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Religion

  • Life’s great pursuit is for security and satisfaction

    I recently had the privilege of speaking to a group of high school seniors during their graduation from the Christ-ian Acad-emy of Carroll-ton. These young people are about to move into a very significant season of life. The next several years, in many ways, will be life shaping for them as they make decisions about their future, possibly settle into a career, and maybe even select a spouse.

  • Church News | May 2, 2019

    Church service at Butler Park set

    Valley Christian Church hosts “Church @ the Park,” 10:30 a.m., Sunday May 5, at the shelter house, by the Butler-Turpin House, General Butler State Resort Park. There will be a free lunch after church service.

    Hymn Sing set for Bedford Springs

    Trimble County Hymn Sing will be held 7 p.m., Thursday, May 2, at Bedford Springs Church, 43 Shepherd Ln. in Bedford.

  • The proof that God exists is all around us everywhere

    I am amazed when I look outside everyday and see all the evidence of the “great architect” — the grass, the trees full of leaves, the creeks flowing through the woods, the insects chirping in song and all the diversity of the animal kingdom such as the faithfulness of the dogs, the curiosity of the cats, the majestic lions, and the playfulness of the squirrels.

    All of creation works like an orchestra in unison to make such a beautiful harmonious song.

  • Many mourn losses in the Notre-Dame Cathedral fire

    One of my favorite things in life is architecture.
    I love buildings, especially huge skyscrapers and massive structures.
    That’s why, when the Notre-Dame Cathedral caught on fire a week or so ago, I was interested in the rapt attention worldwide -- over a building.
    People actually mourned the destruction of a centuries-old building, and not just the people of Paris, but people from around the world.
    Why?

  • Church News | April 25, 2019

    Valley Christian brings message to Butler Park

    Church @ the Park, 10:30 a.m., Sunday May 5, 2019, at the shelter house, Butler State Resort Park by the Butler-Turpin House. Hosted by Valley Christian Church.Free lunch after church service.

    Bro. Cottrel to hold revival April 26-27

  • Feel powerless? You should read this

    Editor’s note: This Easter column is adapted from one of Nancy Kennedy’s favorite Easter columns from 2012.

    Years ago, I met a man who said he saw a dead man raised to life.

    The dead man’s name was Bob and the man who told me about it said God had told him to go to Bob’s house to pray.

    He didn’t know Bob had died until he got there, but since God had told him to pray, he figured he’d better do it. So, he asked Bob’s wife if he could see him.

  • Don’t miss like Thomas did

    Have you ever missed an event that you later regretted not being there?  Like your child speaking your name for the first time or taking their first steps?  Or their big hit to win the ballgame, their receiving the diploma or... well, you get the point. Your list maybe shorter than mine, but we all wish we could go back and have a do over, to be there! 

  • 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.