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Religion

  • God provides a shield to protect those with faith in difficult times

    Sometimes life doesn’t seem fair, and we want to blame God for our problems. But Matthew 5:45 states, “That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.”

    What the scripture is saying is that good things happen to bad people and bad things happen to good people. That’s life.  Sometimes it is easy and sometimes it is difficult.

  • The joy of repainting becomes clear from story on church, paint thinner

    Some time last year I came back from a week off to a full voicemail box.

    One of my least favorite things in life is talking on the phone. First, I have trouble hearing, so if, for example, you were to call me and say, “My daughter needs a kidney transplant,” I might hear, “My dog lives in Sydney — as a tramp.”

    The conversation would generally deteriorate from there and I would end up looking like an idiot, which I try to avoid at all cost.

  • There’s more to a church name than just putting a sign on the building

    Since becoming pastor of Relevant Church, the one question that I have been asked is: “What does relevant mean?” I wish to shed some light on why we are the Relevant Church.

  • 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!