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  • Use new year to reflect on 2013, make move to mend relationships

    Now that Christmas is over and New Year’s is behind us, our thoughts quickly turn to the year ahead.

    The truth is January can be one of the most depressing months of the year. Credit card bills come in from all that overspending we did at Christmas, and winter is here, which means that we have very few days over the next couple of months that we can go outside and do the things that we like to do.

  • Church News | Jan. 23, 2014

    Unity breakfast set for 9 a.m., Jan. 25

  • Conflicting spin is placed on those who seek help because they are in need

    “For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in.” (Matt 25:35)

    Have you ever asked yourself what social justice looks like?  I mean really asked yourself. Around Christmastime each year, we human beings tend to make more attempts than usual to help the less fortunate, but by mid-January this approach has lost its luster. 

  • Church holds program of prayer for moms

    The First Apostolic Church of Carrollton, Ky. 111 Third Street, Carrollton, will represent the state of Kentucky for the Worldwide Moms Day of Prayer, 9 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 18.

    Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m. Coffee and donuts will be available and drawings for prizes will be given.

    Moms in Kentucky and Southern Indiana of every denomination are encouraged to attend and to offer a prayer specifically for our children.

  • A new year brings hope, much like faith in God

    At the start of each year, it is a custom to make a myriad of resolutions and goals that we hope to achieve by the time the year ends.

  • Where Jesus fits in the picture

    About 10 years ago, I attended a seminar for religion writers, “How Religion Shapes Regional and Community Identity.”

    A panel of prestigious people with prestigious titles from prestigious institutions and organizations came to talk to us about how in the world we should cover this thing called religion.

    They talked about how religion affects art and about the phenomenon of “megachurches.” One person even talked about Elvis as a religious icon, complete with followers who make pilgrimages to the religious-sounding Graceland.

  • Take time to thank God for blessings this new year

    The 12 days of Christmas are in full swing as we continue to focus on the true meaning of Christmas. We are celebrating with jubilee that most holy night when Jesus Christ, the Prince of Peace, was born among us. We are embracing the mystery of Jesus’ abiding presence with us—all the way to the end of time. We are glorying in the boundless joy that will be ours when we see Jesus face to face in the heavenly kingdom. How can news this good even begin to be celebrated in just one day! 

  • The true Christmas story should not be missed through the busy season

    Luke 2:1-7 says, “And it came to pass in those days that a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered. This census first took place while Quirinius was governing Syria. So all went to be registered, everyone to his own city.

    “Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, to be registered with Mary, his betrothed wife, who was with child.

  • Story demonstrates it is possible to be too close to Christmas to see Christ

    The story of Jesus’ birth is a familiar story, and that is a problem at Christmas.

    It is possible to believe we know a story so well that it is no longer a story with a message. It is possible to feel we know people so well that we no longer look at them with any real curiosity. And it is possible for God to be so present in a familiar story that we lose the ability to even see him.

    We know this to be true because familiarity with the story of Jesus was a unique hurdle Jesus faced when he returned to his hometown of Nazareth.

  • Church News | Dec. 19, 2013

    Apostolic church presents ‘The Gift’

    First Apostolic Church will host its Christmas program at 10 a.m., Sunday Dec. 22. This year’s program, titled “The Gift,” will be a puppet show for all ages.  A special Christmas gift will be given to everyone who attends the service. Everyone is welcome to attend. Please contact the Rev. Allen Croucher for a ride if needed at (502) 525-7515.

     

    Christmas cantata set for Sanders church