• I’ll have abundant life...with sprinkles, please

    Nobody loves eating doughnuts more than my great-niece, Lily.

    At 3, she eats them face-first, right into the top of the pink frosting and sprinkles (her favorite kind).

    Lily says, “I like them because they’re yummy.”

    What else is there to say?

    My niece Jennifer, Lily’s mom, sometimes posts videos of Lily eating a doughnut on Instagram, and as I watch I can’t help but think that God gets as much, maybe more, pleasure watching her as I do, or as Lily does eating.

  • Working together results in a better life for all

    Kentucky’s children have experienced, on average, more Adverse Childhood Experiences than children nationwide, according to a recent report from The National Survey of Children’s Health.

    According to the report, 53 percent of children in Kentucky have had at least one ACE. That’s significantly higher than the national rate of about 46 percent. The report adds those experiences can increase the risk of smoking, alcoholism, depression and other illnesses or unhealthy behaviors.

  • Easter celebration a time to bring people together

    Easter has always been a very special season for me. Even though I love Christ-mas, with the glow of the Christ-mas tree and the brightly wrapped presents, Easter has always had a special attraction. When I was growing up my family and I attended church regularly. I was aware of the real reasons behind both of these major holidays, but Easter somehow seemed to resonate more. The reason for the holiday and what it ultimately stands for is even more meaningful today, since the world has changed so much in the past few decades.

  • Church News | April 18, 2019

    Seder meal, Stations of the Cross planned

    St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, 507 Fifth St. in Carrollton will hold a Seder meal Holy Thursday, April 18, from 5:30-7 p.m. followed by Mass with washing of the feet.

  • Church News | April 11, 2019

    Community service set for Good Friday

    The annual Community Good Friday service will be held Friday, April 19, at the First Baptist Church, 401 Highland Ave in Carrollton, from 12:10 until 12:50 p.m. Rev. Devin Olachea, from the United Methodist Church of Carrollton will be the speaker. All are welcome.

    Hymn sing, special service planned

  • Seeing Jesus everywhere is a common occurrence

    A few years ago, I learned that somewhere in Citrus County Jesus was in a tree.

    Not literally, but a woman had called the newsroom to say she could see an image of Jesus in a tree that was in her yard.

    Lots of people think they see Jesus in stuff. Just Google “things that look like Jesus” and you’ll see photos of the face of Jesus in everything from pieces of toast and cloud formations to slabs of marble or rust stains on the surface of an iron.

    Some items are even for sale on eBay.

    People see Jesus everywhere.

  • Build strong children instead of broken adults

    “It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men”. Frederick Douglass (1818-1895)

    The early chronic unpredictable stressors, losses, and adversities we face as children shape our biology in ways that predetermine our adult health. The Adverse Child-hood Exper-iences also lay the groundwork for how we relate to others, how successful our love relationships will be, and how well we will nurture and raise our own children.

  • God’s blessings help ‘mend what is broken inside’

    My niece, Jennifer, has three daughters, Leah, Emma and Lily.

    Last year I bought them a book, “Thoughts to Make Your Heart Sing,” by Sally Lloyd-Jones. It’s a children’s devotional book that simplifies Bible stories and concepts -- I highly recommend it for all my adult friends.

    Theology sometimes makes grown up people a bit crazy because we tend to take the simple and straightforward and make it ridiculous and complicated.

  • Easter services scheduled at St. John’s in Carrollton

    St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, 507 Fifth St. in Carrollton will hold their annual Fish Fry, 4:30 - 7 p.m., Friday, April 12, at the church hall. Holy Thursday, April 18, a Seder meal will be served 5:30-7 p.m. followed by Mass with washing of the feet.

  • Pastor explores meaning of prayer through scripture

    Think about the last time you were going through a tough time in your life. What were the most helpful things that people said or did?

    Don’t we usually hear a: “I’ll say a prayer for you.” Praying is so important, and we absolutely should pray. But do you actually know what prayer is? I will share the answer provided from my daily devotional Table Talk from this month.