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Religion

  • Hope: It’s not what you think it is

    Recently, the youth pastor at my church gave the sermon.

    One of the things he said: Hope doesn’t always look the way you expect it to or want it to.

    I’ve been thinking about that a lot.

    Last year I wrote about his daughter, Blakely.

    She was born with a rare and fatal brain abnormality, and the fact that she was born at all is a miracle.

    The youth pastor, Michael, and his wife expected a stillborn birth and didn’t even bring a carseat to the hospital when it was time for the baby’s delivery.

  • Are you chasing after other gods?

    Malachi 3:5-7

    The Jews had rebuilt the temple and were awaiting the Messiah’s coming, but while they waited, they fell under the attack of pride, disrespect and compromise. The people and their priests offered God blemished sacrifices, divorced their first wives, married heathen women and failed to support the temple ministry with their tithes. Malachi charged them to recognize their sins, reminding them that the wicked would be judged, and the righteous would be blessed.

  • He came to make pigs fly

    Years ago, I wanted to write a book called “When Pigs Fly,” but the publisher would be stuck putting a pig with wings on the cover and people might think it was a tutorial on barnyard animals in flight.

    The book was going to be about stories, about how people are themselves stories and how sometimes on the way to the happy ending the stories get hijacked and the characters end up gasping for air and grasping for meaning.

  • Look for the cross

    I like to read psychological thrillers with twisted plots and even more twisted characters.

    In the last thriller I read, the main character, Emily, was tied up in a room about to be murdered by her crazy stalker.

    He goes out of the room and Emily starts thinking back on her life, pretty sure she only has hours or minutes to live.

    She remembers back to what she learned as a girl from a teacher at her Catholic school: When you’re in trouble, look for the cross. Once you find one, you’ll see them everywhere.

  • Three requirements to discern the Will of God
  • Church News | Jan. 3, 2019

    Concert Jan. 5

    Apostolic Pentecostal Church of the Living God hosts a concert by Mark Bishop at 4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 5. The concert will be held at the church, 124 Smith Ln.

    Love offering only. For more information, contact Pastor Bobby Wade, 502-255-7510.

    Word Revival Jan. 14-16

  • Carrollton Wesleyan visits Signature HC
  • A forever Christmas truce

    It was Christmas 1914, during World War I.

    Pope Benedict XV had suggested there be a temporary ceasefire for Christmas, but the leaders of the warring countries ignored him.

    However, along muddy and frozen trenches on the battlefield in Germany, both English and German troops -- enemies of one another -- made makeshift Christmas decorations, with the German soldiers erecting tiny Christmas trees on the tops of their trenches.

  • ‘Light and life to all he brings’

    When I was a kid, my family observed Advent, lighting the candles on a traditional evergreen wreath.

    Because there’s four of us kids, we each got to light one of the four candles, one candle for each of the four weeks in Advent.

    The first candle represents hope; the second, love; the third, joy and the peace is joy. A center candle is the Christ candle – Jesus, the light of the world.

    My dad made the base of the wreath, because he’s awesome and can make anything, and he’d read prayers out of a booklet as we lit the candles.

  • Come to the Father as a child this Christmas

    Is there anything more exciting than being a child on Christmas morning? To have that excitement and joy opening presents and spending time with family. I will never forget some of my most memorable mornings:

    When I received a gumball machine and refused to put the gumballs in the machine because I wanted to put all the gumballs in my mouth.