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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.

Church News 07-06-13

God's Way Fellowship, 1600 Commerce Road, will hold an Appreciation Program to honor its pastor, Dexter McDonnell, at 6:30 p.m. Saturday. Rev. Derrick Herron will present words of encouragement. Guests include First Missionary Baptist Choir of Altheimer, Dina McDonnell, Angels of Christ, Strong Family, New Herron Singers, New Mighty Supreme, Witness and Virtuous.

What God has joined together, let no one separate

We have a family friend of long standing, John, who loves being married. I should say he loves the notion of marriage, and feels without a doubt that it is an important societal institution — even though his understanding is rather shallow. The only thing he doesn't seem to like about the "Institution of Marriage," as it has played out in his life, are the women to whom he has been married.

Finding Joy

When you buy a new car or home you typically can choose several upgradable features. These extras usually add more style, comfort and convenience but most of all more money to the cost. Because cost is a concern, most people skip several extravagant amenities and stick to a more basic model unless money is no object. I worked really hard when I built my own house to save money by doing a lot of the labor myself. By doing this I was able to upgrade some things in my home like granite countertops and crown molding. There were several things I really wanted to upgrade but knew it would be impossible. Things like a multi-head rain shower, heated floors and an office were just out because of cost.

When your dreams are delayed

Remember the first time you were excited about a dream for your life? I mean you could see it and you were pumped! It was what you lived for, what made you get up in the morning. The last part of Proverbs 13:12 tells us, "A dream fulfilled is a tree of life." It is a high like none other to see your dreams fulfilled. But what if the dream doesn't seem like it is ever going to be fulfilled? What if the dream is delayed? What if you have lost hope in the dream?

Church News

New Morning Star Missionary Baptist Church , 1026 Missouri St., will hold their annual Mission Day program at 3 p.m. Sunday. Jackie Flowers from Rose Hill Missionary Baptist Church in Pine Bluff will be the guest speaker.

Olive Branch VBS to feature castle

A medieval castle is the setting for learning environments for children from three years old through teen years at Olive Branch Missionary Baptist Church, 5130 Bobo Road, during Vacation Bible School Monday through Friday from 8:45 a.m. to noon. Classrooms will be transformed with backdrops and props for adventures of Moses' life. Daily sessions will feature major events in Israel's history. Teens will spend the week serving the community and VBS attendees will receive copies of the New Testament.