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  • Out to Pastor: Two in a row is good, three is suspicious

    By JAMES L. SNYDER

    After about a million days of toil, sweat and aggravation, the Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage and I decided to take a few days off and relax.
    I am not a real expert when it comes to relaxing. Of course, I have advised many people to chill out, relax a little bit and not get so excited about things. What doctor do you know who takes his own medicine? Or, what pastor do you know that listens to his own sermon?

  • Are you glad God sees everything you do?

    By SHERYL H. BOLDT

    Depending on how you’re behaving, you’ll either be relieved or terrified to read Psalm 139:2 (ESV) today: “You know when I sit down and when I rise up; you discern my thoughts from afar.”
    But even on our worst days (or, perhaps, especially on those days), in spite of our shame and embarrassment, aren’t we glad that our heavenly Father loves us that much? What would become of us if we weren’t worth His time and attention?  

  • Friday night 'Rise Up, Man of God' event set at New Hope Community Church

    Brothers All and Men Striving,
    Following an eventful weekend at Promise Keeper’s men’s event in Jacksonville, Pastor Rodney Smith could hardly wait to share in a men’s ministry right here in our community, that  would bring men together of different denominations, different backgrounds, and ages  with one common bond, “We Love Jesus” and we are all willing to share that LOVE to inspire others.

  • Remember Father's Day

    The voice of fathers doth not wisdom cry – and understanding put forth her voice.
    Sunday is Father’s Day, and many families wiill celebrate.
    Some churches will have a special sermon just for fathers.
    There is so much to be said about a father. He is to see that his children get spiritual encouragement, maybe even reassurance.
    The Bible talks about our being workers together with God – that goes for raising children too.
    What a privilege it is for us to work with him and with children He has entrusted in our care.

  • Out to Pastor: And the award goes to...

    By JAMES L. SNYDER

    Rare is the time when I actually am all caught up with my schedule. Whenever I think I am caught up, something happens that takes that and throws it out the window.
    Such was the case this past week. I was very much happy with the fact that I was on schedule and I had everything in hand. Nothing makes me feel better.

  • When we choose to honor those around us

    By SHERYL H. BOLDT

    “You’re a good man, Bert.”
    I saw the look of surprise in Bert’s eyes because after the morning we just had, he didn’t expect to hear those words – at least not until he spent more time in the doghouse.
    However, even though I wasn’t feeling a lot of love and admiration for my husband at that moment, I knew he loved me, and I didn’t want my unforgiving attitude to destroy our relationship.
    It was incredible how quickly our day improved once I changed my attitude.

  • Church Briefs June 8th

    • Friday night gospel sing set at Whiddon Lake baptist Church

    A gospel sing will be held this Friday night at Whiddon Lake Baptist Church.
    The Tom Roberts family will be there, come join us for a relaxing time. Starts at 7 p.m.
    The church is located at 367 Whiddon Lake Road.
    Everyone is welcome.

    • Old fashioned church service to be held at Skipper Temple on Sunday

  • Church Briefs June 1st

    • Macedonia Community Church to hold Sunday dinner

    The Youth Department at Macedonia Community Church of Sopchoppy will have a Sunday Dinner Sale. on Sunday, June 4, from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
    The church is located at 1085 Sopchoppy Highway in Sopchoppy.
    The menu includes a smothered pork chop or braised turkey wing dinner for $10, or broiled or barbecue chicken dinners for $8.
    Sides dishes include mac and cheese, cornbread dressing, yellow rice,candied yams, collard greens, green beans, cornbread, and rolls.

  • Out to Pastor: A mystery of murderous distortions

    By JAMES L. SNYDER

    I do not want to alarm anyone – I’m not wound that tight – but there is a devious conspiracy in our country. A conspiracy of murderous distortions.
    To be quite honest about all this, I was not the first to notice this conspiracy. In fact, it is quite unusual for me to notice anything first. As all husbands know, the husband is the last to know ... anything.
    It was the Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage who first become aware of this conspiracy and brought it to my attention.

  • We don’t have to pretend that we’re not scared

    By SHERYL H. BOLDT

    Fear and anxiety are natural responses during a crisis or a stressful challenge. Even for strong, Bible-believing Christians.
    Indeed, it would be unnatural to not be afraid when your spouse is talking about leaving, when you’re about to be interviewed for a must-have job or when you take that must-pass calculus final.
    And who wouldn’t fear being bullied at school or frantically waiting to see if your teenager survived a terrorist attack?