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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.

Don’t you want to go to heaven?

"Jesus loves me this I know..." Most of us have been familiar with the words of this children's hymn all of our lives. Even as adults we find comfort in hearing them and singing them, being reminded of a time when faith seemed simpler to express, less complicated. As adults we like to remember our childhood as a time of innocence — sadly, an innocence that seems somehow to have given way to cynicism and/or disillusionment.

Three counselors every Christian needs

Let's face it; everyone needs counsel at some point in life. But where do you get your counsel from? There are a multitude of counselors on television, social media, and many other places ready and willing to give you advice. But however popular they are, if they don't give Godly counsel they are pointless. There are three counselors you need as a Christian – the Holy Spirit, the Word of God and mature believers.

Church News for Saturday, June 1

Mount Bayou Missionary Baptist Church at Altheimer will honor their pastor and wife, Rev. Lafayette Woods Sr. and the first lady and evangelist Gwendolyn Woods, at 2:30 p.m. Sunday. The guest minister will be Rev. Jimmy Fisher, pastor of Greater Mount Calvary Missionary Baptist Church.

Church News for Saturday, May 25

New Salem Missionary Baptist Church at Sherrill will celebrate the anniversary of their pastor and wife, Rev. Clark and Hazel Thomas, at 3 p.m. June 2. Rev. Elvin Jackson, pastor of S.C.O.P.E. Ministries Church, will be the anniversary messenger.

Laugh in the face of evil

My Grandmother Van Zandt was a lovely lady, but held very Victorian /Edwardian sensibilities throughout her life (born in 1908, she lived to be 92). She was very formal. She had, however, a delightful sense of humor, and one of the most beautiful laughs I have ever heard. I still remember its musical sound.