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Religion

  • Performance-driven attitudes and witness

    By SHERYL H. BOLDT

    “Congratulations on your sales today, Peggy.”
    I had to force myself to say the words. It was even harder to be sincere.
    For weeks, I’d been asking God to help me consider others’ needs more often – including their need to succeed.
    So as I walked back to my office that day, I silently thanked God for giving me the grace to take this small step toward obeying Him.

  • Out to pastor: It was an apple fritter kind of week

    By JAMES L. SNYDER

    Have you ever had a week where everything went exactly as planned? Neither have I. Every week I start out believing this week is going to be different from all the other weeks of my life. If this has ever occurred, I cannot recall it.
    I start every week about the same. I meticulously prepare my weekly to-do-list. This is not to be confused with the Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage’s honey-do-list.

  • Church Briefs Jan. 17, 2019

    • Christ Church Global to hold services Jan. 18-20

    You are invited to join Christ Church Global for a Grand Opening at Seafarer’s Chapel, 1557 Shell Point Road, Crawfordville.
    Services will be held Jan. 18, 19, and 20 with Apostle James Duncan as Main Guest Speaker. Hours of Service are Friday, Jan. 18 at 7 p.m.,  Saturday, Jan. 19 at 10 a.m., and  Sunday, Jan. 20 at 1 p.m.

    • New Year’s Revival at New Hope Community Church

  • Church Briefs JAN. 10, 2019

    • Christ Church Global to hold services Jan. 18, 19, 20 in Shell Point

    You are invited to join Christ Church Global for a Grand Opening at Seafarer’s Chapel, 1557 Shell Point Road, Crawfordville.
    Services will be held Jan. 18, 19, and 20 with Apostle James Duncan as Main Guest Speaker. Hours of Service are Friday, Jan. 18 at 7 p.m.,  Saturday, Jan. 19 at 10 a.m., and  Sunday, Jan. 20 at 1 p.m.

    • Bill Gaither to perform at Christian Heritage Church in Tallahassee Jan. 24

  • Out to pastor: I thought but then I unthought

    By JAMES L. SNYDER

    Looking back over my life I honestly can say, giving it a great deal of thought, the biggest problem I have is when I actually think. Thinking can get me into more trouble than anything else I do.
    This was no more evident than recently we got a phone call from the bank. I hate it when the bank calls because they never call to wish me happy birthday or wonder how in the world I am doing today. They always have an agenda. Usually, that agenda has to do with my money.

  • Do you know someone spiraling downward?

    By SHERYL H. BOLDT

    Ssssplat! Zacchaeus wiped the spit off his face for the fourth time that morning.
    Nobody liked him. And no one – except the other tax collectors – wanted anything to do with him.
    Then one day, Jesus sought him out. “Zacchaeus, hurry and come down, for I must stay at your house today” (Luke 19:5 ESV).
    And soon Zacchaeus’ heart – and his life – changed!   
    The man who had built a career by cheating his neighbors joyfully welcomed Jesus into his home.

  • Love is of God

    By ETHEL SKIPPER

  • Out to pastor: Items not on my New Year’s resolution list

    By JAMES L. SNYDER

    It is typical this time of year to prepare a list of resolutions for the coming year. I believe this goes all the way back to the Garden of Eden when Adam said to Eve, “I think I’ll turn over a new leaf this year.” And so the tradition has come down to us today.

  • How is divisiveness affecting your church?

    By SHERYL H. BOLDT

    Do you experience God’s glory, power and love when your church worships together?  
    Jesus said, “Whoever has my commandments and keeps them, he it is who loves me. And he who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him and manifest myself to him” (John 14:21 ESV). The Amplified Bible says, “I will make Myself real to him.” Wow!

  • Out to pastor: O wisdom, wherefore art thou?

    By JAMES L. SNYDER

    One feature of the Christmas story has to do with the wise men. I’m not sure if there were three or not, but if there were I should like to be number four.
    Wisdom is such a rare commodity today I think it would be a wise thing to resurrect these wise men. After all, you never can have too much wisdom.
    I was thinking about this the other day as I was going over my weekly to-do list. I make one of these every week so I know what I’m supposed to do. As I finish one task, I check it off in red ink.