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Religion

  • When we’d rather not love our enemies

    By SHERYL H. BOLDT

    Are there some verses in the Bible you wish the Holy Spirit had never included?
    Doesn’t it seem like the verses dealing with loving our enemies sometimes feel impossible to obey – and are the most tempting verses to skip over?
    Here’s one example: “‘But I say to you who hear, Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you’” (Luke 6:27-28 ESV).

  • Out to Pastor: The endless flow of ink

    By JAMES L. SNYDER

    This past week I had my yearly visit with my doctor. Believe me, it was no vacation but it did vacate the cash in my wallet.
    It is amazing about my doctor. He knows the exact cash I have in my wallet at any given time. More amazing, everything he does for me is covered by that cash in my wallet. One time I try to hide a five spot in my wallet, but to no avail. The doctor knew it was there, somehow, I’m not sure how.

  • Church Briefs August 17th

    • Macedonia to hold prayer luncheon for Sonia Nelson

    Macedonia Community Church of Sopchoppy will have a prayer luncheon with its First Lady Sonia Nelson on Saturday, Aug. 19, at 11 a.m.
    Everyone is welcome. For tickets, please call Elder Delores Nelson at 408-7857. Tickets are $15 each.
    The church is located at 1085 Sopchoppy Hwy.

    • Ladies Circle at St. Elizabeth to hold drawings

  • BUCKHORN NEWS:Bring others to Christ

    By ETHEL SKIPPER

    Being a Christian, we are called to bring others to Christ.
    The Bible and the Gospel provide great examples of people bringing others to Christ.

  • Church Briefs August 10th

    • Five day church revival to be held at two locations in August

    Macedonia Community Church of Christ Written in Heaven hosted two days of a five-day revival on Aug. 7 and 8, with guest speaker Anthony L. Triplett of Whole Armour International Church in Lowell, Mass., and Guest Palmist Elder Darryl Davis of Whole Armour.
    From Aug. 9 to 11, the revival moves to Tallahassee and King Life Tabernacle, 324 N. Adams St. at 7:30 p.m. nightly. Host is Pastor Otis Young.  

    • Camp meeting revival set for Aug. 7-11 at Odom Campground

  • Out to Pastor: A discount by any other name

    By JAMES L. SNYDER

    I find too often I get all caught up with the busyness of life that I forget some things. For example, last week the Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage and I had birthdays.
    Our birthdays are only two days apart, which is convenient for me. My birthday is first, and if my wife gets me anything for my birthday, it reminds me I need to get something for her birthday two days later. I could not plan it out any better had I tried.

  • Drive the devil nuts

    By SHERYL H. BOLDT

    We can do several activities that give our heavenly Father deep pleasure while at the same time drive Satan up the wall.
    This week, we will discuss the activity expressed in 1 Chronicles 16:11 (ESV): “Seek the LORD and his strength; seek his presence continually!”
    While it’s easy to conclude why this practice would please God, how important is it to consider why the devil works constantly to keep us from doing so? Could that knowledge make us more determined to pursue our heavenly Father?

  • Out to Pastor: As summers go, this one is going

    By JAMES L. SNYDER

    One of the things I have learned is that you might as well be content where you are at because that is where you are.
    I am old enough to appreciate where I am. I could bemoan the fact that I’m not somewhere else, but what good would that do.
    This is the difference between the Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage and Yours Truly.
    Just the other day the Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage was complaining about the weather. “It’s so hot outside, I can hardly stand it.”

  • No more Cheetos today!

    By SHERYL H. BOLDT

    I love Cheetos. Especially the crunchy kind. I also love watching TV. Especially mystery programs. But how would I feel about my days if I all did was is eat Cheetos and watch TV?
    I don’t love to exercise. Especially core exercises. And frankly, sometimes I’d rather read a good piece of fiction than my Bible. But what would happen to me (and to you) if we didn’t do what was necessary to stay physically and spiritually strong?

  • Church Briefs July 27th

    • Friday night gospel sing set at Whiddon Lake Baptist Church

    Whiddon Lake Church will be having their monthly fourth Friday sing, with Tommy Roberts and company. All are welcome to come and relax and enjoy the music and fellowship beginning at 7 p.m.
    The church is located at 367 Whiddon Lake Road.

    • Thessalonia Church will hold clothes and school supply giveaway on Saturday

    Thessalonia Missionary Baptist Church will hold its annual clothes and school supply giveaway on Saturday, July 29, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.