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Religion

  • OUT TO PASTOR: Cold is as cold feels and I don’t like feeling cold

    By JAMES L. SNYDER

    I was sitting on the back porch sipping an ice-cold tea with a splash of lemon when I received a text from a relative up north. I was enjoying a pleasant afternoon basking in the winter sun of Florida.

  • Resolve to make this year a better one

    By ETHEL SKIPPER

    Happy new year to everyone.
    Last year was a good year for most of us, but we hope this year will be much better.
    There are some things we can do to make it better. Things that are not righteous and true – it is not a good practice to fall for them.
    One has to stand for something, if not you will fall for nothing.
    If you have been taught what is right, thank the Father His words are placed in you. They are spirit and life. Let the Word dwell in you richly in all wisdom.

  • OUT TO PASTOR: To judge or not to judge, that is the dilemma

    By JAMES L. SNYDER

    The Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage does not allow any pets in our domicile. Something about cleaning up their mess and fleas and other things that I cannot recall. When our last child moved out of the house so did all pets. They are now just fond memories, at least on my side.

  • Suicide Victims

    By TRACY RENEE LEE

    Suicide is tragic and it spikes around the holidays each year.
    As a funeral director, I see families suffering suicide loss year after year. Not only are they suffering the loss of their loved one, they are suffering an internal strife of blame and guilt.
     The holiday season is a time full of tradition and family heritage. Depressed individuals generally complain of feeling empty inside and alone.

  • Preacher feature: Pastor Glenn Hamel

    By DR. BETSY GOEHRIG   

    Pastor Glenn Hamel is the Pastor and Director of Promised Land Ministries in Crawfordville, as well as the dishwasher, cook, toilet cleaner, etc. The church is located at 20 Church Road in Crawfordville. The congregation is preparing to move the church in January to new facilities at 3167 Coastal Highway in Crawfordville. Sunday services are at 10:30 a.m. with lunch after each service at noon.
    Wednesday evening services are at 7 p.m., with dinner at 5:30 p.m.

  • Four phases of mourning

    By TRACY RENEE LEE

    I often hear people refer to a teenager’s poor behavior as a phase.  
    Somehow, this interpretation or usage of the word lessens its true application. A phase as described in the dictionary is a process of change or development. This true meaning of “phase” is exactly what we are describing in the Phases of Mourning.  

  • Preacher feature: Pastor Ethel Skipper

    By DR. BETSY GOEHRIG
                
    This week we highlight the ministry of Pastor Ethel Skipper of Skipper Temple Community Church, located at 165 Surf Road in Sopchoppy.
    Pastor Skipper is the founding minister of the church, having established the congregation in 2007.

  • Preacher feature: Pastor Ethel Skipper

    By DR. BETSY GOEHRIG
                
    This week we highlight the ministry of Pastor Ethel Skipper of Skipper Temple Community Church, located at 165 Surf Road in Sopchoppy.
    Pastor Skipper is the founding minister of the church, having established the congregation in 2007.

  • How Hospice services are covered

    Special to The News
     
    Patients benefit most from hospice care when life expectancy is approximately six months. The patient, family and friends can initiate the process by contacting a local hospice program.  

  • OUT TO PASTOR: Grandfathers vs. Father Christmas

    By JAMES L. SNYDER

    During this time of the year, a certain controversy raises its ugly red-scarfed head. Year after year, this hullabaloo continues and nobody has taken the initiative to deal with this holiday wrangling. That is, until now.
    Normally, I am a mild-mannered person and just to be on the safe side, I stay out of telephone booths.
    As a great philosopher once said, “I’ve stands all I can stand and I can’t stands no more.”