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Easter day, daily life

So much of what we read and preach about Easter has become too practiced or rote. It is not that we don’t believe what we say, or even that we don’t have emotional attachment to what we are saying, but rather that it has become a distant truth. We have connected it to a one time event in the chronicle of Christ, and we are “preaching to the choir,” those who already agree with us.

A Great Wall of Sin

My first calling was to a congregation who were very strong in their faith — and in their opinions. One such parishioner was a retired surgeon, of great personal wealth, who had been extremely well respected, and feared, in the health care community.

Men In The Fire present concert

Men In the Fire of Indiana presented a concert during the Lenten mission program at St. Peter Catholic Church on March 15 and provided music for Mass on March 16. Members of the group include Tony Bingham, Mike Woodson and Greg Rucker along with musicians Keith Strong and Phyllis Walker. The featured speaker was Rev. Chester Smith of the Bowman-Francis Ministry Project.

Power of the Resurrection

During the season of Lent leading up to the crucifixion of our Lord and Savior, it is important to realize the magnitude of what God has done through the death, burial and resurrection of Christ.

The beauty of holiness

As a young clergyman, I was paid a stipend of $1,200 a month, no insurance or pension, all the farm eggs and deer meat I could eat, and frequent kind invitations to dinner in the homes of my parishioners.

Forgiving Yourself

“I know God forgives me, but I just can’t forgive myself.” I’ve heard it 1,000 times. Sometimes people are paralyzed by their past actions because they simply cannot forgive themselves. Here is some good news – you can’t forgive yourself. Only the Lord can forgive you. Once you have received His forgiveness you must live in His forgiveness. 1 Corinthians 13:5 says, “Love keeps no record of wrongs.” God does not hold sins against you any longer once you have confessed them. 1 John 1:9 says, “If we confess our sins, He (Jesus) is faithful and just to forgive our sins and purify us of all unrighteousness.” This means Jesus will forgive you of your sin and Jesus will help you change your life so you don’t commit that sin again.

Blind by choosing not to see

“…Abraham replied, ‘Son, remember that in your lifetime you received your good things, while Lazarus received bad things, but now he is comforted here and you are in agony. 26 And besides all this, between us and you a great chasm has been set in place…” (Luke 16:25-26a)

Caught unaware

Years ago as we were beginning our family, and my wife was adjusting to being married to an Episcopal priest, she was diagnosed with an illness, one contracted during her first pregnancy. This was an illness that threatened her life, and the lives of our two young children. The diagnoses came as we entered into a new community, and a new parish. We lived under great pressure and fear while it was all unfolding — at the time, to be honest, it seemed a death sentence. Still, for our children, and those around us, we were trying to create a “normal” home life — and I was trying to be about the duties associated with my new position.

Psalm 23

As a kid I memorized Psalm 23, and it has been a blessing to my life ever since. It is a very recognized portion of Scripture and is almost as famous as verses like John 3:16. These short six verses bring comfort as they describe God as our Shepherd. David used the relationship of a shepherd and his sheep to relay the love and care between God and His people. David was very qualified to write about this since he had tended sheep as a shepherd since his childhood. So, what does this classic chapter in the Bible say to us today? LOTS!

Church News

Anniversaries/Annuals Damascus Missionary Baptist Church in Grady will observe the 10th anniversary honoring their pastor and wife, Rev. and Mrs. Robert Scott Sr., at 3 p.m. Sunday. The guest speaker will be Rev. Glen Barnes, pastor of Pine Hill Baptist Church in Pine Bluff.

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Anniversaries/Annuals Amos Chapel Missionary Baptist Church, 2401 Port Road, will observe the 32nd pre-anniversary honoring its pastor, Rev. Robert Willis Jr., at 3 p.m. Sunday. The guests will include Rev. George Toney and the 16 Section Missionary Baptist Church and Choir in Monticello and the Pilgrim Rest Missionary Baptist Church and Choir in Noble Lake.

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Anniversaries/Annuals St. Ollie Missionary Baptist Church at Star City will hold the 23rd anniversary celebration honoring the pastor and wife, Rev. Melvin and Marilyn Harrison, at 3 p.m. Sunday. The guest speaker will be the Rev. Glenn Barnes, pastor of Pine Hill Baptist Church in Pine Bluff.

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Anniversaries/Annuals Eudora Missionary Baptist Church, 9405 Middle Warren Road, will celebrate the 12th anniversary of its pastor and wife, Rev. and Mrs. Elvert McKnight, at 3 p.m. Sunday. The guest speaker will be Rev. Clark Thomas, pastor of New Salem Missionary Baptist Church of Sherrill.