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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.

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Greater Deliverance Global Ministry, Ramada Plaza, #2 Convention Center Drive, will host the Apostles Gathering at 7 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday. The guest speakers will be Belinda Helms, an apostle of Emmanuel Bible Fellowship Church of Jacksonville, and Dennis Cook, an apostle of Transformation Center International of Texarkana.

Scrambled eggs with a side of regret

Have you ever heard the saying, "You can't unscramble eggs"? It's a very true statement when cooking breakfast and even more true when referring to mistakes you've made. We've all messed up and most likely have regrets. What do you wish you could go back and re-do? Your past mistakes can either liberate or incarcerate you. How do you deal with mistakes of the past?

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The 16th anniversary banquet honoring Rev. Darrell J. Martin, pastor of Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church of Altheimer, will be held at 6 p.m. Friday in the fellowship hall of New Home Missionary Baptist Church , 3000 Orange St. Tickets are $15 each or $25 a couple. For tickets contact Trevice Whitmore at (870) 692-5625.

Be Still and listen…

When I was growing up and I thought I might get into trouble when my father had something to talk with me about, or to ask me about, I would try to control the conversation by steering it in the direction I wanted it to go. I would talk and talk, often at a very fast pace, in hopes he would either forget what it was he wanted to talk or find about, or give up. It never worked. He would break into my stream of words when I would finally breathe, and say what he wanted to say or ask. Generally I would just stare at him while he made his point, all the while trying to think what I might say next to get off the topic. "Did you hear me, Van?" Dad would ask. I'd say, "Yes, sir." He would look at me with doubtful eyes, and with a sigh answer, "I know you heard me, but did you listen?"

The value of personal Bible study

Have you ever jumped out of an airplane? What about bungee jumping? Have you ever caught a 100-pound fish while deep sea fishing or hit a hole in one while playing golf? Maybe you've run a marathon or won a top award for your hard work. Perhaps you've not done these but have heard someone describe a great adventure. It is never quite as exciting to hear about it as it is to experience it.

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Brooks Chapel Missionary Baptist Church in Monticello will observe the second anniversary honoring the pastor and wife, Rev. and Mrs. James H. Spinks starting at 6:30 p.m. Saturday with a musical. At 3 p.m. Sunday, the guest speaker will be Rev. Larry Rogers, pastor of Morning Star Missionary Baptist Church of Gould.