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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.

A Lenten reflection

When my father died I was devastated. I was relatively young, as was he, and we were close — even though my parents were divorced and I lived with my mother in another community. The loss was enough to cause me to register shock. One of my coping devices is to compartmentalize, which I did in this case. As a result, I did not have to deal with my emotions until much later.

Church News 3-2-13

Auburn Missionary Baptist Church in Gould will hold the sixth anniversary celebration of the pastor and wife, Rev. Jimmy and Shirley Bynum at 3 p.m. Sunday. The Rev. Aaron Barnes, pastor of New Home Missionary Baptist Church, will be the speaker.

The value of a free lunch

The other day I was meeting a parishioner for lunch in a local restaurant. The purpose was an informal pastoral counseling session. Before my parishioner arrived, I was pondering over the nearly 30 years of ordained ministry I have experienced, and hoping that in some way my ministry had been a blessing to others. I was feeling a strange emptiness...

Church News 02-23-13

The Pine Hill Missionary Baptist Church in Star City will hold an anniversary celebration at 2:30 p.m. Sunday in honor of the pastor and wife, Rev. Victor and Linda Dolls. Rev. William Neal of Bright Star Missionary Baptist Church in Tarry, will be the speaker.


The other day I received a coupon in the mail for some items. One item was free and worth $11 and the others I received a total of $4 off. Then the store gave me a $5 gift card for buying everything. The store actually paid me to take everything home! I felt like I was on a TV show using my coupon skills! I redeemed those coupons. I paid in full and had some left over.

Church News February 16, 2013

First Trinity Church of God in Christ , 800 S. Catalpa St., will hold its 45th annual homecoming celebration Thursday through Sunday. At 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Pastor Darren Edgerson of St. Peter's Rock Missionary Baptist Church will present the African American Salute. At 6:30 p.m. Friday, Pastor Henry Hellums of Truth and Love Worship Center will present the salute (please wear colors representative of your sorority or fraternity). Saturday is Family Night, and the salute will be presented at 6:30 p.m. by the First Trinity and Greater Trinity Choirs. At 10 a.m. Sunday, the worship service will have guest speaker Mary Woodall-Harris of Little Rock. At 3 p.m. Sunday, the guest speaker will be Gary Bell, pastor of First Assembly of God Pentecostal Church. The one-act play, "The Chip Woman's Fortune," by Willis Richardson, directed by Linda London Simmons, will be presented at 7 p.m. nightly from Thursday through Saturday.

The Holy Spirit is like….

The third Person of the Trinity, the Holy Spirit, is inside every Christian. He wants to fill you more and more with His Spirit as more and more of your flesh, sin and desires of this world are repented of and given over to Him. In other words, as He becomes Lord of all of your life, you will experience more filling of His Spirit in your life. The power of the Holy Spirit at work in the life of a Christian brings comfort, boldness, and power to do His will and build His church.

Church News

Solid Rock Missionary Baptist Church, 2915 S. Main St., will celebrate the 14th anniversary Sunday of its pastor and his wife, the Rev. Lee Whitiker and Magnolia Whitiker. The Rev. L.R. Jones will speak at 11 a.m. The Rev. James Williams, pastor of New Jerusalem Missionary Baptist Church in Dumas, will speak at 3 p.m.

Church News

The New Morning Star Baptist Church in Cornerstone will celebrate its 131st church anniversary on Sunday at 3 p.m. Rev. Darrell J. Martin, pastor of Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Altheimer, will be the guest speaker.