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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.

  • How far will we let temptation take us?

    By SHERYL H. BOLDT

    “What are you doing?” Carl wrinkled his brow after catching a glimpse of Steve’s computer.
    Steve snapped down his laptop lid. “Carl, I thought I was the only one working late today. I … I was just finishing up.”

  • Out to Pastor: Celebration is a way of life

    By JAMES L. SNYDER

    I have just celebrated my birthday, my wife’s birthday and our wedding anniversary. I am not sure how old I am or how long we have been married and I won’t even go to my wife’s age. I’m old enough to know better.
    I have long passed the idea of candles on my birthday cake representing one candle per year. The fire department will not give us a permit to do that.

  • Bereavment Column: Special occasions

    By TRACY RENEE LEE

    Today was an important day for my cousin’s grandson. He hit a milestone in his young life. At church, my cousin said that she was so very proud of her grandson for the efforts he has made to achieve this honor being bestowed upon him, and grateful that her uncle had driven three hours to witness it with her.

  • 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?