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Religion

  • When someone is dealing with depression

    By SHERYL H. BOLDT

    Your friend is suffering from chronic depression and you would do anything for him or her, but sometimes, you’re wondering if you’re doing more harm than good.
    Besides feeling as if almost everything you say ends up being the wrong thing to say, the longevity of his or her depression is beginning to wear on you.

  • Out to Pastor: My advice: Twice is just as nice

    By JAMES L. SNYDER

    Nothing is more important to a blissful marriage than finding a point of agreement. Every veteran husband knows if he wants to change his wife’s mind about anything, just agree with her. It is amazing how this works. The technical name for this is “re-wife psychology.”
    The Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage and I have been married since 1971 and have not had a serious argument or disagreement. (She does not allow me to talk back.) We have had rough times, but not with each other.

  • Church Briefs May 18th

    • Revival set at Hudson Park on May 18-19

    Mount Olive Primitive Baptist Church No. 2 and New Bridge Hope Missionary Baptist Church will hold a revival, “Reconnecting in the love of God,” with Pastor/Evangelist Terry Price of Philadelphia Primitive Baptist Church in Tallahassee at Hudson Park in Crawfordville on Thursday, May 18, and Friday, May 19. It will start at 7 p.m. nightly.

    • Pioneer Baptist will have VBS on May 20

  • Out to Pastor: You can’t have your cake and eat it too – whatever that means

    By JAMES L. SNYDER

    I was waiting in line at the grocery store minding my own business, which is a full-time job these days. I have worked hard over the years to master this “minding my own business.” I have not been all that successful, but I still try.
    As I was standing in line I heard the woman behind me say, “Johnny, you can’t have your cake and eat it too.”

  • Do you sometimes feel like a failure as a mom?

    By SHERYL H. BOLDT

    Do you have a hard time seeing your friends’ family photos on Facebook?
    Just seeing how perfectly dressed they are practically shouts how put together other moms’ lives must be. You can’t help but wonder, how did they master Proverbs 31 so well?
    Or how about when you attend family gatherings and hear that your niece or nephew was voted “most likely to succeed” at school? Especially when, at your home, it’s a cause for celebration when none of your kids failed that year.

  • Faithful observe Day of Prayer
  • A prayer for America for National Day of Prayer

    By SHERYL H. BOLDT

    It’s no secret that we’re a mess, O God. Our country has lost its way and that scares me. How long can we go on like this before we end up destroying ourselves?
    How long will we foolishly wander from Your presence, Father, stumbling in our ignorance, rebellion and pride?
    Forgive us.
    Forgive our stubborn and willfully destructive ways. And have mercy on us for arrogantly forgetting why this nation was founded and the sacrifices of those who gave birth to America.
    Father, show us our future.

  • Out to Pastor: Mother said there’d be days like this

    By JAMES L. SNYDER

    Mothers are the greatest dispensers of advice since God said, “Let there be light.”Some, not me, refer to it as maternal instinct.
    My own mother gave me some splendid advice when I was growing up. Unfortunately, much of Mom’s advice shed light on nothing. Absolutely nothing at all.
    Let me outline some advice my mother gave me that, to this day, I have no idea what she was talking about.

  • Church Briefs May 4th

    • First Pentecostal to sell dinners to raise funds for youth trip

    The First Pentecostal Church will be having a chicken pilau lunch on Friday, May 5, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. to raise money for the Youth Group trip to North American Youth Congress, in Indianapolis in July.
    Dinner includes chicken pilau, green beans, roll and dessert. The cost is $7 per plate.
    We will deliver prepaid orders in the Crawfordville area. To pre-purchase dinners call Paul at 528-7103.

  • Out to Pastor: Quandry of the first order

    By JAMES L. SNYDER

    Quandaries come in a variety of sizes, shapes and colors.
    First are those quandaries that come about through no fault of the person in said quandary. For all practical purposes (and those in a quandary are usually not practical), it is impossible to adequately prepare for such an event in life.
    Second are self-imposed quandaries. This, unfortunately, is the area where I flounder the most. To be perfectly honest, and I’m not suggesting that I’m perfect; I have created most of the havoc in my life.