told him to spray the mist into the air anytime he was scared, and everything woul…

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Early last Thursday, I had the chance to retreat to a quiet place in our backyard. The temperature was pleasant, a gentle breeze blew, and the mosquitoes, strangely, were leaving me alone.

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The fellow goes in to the boss’ office and says, “I need to take tomorrow off. My wife wants me to clean out the garage and straighten up the attic. She wants me to help her rearrange the furniture and redo the children’s bedrooms with new decorations.”

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When King Hezekiah saw that the king of Assyria intended to capture Jerusalem, he immediately went into action to defend the city. He blocked off all the springs of water outside the city, repaired broken sections of some walls and built towers on them. He also made a large number of weapons…

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The frantic husband called the hospital and said, “My wife is pregnant and her water broke. We are on our way to the hospital right now. Please have medical personnel waiting on us!” The hospital operator replied, “Is this her first baby?” The beside-himself husband said, “No, this is her husband!”

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A common mistake we all need to avoid when using the Bible is to basically kidnap a passage, taking it out of its intended context and molding it to suit our personal needs. Such a passage is Mark 10:27: “Jesus looked at them and said, ‘For mortals, it is impossible, but not for God; for God…

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In Genesis 12, we sometimes limit our thinking of God’s words to Abraham. “Go…to a land I will show you,” “I will make you a great nation,” “I will bless those that bless you and curse those that curse you.”

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When we consider what God has done for us in the past, we can move into the future with confidence. We see this with the people of Israel as they traveled from Egypt to the Promised Land.

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Two golfers started a round when the first says, “That’s a weird looking ball you are playing with there.” His partner said, “It is a fantastic ball. It is absolutely unlosable. If you hit it into the tall grass lights will appear so it can be easily found. If you hit a tree and it bounces w…

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The majority of you reading this effort profess differing Protestant faith traditions, but I think you would agree with your humble Catholic deacon that, together, we are part of something extraordinary.

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What you’re reading is not what I intended for this space this week. The plan was to do more on the virtues needed to live a life of true freedom.

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The story is told about the fellow who lived in a neighborhood known for break-ins and robbery. He decided to put six deadbolt locks on his front door and six on his back door. When questioned about why so many he said, “I only lock three on each door. That way the crook will spend all his t…

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The 2021 Women’s Camp Meeting is planned at the Faith Miracle Temple of Glory Church on Oct. 9-10.

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Do you remember being in the sixth grade or so and thinking about high school football? The players seemed huge and were looked at by younger kids with wonder and awe. They were old enough to appear as heroes and were generally the biggest, fastest and toughest guys around.

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The nephew seemed disappointed in what the rich aunt gave him. The aunt could see the frustration on his face and said: “I can tell you did not like the gift I presented to you. I asked if you wanted a big check or a little check.”

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In the growing search for stress relief, many have sought a solution through spas, pills, and massages. The craving to ease tension and anxiety has spawned an entire industry. One report said, “Although people will pay to fix their stress, they are not about to change the lifestyle that is c…

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Perhaps you’ve seen the sign that reads, “Housework is something you do that nobody notices unless you don’t do it.”

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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.