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Religion

  • Jesus saved us before we knew we needed a Savior

    By SHERYL H. BOLDT

    The words on the pages are vivid. So excruciatingly vivid that you wish the plot would read differently. Emotions catch in your throat, and suddenly, you’re there – part of the story.

  • Out to Pastor: What it was was a hummingbird

    By JAMES L. SNYDER

    Even as old as I am, there are still things I fear. I do not want to make a list, I’m afraid to. When I have conquered one fear, another one knocks on the door and introduces itself to me. Out of respect, I fear that fear.
    This is not true of the Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage. As far as I know, she fears nothing, but many things and people fear her. I am the president of that Fear Group. She has a subtle way of expressing her fear and each day I am learning more of that subtlety.

  • Easter celebrates resurrection

    By ETHEL SKIPPER

    This Sunday will be the celebration of Christ’s resurrection – a resurrection which guaranteed victory over death for believers.
    Death is no respecter of person. In the natural world, it is the ultimate enemy of every person having been ushered in as a consequence of the first sin in the garden of Eden (Genesis 2:17).

  • Easter briefs

    • Ochlockonee Bay UMC will have Sunrise Service on Easter

    The Ochlockonee Bay United Methodist Church invites everyone to the  Annual Ochlockonee Bay Sunrise Service at 6:45 a.m. on Easter Sunday, April 21.
    The Service will be at the end of Mashes Sands Road on the shores of Ochlockonee Bay.  All are welcome.

    • Shady Sea will hold Easter Service at 11 a.m.

  • Bereavement: My uncle has died

    By TRACY RENEE LEE

    When I was a child, my dad’s best friend had a terrible accident. He was a young man who had recently graduated from high school. After a fun outing that went horribly wrong, he became a quadriplegic.
    Back in the early 1960s, the prospects for such misfortune were not very favorable. Out of extreme love for his best friend, my dad brought him into our home. The labor of love, demonstrated by my father to his best friend, brought them into a new relationship; they became brothers.
    My dad’s best friend was now my uncle.

  • Difficult decisions

    By TRACY RENEE LEE

  • I’m really enjoying my naivete

    By JAMES L. SNYDER

  • Bearing with one another more than five seconds

    By SHERYL H. BOLDT

  • I don’t miss teacher’s hickory stick (she never did)

    I am not sure why I think of some things, however, occasionally I remember something that happened a million years ago. Or so it seems.

  • Joy of helping someone who has blown it

    It was no secret.
    The woman had been married five times. To add to her scandalous reputation, the man she was now living with wasn’t her husband. Her neighbors wanted nothing to do with her – except as a source for savory gossip.
    Shame reigned in the woman’s heart. Judgment reigned in her neighbors.
    Then…Jesus entered the scene.
    John 4:7-42 tells us the same crowd that had previously condemned the woman’s way of life later thanked her for telling them about Jesus.